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Product Details

  • Series: The Redhead Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476741255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476741253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The final story in Clayton’s (The Unidentified Redhead, 2013) trilogy featuring Grace and Jack is the strongest yet, as both face the realization of their acting dreams and all the overwhelming issues of fame. Grace is thrilled that her off-Broadway show is picked up for a TV series, until her agent and best friend, Holly, tells her that the producers want her to lose at least 15 pounds. Jack can’t stand the constant photographers and bloggers documenting and discussing every move he and Grace make. He also falls under the influence of bad-boy actor Adam. Grace wants to support him, but Jack’s behavior and media insults about her weight make it hard to focus on her show. Things get worse before they get better, but no reader of this funny, sexy series will be disappointed with the ending. The Hollywood weight issue is handled well here without overpowering the story. Clayton has all the wit and appealing characters of Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson, along with hot, sensual scenes. --Amy Alessio

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“Sexy, funny, and made of pure fun.” (Smexy Books)

“Steamy romance, witty characters, and a barrel full of laughs. (The Book Vixen)

“Sexy, sassy and complex. In short, All Things Alice.” (NYT and USA TODAY bestseller Jasinda Wilder)

"Deliciously addictive." (The Book Vixen)

"Alice Clayton's Redhead series is hilarious, snarky, smexy, and romantic." (Smexybooks)

More About the Author

New York Times Best Selling author ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Made me laugh out loud.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By midwestgalleygirl on December 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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This one hurts the way only love can hurt. It does, indeed, hurt so good. I am here to tell you right now that our once carefree Jack and Grace have been replaced by more famous models this time around.Welcome to THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND.

I quote another curvy starlet, Marilyn Monroe, who sums it up beautifully.

"Fame is like caviar, you know - it's good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal."

To be honest, it's more like Chex Mix with Jack and Grace, but the sentiment is the same. Fame is not being kind to our beloveds and it hurts. After fame gets done being unkind to them, they start being unkind to each other. Hang on..it's worth the bumpy ride, but I want you to be fully aware that it's a-comin'!

Our Brit has changed. Jack is spending a little too much time partying it up on the set of his new soldier film. Alongside a bad boy fallen movie star, Jack is making headlines that would make Lindsay Lohan blush.

Several themes are examined by Alice Clayton in the third installment of her wildly popular Redhead series. The one that struck me most was the concept of fat in Hollywood and Western society. Now, before you think I'm going all Sociology 101 on you, (I assure you, I'm not), I wanted to give the appropriate shout out to Clayton for tackling this one so deftly. There is a fine line between between commenting on, championing, or whining about an issue. Clayton finely tap dances on the best sides of these lines, making Grace a sympathetic character without ever letting her fall into victim territory. Even when she's down, she's not out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vilma's Book Blog on December 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had it all.
Humor. Romance. Heartbreak. Drama. Lots of it. Hollywood style. What shone through the most, however, were the true-to-life feelings it evoked. The emotional affliction felt real and heartfelt as the quirky couple we fell in love with fight to stay together.

This has been one of my favorite series, first off, because Alice Clayton wrote it and every book she’s written has been pure gold. Secondly, because since the beginning, she adeptly mixed romance, playfulness, seductiveness and humor in just the right amounts to deliver a well-crafted, well-balanced story that is truly heartfelt. This last installment in the Redhead series followed the same trajectory, but this time, the experience felt deeper. The author amped up the drama and emotion while she softened the humor a touch. It was still undeniably Jack and Grace with their endearing wit and sweetness, but the story felt more meaningful, the problems felt real despite the surrealism of Hollywood, from which the drama was rooted. In my opinion, this was a slightly more serious Alice Clayton and I found myself really feeling the sadness, heartbreak and angst. I thought it was a great conclusion to the series as Grace and Jack struggle to define who they are, who they want to be, and what they are willing to lose when all bets are off and the choices they make can forever change their future.

Jack’s career is skyrocketing. After the huge success of TIME, he’s in hot demand, lusted over by fans, directors, producers alike. With Holly’s strategic direction shepherding his next move, he’s chosen a gritty war movie as his next project. Meanwhile, Grace is getting ready to begin shooting her new TV show and truly, it seemed life couldn’t be better. Gracie and George were happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book-gal23 on February 18, 2014
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Great ending to an awesome series. The humor was still intact in this book but my tummy did get a few knots in it while reading this one...

The pros:
1. The humor
2. Grace is the strong one in this book, which I thought was a great role reversal
3. Grace owns it career-wise. I'm really happy that she remained a strong role model while people were tearing her apart.

The cons:
1. The news bites at the beginning of some chapters got annoying. Two, or three at most would've got the point across. Sometimes there were about 10-15 of them and I got a little irritated because I wanted to read the story!
2. I wish there would've been more George and Gracie time. They were always stressed and had drama surrounding them besides the last 2% of the book. I wish we could've gotten a few more date nights with them just being their normal, funny selves.
3. I wish we would've had a scene with Grace and Jack's family. We still do not know how they reacted to her and while Grace is charming and I'm sure they love her, I think a scene would've been nice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Zautner on December 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

Alice Clayton does it again; Kim and I found ourselves falling head over heels in love with Gracie and Jack for the third time!! And I just have to say, their finale was one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride that had us private messaging like crazy!

Jack's downward spiral caused our hearts to ache, our thoughts to race, and our emotions to run high. His latest journey exposing the pain, disappointment, frustration, and fear radiating off him. Jack Hamilton went from the person who had it all together to a hot mess, losing complete and utter control over his life. This superstar's coping skills and behavior taking him down that familiar road of "typical" bad boy...

While Kim and I absolutely adored him, we also had mixed emotions when it came to Jack in The Redhead Plays Her Hand. Kim wanted to smack him, I wanted to hug him, and we both wanted his new friend Adam to disappear. Jack's life was in chaos between being bombarded by paparazzi, forced to hide his relationship, and feeling overwhelmed from his newly found fame; our normally lovable and levelheaded hero turned into a person we no longer recognized. It was as though Grace and Jack switched places. Combine all the above together and you’ll find you have a ticking time bomb just waiting to happen. It was easy to see how he could be swayed by others in order to find the easiest form of escape. Jack's off the wall behavior was his way of crying out for help, and due to his age and sudden life changes, we found his reactions to be understandable as well as expected. Regardless it didn't make it any less heartbreaking for us to watch as he struggled to find his footing and an even ground between his fame and relationship.

We loved that Jack isn't your "classic" badass.
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