Title: Hollywood Dirt
Date Published: 9/7/15
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.
What a beautiful slow burn romance! I just loved everything about this book! The characters, the plot, everything.
The book starts of with Summer, your typical sweet but kickass heroine, who is from the South. She lives in Quincy, Florida. After what happened in her past, she has gotten nasty looks and is basically an outcast. She wants out and boy does she go. At the same time, we have Cole, who is married and seems to have the perfect life. However, once his wife cheats on him things go downhill. He becomes the epitome of a playboy.
What I love about these two characters is that they are exact opposites but there is so much in common. The saying “There is more that meets the eye” is totally true. Cole, yes, is an idiot and a jerk, but you can see that there is more to him. I feel so sad for him. He deserves a big hug after what has happened to him. After his debacle, he starts adjusting to small town life and that is where things start getting hilarious. Summer is so awesome. She is sweet and is not a foul mouthed heroine. She gets things done. She isn’t judgmental and does not take people’s crap.
The romance between Cole and Summer is out of the this world. It is the exact slow burn I need after reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Marina Zapata. That slow pace of getting know each other, genuinely earning the other person’s respect is there. I also love that there is so much chemistry between them but it isn’t forced. One of the biggest issues I have with NA novels is that the characters directly jump into bed and start doing things in between the sheets. It is too fast. On the other hand, things take a slow pace and it isn’t until the end.
Alessa has also done an excellent job making the secondary characters play a role. She does design some pretty good villains and exes. They are so evil that you are yearning that they are real. Summer’s family and Cole’s past are polar opposite but they are beautifully engrained into this book.
Another thing that is really unqieu about this book is that it alternates between first and third person. Third person for Cole and first person for Summer. My only issue is that the switches get annoying at times. I want to here things from Cole’s mouth. Not a third person.
Otherwise, this book is just out of this world. I can’t wait to watch the movie. Nope, I lied. I will always like the book but let’s hope the movie is equally good. The link to the movie is here. Beautiful book! I highly recommend you read it!