by Alessandra Torre
Series: Hollywood Dirt #1
Published by Everafter Romance on September 7, 2015
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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 by Alessandra Torre explores some of my favorite tropes: opposites attract, enemies to lovers, and country mouse/city mouse. It’s a definite slow burn romance and for me, the progression of the relationship dragged a bit before hitting warp speed at the end. However, the author’s writing style made me want to keep reading. Overall, this was an enjoyable book.
Summer Jenkins lives in Quincy, GA: a tiny town turned filming location for Hollywood’s next blockbuster movie, The Fortune Bottle. Summer is the town pariah, thanks to an incident three years prior that caused most of Quincy to basically shun her and her mother.
Cole Masten is an Oscar-winning Hollywood heartthrob and star of The Fortune Bottle. One-half of a superstar power couple, he’s now headed to divorce court, after catching his wife cheating on him. Cole decides to immerse himself in his work—after screwing the pain away with anyone willing, following his wife’s infidelity.
When Cole arrives in Quincy, worlds collide. He and Summer take an immediate dislike to each other, which only fuels the sexual tension that’s also present. Upon meeting Summer, Cole quickly realizes that she would make the perfect leading lady for his movie—despite the fact that she has never acted and seemingly has no desire to start now. But Summer has big plans to get out of Quincy, so she takes Cole up on his offer.
The romance develops slowly and seems almost subordinate to the competing plots of the movie, Cole’s divorce, and Summer’s painful past. Having said that, the author has a compelling writing style that made me want to keep reading.
I had some issues with the ending, which felt rushed and a bit too quaint for me. I also wanted the relationship to be more developed and to feel less like a rebound. But overall, I enjoyed this clash of small town meets big city. I’m excited to see how the Passionflix adaptation turns out.
Rating: 3.5 stars