hollywood dirt, by alessandra torre

This was a fun and relatively fast read. There was a lot of humor infused with real emotion and just the right amount of sexual tension. Alessandra Torre is quickly becoming one of my most adored authors and I could easily go on a binge devouring one book after another from her. In this case, Hollywood Dirt is being made into a movie. And while not a big budget summer release, casting has begun and you’re sure to recognize a face or two on the big screen when it’s brought to life.

Cole Masten, the hero (a term used loosely) is the epitome of an egotistical a*s. He’s Hollywood elite, with over-the-top good looks and talent for days, all slathered in charm. He’s also the male half of ‘Codia,’ being married to Nadia Smith, a Hollywood starlet in her own right. But the demise of the Cole/Nadia acronym is upon them.

After returning home one day, Cole discovers Nadia engaged in extra curricular activities with another man in their bathroom. Needless to say, Cole doesn’t take it well. After arranging a meeting between the other man’s head and shoulder with a ceramic elephant, the divorce of “Codia” ensues; along with a lot of bad behavior on Cole’s part.

Enter Summer. A down home, tell it like it is, care free southern girl. She manages to wrangle a job on Cole’s next movie as an assistant to the location scout. But what starts out as a short-term assistant gig, turns into the part of a lifetime for Summer and as it were, Cole.

The interactions between Cole and Summer are rife with will they/won’t they as well as insults and pranks galore. It makes for a well-written enjoyable story that takes a light-hearted approach to dealing with serious matters of the heart. The reader has the dual benefit of knowing what’s going on inside both Cole and Summer’s head to get a clear view of where they stand, even though they aren’t expressing it to one another. Peppered with one liners and secondary characters almost as entertaining as the primary, this is one book I hope the movie-makers do right by.

the vma’s–what???

Reader Note: This is not my usual post. But as I sit here, poised to go to bed before 8pm because I stayed up late Sunday night watching the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s), I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something. So I shall… 

ingredients:
Nonsense and ridiculousness.

servings:
Anyone who wants to waste several hours of their life that they will never get back.

rating:
0 (I won’t waste a bookmark icon.)

preparation:
I LOVE award shows. When the ‘real’ award’s season rolls around I get giddy. The SAG Awards. The Golden Globes (my personal fave). The Grammys. All of course culminating in the Oscars. So while the prestige for the VMAs isn’t nearly as high, historically, they’ve been fun to watch. Until, Sunday…

I invested 2 hours (which wasn’t even the whole show). In retrospect, I have no idea why. Let us begin.

I love Alicia Keys but I’m at a loss as to what her bird’s nest of a hairdo and no make-up look were really trying to convey. It’s an award’s show, make an effort.

Kanye’s 4 minute monologue was so convoluted, I’m not entirely sure if he was ‘medicated’ or not; but clearly, he was just as confused as everyone else about what he was saying–because he made no sense. At all.

Key and Peele are supposed to be funny, so I hear. And I have no idea who the Nicole chick was backstage. What I do want to know is why they were all yelling? You have a mic. I’m watching on tv. I have my own volume button. There’s no need to yell at me. Plus, I have no idea what any of you are talking about so yelling isn’t going to make it any clearer.

Why Rhianna appeared four times, I don’t know. But I’m convinced that the 2nd performance was just her and her extended entourage dancing on stage. At least the majority of her songs I could understand; Future on the other hand, not so much. If you begged me to recite one word of what he sang last night, I wouldn’t be able to help you out.

The one. And only. Saving grace. For the entire painful experience. You guessed it. One word. Beyoncé. She is everything for a reason.

Which brings me to my final observation–Britney. Her performance was hyped as her return to the VMAs. That’s fine. But she performed after Bey. No one should ever perform after Beyoncé. Let’s be clear, if Bey is performing at a show, just let her close it out. It’s not fair to anyone to have to follow her, it’s just not. Beyoncé had fire, smoke, wind (she may have even had snow and rain), a costume change, and about 500 back up dancers. Britney had 2 side-kicks, banana yellow thigh high boots, and a rapper no one knew. Sorry Britney, I apologize on behalf of MTV.

difficulty level:
Impossible. Just Google Beyoncé’s performance and get some rest. I did the time so no one else has to suffer. You’re welcome.

dirty rowdy thing, by christina lauren

dirty rowdy thingIt’s no secret, I loved Sweet Filthy Boy–really, who didn’t? But, I’m no 20-something and while the book was a lot of fun, I have to say I was a bit reluctant to keep going. Ever think that some things are good enough to stand on their own? Well, friends and the grapevine talked me into pushing forward with the series and once again, I’m glad I did!

Dirty Rowdy Thing focuses on Harlow and Finn–aka, the gorgeous Hollywood rich chick and the super-sexy Canadian fisherman. Harlow, was in the forefront a bit more than Finn in the first book, but admittedly, she was not my favorite character. Also, I didn’t think I could love anyone more than I loved Ansel, right now, it’s a tie; and Harlow has pretty much redeemed herself.

