Monday, December 18, 2017

Book Review: Hollywood Dirt by: Alessandra Torre

Release Date: January 5, 2016
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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."

My Thoughts:

This one kinda let me down. I went to it expecting a nice fluffy read and it definitely wasn’t a heavy read but it also didn’t have that something that really grabbed me.

I think my biggest issue was the characters themselves. I really struggled to like Cole. He just treated Summer like crap for most of the book and I did not like that. There is banter but some of what Cole did was just mean. But I didn’t love Summer either. She just annoyed me. I never really got them together and they gave me some serious whiplash.

Summer and Cole are a hate to love romance and that’s such a hard trope to pull off and I don’t think this book executed it just right. Cole and Summer are at each other’s throats for a majority of the book. There is very little progression away from hatred until one moment when suddenly they don’t hate one another anymore and they are professing their undying love. I’m a fan of the fairy tale but I just couldn’t fully buy into this complete one eighty.

With all of that though, there was something addictive about this book and I could never bring myself to just put it aside. I loved the bits with Cole’s pet chicken and overall I enjoyed the plot. But this book and I just clashed in a few too many places. I’m still looking forward to reading more from Alessandra Torre because her writing is great.

In the end, Hollywood Dirt and I just weren’t the right fit. This is loved by others though so it may be the read for you.

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