Published September 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 is not your average Alessandra Torre novel as it is a love story between Hollywood-star Cole Masten and country girl Summer Jenkins. The two of them obviously come from two different worlds and ae looking for completely opposite things. While Cole loves the peace and quiet of Summer’s small town he’s come to to shoot his movie, Summer craves nothing more than to get the hell out of there.
But in get the necessary funds to be able to leave town, Summer will have to work along with the movie crew as a sort of location scout, and mediator between the townfolk and the tinseltown invaders. This obviously means spending a lot of time with Cole, even though the sexy hunk of a man comes across as truly despicable. And to complicate things even more, even though it’s obvious that there is a huge sexual attraction between the two of them, they can’t seem to stand each other!
What I loved about this book:
- The lighhearted atmosphere
- The realness of the characters
- The sexual tension
What I felt needed improvement:
- The insta-love plot
- The rather unspectacular ending
I have been a fan of all Alessandra Torre novels for a couple of years now. Alessandra usually writes dark, screwed-up, very weird novels which are often full of mystery and dark characters. And Hollywood Dirt is actually more like you average love story, and reading something so different coming from this author totally intrigued me.
But of course, it is not really your average love story because it’s an Alessandra Torre story. It contains passion, as well as angst, and it has a lot of humor which is actually very unusual for Alessandra. Don’t get me wrong, she more often than not adds a touch of humortoin her books, but not necessarily the lighthearted and flirty kind featured in Hollywood Dirt. The writing was as great as always coming from Alessandra Torre, and I loved that it was alternating between Cole and Summer’s point of view. This book sis also set in the south, and the author totally managed to translate the wonderful southern atmosphere into her book. And then there were also a couple of really, really colourful side characters which made the read even more enjoyable.
And as I said earlier, there was a great touch of humor throughout the book just. Just witnessing the interaction between the two main characters hilarious, because even though they hated each other, the sexual tension was unmistakeable, which lead to some kind of very wicked flirting. And yes, they were even playing each other at some point and that made the whole book so enjoyable.
Sure, some people would say that Hollywood Dirt is a bit of an insta-love story with a hint of fairytale inside, but then again, when you think about it, it’s really not. Because if you look at from another angle, while there was sexual attraction pretty early on in the book and both of them couldn’t stop thinking about each other – the chase was there.
Now the end of the story was nice. I found it cute but I was hoping for the book to actually end with a boom, or with something completely unexpected – but it didn’t. I think the only thing that annoyed me was that ever since the beginning of the book we knew that summer wanted to leave her hometown to follow her dreams and see the world. And in the end she does leave town, but it feels that now she is attached to Cole and still not really following her dream. But hey, that’s just a detail.
So in summary I would definitely recommend that you read Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre. After all, you can’t really mess anything up when you read anything by Alessandra Torre. The only thing that you will have to be OK with, is the fact that Hollywood Dirt doesn’t necessarily have the sick and twisted plot that the author usually likes to apply to her books. But that doesn’t mean this book isn’t worth isn’t worth your time at all because it is!
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All the feels