Release Day + ARC Review :Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

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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.

  



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MY REVIEW

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Alessandra Torre's books have the ability of either blown my mind or make me feel good.
Hollywood Dirt might be very different from her other books, it's still leave me with a huge smile at the end. It's still leave the urge to write my review right after I read the book just to be sure I'm still in the aftereffect of reading her story.

Hollywood Dirt was a slow build for me. I had a hard time to get my mind on the book. Alessandra set up the background of the story of both of them came from and where they are situated in their lives.

Summer has never left Quincy. Even after what happened 3 years ago. She is 29 and still lives with her Mama.
Like in all small towns, everybody knows everybody and as soon as the mayor receives a phone call to inform him his town will be the location of a movie, people are starting to spread the news.

« The movie was the most exciting thing that had ever happened, and the town counted down to the arrival with breathless anticipation. Hollywood. Glamour. Studios. Celebrities, the most important of whom was Cole Masten. »

Summer sees an opportunity to help, to earn money and to be useful when a guy that needs to prepare everyone's arrival knocks on her door.
Because what Summer really wants is to have enough money to leave.

Cole is a movie star and a very successful one. He has it all : money, fame and a wife he loves.
Despite their jobs that keep them apart more months that they could count, they are still in love after 5 years of marriage... or so he thought.
His world is about to turn on axis when he find his wife with someone else.
Thank God he has a movie to make.
His attorney (you will be happy to see him if you've read AT's Innocence series) summon him to stay in Quincy sooner so he can stay low profile.

And that's how Hollywood meets Country.
And that's how life how Cole and Summer know will come to an end.

« This woman’s eyes did not covet his, they burned holes through his shell and found their way to his soul »

From 20% I was a goner and I never stop reading whenever I had a moment.

In the background, the book is about making a movie but what I really felt was that I was watching a movie. I could picture myself in front of my tv and watch Cole and Summer's story. And that's what sold the book for me.

Cole and Summer are so different from each other yet both of them have a strong pull toward each other.
Don't expect something smutty because Hollywood Dirt is all about romance at his finest.

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Their love story is slow but funny.

“Did you just fall asleep?”
“Uh-huh.”
“Do you know how many girls would kill for me to call them? The studio runs giveaways for shit like this all the time, with millions of entries.”
“Girls,” she mumbled. “Not women. I used to want a belly button ring too, once.”
“I’m not a belly button ring.”

Their attraction is hot but contained.

« I want to flip you over and bury my face in between your legs and fuck you with my mouth. I want to make you scream my name and come underneath my mouth and taste the moment you fall apart for me. »

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With Hollywood Dirt, Alessandra Torre show us readers a new side in her wide skills. You are going to laugh, swoon, love and feel a little sexually frustrated at times but it will be all worth it.

Cole and Summer fall in love slowly in front of our eyes.
Summer begins to truly see who Cole is behind his "Hollywood self".
Cole slowly let himself truly be and their unison comes naturally and beautifully.

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I would recommend Hollywood Dirt to all fans of romance, of people who are looking for a funny story with low drama and two characters who are like the yin and the yang when they let themselves just feel .
  EXCERPT

When the door to the production trailer burst open, it brought with it a wave of heat and beauty. Cole looked up from the storyboards and locked eyes with Summer, who blew across the room at him like a tornado on tilt.
“There’s no love story between Ida and Royce.” Summer snapped, throwing down the script, pages fluttering down between them. In the small trailer, conversations stalled and he could feel the attention turn their way. “I’ve read the book. Three times!” It was good to know that someone had read the damn book. Cole glanced down at her temper tantrum of a mess and back up, raising his eyebrows mildly.
 “It’s a movie,” he said, turning back to the storyboards. “The writers are adding some excitement. It’s normal. You’d know that if you were in this business.” The dig was unnecessary but he couldn’t help it. This woman turned him into the devil.
“I read the first script. The one you sent over with my contract. Ida and Royce hated each other. Why would Royce…” she snatched up a page from the ground and read out a line. “pushes Ida against the file cabinet and kisses her passionately.” She balled up the page and threw it down to the ground and he could see, in her eyes, the panic. Panic. An unexpected reaction.
“We’ll use that,” Don made the dangerous move of stepping in, putting a soft hand on her shoulder. “You don’t understand. The passion from their hatred will make it hotter.”
“No.” Summer said, her face hard, her eyes on Cole. “It doesn’t make it hotter. It makes it stupid.”
“Aww… come on, Summer.” Cole chided, stepping closer, his hand reaching out to pull at her wrist. She fought him, yanking it back and the moment of their bodies meeting didn’t happen. He leaned down and whispered, right against her ear, the smell of her apple-scented lotion enough to make him want to empty out the production trailer right that moment.
“Sure it does.” She jerked back and twisted away. “If he kisses me on camera I’m going to lose it.” She shot at Don, pointing an accusatory finger in Cole’s direction.
“I know you will,” Cole laughed, crossing his arms to fight from reaching out.
 “You’ll fall apart under my mouth, baby.” Summer screamed in response, her hands thrown up in frustration, and spun to leave, her script left behind, the slam of the exit door loud in the full production trailer.
“That went well,” Cole mused. He linked his hands and rested them on his head, rolling his shoulders back. Panic. She’d had panic in her eyes. Fuck.
“What do you expect?” Don said. “You threw this on her without warning. I told you we should have met with her this morning, gone over the changes to prepare her. But no – you just wanted to dump it on her via call sheets and sides.”
“Dump it on her? I was People’s Sexiest Man last year. She’s not mentally adjusting to a war camp for God’s sake. How hard is it to kiss me?”
“It’s actually three kisses,” a dark-haired PA to his left pointed out. “And a grope.” He gave her a hard look and she withered a little.
“I’ll go talk to her,” Don said. “Eileen, you shoot #4 and I’ll talk to Summer. I want to try to get #14 shot at eleven so let’s get our asses in gear and get this done.”
 “I’ll talk to her.” Cole stepped in. “You shoot #4 and I’ll talk to her.”
“No,” Don snapped. “With my luck you two would make up and any authenticity to the scene would disappear. Just stay away from her and be ready at eleven.” Cole chewed on his cheek, then nodded.
 “Fine.” Don was right. He should stay away from her. Far. Far away.  

 
KISS SUMMER

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.
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