WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD!
Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she’s wriggling into a pair of badass jeans and ready to show the film industry that there’s way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood’s newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot to like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea.
While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the “unidentified redhead” who’s been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is in stuck in a double bind. She’s head over heels in lust with Jack, but there’s her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest “it” boy may garner her industry attention . . . but is it the kind of attention she’s always dreamed of? simonandschuster.com
I absolutely loved this book. I was amused, fanning myslef, and made to crave Chex Mix. Though the themes of Actress Trying to Make it in LA and Older Woman and Younger Guy aren’t new, Clayton uses them in a fresh and fun plot with quirky characters in interesting situations and snarky language employed with real wit and not just the sarcastic voice.
It also features a place I really enjoy, Los Angeles, and it even speaks of it fondly. Most people hate LA but I love to go there. When a book takes place somewhere I go it makes it more enjoyable for me (unless they totally get the place wrong). And, the book also has a lot of cultural references, making it feel timely, some of which I got entirely and others were past when I was a teenager.
It also deals with a woman in her thirties considering whether to date a man nine years younger than she is. What do you think about that? It’s over a third of his life. She could have been his babysitter. I don’t know about you but I looked a hella better in my thirties than I did in my twenties, so her story of losing weight in her thirties really struck a chord with me as I did the same (a while ago now). But I wonder, if I weren’t married, whether I would consider dating a man that much younger than I am. What about you?
The atmosphere is both realistic and not realistic in that it is what we have come to expect of the “Going Hollywood” story, but at the same time we know that what we expect is a bit off of reality. In other words it works but I am sure the actual experiences are much different. Although from personal experience when you meet a star people really do jump all over them for a photograph (me included see picture).
I loved the way they first hook up and then how they keep the energy up in their relationship. I also like how they work out issues between them, by communicating. The hook ups are very hot — Thai chili hot. It isn’t erotica but it is very erotic romance – the sex has a place in the storyline, but the relationship is the real focus.
It’s often the case that when I really like a book I get lost in it and kind of stop reading with my review hat on. When that happens I generally devour a book in one sitting. This one had me turning from one page to another and I read the whole thing in four to five hours. In any event – I noted a passage I particularly liked:
Would you be intrigued by a film star who wanted to kiss you? he breathed, his fingers finally touching mine,”
I paused as I looked back at him, almost panting,. “Mm-hmm.” I whispered.
Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit.
His eyes were heavy as he gazed into min. He closed the distance between us and his hand came up to my cheek. I could feel the sand clinging to his fingersgraze my skin, and it was cool. I was not.
The instant before his lips met mine I could tell that he was about to deliver a kiss that would stun be stupid.
It was soft and sweet. It was tentative and deliberate all at the same time. He kissed me once, then again, and then a third time with a little more grr behind it. (page 63 Gallery books paperback edition, October 2013)
Having said how much I enjoyed the book, you know I am going to HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to peeps who like super hot contemporary romance!