Review: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Reviewed by Elise

This is a Cinderella story with a southern twist. Summer Jenkins is a 29 year old southern girl living in small town Georgia. Cole Masten is an over-pampered, seemingly arrogant actor, used to getting his own way. He meets his match in Summer, an independent and somewhat lonely young woman desperate to leave the town of Quincy. The two are thrown together when Summer is cast as the leading lady in Cole’s most recent film and the sparks fly.

This story was an easy read. It’s the kind of book I would take with me and read at the beach on a hot, sunny day. It was steamy in all the right places. The romantic tension builds in believable increments throughout the course of the novel. It had just enough angst to keep the feels coming but not enough to tear my heart open. There are a number of likable offsiders in the story and this helps diffuse the tension and keep the story moving nicely. It turns out that there is a spin off novella to read more about Brad Deluca and I think I may have to put this on my reading list!

Summer and Cole change each other, although if it’s for the better, I don’t know. Certainly Cole is much more likable when he isn’t entirely helpless but the ways they change are somewhat stereotypical. Cole learns to be more of a ‘man’ (by owning a rooster and being outdoors) and Summer learns to open her heart and rely on a man. It’s predictable, but it works well for this story and the author writes these character changes beautifully.

This book is a HEA, so despite the turmoil, there is a rainbow waiting for Summer and Cole. I did like the epilogue that gave us an insight into the future for Cole and Summer. I would love to see the film adaption of the book. Living in Australia, however, I can’t seem to find it available anywhere. If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be very much appreciated.

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

Hollywood Dirt
by Alessandra Torre
Release Date: September 7, 2015

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