Waiting in the Wings
by Tara Frejas
Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary
Release Date: February 21, 2017
At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.
But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream?
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Here’s the thing. The main reason that got me curious enough about the book is Erin and the fact she’s NBSB. I mean, hello, is this book going to talk about me (before I got married)?
Waiting in the Wings was a really enjoyable read. I never had a hard time following the story despite me snatching away just a few lines from time to time in between my tight work schedule (although I had to borrow some sleeping time just to make headway for the blog tour schedule). The pacing is just right although I can’t say the same for the feelings it evoked from me. As in, how can I still swoon for Ramon at midnight? And how can my heart even afford to skip a beat for Pio while I am waiting for the lab tests of my little girl? Ah, but I’m thankful for the pleasant distraction as I dealt with the stress of caring for a sick 3-year old.
It seems silly of me for being kilig like this over a story but on second thought, what is there to feel silly about the prospect of feeling in love? Erin Javier is a believable character — one whom many can easily relate with, including my self. Isn’t Erin just the luckiest? And who wouldn’t dream to have a luck like her, with two nice guys flanking her when she never even had boyfriend for her entire 23 years?
Although I already had an inkling who Erin would finally end up with, I still sympathized with her confusion and struggle. Because, feelings are sometimes like that: they make you feel but they don’t make you think (sometimes).
Whether nice boys like Ramon and Pio do still exist in real life in this day and age may still be debatable, but I am glad that Waiting in the Wings at least made an effort to make us feel hopeful that yes, nice, handsome guys still exist.
The theater setting was a delight to read. I especially loved reading the chapters on songs (because, Erin’s Waltz simply has the loveliest lyrics.) Also, I enjoyed seeing snippets of the author’s previous works incorporated into the story. I may not have enjoyed reading Paper Planes Back Home (because I wasn’t ready for heart break when I read it) but I was delighted to read about it being made into a play in this story. (I may try and reread it this time, because I think the heart is now ready, haha.)
Truly, Waiting in the Wings is worth all the feelings. It may be slightly formulaic and predictable (at least for me) but I cannot deny all the good feels reading it has given me. I would definitely recommend this book.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.
Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, this full-fledged Piscean (who cares what NASA says?) is passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dance, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.
In another life, she wishes to be a musical theatre actress. Or a director, maybe. But in the meantime, she’ll continue being an avid supporter of the local theatre scene…one show at a time.
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