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The suspenseful world of violence, lies and deceit continues, only this time we get to learn more about Detective Stone and Keller’s past.
We also get a great perspective into Kat and Marcus’s affair. If you felt even the slightest bit of sympathy for Kat in book 1, that will quickly disappear once you learn what a conniving skank-box she was here!
It’s really hard to believe that the Hollywood Lies Series is Ms. Lynn’s first book series. These books are nail biting, thrillers that demand your full attention. To be able to capture the audience the way she does is a talent many authors only dream of possessing. Thank you for providing another great book! I cannot wait to see what book 3 brings.
That being said, I am tempted to say I enjoyed Heart of Stone even more than the first book. I felt it was a parallel to Beyond the Red Carpet because we got to see another side of what takes place in the story. In the first book, we largely saw events surrounding Sophia's life at pivotal points in her life; in the second, we got to see what happened in Caleb's life at those moments. Essentially, Heart of Stone felt like it was filling in the blanks, answering questions I had from the first book. Of course, now I am waiting for the third book in the series so I can find out what happens after reading the bomb that was dropped at the end of this book - so that makes two cliffhangers I am waiting to get resolved. I hope I don't have to wait too much longer.
While Heart of Stone of the series Hollywood Lies is listed as Book 2, it is actually a prequel to Book 1, Beyond the Red Carpet. In this prequel, we get to know Caleb Stone (LA's finest) better, here as the protagonist, as it follows his history from childhood to explain his present situation in LA. The man is a dynamite detective, but just a tad damaged from his experience as a 12 year old. Fortunately, he is assimilated into a foster family who takes marvelous care of him and turns him around, that along with some serious counseling. While in foster care, a girl his age is also taken in and they eventually fall in love and following graduation want to get married. There is a blank spot between high school graduation and his police academy graduation, but in the meantime, both apparently manage college while living together. Unfortunately, she is killed. He moves where she wanted to go after they married and gets a job with that police force, working his way into becoming a detective, which is his duty when he is introduced to Sophia through Trent, his police buddy. Trent and he have deduced together that justice isn't always just and have quietly and extremely carefully taken the blind-folded lady into their own hands at times. It is through this particular vein that Marcus, Sophia's husband and powerful and popular Hollywood director, has come to Trent to have his wife investigated. We know from Book 1 that Marcus has met and proceeded with a wild love affair with Sophia's best friend, Cat (who is definitely no friend). Cat is your standard Hollywood bee-atch. Marcus has come up the hard way and has gone paranoid with worry about losing his position, power, and money if he dumps Sophia for Cat. Cat is pushing hard for a solution as she is tired of waiting. In the meantime, however, Caleb's investigation into Sophia has sent him over-the-moon in love with Sophia (the man is a bit fragile), who I'm not liking so much anymore either, but let's face it--Marcus is nobody's fine catch! Gees, what a "tangled web we weave"...well, anyway, this is an interesting series that could easily be found on prime time TV right after "Drop Dead Divas." The dialogue smoothes out a little more in this offering, though Ms. Lynn still wants to spoon-feed us detailed minutiae. Yes, the story is still peppered with four-letter words and distasteful sex scenes (unless you are part of it). The author draws this prequel to a chronological conclusion that sets the stage beautifully for the entry to Book 3 of the series. I don't care for Marcus' sister, Olivia, already and she is apparently going to set Jill Keller, Caleb's immediate "ex" police partner on a collision course with the plot of the perfect murder. I was given these two books in return for a review and will now have to wait for Book 3. I hate waiting.
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