A STARLET REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD DIRTY BY ALESSANDRA TORRE

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A STARLET REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD DIRTY BY ALESSANDRA TORRE

Synopsis:

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract..
Hollywood Dirt

 


 

 

 

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An Excerpt from Hollywood Dirt

When the door to the production trailer burst open, it brought with it a wave of heat and beauty. Cole looked up from the storyboards and locked eyes with Summer, who blew across the room at him like a tornado on tilt.

“There’s no love story between Ida and Royce.” Summer snapped, throwing down the script, pages fluttering down between them. In the small trailer, conversations stalled and he could feel the attention turn their way. “I’ve read the book. Three times!”

It was good to know that someone had read the damn book. Cole glanced down at her temper tantrum of a mess and back up, raising his eyebrows mildly. “It’s a movie,” he said, turning back to the storyboards. “The writers are adding some excitement. It’s normal. You’d know that if you were in this business.” The dig was unnecessary but he couldn’t help it. This woman turned him into the devil.

“I read the first script. The one you sent over with my contract. Ida and Royce hated each other. Why would Royce…” she snatched up a page from the ground and read out a line. “pushes Ida against the file cabinet and kisses her passionately.” She balled up the page and threw it down to the ground and he could see, in her eyes, the panic. Panic. An unexpected reaction.

“We’ll use that,” Don made the dangerous move of stepping in, putting a soft hand on her shoulder. “You don’t understand. The passion from their hatred will make it hotter.”

“No.” Summer said, her face hard, her eyes on Cole. “It doesn’t make it hotter. It makes it stupid.”

“Aww… come on, Summer.” Cole chided, stepping closer, his hand reaching out to pull at her wrist. She fought him, yanking it back and the moment of their bodies meeting didn’t happen. He leaned down and whispered, right against her ear, the smell of her apple-scented lotion enough to make him want to empty out the production trailer right that moment. “Sure it does.”

She jerked back and twisted away. “If he kisses me on camera I’m going to lose it.” She shot at Don, pointing an accusatory finger in Cole’s direction.

“I know you will,” Cole laughed, crossing his arms to fight from reaching out. “You’ll fall apart under my mouth, baby.”

Summer screamed in response, her hands thrown up in frustration, and spun to leave, her script left behind, the slam of the exit door loud in the full production trailer.

“That went well,” Cole mused. He linked his hands and rested them on his head, rolling his shoulders back. Panic. She’d had panic in her eyes. Fuck.

“What do you expect?” Don said. “You threw this on her without warning. I told you we should have met with her this morning, gone over the changes to prepare her. But no – you just wanted to dump it on her via call sheets and sides.”

“Dump it on her? I was People’s Sexiest Man last year. She’s not mentally adjusting to a war camp for God’s sake. How hard is it to kiss me?”

“It’s actually three kisses,” a dark-haired PA to his left pointed out. “And a grope.”

He gave her a hard look and she withered a little.

“I’ll go talk to her,” Don said. “Eileen, you shoot #4 and I’ll talk to Summer. I want to try to get #14 shot at eleven so let’s get our asses in gear and get this done.”

“I’ll talk to her.” Cole stepped in. “You shoot #4 and I’ll talk to her.”

“No,” Don snapped. “With my luck you two would make up and any authenticity to the scene would disappear. Just stay away from her and be ready at eleven.”

Cole chewed on his cheek, then nodded. “Fine.” Don was right. He should stay away from her. Far. Far away.

 


My Review

I was super excited to get an ARC of this book.  I loved Black Lies so much so I was interested to see what she was going to do with a Contemporary feel to her books.  I will start by saying that I did like this one in the end.  However I struggled through the first part of the book quite a lot.  The thing that was hard for me to get used to was the switching of the POV from first to third person.  It was a bit distracting to read and I’m not a huge fan of third person to begin with.  However once the story really got moving I did enjoy the storyline and the characters.

Summer is your quintessential small town girl, came from nothing and nowhere and was transplanted into the mecca that is Quincy.  Made up of millionaires who are of old money, and even older ideals, she just doesn’t truly fit in with this crowd.  Not to mention her little “troubles” with her ex has left her an even bigger outcast.  So when Ben a scout for the movie being made about her town and the people in it comes knocking, she takes the opportunity that she needs to get some much needed funds to get her as far away from Quincy as possible.

Cole is a Hollywood superstar, he’s been living the life on cloud 9, perfect wife, perfect career, money, cars, everything he could ever want.  But when that comes crashing down, his new much needed pit-bull of a lawyer sends him off to Quincy early, he’s to keep his nose clean and out of the limelight, while his lawyer works his magic.

When the world of small town and Hollywood celebrity collide, neither is what the other is truly expecting and the fireworks that ensue and the egos that get crushed are fun to watch!  Once Cole meets Summer he knows he’s in for a rough time… Through the book and their connection you will come to love Cole and Summer.  Their banter and back and forth will have you laughing…. She’s not an easy girl to say the least and as her story unfolds you will feel for this girl in more ways than one.  Their chemistry is almost instant even if the words aren’t showing it, you definitely feel it.

I did feel that the end was a little rushed and that everything wrapped up a little to quickly.  I would have liked to have seen more of their life together unfold since most of the book was their fighting the attraction and the feelings.  However I did still enjoy this story overall and I would recommend that you read it.  I really did LOVE Summer and her snarky attitude and I loved Cole and his insecurities.  They made for a pretty good read in the end…

three-half-starsthree-half-starsthree-half-stars3.5 Stars

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AT headshot - red dressAlessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

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