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Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks in junior high, and even a masters program in English couldn’t break her obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer. She and her husband live in North Alabama with their one amazing child who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports! Visit Kimberly at: www.booksbykimberly.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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He'd only been gone for three weeks. When he'd left, everything for this film had been fine and in place, but a mere twenty-one days later he'd returned to find the entire project sliding into hell.

Finn Marshall sat back in his chair in the trailer that served as their temporary offices while they were on location here in Maryland and rubbed a hand over his eyes. He was jetlagged and had hoped to have a couple of hours of sleep before he had to be in D.C. for the fundraiser tonight, but that wasn't looking to be in his cards. He had to sort out this God-awful mess first, and the more he heard, the less likely it seemed he'd even make it to his brother's in time to shower first.

Dolby Martin, his partner in Dolfinn Pictures, seemed remarkably upbeat for someone who had just rammed the Titanic into the iceberg. "We've been filming for a week now, and we're almost back on schedule."

Finn took a deep breath and tried to remember it would do no good at all to punch Dolby in the mouth. "And you saw no reason to tell me any of this while it was unfolding?"

"You needed to concentrate on getting us those permissions to shoot, and really there was nothing you could do from Monaco, anyway."

"I could have talked Cindy down."

"After Farrell told her he'd seen better acting in low-budget porn? Sorry, Finn, not even you could have charmed that snake back into the basket." Dolby shrugged. "Personally, though, I wasn't sad to see her go. I'll bet Cindy's in rehab before the premiere, and would you really want that hanging over the release?"

Dolby had a point, as much as Finn hated to admit it. Cindy had been perfect for the part of Rebecca: the right looks and a strong talent, coupled with a name guaranteed to get attention without overshadowing the leads. She'd sworn that she was clean the day they'd signed the contract, but he'd seen this story too many times before.

Maybe it was for the best. Technically, Dolby and the director had done the right thing, finding a replacement quickly and getting her on the next plane to Baltimore so that production was not shut down for long. On a professional level, Finn should be pleased. He should even be personally touched that Dolby understood the importance of this film to him and had reacted quickly to mitigate the damages. But Cait Reese? He shook his head. Focus on what's important.

"Caitlyn has been a real life-saver and a complete pro. She had her script memorized in days and jumped straight into rehearsals. Wait until you see what we have in the can already. She's perfect for Rebecca. Better than Cindy, even."

Finn didn't necessarily agree. The Cait he remembered was too primal and wild. She'd been able to channel that into light frothy characters, but the earthy, quiet strength of Rebecca? It had been three years, but..

"Trust me, Finn. You're going to be really pleased."

"If you honestly believed that, you wouldn't have signed her to Folly behind my back." He picked up his phone and scrolled through the voice mail messages. "Naomi is fit to be tied. You want to hear?"

"I've heard enough, thanks. Naomi doesn't want to share her spotlight with anyone. She's a real diva."

"That's a privilege she's earned and one we'll tolerate to keep her happy on this film."

Naomi Harte was one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, and based on star power alone she had no reason to worry about anyone stealing any of her limelight. But this was personal for Naomi, too. She and Cait had launched at about the same time, and their rivalry went back to the years when they'd both still been playing teenagers in high-school romantic comedies and slasher films. Cait had always managed to stay a rung above Naomi on the ladder, though, her trajectory seemingly unstoppable until she'd flamed out so spectacularly. Many people said that Naomi wouldn't be where she was today if Cait hadn't left town when she had—and Naomi knew that. They were probably right.

"You know there's bad blood between Naomi and Cait. Did you intend to turn the set into a battlefield?"

Dolby snickered. "It's actually working out well. Naomi's real-life problems with Caitlyn make their on-screen animosity even more realistic."

"And Cait?" She wasn't one to keep her mouth closed or her opinions to herself.

"Is being far more adult about this. Caitlyn has been very up front about her desire to re-create herself and relaunch her career. Folly is the perfect vehicle for her return, and she's not too proud to admit that."

Folly might be perfect for Cait, but Cait might not be perfect for Folly. He wasn't in the business of providing starlets with second chances. Especially with a project like Folly. He had too much invested—professionally and personally—to let this become some kind of experiment.

"I'm still not sure Cait is the smart choice here."

"I gave Farrell full directorly discretion to find the right person for the role and make sure it was someone he could tolerate. Caitlyn was his choice, and unless she decides she wants out of her contract we're bound." Dolby shook his head in censure. "I'm not courting her parents' wrath because you don't want your ex on the set. I like my career, thanks very much."

