Although Alessandra Torre is better known for writing Mysteries, Thrillers, and Erotica, she seamlessly moved into contemporary romance with ease writing Hollywood Dirt and as one of my favorite authors, I never had a doubt this book wouldn’t be great. Hollywood Dirt is unlike any of her other books. It’s lighthearted without any of her usual twists as two people who cannot stand one another fail miserably at denying their attraction.
This story takes place in Quincy, Georgia, home to sixty-seven Coca-Cola investors who turned millionaires. You’d never know that this small, southern, quaint town was packed with millionaires. Their lives revolve around their farms, church, and good manners.
Summer Jenkins, grew up most of her life in Quincy but had never truly felt accepted and after her failed engagement she had definitely been labeled the black sheep of the town. After high school, Summer never planned to leave, but now she wanted to get away and have a life. Have a future.
I wanted to be someone different, someone without scorn, someone without a past. Someone with a future.
After the secret that a movie about the Coca-Cola millionaires swept through town, Summer knew that it was her one ticket to get away and finally have a future. It doesn’t take her long to become friends with Ben and help him talk to the residences and find the locations for shooting. Summer soon realized that the little amount of money she received for her help wouldn’t be enough to start a new life and help her mother who she would be leaving behind. Little did she know that it would be her Southern charm and fire that would change her life forever.
It makes me wish, for the first time in forever, that I had a friend, someone other than my mom, to show it off to, to giggle inside of.
Cole Masten was Hollywood’s heartthrob. His life always in the public eye with the paparazzi following him everywhere he went, to adoring fans, and a famous actress as his wife. His life was perfect or so he thought until he came home to find his wife having sex with the director of her new movie and heard her utter those three words he thought would only ever belong to him. With his life falling apart, his lawyer forced Cole to head to Quincy early, follow his rules and straighten out his life.
When Cole arrived in Quincy, he found that no one was waiting for him and that his assistant that he relied heavily on had been in a severe accident. Now Cole was forced to fend for himself. He didn’t know what to think at first when the residence of Quincy didn’t stare at him or ask for his autograph.
It only took a few moments from Summer and Cole’s first meeting for her to hate him. Every encounter with Cole seemed to make her hatred grow with each word that left his mouth. Little did Summer know that Cole loved to provoke the fire that he saw upon their first meeting.
It had been one thing to dislike him upon our first meeting. But now, as time passed and pieces of him came to light, I felt more and more off-balance around him. There were times when he seemed almost likeable, other times anything but…
Cole was used to everyone and everything falling at his feet. Slowly he started to take charge of his life that he had left in the hands of his future ex-wife and assistant. Cole was starting to remember what it was like to be himself again and saw the signs that he had missed in his marriage that it had been failing. I loved watching Cole find himself and admitting that he was scared of his feelings for Summer and not wanting to expose that vulnerability.
Cole wasn’t the only one who was vulnerable. Summer knew that Cole would be leaving once the movie finished filming and she’d be the one left hurt.
I couldn’t break. Not for a man who didn’t deserve it, not for a man who would split town even faster than me. We were both, when filming wrapped, getting out of here. There was no point in seeking out good in a man like that.
I’ve read many of Alessandra Torre’s books, and I was shocked at how long it took for the characters to come together. This story is a slow burn, but it was so worth it in the end. It was easy to fall in love with the characters. Torre gave us a heroine who had no problem showing the world who she really was. An outspoken, fearless women who couldn’t care less about the status of Hollywood to a man who is an alpha but still lets us see his vulnerable side. I love how you never know what you’re going to get in one of her books except that it will be a great story. Each book of Torre’s is a new world that will suck you in until the last page, and once you’re done, you’ll be impatiently waiting for her next release.
** I was provided an arc from the author for a fair and honest review.**
Rating: 5 Stars