Monday, September 7, 2015

Release Tour + ARC Review: Hollywood Dirt 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..

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This is very different from my prior read by Alessandra Torre. This book has a very similar feel to Lisa Kleypas and Julie James. A Hollywood heartthrob meet a spitfire Southern girl, a romance set in Quincy, Georgia. 


Cole Masten is Hollywood Golden Boy, who recently caught his soon to be ex-wife fucking her director. His attorney, Brad DeLuca came to his rescue and shoo him to Quincy, Georgia to lay low and focus on his next big project, The Fortune Bottle.

"In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk."

Summer Jenkins had been living at Quincy, since she was five. She is a social outcast every since her disgrace with how she broken up with her ex-fiance. Summer is a spitfire, tough chick, who is not afraid to get her hands dirty.

"How much money I have is not indicative of my worth."

An entitled city boy and a plain Southern lady, they both fought tooth and nail every since they first set eyes on each other. 

"That smile thing. It's creepy."
"Ten million Americans would disagree with you."
"Then ten million Americans are idiots."

Summer life turns upside down when Cole decided that she is the perfect costar for his new movie and make her an offer she can't refuse. Cue the Hollywood flashlights and their life being out in the open for everyone to scrutinized. 

I like seeing how out of element Cole is being alone in the small town, without his assistant sorting his shit and having to engage with the first woman who dislike him. Add in his new pet, Cocky, he is turning into quite a country man.

Here, in the country, real sweet actually damp against his shirt, he was beginning to remember what it felt like to be an actual man, not just Hollywood's version of one.


The romance was rather slow build and they actually spend more than half the book getting on each other nerves and engage in some kind of frenemies, denying their attraction. However, when they did succumb to their desire, I finally holler and cheer.

I wondered how it was so easy, how our mouths matched so well, when our personalities clashed so strongly. I wondered how my mouth could crave this man when my mind hated him. 


I miss the dark eroticism that I expect from the author. On the other hand, I love the Southern charm because small town romance just speaks to me every time with their culture and the gossip mongers at every corner. This book is not really what I expect, but I did enjoy both Cole and Summer's story and the town. Though I would have prefer them to be together much earlier.

When the door to the production trailer burst open, it brought with it a wave of heat and beauty. Cole looked up from the storyboards and locked eyes with Summer, who blew across the room at him like a tornado on tilt.
“There’s no love story between Ida and Royce.” Summer snapped, throwing down the script, pages fluttering down between them. In the small trailer, conversations stalled and he could feel the attention turn their way. “I’ve read the book. Three times!”
It was good to know that someone had read the damn book. Cole glanced down at her temper tantrum of a mess and back up, raising his eyebrows mildly. “It’s a movie,” he said, turning back to the storyboards. “The writers are adding some excitement. It’s normal. You’d know that if you were in this business.” The dig was unnecessary but he couldn’t help it. This woman turned him into the devil.
“I read the first script. The one you sent over with my contract. Ida and Royce hated each other. Why would Royce…” she snatched up a page from the ground and read out a line. “pushes Ida against the file cabinet and kisses her passionately.” She balled up the page and threw it down to the ground and he could see, in her eyes, the panic. Panic. An unexpected reaction.
“We’ll use that,” Don made the dangerous move of stepping in, putting a soft hand on her shoulder. “You don’t understand. The passion from their hatred will make it hotter.”
“No.” Summer said, her face hard, her eyes on Cole. “It doesn’t make it hotter. It makes it stupid.”
“Aww… come on, Summer.” Cole chided, stepping closer, his hand reaching out to pull at her wrist. She fought him, yanking it back and the moment of their bodies meeting didn’t happen. He leaned down and whispered, right against her ear, the smell of her apple-scented lotion enough to make him want to empty out the production trailer right that moment. “Sure it does.”
She jerked back and twisted away. “If he kisses me on camera I’m going to lose it.” She shot at Don, pointing an accusatory finger in Cole’s direction.
“I know you will,” Cole laughed, crossing his arms to fight from reaching out.  “You’ll fall apart under my mouth, baby.”
Summer screamed in response, her hands thrown up in frustration, and spun to leave, her script left behind, the slam of the exit door loud in the full production trailer.
“That went well,” Cole mused. He linked his hands and rested them on his head, rolling his shoulders back. Panic. She’d had panic in her eyes. Fuck.
“What do you expect?” Don said. “You threw this on her without warning. I told you we should have met with her this morning, gone over the changes to prepare her. But no – you just wanted to dump it on her via call sheets and sides.”
“Dump it on her? I was People’s Sexiest Man last year. She’s not mentally adjusting to a war camp for God’s sake. How hard is it to kiss me?”
“It’s actually three kisses,” a dark-haired PA to his left pointed out. “And a grope.”
He gave her a hard look and she withered a little.
“I’ll go talk to her,” Don said. “Eileen, you shoot #4 and I’ll talk to Summer. I want to try to get #14 shot at eleven so let’s get our asses in gear and get this done.”
“I’ll talk to her.” Cole stepped in. “You shoot #4 and I’ll talk to her.”
“No,” Don snapped. “With my luck you two would make up and any authenticity to the scene would disappear. Just stay away from her and be ready at eleven.”
Cole chewed on his cheek, then nodded. “Fine.” Don was right. He should stay away from her. Far. Far away.

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for