Series: The Hollywood Project #1
Published by EverAfter Romance on May 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.
While ShutterGirl is a bit of a departure from CD Reiss’s more sensual writings, her foray into the contemporary romance genre has all the hallmarks I’ve come to expect from CD’s work: superb writing woven with complex characters and a captivating plot. This is an alluring second-chance love story about two completely opposite people who dare to fall in love.
Michael Greydon was born into a life of privilege. The son of two famous actors, he grew up Hollywood royalty. Rich, talented, and athletically gifted, he had it all. Laine Cartwright grew up a foster child, bouncing from one foster family to another. Insecure, unwanted, and unloved, she had nobody and nothing. Michael and Laine went to the same high school and their paths crossed for a time before circumstances separated them. Without going into detail, their time together and the fallout from their parting has a lasting impact.
Fast-forward ten years. Laine (aka ShutterGirl) has conquered adversity to become a confident, successful paparazzi. In the evening, dressed in stilettos and armed with her camera, Laine races around the city competing with other paparazzi to get coveted photos of LA’s hottest celebrities.
I own this city. I walk with its rhythms, run with its breath, speak its language. Los Angeles is my lover. It knows I’m a survivor.
Michael is now a superstar – Hollywood’s golden boy with an Oscar-worthy film premiering. When they meet again, Michael is on one side of the velvet rope; Laine is on the other. Although it’s career suicide for them both, they are inescapably drawn to each other.
His neck was made of sinew and stubble, and he still smelled like the Christmas mornings I never had.
They begin a passionate affair but does a paparazzi from the wrong side of the tracks really have a future with America’s Boyfriend? Are they willing to fight expectations and risk their careers for a chance at happiness?
His eyes were dirty thoughts, and his lips curved in a breach of etiquette.
I fell in love with Laine. She is fearless and resilient, loyal and so deserving of love. Michael is just an all-around decent guy – sweet, faithful, a problem fixer, and fiercely protective.
There were a couple times I found myself confused by the recollections of the past and I needed to re-read passages for clarification. Nonetheless, I was impressed by CD’s effortless writing style and enthralled with the sumptuous poetry of her words.
This book left me with a huge smile on my face. It has a swoon worthy ending that reminded me of some of my favorite chic flicks. The only thing that would have made it better would have been an epilogue. Another winner for CD Reiss!
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.**