The Redhead Plays Her Hand (Redhead #3) by Alice Clayton
Released: December 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Grace’s star is on the rise with a new TV series, but then the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds. When she goes public with her struggles with weight, she suddenly develops a huge fan club of people who are happy to see a curvy actress speak up, and she becomes a flashpoint in society’s ongoing conversation about what’s beautiful and what Hollywood’s responsibility is to portray women of all shapes and sizes.
Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the star lifestyle. But while he can have anything he wants, he can’t have the one thing he really needs: a public relationship with Grace, which his manager says will hurt his career. When Jack begins to spiral downward into parties, booze, and Hollywood brat behavior, it’s time for Grace to set him straight—and maybe dare to walk the red carpet together, hand in hand.
The third book in the Redhead series picks up with Grace going into production on her television show of Mable Unstable? with Michael still holding creative control but a veteran and jerk of a director at the helm. After having previous struggles with her weight but finally accepting her current body, she is told to drop another 12-20 pounds. This effort become the focus of media scrutiny as well as the public , while with mixed reviews it still provides a thoughtful platform for her rising celebrity.
As Grace's star power increases we watch Jack's implodes. He has obvious difficulties handling fame and we get a glimpse of a different side of Jack in this book. In the previous installments, he’s been so mature and relatively laid back, whereas he now goes out every night living the hard and fast life of young Hollywood.
If you thought the second book was full of drama this one doubles that and is more intense. In the past Grace has mostly been the one to instigate most of the drama but now we get to see her as she has grown up and surpassed Jack in maturity level and stability for the first time in their relationship. Overall, this is a gut wrenching and sometimes heartbreaking read but still retains some of the levity and playfulness of the previous books.
This is final book in the series but I’m left wanting more Redhead. I like to know that Sweet Nuts needs to hold Crazy’s boobies to balance in the shower. I need to know that Gracie and Georgie keep up with the schmaltz and the grand gestures.
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.