Behind the "lights, camera, action" of Hollywood lies a world of deception, love, and seduction.
Are you ready for Hollywood Royalty?
A blonde, a brunette, a redhead…he can have his pick of them all on any given night and he knows it. They wait, hoping he looks up and gives them his signature smirk, choosing them over the others because that’s his game.
Except now he's signed the contract of a lifetime, one with a pesky little clause that says his zipper must stay up and his playboy image has got to tamp down. It'll be fine—a piece of cake, even—he can do this and he’s almost convinced himself of that … and then she walks in the room
The new PR girl whom they’ve hired to change his image, she's the star of all his dreams, but there’s one tiny little problem … she can't stand him and all of his player ways.
He knows he only has thirty days to show her why they call him Hollywood’s Prince. He’s up for the challenge, so game on.
Apparently, this is also true for reformed playboy Hollywood actors. Even when they don't find themselves in a historical romance. That said, this book in a lot of ways had the feel of one, with the expectations they have of one another, and of themselves, coming from a perceived way in which they feel they need to act...to fit in, and to be a part of the world in which they live.
As for the reformed rake thing? It's true for Carter. He's excellent husband material, it just takes him a little time to figure this out.
This is a good thing for Erin, or at least it helps her, as it's literally her job to reform him, or at least his public image. Because, again, in a way very similar to a historical novel, they each have expected ways they are supposed to be behaving...and, if they don't, things start to fall apart.
At the beginning (and again in the middle) Carter is an ass. He's a jerk, he's a playboy womanizer and the women he's with are pretty much interchangeable and mean nothing to him. Until Erin. Until they meet and he's attracted to her and she's...unimpressed. He's a job. He's used to being more interesting to the people around him, and watching him react to this, and to try to figure out what to do next, was a lot of the fun of this book...both at the beginning, and during the last part of the book when Erin, again, throws his life in a direction he was not expecting.
All of a sudden, he's the means to an end for a woman, instead of the other way around...and he's at a loss as to how to handle it. His world is no longer how he expects it to be, and for the first time (at least in a while) just because he wants something doesn't mean it is handed to him.
The attraction is mutual and you feel it as a reader. I liked that my feelings toward Carter changed at pretty much the same pace as Erin's. The pacing was strong and I felt like I was living the story and not just reading it.
I definitely enjoyed this title and I recommend it.
I liked getting to know Erin in this book. I could understand and relate to all the emotions she experienced. She's given a seemingly impossible task and rises to the challenge beautifully. She had great drive and wit and determination. She's smart, capable and loyal. She's also a much stronger person than she ever gives herself credit for.
Carter on the other hand? Man, I wanted to smack him sometimes. He's sexy, sure, and he knows it. But he's also such a playboy! He had what I feel like is a typical Hollywood attitude when it comes to ladies. But...once you dig deeper into him? You can understand why he is the way he is. I liked his growth throughout the book, even though I seriously did want to smack him HARD at one point.
I like the connection between these two. I like the way their relationship came together-it felt perfectly believable to me. Their sexy times were hot, but I liked seeing them together outside the bedroom, too. Watching them figure each other out was very satisfying.
This is a standalone book but there are characters from other books that make appearances as well and I LOVE how the Author weaves them in. They never take away from the main couple, but it's always fun to see them again.
This book took a trope I really don't enjoy and made me like it. The writing was strong and the banter was witty and fun. I truly enjoyed going on this journey with the characters. I would recommend this title.
About The Author:
When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...