Harlequin KISS author Heidi Rice talks about the awesome wonderfulness of the new Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence movie about romance, dance and mental illness. Doesn't sound like a winner? Read on...
I don't want to give too much of the plot away because one of the things I loved about this movie was that I really didn't know how this film was going to develop — but in a nutshell: the story involves Bradley Cooper's newly-released psychiatric patient Pat Solitano who returns to live with his parents (Bob De Niro and the fabulously sweet Jacki Weaver) in a bog standard Philly neighbourhood and gets roped in to entering a dance competition with the recently widowed Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence).
And let's not forget that fabulous final dance — which I absolutely adored because it doesn't fall into that usual trap of having your couple become world-champion dance partners after a few rehearsals (yup, I'm looking at you Dirty Dancing!!). No, Pat looks like a man who's only just learned how to tap-dance and Tiffany looks like a woman who's more amateur than professional and yet they still triumph… If you want to know how and why go see the movie - but it involves American football and I still loved it, which is saying something!!
I really hope this film is the dawn of a new era for intelligent, character-led, unconventional romantic comedy-dramas that actually have something interesting to say about the human condition - instead of all that slick, shallow and mildly misogynist rubbish (most of which seems to star Gerard Butler - don't even get me started on The Ugly Truth!) that has hijacked the format in recent years.
Heidi's first Harlequin KISS novel, Too Close for Comfort, featuring drools-worthy Mexican American PI Zane Montoya and feisty Scottish wildlife artist Iona McCabe, is due out at the end of May in North America. And then she is joining forces with Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews and Kimberly Lang for a fabulous KISS continuity called The Wedding Season. Her book Maid of Dishonour is the third book and is out in September! She loves to hear from readers on Facebook, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice), her blog or her website.