Hollywood & Vine
Synopsis:In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.
When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he's the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.
Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.
He’s after one thing.
She refuses to give it to him... again.
When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.
With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.
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“I don’t know what kind of place Argent is running, but they need to get a handle on their employees.” Anders’ voice was stern and playful, making Josie laugh then sigh.
“I bet it’s the costume department, isn’t it? It is, right? I swear,” she exhaled. “You can’t find good help anywhere these days.”
“It really is quite sad. Is it asking too much for the beautiful Costume Supervisor to be in my trailer wearing only a tie when I walk through the door? For modeling purposes, of course.”
Josie laughed, her heart skipping. “Of course.”
“It feels weird being back.” He spoke quieter, his tone softer.
“I walked outside this morning and my makeup didn’t slide off my face from sweating. It was very disconcerting.”
“Get your ass to my trailer and I’ll have you sweating in no time.”
“Mr. Ellis, that sounds highly unprofessional,” she chastised, grabbing her clipboard and heading toward his trailer. “We both know how you feel about remaining professional on the job.”
“Well I see your smart mouth found its way back to LA.” Anders shook his head, a small smile tugging up the corner of his mouth.
Josie grinned and pushed open his door but continued to speak into her phone. “If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you sound relieved.”
Anders snapped his head to the side, a wicked gleam in his eyes as he stood from his chair, his phone still pressed to his ear. “Relieved is a bit of a stretch. Although, I must admit, I’ve thought of some creative ways to shut you up.”
Josie licked her lips and dropped her phone to her side. “Creative?”
Anders tossed his on the vanity and crossed the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her before whispering in her ear.
“You have no idea.”
“I have a few.” Josie grinned and hugged him close, her eyes falling shut and the tightness in her chest loosening for the first time that day.
Anders leaned his forehead against Josie’s. “Is it weird that I missed you?”
“Totally weird. You’re such a freak.” Her tone was playful, but the strain in her voice and the softness in her eyes showed her true feelings.
Anders Ellis has to be one of the biggest A**holes I’ve EVER read about, but that just made me love this book that much more. I had a love/hate relationship with Anders from the beginning.
Anders is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He doesn’t commit or sleep with the same woman once. His ego is the size of Texas. He can have any woman he wants without even trying and he knows it. His lifestyle doesn’t have room for a serious relationship until we meet Josie.
Josie is the costume designer on the same set Anders is working on. Just wanting a no strings attached kind of night Anders and Josie wind up having a one night night stand. Josie finds herself not being able to stop thinking about that night, and she sees his face and name everywhere she goes. She has been good about hiding it so far. That’s until her job, and I like to call it fate steps in to throw these two back in each other’s lives. These two end up back together again and are in for a crazy ride!
Anders being the a** that he is doesn’t remember Josie at first, and Josie isn’t about to make the same mistake twice. She won’t let Anders win her over with his so called charming ways so easily. She holds her ground and stands up for herself. She is attracted to him of course, but she will not let him treat her the way he does the other women that is in and out if his life. She’s not a door mat, and Anders doesn’t know how to handle a woman sticking up for herself. He’s used to getting what he wants whenever he wants so this drives him crazy.
The chemistry between these two is off the charts. The back and forth banter keeps you turning the page to see what will happen next. Can Anders change his playboy ways for love? Can Josie trust that she’s not just another notch on Anders belt or will they both get nothing but heartache? Go grab your copy now to find out. I love that this story wrapped up as a stand alone. I loved the characters and the storyline keeps you sucked in the entire time. This is a book you will finish in one sitting for sure.