Released: February 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack—everyone’s favorite couple—find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun. And it is just friendship, right?
Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps laying down for him—all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film. Thank goodness for phone sex. But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational—but can they survive the swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, and Grace’s internal battles?
The first, The Unidentified Redhead, has a lot of happy moments and very little friction whereas this one is full of conflict. You really get to see all of Grace’s insecurities come to the forefront: her age, her weight, their relationship, etc. Unfortunately, some of those fixations are helped along by the media machine and even her best friend/agent, Holly. I can imagine the weight of constantly denying their liaison and following the other PR rules alone would destroy most connections. Being on opposite sides of the country further influences their perceptions, while the lack of communication on Grace’s (and sometimes Jack’s) part causes undesirable effects and complications.
This book is perfection. It genuinely has it all and evokes all kinds of emotions: happiness, profound sadness, laughter, tears, sentimentality, and love. This book is truly a rollercoaster of emotions the entire time. I could not put it down. The dissension between our Gracie and George was almost too much to endure (especially in chapter 13). I really just want schmaltz but know we have to have the bad to make the good so much better.
Rating: 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.