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If only life were as simple as a good-looking guy and a great dress.

Samantha “Sam” Cathner gave up needing Peter years ago, but now her theater needs his play. She knows how fairytales end once the house lights are up, so she steadies herself to work
with the brilliant playwright who once broke her heart.

Peter Everoad is back in Pasadena, the hometown he traded for the brig
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 27th 2014
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Tracy Ewens's new book, Premiere: A Love Story , reminded me of Stephen Chbosky's remarkable and thought-provoking words about "love":

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Tracy Ewens, the American author, spun a heart-touching love-story, called, Premiere: A Love Story that revolves around a playwright and a theater director's lives going pulling us into it as the story goes from emotional highs and lows.
PS: It's a cheesy love story but in a tender way that will make you feel sentimenta
Book Club Mom
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Cathner knows all too well that it’s not so simple to be young and in love. Peter Everoad was her one true love, but he left her for a playwright’s career on Broadway. Now he’s back and he’s brought his new play with him to the Pasadena Playhouse.

Sam has moved on with her life, or has she? As assistant creative director at the Playhouse, she must work directly with Peter and she soon discovers that the characters in Peter’s play bear a close and uncomfortable resemblance to Sam, Peter a
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Sam and Peter have been in love with each other since they were kids. Peter has had a tough road in life and feels unworthy of Sam's love. Does that make it okay for him to run? When Peter becomes an accomplished play-write in New York, he is asked to return to Pasadena to stage a production to help save the Playhouse. The inevitable meeting of Sam and Peter at the fundraising gala does not go well. When they have to work together on the play, there are a lot of fireworks. Will they have a secon ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I really liked this book. The author was able to move me with the story. I was really interested how this story would play out. Especially the pain Sam was going through was really moving. On the other hand I also loved Peter and couldn't wait to get more information about his life and how he became the person which he is today. And to be honest my most favourite character in this story was the faithful youth friend Gary. He was a very complex character and I think there is mo ...more
Connie N.
#1 in A Love Story romance series

I'd rate this 2.5 stars, if I could, but I'll round it down because of my dislike of the characters. The story itself was nice. Three best friends meet up again in their home town, revisiting with old memories that are brought up in Peter's self-reflective play. But it's a good thing I didn't read this book in the Love Story series first because I don't think I would have continued with the series. I totally disliked the 2 main characters. (Loved Grady and hope h
Cee (The Mistress Case)
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

She didn’t know what to say. It certainly wasn’t going to be, “I loved you, and when you left it broke my heart.” That sounded pathetic. Peter was still staring as if all she needed to do was spill her heart to him and that would fix everything. Sam knew better.

“Sam” Cathnar is a natural problem-solver and organizer, who loses herself in details and planning. It makes her fit to be the assistant creative director for the Pasadena
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book enjoyed it.
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Premiere, A Love Story, Tracy Ewen
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
I thought this sounded fun, I do love a good romance, one with lots of emotion and was hoping that’s what I’d get here. Well, there was lots of angst by way of looking back at their lives, and regrets, but though I’m always championing longer reads I wished this one was shorter, as I felt that they just pored over, drew out every last nuance of each little action or sentence spoken. I even found m
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: This ebook was provided by the Independent Book Publishers Association via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I like second chance romances. They often give readers that sense of hope, making us believe, if only from the time we begin and finish each one, that true love conquers all or that first love never truly dies. I can also appreciate books that have angst. I mean, if we're truly honest with ourselves, we all have some amount of angst in our lives and we all choose to handle
Kaci read-and-be-merry
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
(copy received courtesy of NetGalley)

When Peter Everoad comes back to the Pasadena Playhouse to save it from its certain demise, he brings back a lot more than a star reputation gained from New York City’s theatre scene. He brings back painful memories for Sam Cathner, childhood friend and one-time lover. As they try to work together through the old hurts and new challenges, Sam and Peter realize that there’s plenty of drama to be found offstage.

This book appealed to me as a theatre actress and
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I really, really liked this book. It was everything you would expect from a romantic novel: sweet and funny, but also heartbreaking in all the right moments. While there wasn't a lot of depth to the story, I was looking for a feel-good novel, and this delivered fully. There was just the right amount of drama and comedy (although I didn't really have that many "laughing-out-loud-by-myself" moments,
Emma Lincoln
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently received an ARC copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That moment when a book pulls you in is….pure bliss. It’s that feeling of anticipation that feeling that you want it to be over RIGHT NOW and yet at the same time it can’t possibly end because then it will, well, be over! This book was most recently that type of book for me. It may be considered “Chick Lit” and may not be the deepest, most thought provoking novel I have read it still was a captivating story ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After a devastating break-up 4 years ago and a failed attempt to become an actress, Sam finally has her ducks in a row. She loves her job at the theater and the theater itself. But the theater needs to be saved from its demise, which brings back a part of her past she didn’t think she needed to face once again.

