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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.
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.
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.
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