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5*Review: Not a Fairy Tale – Romy Sommer

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Not Nina Alexander that’s for sure. With her best gracious loser face firmly in place, Hollywood’s hottest starlet is hoping to end her evening of disappointment with a graceful exit stage left. Only an unexpected proposal and an awkward wardrobe malfunction mean that this is certainly going to be a night to remember… for all the wrong reasons! So what girl would resist the gorgeous Dominic Kelly coming to her rescue?! Especially when he’s whisking her out of the paparazzi’s prying eyes on the back of his motorbike – and wearing a tux to rival James Bond!

Nina soon realises that the only way to recover from such a scandal is to toughen up and snag the role of the decade in the year’s hottest YA screen adaptation. Who better to train her than her very own professional stuntman? Getting up close and personal with Dom will take Nina well out of her comfort zone – both professionally and in her closely scrutinized private life. But this A-list couple know only too well that’s it not all happy ever afters in Hollywood…Buy Links 1
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Not a Fairy Tale

‘Not a Fairy Tale’ is a romantic story set in glamorous Hollywood. Nina is an ‘A’ list actress, Oscar night, does not go as planned and when her Prince Charming offers her marriage, she runs in the opposite direction with the help of her very own knight in shining armour, Dominic.

Nina’s life is not the fairy tale she hoped for. She lives alone, in a soulless, if secure environment with an entourage rather than family or friends. Her tragic past would make a good movie but she hides from it and doesn’t share, until she runs into Dominic, the stunt professional who has problems of his own.

To cope with her disappointment and avoid the backlash of her humiliation at the Oscars, she hires Dominic to whip her into to shape for the female lead in the latest YA film sensation. She gains mental strength, in addition to her physical toughness and finds out the true meaning of friendship and family. Like all the best stories, there is an unexpected turn of events, which makes her run back to the life she knows , making the fairy tale ending you want for her unlikely.

Dominic is sexy but a commitment phobe. He agrees to help Nina on a whim but doesn’t bargain for the life changing consequences. Is he destined to be broken hearted, or has he done enough to convince Nina they have a future together?

Beautifully written, the sexual tension between Nina and Dominic is delicious. When the passion finally explodes, it makes for some steamy love scenes. For me though, it was the romance, humour and misunderstanding that makes this such a winning story. Nina is likeable when she reveals her true self and Dominic is much more than the loveable rogue, he first appears to be.

The story’s detail is authentic and makes the setting and lifestyle real and imaginable for the reader.

‘Not a Fairy Tale’ is a lovely, light hearted read, with great imagery and characters.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review : The Studio Kill – Charles Fleming

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Blurb -2John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures. An ex-cop for the LAPD, he spends his days and nights hushing up the sexual peccadilloes of actors and studio honchos, not to mention their rampant use of drugs and booze. Now our hero has his hands full with a Red-baiting Congressman who want to bring the studio down, the murder of a famous director’s wife, a columnist who will do anything for his next big story, and a sexy girl screenwriter who might be the love of his life—or the death of him.

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The Studio KillThis book is a step back in time to the golden age of Hollywood, a time where political correctness was an unheard of concept. This book is full of the prejudice and discrimination of the time but it is essential to draw the reader into the Noir world of the 1940’s. This is an atmospheric, realistic thriller with characters who mirror the players in Hollywood and Washington at the time.
The character of John McClellan, the head of studio security is easy to identify with as he calmly fixes the various scandals the film stars’ embroil themselves in. The story has plenty of twists with vivid dialogue and characters to hold your interest. The secondary characters are well written and believable, notably the ambitious journalist and the ruthless moving moguls. There is even a sprinkle of romance, an essential ingredient of a 1940’s film.
There is an unpleasant scene in a slaughter house which upset me; I understand why it was included but it was too graphic for me.
If you fancy something different, with a definite air of authenticity then this is for you.
I received a copy of this book from Asahina & Wallace Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Studio Kill by Charles Fleming

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Trouble In Tinsel Town – Aimée Duffy – Summer Flings #1

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Part 1 of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud Rom Com series of short stories.

Armed with a degree from Oxford that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…

First stop: LA!

The girls hit Tinseltown for a few days of shopping, star spotting, and even a movie premiere!

But their plan to sneak into an exclusive celeb party in West Hollywood backfires. Elle’s gorgeous older cousin, Zack, is called to the rescue and despite knowing she should stay away, Ciara just can’t seem to resist him.

The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1)My Review

 Trouble in Tinsel Town is the first delicious slice of fun and flirty mayhem for Ciara, Elle and Gem. The Oxford graduates leave their studies behind and set off on a backpacking tour of the world. LA is the first stop. Believe me if I could experience backpacking in the style these three do I would be first in line.
The setting is glitzy and glamorous, seen from Ciara’s point of view. Elle and Gem are trust fund babes but Ciara is different and looking at celebrity lifestyle through her eyes grounds this story in a pleasing way.
The three friends are likeable characters. Elle and Gem appear shallow but I suspect their individual stories will make the women beneath the public face, complex and interesting. Ciara is intelligent and attractive but a little scared of living. Elle and Gem care about her and want her to have fun and that’s what a trip of a lifetime should be right?
It couldn’t be a summer fling without a hot man and Zack certainly fulfils the role. Serious and sexy Ciara finds him hard to resist but is this just a fling or something more, guess we’ll have to see what happens in Miami.
Trouble in Tinsel Town is full of humorous, realistic, dialogue. I was ready to jump in their luggage after enjoying the pool and the party, eager to see what happens at the next destination of their adventure.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Trouble in Tinseltown by Aimee Duffy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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