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Posted September 7, 2013
This book had a little bit of everything that you could want. From a hot actress to a soldier, drama, and a sweet yet complicated love.
After going to rehab, Jenny is trying to stay out of trouble and get her life back together. She has been hurt time and time again. While on her way back home, she meets Gunner, a big, sexy, bad-ass ex-Marine with dimples who allows her to curl up on him during the flight. Jenny doesn't want to trust anyone with her heart again but something about this glorious man makes her reconsider seeing him again. They leave with promises to see each other again.
Along with rehab, Jenny has to do community service at the youth center. Gunner walks in and automatically turns on the charm. Afterwards he makes her dinner. Jenny is ready to throw all reservation out the window but Gunner isn't so easily persuaded. As things heat up and emotions grow, they can't seem to get past the secret each are hiding.
Jenny is falling for Gunner but she can't seem to tell Gunner that she is Jennifer Fleming. Once Gunner's secret is out, Jenny finds it even harder to tell him. As Jenny tries to talk to with her best friend Claire to find a solution but when she is invited for dinner, everything blows up. Jenny's biggest fear all along come true.
My heart broke for both Jenny and Gunner. I have a soft spot for Gunner and he definitely won me over with him dimples. Jenny was handed a sucky hand and she reacted the way most people would. After being screwed over so thoroughly I definitely understand her trust issue. Her dedication and contraction were admirable. She didn't allow anyone nor any circumstance to get in the way of her job.
In the first book you get a glimpse into what its like having paparazzi after you but this book really made you want to jump them repeatedly. I love that the problems that arose were realistic and handled the way an average person would deal with it. Every girl who loves a love story with a soldier needs to read this!
Posted December 16, 2012
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up the book but I was glad I did. Hollywood is glamorized in the media so it was nice to read a story from an actresses perspective and see what it’s really like from that side. Even though this book is fiction, it does portray the invasiveness of the paparazzi pretty well. I found myself rooting for Jenny because she got the short end of the stick from them. Yes she made mistakes (all off screen before we meet her in the book) but she’s atoning for them.
My favorite character was Gunner. He seemed realistic to me and I found myself emphasizing with his past. What he experienced during his time in the Marines would scar anyone, physically and emotionally, and Summers does a good job of depicting that. He fights his internal battles, he has nightmares and insecurities about coming back from war and being different. I really liked him and thought he was a well thought-out, complex character. Up until the end that is.
The only issue I had with the book was that Gunner and Jenny’s relationship moved way too quickly for me. It wasn’t plausible to me that the book would end the way it did. They just met and it seemed like they were jumping into things. Even if they both understood, on the surface, the major events in their respective lives that made them who they were, it takes a little bit more to really get to know someone. I can only suspend my disbelief to a certain point before wondering about the struggles they will have to go through for their relationship to progress.
This was a cute contemporary romance and an easy read. One thing to note, just because Hollywood Holiday is the second book in the series it stands alone. Thankfully since I haven’t read Hollywood Ever After yet so I have to go back and read it.
**I received this book from Inkspell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.**
Posted December 10, 2012
Posted December 5, 2012
News flash! Hollywood bad-girl Jen meets straight-laced war veteran Gunner and falls hard and fast for him in this romantic Christmas story. Scared to death of flying, Jen meets Gunner on the plane to California, and he gives her a rock-solid foundation to hold on to. The best part is, he doesn't know she was a Hollywood bad-girl trying to beat that rap.
Jen wants to get back into movies and have Hollywood love her again...all while she tries to keep Gunner from finding out about her previous reputation. He is a war veteran with his own wounds that need to heal, and he thinks Jen is just the right medicine for him.
Jen and Gunner embark on a sweet and steamy relationship while battling their own demons. Author Sasha Summers has a fantastic way with words and telling a beautiful love story.
And if you like hot and spicy romances, be sure to check out the gingerbread cookie scene! Ooh la la!
Posted December 3, 2012
Get ready, because with Hollywood Holiday you’re in for a ride!
The beginning of Hollywood Holiday was completely hilarious. Jen had some serious problem with her brain filter, not that I blame her with Gunner siting right next to her. She also had some funny monologues. It was hard not to giggle.
Really, if she could just stop talking about his dimples! That was on the second page, and I was in love with Gunner already. Damn his dimples!
Ah! Hard as it might be to believe Gunner was much more than a hot body and a couple of dimples. He was so incredibly sweet, I melted. Not everyone is going to let you squeeze his hand until it hurts, or hold you when the plain is going over a rough patch, or let you sleep on his chest when you’re having a complete freak-out. Especially not if you’re a stranger to him.
Ugh, he was funny too! Such perfection is not fair. And yes, you can totally picture me pouting right now, because I am. Where’s my Gunner, damnit! *wink*He was a bit cocky sometimes, but in a funny way. It never failed to make me giggle. Yet… oh yes, because we need to make him more perfect, there was vulnerability and tenderness behind all that muscle.
[For the record. This is so not me complaining, alright?]
Jenny was not far behind. She was going through a hard time both in her personal life and her career, so it’s understandable that she would feel a little down and needy. But she had a way of seeing herself that made me sad. Sure, she made mistakes, don’t we all? Yet she always made it seem like she didn’t deserve a second chance, and it made me sad.
Try as she might though, she didn’t stand a chance against Gunner. He was sweet and caring and thoughtful and hot. Did I mention hot? Right.
The closer she got to him, the harder it was to stay away. The harder it was not to fall for him. And the harder it was to keep her identity as an actress a secret, because the second Gunner knew who she was he was out the door, and she knew it.
While Hollywood Holiday might fall into the category of predictable books –meaning we know where the story is going –you’ll be surprised with the twists and turns the story takes. I admit I was actually gasping once (don’t worry it wasn’t anything bad). And that just made me love it more.
Hollywood Holiday has it all. A swoon-worthy hero, a funny –yet sometimes needy –heroine, a cute dog, annoying and loving family, butt kicking, and some steamy scenes. What else can we ask for?
Not much left, huh? Now I’ll just make sure to pick the first book in this series to read as soon as I can, there’s no way I’m missing Sasha Summers’s amazing storytelling skills. And you better don’t!
If you’re looking for something funny, something sweet, heartbreaking and steamy, Hollywood Holiday might just be it.