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Cole has relied on others for so long, he was basically helpless in a sexy kind of smirky-smile way. I think I actually liked him more because of his bossy attitude. Unfortunately, I struggled with Summer's character. She drove me crazy and was kinda hateful for a good portion of the book. I understand it was in response to Cole's occasional brash comments, but for someone who needed the money, she was basically argumentative and disrespectful to her boss. Granted, Cole took pleasure in getting her riled up, but still. It got old. Their interactions for a large part of the book consisted of either swapping nasty words at each other or struggling not to throw the other down and kiss them (not that I minded those scenes), but I had whiplash. They were both close to thirty years old, and some of the scenes were like watching teenagers throwing snit fits.
Overall I enjoyed the story and I was happy with the ending. I'll definitely read more from this author.
Welcome to Quincy.
Home of the Coca Cola millionaires.
Filming Location for Fortune Bottle.
It also just happens to be the home of Summer Jenkins. Summer made local headlines after her epically famous and now infamous rehearsal dinner. Since that fateful night Summer has one goal in mind, to leave Quincy and never look back. Living with her mother whom she adores and working on the Anna Holden plantation on which they live has grown old for Summer, she just wants a fresh start, in a place where she can disappear and no one knows of her past. When the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself Summer needs only a moment to decide to jump on the Hollywood crazy train that will be rolling into Quincy in a few short weeks to film a major motion picture. Making herself useful and earning enough cash to escape the stigma of her past becomes her sole mission.
“I would not become my mother. I wanted, in some way, to live my life.”
Cole Masten, the golden boy of Hollywood, he can do no wrong and is heading to Quincy, to make the movie that will define his career, not only as it’s male lead but as the head of the entire production. Funding Fortune Bottle personally it’s Cole’s baby and his dream come true. Having a beautiful and famous wife, Cole is a man that seems to have everything in life that he could possibly want, but that is all about to change. One night changes everything for Cole and suddenly he finds himself in a position he’d never dreamed of. Fresh off the ultimate betrayal he’s sent to Quincy by his attorney, Brad DeLuca (cue swooning ladies…He’s Back) early to begin work on the project that he’s championed for. Summer and Cole are about to come face to face and the results are going to explosive in more ways than one.
*wink* *waggles eyebrows* *wink*
“Kiss me like that again and I’ll rip your eyes from their sockets.”
“I hated that man; he was an a**hole unlike I’d ever known.”
Hollywood Dirt is one hell of a ride. It’s the story that once you begin you won’t be able to walk away from. I dove into this book late last night, exhausted and feeling ill, and yet I had to fight with myself to put it down and go to sleep. I found myself falling head over heels for Summer, right away. I loved her personality, her sass, her southern charm, and her spunk. Quickly afterwards I found myself both loving and hating Cole. He’s the stereotypical, entitled Hollywood heart throb and he seems hell bent on pushing every single one of Summer’s buttons. Their obvious disdain for each other is entertaining as hell, and the sexual tension and chemistry seeps off the page.
“Jesus, Summer, I want to taste you so badly.”
Alessandra Torre has given us a story unlike any of her others. Hollywood Dirt is a funny, quirky, sensuous story that will light you up in all the best ways. The small town, the intriguing and loveable characters, the humor and sizzling sexiness is more than enough to keep you flipping pages at a furious rate until you’ve reached the very end. The writing is astonishing and the story is unique, it’s totally engaging. I loved this book so much, it captivated me. I really hope that at some point this book has a sequel or a spin off; I’d love to get more from these characters that I fell in love with. Until then, I guess I’ll just continue to imagine what a fine rooster Cocky has grown to be. HAHAHAHAHAHA...
“There was something about her, something that had tugged on him since the moment they had met. A tug that had become an addiction. An addiction that he needed to cure.”
Hollywood Dirt (stand-alone) opens shortly before a Hollywood production is heading to a small Southern town to film a big budget movie. Center stage is Hollywood heartthrob and too-handsome-for-his-own-good, Hollywood royalty Cole Masten aka Big City. This movie is his baby, his first production. When his world is rocked by deceit and divorce papers served by his gold-digging soon-to-be ex-wife, a jaded Cole turned man-whore must fight to keep the movie production on schedule and in his name.
Summer Jenkins aka Country is the polar opposite from Cole, except since the movie announcement Summer has caught the first break of her life helping the movie scout with local logistics with the hopes of staying on as crew once production starts. But Summer has a bit of a temper accompanied by bluntness much due to being born to a single mom and an outcast for most of her life followed by a scandal in recent years
The story alternates between Hollywood in stark contrast to the small Georgian town as Cole and Summer prepare for the big production while also slowly digging further back into their secret pasts. When they finally meet the sparks fly and everything pretty much goes downhill from there sprinkled with intense sexual tension, sizzling clandestine sex, humorous bantering and a tempestuous working relationship made for the tabloids…
COLE MASTEN aka Big City: 35 years/Heir/Movie star/Producer/$$$$/Dark Hair/Green eyes.
Cole Masten aka Big City is the perfect blend of imposing beauty, entitled heir, broken boy, larger-than-life movie star and successful businessman. Yet in all his jaded cockiness there is both vulnerability and humor to him. I predict he’ll wrap himself around your heart.
SUMMER JENKINS aka Country: 28 years/House sitter/Blond hair/Hazel eyes.
Summer Jenkins aka Country has never had anything handed to her. Her good looks and feisty personality compounded by her background has always worked against her – until now. This is her moment, her time to make piece, grow up and grasp her big break.
Hollywood Dirt, told from alternating POVs is a hilarious, feel-good read about second chances, about working the cards you were dealt and grasping opportunities when they arise. But ultimately it’s about forgiveness and making peace with one’s past and how, in life, some of the best moments don’t come with a huge price tag, yet have blockbuster written all over.
Story also comes with some surprises for Alessandra Torre fans. It ends on a high and laughter much like Hollywood endings where dreams can come true.
Effortless story-telling! Entertaining dialogue! Feel-good plot! Swoon-worthy heartthrob Cole Masten!
“Liar.” I accused.
He laughed and leaned in, close enough for only me to hear his response. “Yes, baby. And so are you.”
Hero rating: 5 stars
Heroine rating: 4.5 stars
Sexual tension rating: 5+ stars
Sex scenes rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars
Plot rating: 5 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Storytelling rating: 5 stars
Story ending rating: 5 stars
Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): N/A, Beta
Overall rating: 5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Would I re-read this book: Yes.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.