Harlow, is dealing with the serious illness of someone very close to her. Finn, is working through the troubles of his family business. While the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts, I think you actually feel it through the pages of the book, the former husband and wife decide to be friends. Even though their hook-ups are smoldering, with all of the emotional angst they’re both dealing with, a new long-distance relationship is not what either of them need. But how long will that resolve hold…

Dirty Rowdy Thing was impossible not to adore. While some of the subject matter was heavy, Christina Lauren infused plenty of humor while not making light of the serious content. We came to understand Harlow better and appreciate that her heart is always in the right place. And Finn’s maturity, loyalty, and general super sexiness played to the reader’s love for book boyfriends. Who knew fisherman could be so hot!?!?

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There are 2 more books after this one in the series: Dark Wild Night and the recently released Wicked Sexy Liar.

 

sweet filthy boy, by christina lauren

sweet filthy boyMuch like football season this weekend, I’m baaaaaccckkk!!!  And excited as ever. Please keep in mind if you purchase this book, I did not make up the title.

Sweet Filthy Boy, by Christina Lauren is a fun read, primarily because of the sweet filthy boy, Ansel.

my synopsis
Three girls graduate college and head to Vegas for a last hurrah. They meet three boys. They each marry a boy. Two have their marriages annulled, one follows her French husband to France. And thus starts the adventure.

Mia was a dancer bound for stardom until a tragic accident forced her to hang up her ballet slippers. Ansel is an up-and-coming attorney at a firm in France. While Mia is practical and shy, Ansel is…well…not. When he invites her to come to France for the summer before she starts grad school, she impulsively leaves a note for her parents, packs a suitcase, and meets Ansel at the airport.

Marriage to someone they’ve known for less than a week proves to be more challenging than they imagined. Mia is enjoying France, but not Ansel working non-stop. And the easy sexual chemistry they had in Vegas is now somewhat stunted as reality and the demands of every day life have set in. So they are forced to get ‘creative’ to rekindle the fire.

tara’s take
This book is very fun. Ansel is funny, sexy, and adorable all at the same time. When Mia lets go of her shy side and stops over thinking, she’s fun and gives as good as she gets. (A side note–I met Christina and Lauren at the RT Book Convention this year, they’re awesome! I will definitely be reading more of their books. But I digress…)

Seeing France through the touristy eyes of Mia makes me want to hop on a plane. Who wouldn’t want to live in a foreign land for a summer and have the freedom to just explore and soak up the culture.

I have no idea how Christina Lauren pulled off such a seamless co-written book and very steamy to boot. It’s light-hearted with thought-provoking moments and pure fun weaved throughout.  I think of the ‘helpful’ notes with French phrases that Ansel left Mia each day as he was at work and can’t help but smile.

If you’re looking for a fun read and cool author(s), this is the book for you. Enjoy!

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Book Review: Tangled

TANGLED-NEW-659x1024Ever read a book that really doesn’t need a sequel? That would be this one.

Tangled by Emma Chase won a Goodreads award and I was looking for something new, so I thought it was a good choice. Told from a male perspective, though written by a woman, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Let’s dive in.

In a Nutshell
Drew is a top-notch investment banker at a privately owned firm, where his father is one of the founders, and Kate is a brilliant, yet new, member of the company’s team. Drew and Kate first meet at a club on the eve of Kate starting at the firm–unbeknownst to Drew–and do the flirty thing. Once Kate’s first day rolls around and subsequently Drew’s dad asks Kate and Drew to compete for a new opportunity, the gloves come off.

Yes, there’s still the sexual tension between the two of them, but aside from being co-workers and office rivals, Kate’s also engaged–a complication to their obvious attraction. There’s also the fact that Drew thinks, and quite often proves, that he’s God’s gift to women. His arrogance knows no bounds and Kate is less than impressed with his attitude.

More obstacles arise with Drew and Kate coming together–her engagement being the least of them. Drew proves to have some chivalrous moments, but his ego gets the best of him and jeopardizes everything.

Tara’s Take
I’m not sure why I thought I wouldn’t like this book, it was actually pretty funny. The situations and dialogue were entertaining. We may never know if Emma Chase truly captured the male point of view, but it seems pretty plausible to me. Kudos to her!

This is the perfect light-hearted summer read, ideal for the beach. It’s just fun. There are some pretty steamy scenes and again, humor is its backbone.

The only downside, if it can truly be called that, is that there are 3 more books after this one. This could easily be a standalone book and personally, I’m treating it as such. I didn’t see a need for there to be more artificially created angst going forward just to expand the storyline. So while I recommend giving this book a try, I can’t speak to the others. Happy reading!