Published by Self-Published on September 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
After two Alessandra Torre books failed to hit the mark with me, I finally found one I enjoyed. Hollywood Dirt doesn’t have the angst, super naughtiness, or big twists for which she’s known, and that was just fine with me.
The story centers around a like/hate relationship between Cole, Hollywood’s biggest superstar, and Summer, Quincy, Georgia’s biggest social outcast. Thrown together to work on a movie being filmed in her small hometown, the privileged bad boy rubs Summer the wrong way right from the start. Fortunately, Summer is stubborn and hotheaded, and she’s able to give as good as she gets.
The film—and his attraction to Summer—help distract Cole from his impending divorce from his cheating wife. For Summer’s part, the movie provides the financial means to leave her shameful past behind, and make a fresh start in a new town. Their growing chemistry on and off camera is undeniable; however, the question is whether or not they are willing to risk their hearts and pride to take a chance on love again.
If you’re on the hunt for top book boyfriends, you won’t find one here. I wouldn’t characterize Cole as a likeable character by any means. Quite frankly, he’s a rude, entitled prick with a fragile ego—which makes his evolvement into a man I could respect all the more lovely. His bond with Cocky the chicken is hilarious.
This book is the very definition of a slow burn. It’s also a true enemies to lovers story, but it takes for-freaking-ever for the pair to make that leap. It lags in parts, and when they finally do get it together and admit their true feelings, the rest of the book feels rushed. I wanted to hear more about the events following the end of filming and the movie’s opening. However, it’s literally all wrapped up in one single chapter. Call me greedy, but I expected more. Overall though, I was pleasantly surprised.