Month: January 2017

Buddy Review: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Posted January 31, 2017 by Rowena & Bookish Ames in Reviews | 10 Comments

Buddy Review: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra TorreHollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
Series: Hollywood Dirt #1
Published by Alessandra Torre on September 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 414
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
Goodreads

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.

Ames: Ok Wena. What did you think of my pick for our January buddy review, Hollywood Dirt? I really enjoyed it and in fact this was my second time reading it.

Rowena: I enjoyed it. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since it was my first Alessandra Torre book but I was pleased with the book overall. Cole was a freaking douche in the beginning but I liked him and over the course of the book, I loved him more and more.

Summer was a crack up and just all around funny character. I thought she was great and loved how sassy she was. I loved that she didn’t let Cole get away with anything even though she lusted after him something fierce.

So much fun!

Ames: It was so much fun! This was also my first Alessandra Torre book.

I really liked the fish out of water element for Cole. He’s this big Hollywood star who has come to expect everything to be done for him and he’s going through this major personal upheaval in his life. He really met Summer at his lowest point. I like how she didn’t treat him any different just because he was a celebrity. And their chemistry was off the charts! I like that they danced around each other as long as they did. They really got to know each other first.

Also, there’s a pet rooster. I honestly love this book for the pet rooster. That was used to sleeping in the house. LOL

Okay, the reason I wanted to re-read this book and chose it for our buddy review was that I heard it was being made into a movie. The premise of this book is that Cole is in Summer’s small Georgia town to film a movie based on a book he read. So the movie will be based upon a book about a movie being made about a book. I love it! haha

Rowena: YES! I really liked that they didn’t sleep together and then immediately were in love. I thought the way that they circled each other, kept their distance before giving in to the inevitable was great. I really loved that once Cole was all in, there wasn’t any changing of minds or trying to keep their relationship a secret from the masses. Cole was in. He didn’t care about the paparazzi, about Nadia. It was all about Summer, the small town girl who made everyone throw up at her engagement party. Haha.

The scene where Cole goes to the pet shop and he’s asking questions about what he should get for Cocky, and the guy keeps looking at Cole like he’s dumb. “It’s a chicken!” Haha. I loved that Cole kept the rooster and kept him as a pet.

LOL, that’s awesome! Have they done the casting yet? I’m curious to see who will be playing Cole and Summer.

Overall, I really liked this book and all of the characters. I even liked that Summer went to her cheating ex to read over the contract that Cole sent her to sign before agreeing to be in the movie. Summer was freaking great! I adored Ben and Justin and even liked Summer’s Mom.

My grade for this book would be 4.25 out of 5. You?​

Ames: Summer’s shenanigans with regards to her ex and her rehearsal dinner were hilarious. Summer was really a rebel but she made it work with her Southern upbringing. She was such a strong character and that’s really what made this book work for me. She definitely kept Cole guessing and working really hard. I liked her mom too!

Okay, I am giving Hollywood Dirt 4.25 out of 5 as well.

And I’m not sure if the movie process is at the casting stage yet or if the script is still being written. But it’s exciting. I think this would be a fun movie. And having been to Georgia, I could really picture this small town made of millionaires.

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Week in Books (47)

Posted January 30, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

Reading Challenges: 2017 TBR Challenge

Week in Books v2

What a week. On top of everything going on in the media and the White House, on a smaller scale, things haven’t been easy at home. Brenna is still struggling with her coach and she’s trying to hold it together because this is her senior year and she’s working hard but her coach is making it harder and harder for her to enjoy anything. She stresses about basketball off the court, on the court and she’s been all over the place and it pisses me off but all I can do is be there for Brenna because she’s determined to work through this without my interference.

I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week because I sort of overdid it last week and that’s okay. It’s okay because I’m listening to my very first audiobook at work. I’m listening to Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. It’s slow going but it does make my work day more interesting. Shout out to Nereyda for the book pimp. I’m enjoying the book so far.

Currently Reading


The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon.

A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL

Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .

Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They’ve hired him ten personal assistants- and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer’s employment agency can’t afford to lose Eli Crane’s business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won’t rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

I’ve opened this book a couple of times but I haven’t really done much reading. I’m hoping to get started on this book for real, tonight. Wish me luck!

Read

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre | 4.25 out of 5
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally | 4 out of 5

I read two books last week and enjoyed them both. Hollywood Dirt was the first book that I’ve ever read by Alessandra Torre but it won’t be the last and Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally is another Hundred Oaks book that I adored. So much goodness.

Reviewed

Solo by Jill Mansell
Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James

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New to My Bookshelves

I’m still on a self-imposed book buying ban and I’m almost done with my review pile so I’ll be reading off my ginormous TBR pile soon. I’ll be back to buying books soon-ish.

New to My Review Shelf

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

I did receive an eARC of a book that I requested because…it’s a Lorraine Heath book. Of course I’m getting it for review. I couldn’t request this one fast enough. Book 4 in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series? Count me in!

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Week in Books (46)

Posted January 23, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 11 Comments

Week in Books v2

It rained cats and dogs this week, mostly this weekend so I got a hell of a lot of reading done. I wasn’t in the mood to go out, I didn’t really feel like watching TV or movies though I did watch Hidden Figures and really enjoyed that so for the most part, this weekend…I stayed in and read all of the books.

It did wonders to pick up my mood since Brenna’s basketball coach was gonna catch these hands on Friday at her game. I was so angry for my baby (she didn’t get any playing time and the coach’s reasons for that are bullshit. So full of shit, that lady is.) who is beyond frustrated with how her senior year is going. Stupid people like her coach really piss me off.

Currently Reading


Hollywood Dirt (Hollywood Dirt #1) by Alessandra Torre.

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.

Ames and I are reading this book for our January buddy review and I’m about halfway through the 112 chapters that this book has to offer. It’s a really quick read though, I’m enjoying it so far even though the hero is a douche and the heroine makes me laugh. Lots to look forward to and I can’t wait to finish it.

Read

Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean | 4.5 out of 5
Sustained by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5
Sidebarred by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis | 3 out of 5
Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5
Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James | 4 out of 5
By Your Side by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
#famous by Jilly Gagnon | 3 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Sustained by Emma Chase because that book is just all that and a bag of chips for me. I adore that book and it’s been a while in between reads so I forgot a lot of the things that I loved about it the first time I read it. I highly recommend that book. So stinkin’ good. I laughed, I cried and I damn near swooned at every turn because Jake Beckett is whoa. Of the new to me reads, my favorite is Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James. That was a delightful read.

All of the books that are rated 3 are equally my least favorite reads of the week. They were just okay reads. Good stories overall but for one reason or another, I didn’t love them.

Reviewed

Here are my reviews that went live on Book Binge this week:

Retro Review: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

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New to My Bookshelves

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Ames and I are reviewing this book together this week so Ames gifted the book to me and I’m reading it now. Ames is so good to me! Thanks Ames!

New to My Review Shelf

None. I need to slow my roll on these so no accepting on requesting for me this week.

I should mention that after I finish reading Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally (I’ll be reading that this week), I will have zero books left on my 2017 review pile. I am beyond happy about that.

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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