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I'd love to say that this book reminded me of all the reasons I love Alessandra Torre, but that would be a lie. Hollywood Dirt is like nothing she's written before. It isn't reminiscent of her previous work at all, it just gave me all new reasons to love and adore and crave her words. She's delivered erotica, she's given us suspense and crime and thrillers, she's known for intense romance, even a mindf*ck or two. But this is a drastic change of pace for Torre, this light-hearted contemporary romance, and I couldn't have loved it more. If I was reminded of anything within these pages, it's how smart and witty and delicious Alessandra Torre's writing is. In fact, I think she gets better and better with every book because I couldn't get enough of her writing in this story.
The story gained momentum as it evolved. It went from mildly entertaining, to wholly enjoyable, to fan-freaking-tastic with each turn of the page. I came away truly awestruck by what the author created here. These two hothead characters, thrust into each other's lives, their worlds colliding, life imitating art imitating life, the two portraying characters who hate and lust and hate and love and fight, the parallels between the movie and their real life tension... it was magic. It was fireworks. The more I think and reflect and process what Torre did with Hollywood Dirt, the more impressed I am, the more in love I fall. I've been a fan of this author for ages, but I gained a newfound respect for her as a writer having read this book.
Hollywood Dirt is the ultimate feel-good read. I devoured this book with a smile on my face (almost) the entire way through. These characters are so honest and real and witty, their dynamic rife with stubborn reluctance and adorably sexy submission. The push and pull, their tumultuous working relationship, their sarcastic banter, all of it culminates to make for such a captivating, refreshing storyline. I love Torre's steamy reads, I've loved her thrillers and her heartbreaking love triangles, her angst-ridden, mind-boggling romances. But this newly unearthed facet of Torre's arsenal, this warm, sexy, sweet, deliciously addictive contemporary romantic side that I can just curl up and get lost in... yeah, I freaking loved it and I want a lot more where this came from.
I was fascinated at the premise of this book, Hollywood meets the small town of Quincy, Georgia. Traditions, proprieties, and manners are paramount in this small town and it was very entertaining to see how the townsfolk deal with the outside world converging on them to shoot a movie in their town.
Enter Summer Jenkins. She's lived in the town since she was seven years old, part of the town but not really part of it since she wasn't born there. Accepted into the fold for most of her life, until she does something that pretty much seals her fate. Now she's been the town Pariah for the past three years. All Summer thinks about now is how to get out of Quincy and find someplace in the world that she will actually feel accepted.
Cole Masten, Hollywood superstar, 3 time Oscar winner and the money behind the movie that will shoot in Quincy. Also the jilted husband whose wife was caught cheating on him. Under the direction of his divorce attorney, who many of you will recognize and jump up and down ecstatically over, Cole heads to Quincy ahead of schedule to get out of the harsh limelight of Hollywood.
Upon their first meeting you can feel the sparks fly between Cole and Summer, but are they good sparks or just their dislike for one another? The chemistry is undeniable though, and impulsively Cole casts Summer as the lead in his movie.
First we meet Summer, who has lead a very uneventful life, content to just exist in Quincy alongside her momma, never really wanting more for herself, until that one fateful night of the "incident" that changes everything and turns her into the outcast of the town. Now she's hell bent on finding a way to get out of Quincy. This movie coming to town just might be her ticket to freedom.
Then there is Cole, mega superstar who has a personal assistant that practically runs his whole life. Always in the public eye, always having to smile for the fans and paparazzi, always having to be "on". When he lands in Quincy with no assistant to handle everything and no one seems to care two bits about who he is, he gets a painful dose of reality. And Summer serves up that reality to him in spades, with her intense dislike of him and attitude that she could care less who he is or that he looks like some kind of beautiful god.
What follows is an entertaining tale of two people who end up digging deep within themselves to figure out who they truly are, and what they truly want out of life. Alessandra does a superb job of putting the readers into these two people's heads, telling the story from alternating points of view. I couldn't put the book down, totally drawn into the lives of Summer and Cole. Their interactions are priceless, fighting with each other at every turn, then fighting their intense attraction to each other the next.
Truly entertaining story! As usual Alessandra does a great job of building the characters, not rushing us through who they are or what they're made of. Their true selves are revealed slowly over each chapter and when Summer and Cole finally come to the realization of how they feel and what they want, the fireworks between them certainly ignited the flames of passion and desire and their sexual connection is explosive!
If you've read any of Alessandra's other books, you're already familiar with her writing style, how seamlessly it flows and takes you on a literal journey. This book is no different, it is just a lighter storyline than we've seen from her lately but no less compelling or intriguing.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, it will absolutely be a book I'll read again and again!