Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
Released: September 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Alessandra Torre
Reviewed by Sarah
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.
Stand-alone Contemporary Romance.
If you haven’t already read this, you absolutely should. It’s a great classic romance! If you’ve read other works from Torre, you’ll know she tends to push the envelope and doesn’t necessarily play by the rules you come to expect out of erotica and romance authors. I love this about her even when it makes me uncomfortable—especially then. For a majority of the time while reading this, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if it would be erotica or romance or maybe something else entirely; I just knew I had to trust the author to get us wherever she wanted us to go. In the end I’m left with a phenomenal love story where more often than not, the characters were pushing each other away regardless of their tangible chemistry.
I wouldn’t classify this as erotica, although there are a few steamy scenes with Cole and Summer, instead this would fall under romance, pure and simple. When I started this one, it felt like the book version of an independent film—almost like an experiment. Torre only fed us a little detail here and there to the history of Cole and Summer’s pasts. At any given time, we weren’t fully informed of everything going on but that in no way detracts from the story. If anything it just fans the fire. I wanted to know more so I kept doing the “I’ll just read one more chapter” thing until I finally just feel asleep.
Hollywood Dirt is intriguing and filled with great repartee. If you appreciate a slow, smoldering burn then you don’t want to pass on this memorable story.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.