"But when Claire falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s 'it' boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body."
Pages: 306 pages
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing on July 14th 2012
Form: E-book (from tour for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Red Carpet Series #1
Amazon: Buy / $13.99 (Paperback) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $14.15 (Paperback)
InkSpell: Buy / $3.50 (E-book)
Excerpt: Chapter 1
"Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time.
But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s 'it' boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body.
Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all." ~From Goodreads
I apologize before hand that for the shortness of this review - I hurt my back and sitting by the computer is quite painful.
Hollywood Ever After is a beautiful love story of a woman with an abuse past, blooming while spending a birthday weekend in Hollywood with her producer friend and meeting a striking movie heartthrob who ends up being more down to earth than the norm glitz of Hollywood.
The plot was good, contemporary romance with a little suspense twist. The twist being Claire's abusive and controlling ex-husband who doesn't take liking to Claire looking happy and dating Josh and harassing her for it. Also I usually don't like kids in a love story but I actually really liked Claire's kids and how Josh was with them - they weren't the source of drama and I loved it!
The romance was beautiful, Josh and Claire were a great match and even though they started with a bang the story turned sweet and I loved the whole journey they went through to telling each other they loved one another to the ex messing with things. But I loved how secure Josh was and wasn't intimidated by Claire's ex or her past - absolutely loved it.
If it hadn't been for the papz and the premieres totally heartthrob Josh would have been like any other decent guy falling in love. I absolutely love these domestic abuse survivor stories, not so much the victim stories but when the woman is a survivor and meets a really great guy I think makes for a amazing novel.
Can't wait to read Hollywood Holiday the Book Two in the Red Carpet Series coming in December 2012!
Why do we fantasize about Hollywood Heartthrobs through novels?
This is a great question! Thanks for giving me the chance to answer it.
Now I’ll admit that my answer might not be the norm. I grew up in a very pro-Hollywood family. Yes, we had Oscar parties, went to see all the nominated movies, watched Entertainment Tonight, and subscribed to all the celebrity magazines.
My first crushes were movie stars: Mel Gibson ( Year of Living Dangerously ), Christopher Reeve ( Somewhere in Time ), and River Phoenix ( anything he was in… ). When I read ( which was and is all the time ) I tend to assign actors and actresses with actors – if I like the book. Because book heroes are just as dreamy as Hollywood heart throbs so combining them is the BEST THING EVER.
Why do we do romanticize these guys? I think we see Hollywood Heart throbs in a very positive and glamorous light. We don’t know them, but we think we do. Or rather, we wish we did. Maybe not the real them, but the way we see them. You know, these glorious men are more manly, romantic, generous, and strong than men we know – right? Probably not, but it’s sure nice to think so.
I did, of course, ‘cast’ Josh as a pretty yummy heart throb. I wonder if you can figure out ‘who’ he is?
What a tease! ;)
Okay, I'll give it my go...
Tour Wide Giveaway :
2 autographed paperback copies of the book Hollywood Ever After with bookmarks, pins, and magnets
1 custom charm bracelet with charms special to the book ( and book swag )
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