Though you can call it a chicklit, and it might have a superficial storyline, this is definitely a star when it comes to
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2015
Premiere by Tracy Ewens is a story of romance. Samantha “Sam” Cathner is the assistant creative director for the Pasadena Playhouse. Four years of past since she has seen Peter. He left her with her heart broken. He was young and eager to make something of himself. Peter needed to become something (plus he needed counseling). He is now a successful playwright and has offered to help save the Pasadena Playhouse. He has written a special play and is paying for everything. Sam has been put in charg ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
*I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is a fun, fluffy love story that I couldn't put down! I love tales of long lost love and this one had the bonus of being set in the world of theater, another of my loves. The story was well crafted, and the characters, while deeply flawed were likeable. I rooted for them throughout the entire novel, up until the surprising and satisfying end.

There were a few weaknesses in writing style and editing. Some of the
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a sweet love story, but also shows the complications of romance. I did read Candidate first so I knew what would happen in the end, but I was still completely involved with finding out how they got there! Sam and Peter hurt each other when they were younger so their relationship is full of turmoil. I can feel the anxiety and the butterflies that Sam is experiencing when she first sees Peter again. I also loved Peter and learning about his childhood. The way the story is told is ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2014
I received this free galley from the publisher via Netgalley in response for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this book which was simply written and easy to read. It moved along at a fair old pace and represented the angst felt when relationships go sour. There were enough sub-characters to balance out the main characters and give them some context. I thought that there could have been more characterisation of the parents but this is not a major criticism.

It was predictable and obvious where t
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

So this book is scoring major points with a Jersey Boys reference but overall it fell flat.
There is a lot of repeating going on and I was jumping from the one person to the other in a few sentences. Sometimes not realizing who was talking. Past en present mix though that was mostly obvious.
The characters are a bit over the place too. Sam cannot make up her mind. Wanting to be a strong woman the one
Tricia M.S.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this book it was a simple romance that showed us the different in young teenage love and that of grown up love in a venue that I haven’t come across before in my reading career before. I am glad to see that the author didn’t show as this pretty romance that is all “happy ever after” but had a more “real life” vibe to it. We got to see the the main characters had issues to work through that took years to get to deal with them. Not in the 30 minutes of less sitcom approach that I ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Having read this dire story to just past midway, I decided not to waste more time on it - a rare occurence for me. I had tried to like Sam and Peter and to sympathise with their sitation, but I really could not. Although it seems pretty likely that they overcome all the pride and misunderstandings getting in the way of romance, I really did not care enough to spend time ploughing on through the inconsequential events and cliched characters, their lives of privilege and woe, to find out. I am wor ...more
Vicki Jaeger
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
A love story set around a theatre, shocking that it would appeal to me! (Not.) An unresolved love from years past shows up as "local boy makes good", bringing up painful memories for our heroine. He's now a successful playwright, who will premiere his latest story at his home town theatre in Pasadena. The play is a creative retelling of their teenage love and lives, and will either tear them apart forever or heal old wounds.
There were times it rang really true for me, and others that were a bit
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Peter and Sam's relationship was very nice to explore up until they first "got together"- at around the 2/3 mark of the novel. Then, everything became a game of Peter not willing to stay and Sam feeling betrayed by Peter. It was a bit tiresome to read at that point. The introduction of Kate at the later stage intrigued me- I won't be surprised to see a Grady and Kate book down the line, and would likely give it a read.
Kala Wolf
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Premiere is a beautiful story about second opportunities and the love among friends.
I love the characters and the love relationship.
I like very much the explains about the past of the characters, their own story in the past and present.
Everything revolves around an autobiographical play. It is a beautiful way to tell a story. In short, a highly recommended book.
Catherine Van Zandt
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

This book was very entertaining. It was a great escape for a very busy mind. It seemed to drag at some points, and it definitely followed a formula. I still enjoyed it. The fact is, life and love are like this. Sometimes moving slow, sometimes disappointing, but always worthwhile.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truly a great story of love set in present day- will look forward to development of characters and relationships in the sequels! Love the author's range of narrative- from dry humor to weepy sensitive!
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This was a sweet little love story that I got with my Kindle Unlimited membership. I liked learning about the playhouse, set design, lighting, etc. The characters were also easy to like and relatable. There is a book two in the series and I started it as soon as I finished this one.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book from the 1st word. it keeps you hooked. Great storyline, great characters. love the growth of the characters. can't wait to start something else she's written. definitely recommending
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
An easy to read book with a good storyline that captured my interest from start to end. I would recommend this.
Kathleen Crowell
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
a solid 3.5. well-written, but a little corny at the end. glad I read #2 first!
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Tracy Ewens is a recovered theatre major who writes contemporary romance. When not working on her next book, she drinks copious amounts of tea, prefers an exit row seat, and reads well past her bedtime

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