Talk about having the tables turned. All his life he'd been the one no one wanted to cross out of fear of retaliation from his family. That was simply one of the perks of being a Marshall. But the Marshalls ruled the East Coast. In L.A., John Reese and Margaret Fields-Reese were the sitting monarchy. It wasn't false pride or ego to say that he was pretty damn influential in the business, but even he couldn't touch the power of Cait's parents. One day, maybe, but not today.

"Anyway," Dolby continued, "all reports indicate that Caitlyn is sober and stable now."

Caitlyn had never had a problem—beyond partying a little too hard—and he wasn't one to throw stones there. The press had just played it up until she'd looked like a good candidate for rehab in order to sell papers. She'd been all but set up to crash if she slipped even the tiniest bit. "I'm sure she is, but that won't stop the press from going insane with this."

Dolby's grin didn't help Finn's mood much. "The buzz is amazing. Between the return of the exiled princess and the possibility of a Naomi-Caitlyn catfight, everyone is talking about Folly already."

"That's not what I meant and you know it."

Dolby laughed. "You have to admit the possibility of a Finn and Caitlyn reunion will make all kinds of headlines."

"Which is exactly why you should have consulted me before you signed her."

"If we have to avoid your exes every time we try to cast a film, pretty soon there won't be an actress under thirty available to us."

But Cait wasn't just any ex. She was the one ex that made all his other exes look like good choices. The bitterness surprised him. "I don't want my personal life making more news than this project."

That sobered Dolby. "Folly will stand on its own."

Dolby was an idiot occasionally, but he, too, took pride in Dolfinn's reputation. The Folly of the Fury might be Finn's pet project, but Dolby was committed one hundred percent.

"I know it will, but since we just stepped into soap-opera-waiting-to-happen territory, I want everyone crystal-clear in their understanding of what will and won't fly around here. All the drama needs to be kept on camera."

"Agreed."

Finn sincerely hoped it would be that simple.

Caitlyn Reese breathed the humid night air deep into her lungs as the door swung shut behind her and the noise and lights of the party inside died as if she'd hit a mute button. She'd done well in there—she knew that—but she needed a few moments of relief from the stress of the evening. Looking around, she was happy to see that the terrace was deserted—not that she was surprised. Between the heat and the fact that anybody who was anyone was inside… The air-conditioning inside was almost worth the noise, but she crossed to the balustrade, anyway, and leaned against it as she exhaled.

She chuckled to herself when she realized her hands weren't quite steady. She'd been mingling at cocktail parties since before she could walk, so there was no real reason to let a simple fundraiser—regardless of the prestige of the guest list—to give her stage fright. And the crowd was friendly enough. Whatever they might think of her personally, no one was stupid enough to do anything that might limit their access to her parents and her parents' friends. There was way too much Hollywood money they'd like to see in their campaign coffers at stake for anyone to treat her with anything other than friendly respect.

Maybe a D.C. charity fundraiser peopled by the city's social register was exactly the right place for her to make her first official reappearance. Her plan was working out better than hoped for. She wanted to call someone and share her success, but she wasn't exactly close with anyone on this continent anymore, and it was the middle of the night in London. Her parents both happened to have releases this month, so they were on their respective junkets and she had no idea what their schedules were like. Even if she did have someone to call, she wasn't sure what she'd say. My career may not be dead anymore? Oh, well. She shrugged and smiled. She was still proud of herself.

"Miss Reese?"

Caitlyn turned to see that she wasn't alone now. The tall blond man she'd been speaking to earlier was approaching her with a cautious smile on h... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mills and Boon Modern
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263893030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263893038
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,772,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kimberly Lang isn't one of those people who always knew she wanted to be a writer. She actually wanted to be a ballerina, but puberty failed to deliver the required swan-like elegance. That dream scuttled, she went on to get her Master's Degree in English - and she has the bartending skills to prove it. At her husband's insistence, she quit teaching in 2007 to write full-time, and in May 2008, sold her first book to Harlequin's London office. That book, The Secret Mistress Arrangement, debuted at number nine on the Borders Series Bestseller list and won the 2009 National Readers' Choice Award for Best First Book.

Since then, Kimberly's books have appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Borders, and Bookscan bestseller lists, and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. (And, yes, that's really cool.)

She's married to her college sweetheart, whom she affectionately (but appropriately) calls her Darling Geek, and is Mom to the most brilliant and beautiful child on the planet (aptly nicknamed Amazing Child). She started taking yoga-based fitness because she eats way too many jelly beans while writing, and became an instructor once she figured out that spending time with her butt over her head helped spark her creativity. More than one sticky plot point has been solved in the Down Dog position. She has no hobbies because she doesn't have time, but if she did, they'd include knitting, skiing and ballroom dancing, because they sound like they might be fun.

