After the Red Carpet

A Novel

Romance - Contemporary
232 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2024
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

After the Red Carpet is a contemporary romance by award-winning author Patricia Leavy. It is the highly awaited sequel to her book The Location Shoot. The story unfolds dramatically with legendary Hollywood star Finn Forrester proposing to philosopher and author Ella Sinclair on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. With the press and the public mesmerized by their fairy-tale-like romance, the couple starts a new life in Finn’s Beverly Hills mansion in California. Accomplished and independent, Ella has to adjust to Finn’s world. Their lives begin to overlap, and Finn is determined to give Ella the emotional space she needs.

Patricia Leavy’s After The Red Carpet is a tender and sincere romance between two successful individuals determined to live a life of adventure together. Their journey is easy to follow and their romance is exciting. It’s clear what course the characters are on, which romance readers will love to see. Emotionally satisfying, this is a novel that deals with contemporary issues that readers can relate to. It does not follow the classic romance novel structure of the first meeting, interest, conflict, third-act breakup, and a happily ever after, making it a truly refreshing read. Patricia Leavy’s literary style is simple so readers won’t be overwhelmed by it but it also has all the metaphors that fans of romance novels love, making it a compelling read. After the Red Carpet is a modern masterpiece and a perfect romance narrative from the more literary side of the book world.

Pikasho Deka

After the Red Carpet is the sequel to Patricia Leavy's much-acclaimed contemporary romance novel, The Location Shoot. After a highly publicized proposal at the Cannes Film Festival, Ella Sinclair, an author of philosophy, settles in with her fiancé, Hollywood megastar Finn Forrester, at his home in LA. Finn and his colleagues win a ton of awards for their hit movie Celebration, including an Oscar for best actor, and not long after, Ella and Finn strengthen their bond with marriage. As their love grows, so does their family. Soon, Ella and Finn have kids of their own and settle into a blissful family life. During this time, Ella begins working on a philosophical exploration of love and receives a prestigious fellowship from the University of Cambridge. What's next in store for Ella and Finn?

After the Red Carpet plays out like a heartwarming slice-of-life romance drama that leaves you with a smile on your face. This is the second Patricia Leavy book I've read so far, and both books felt like comfort reads that you can revisit from time to time. Leavy has an innate ability to make readers care for her characters, and this is what makes these books so much fun to read. Ella and Finn's relationship in this sequel ages like fine wine, and the narrative follows a new and more mature phase of their lives. I liked how Ella never lets being a wife and a mother get in the way of continuing her work. If you enjoy stories with happily-ever-after endings, this will be right up your alley!

K.C. Finn

After the Red Carpet is a work of fiction in the contemporary romance, slice-of-life, and interpersonal drama subgenres. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to scenes of a sexual nature. Penned by author Patricia Leavy, this follow-up novel to The Location Shoot delves into the aftermath of the whirlwind romance between legendary Hollywood star Finn Forrester and philosopher Ella Sinclair, which began with a proposal on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. As Ella moves into Finn's Beverly Hills mansion, she grapples with maintaining her own identity while navigating the complexities of his world. Meanwhile, Finn is determined to ensure everything is perfect for Ella, driven by a fear of losing her. Amidst their efforts to prioritize their relationship, Ella contemplates the nature of love through her philosophical treatise, exploring the intricacies of deep affection and individuality within a partnership.

Author Patricia Leavy's utterly charming sequel offers a captivating exploration of love, identity, and the challenges of merging two lives in the glamorous yet tumultuous world of Hollywood. The complexities of relationships and the struggle to maintain individuality within a partnership are naturally explored within the dialogue, offering a novel that reads smoothly on the surface but has a lot of unexpected depth as it develops. The dynamic between Finn and Ella is both captivating and relatable, drawing readers into their journey as they navigate the highs and lows of their romance with sharp narrative focus and emotive story arcs. Leavy's prose is evocative and thought-provoking, inviting readers to ponder the nature of love and personal autonomy and reflect on the intricacies of human connection. What results is a creative, heartfelt, and immersive experience filled with romance, intrigue, and introspection. Overall, After the Red Carpet is a compelling sequel that continues to captivate readers with its rich storytelling and nuanced portrayal of love in the spotlight, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.