Visit Kimberly at www.booksbykimberly.com for the latest news--and don't forget to say hi while you're there!

Customer Reviews

All the characters in this series were very well developed and memorable.
Harlequin Junkie Blog
The set-up for the oh-so-promising premise was there, but the story never even came close to being the "redemption" I was hoping for.
KKJ
He seems to want to be her world and yet she doesn't treat him like she did before.
Vanessa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harlequin Junkie Blog on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
`Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet' is a fast paced, enjoyable read; author Kimberly Lang did a fantastic job in keeping me engrossed throughout this book.

Cait and Finn are ex-flames with bad blood between them. Cait left for London 3 yrs ago on the heels of their disastrous affair. They meet again on the Set of "The Folly of the Fury" being produced by Finn when Cait is brought in as a replacement to the supporting actress.

Finn Marshall Hollywood producer is one handsome devil with a bad boy edge, just the kind of guy Cait doesn't want to be associated with while she is trying to make a come back and rebuild her acting career.
The chemistry between ex- flames Finn and Cait sizzled off the pages. I really liked Caitlyn's character she was no doormat, she was feisty, spunky and gave as good as she got; Cait was my idea of a great heroine.

All the characters in this series were very well developed and memorable. I loved the Marshall family, the whole American royalty setup and the "Grands". There was great camaraderie and bickering between the brothers: Brady, Ethan and Finn; throw Lily and Aspyn into the mix and it made for one entertaining read.

I've really enjoyed reading the Marshall series and the last book in the series "Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet" was no exception.

If you haven't read the Marshall series, I would highly recommend reading them.
Introducing the Marshall's...
A rich, powerful family that mixes business, politics... and pleasure.
If the US had a royal family -- this would be it!

Book 1: The Privileged and the Damned
Book 2: The Power and the Glory
Book 3: Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Before I get into my review of Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet, I need to make some things clear. First, this is my first Harlequin romance (I know!), and second, I read more paranormal romances than anything else, so this was a step out of my element. Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet is a Harlequin Presents Extra romance, which means the hero is ridiculously good-looking, rich and falls for his woman hard.

Kimberly Lang sets the stage in Hollywood, where the rich and famous play and work. Her hero and heroine are from absurdly rich families with huge political and entertainment ties. Their world is much more different from ours: We're talking scandals, public embarrassment, humiliation, paparazzi ... and fleeing the country. Which is exactly what Caitlyn Reece did after the blow-up between her and then-flame Finn Marshall. They were both young, constantly partying and way too wrapped up in each other to notice that they both needed help. That was three years ago, though, and Cait is stronger than ever. With acting classes, workshops and much-needed space, she's ready to face the limelight once again and remake her career into something her and her parents can be proud of.

Unfortunately for Caitlyn, the means to this career redemption is through one of Finn's movies (he's a producer), and the sparks fly between them any time they step in the same room. Sometimes the sparks lead to fights, and other times they lead to ... well, you know.
Turns out, Finn and Caitlyn just can't stay away from each other, and staying away is exactly what Caitlyn wants to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on May 5, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Finn and Cait had a very explosive r/s three years previous. There was a big blow up (not sure what it was though. Sounded like she blamed him for some things) and then she left town. He thought she would be back after she pouted a bit perhaps, but she never returned. Now she is working on his movie and he can't seem to leave her alone.

I did NOT get this one. At one point she even claimed that r/s in the bedroom w/ Finn weren't all that fabulous or worth it, so why?

It would appear that nothing in their r/s was EVER his fault. NOTHING! Everything was ALWAYS her fault or her hang-up or even some outsider's fault....just not Finn's! She told him right off that she has changed and just wants a cleaner image, but he wants in her little lacies and continues to pursue her. Sure he tries to be discreet for her benefit, but he doesn't exactly like that either. Although on her brief stint away she did learn that some things are her fault too and she needed to own up to them. Finn believes she carries a grudge against him because of the past, and perhaps she does, but he deserved some of it. He never felt that the publicity was that bad or that it nearly destroyed her "personally and professionally". Yet, Finn buys in to the publicity too thinking that she went off to rehab! I thought he claimed he would have known if she needed that - words I suppose - just easy to say at the time. Finn truly came across as only caring about himself before, in the past, and continuing down that road when he and Cait meet up again.

So they do their thing and he still can't understand why she lets what other people think of her get to her. She should be more like him and worry less, but when she attempts that it bothers him as well.
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