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Starstruck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails: A Second Acts Novel
     

Starstruck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails: A Second Acts Novel

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by Julia Dumont
 

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As her Second Acts Dating Service truly takes off, Cynthia Amas discovers that in the heady world of high-end Hollywood romance, with success comes complexity. In this wildly seductive romp through the lush canyons and lavish neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the line between business and pleasure quickly blurs in a dizzying rush of sex and celebrity. Just as our heroine&

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As her Second Acts Dating Service truly takes off, Cynthia Amas discovers that in the heady world of high-end Hollywood romance, with success comes complexity. In this wildly seductive romp through the lush canyons and lavish neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the line between business and pleasure quickly blurs in a dizzying rush of sex and celebrity. Just as our heroine’s uncanny genius for matching up her growing roster of exclusive love seekers continues to deepen, her own love life reaches a fever pitch. Things get complicated. And funny. And excruciatingly sensual. Cynthia’s high-maintenance lovelorn mother, her maddeningly hot ex-fling Max, a long-lost high school crush, and of course her best friend, the libidinous, star-crazed Lolita and her mysterious pack of telepathic canines, are all along for the ride. Not to mention one very rich, very famous film producer. On top of everything else, her newest, most important client is literally the biggest movie star in the world. In more ways than one. When it comes to extra curriculars, he is the hardest-working stud in show business. Try as Cynthia may to hook him up with any number of gorgeous ladies in waiting, his notoriously one-track mind is set on her. She’s determined to steer the dating service to the next level, but it’s hard to focus, let alone keep your hands on the wheel, when you’re hot, bothered, and nearly driven to distraction along the steamy highways and byways of love and lust. What a way to make a living.

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An intrepid young matchmaker in Hollywood sparks chemistry with an old flame, an ex-flame and an A-list actor, all while finding love for her clients in this engaging romance. Cynthia Amas has no trouble juggling her new dating service and a slew of fresh clients from among the Hollywood elite. Her best friend, the outspoken Lolita, has her hands full running a dog-grooming business catering to the stars and managing her three dogs of varying sizes and temperaments, who bring her juicy gossip (at least she hears them talking!) from dogs whose masters are Hollywood stars. Of the two women, only Lolita admits she is looking for love. Cynthia claims she's too busy, but she entertains erotic fantasies about her high school crush, Pete, and her new client, Jack Stone, a notorious womanizer. When Jack wants to move their relationship from business to personal, when her ex shows up ready to whisk her away for a romantic vacation, and when Pete might be close enough to touch, Cynthia's world detonates. As she navigates the sexually charged politics of running a matchmaking service for the stars, her friends and even her libidinous mother, Cynthia finds herself caught between her desire for her old flame and the amorous and not-entirely unwelcome advances of Jack. While a feud with Lolita wreaks havoc on her voice mail and her nerves, Cynthia manages to tangle herself in compromising positions with several potential lovers. Dumont's (Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers, 2012) second foray into the turbulent, sexy, often-hilarious world of celebrity dating provides a delightful diversion. As the novel crests, however, a couple of quizzical twists reveal the flatness of several minor characters. Cynthia's love connection snaps when her flirtation with another star comes to light, but her lover's over-the-top reaction, followed by his sudden departure, will leave readers befuddled. Although the comical climax featuring Cynthia's hard-to-believe self-control and Jack's remarkably outlandish endowments turn an otherwise sexy novel silly, readers will respond favorably to Cynthia's sensibility as a modern woman and her insight into flawed men. A sexy romp through glamorous modern Hollywood as seen through the eyes of a self-possessed matchmaker who cannot find her own match.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985540449
Publisher:
BroadLit, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Second Acts Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
490 KB

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Meet the Author

Julia Dumont

The Not-So-Authorized Bio of Julia Dumont

Julia Dumont is not my real name. I have a secret life, which is why I have to keep my true identity hidden. My fellow university professors would never understand why a very serious literary professor such as myself would ever confess her addiction to reading romance novels, much less to her passion for writing them. And, because I find my heroine, Cynthia Amas, constantly talking in my head, and myself relating to her in ways I don't know how to explain, I can't stop myself from writing her crazy story. Maybe I am possessed, but I don't care!

I have spent more than 20 years worshipping my literary heroes - Jane Austin, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Emily Bronte, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald to name only a few - but if I am going to be honest with you (at least to a point), I have to confess that one of my favorite guilty pleasures is to steal away and lose myself in the deliciously naughty novels of Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, and Janet Evanovich. Their stories make me dream, fantasize, love, laugh and cry. And they always leave me wanting more, hungry for their next books. Somewhere along the way, I found myself wishing that I could write books like theirs that women would lust after.

Maybe it's a midlife crisis -- I have just turned 43 -- but Cynthia's story has really spiced up my life (and my husband Dilbert's). Much to my surprise, Dilbert (not his real name either) has been so supportive that he doesn't even complain when I am burning the midnight oil writing the next chapter in Cynthia's rollercoaster of a life story. Although we have no children, we do have three canine companions who we dote on: Popeye, our regal standard poodle who keeps us well-mannered, Lucy, our Aussie who is constantly guarding against intruders, and Milo our half collie/half German shepherd mix who has the soul of a Zen master.

Our happy human and canine family lives in Southern California and we can't figure out which one of us loves more our Sunday morning tradition of a long, exhilarating walk on one of those famous California beaches. Popeye prefers to keep his paws dry and strut in the sand, but Lucy loves to chase the beach birds endlessly, while we think Milo believes he can actually fly!

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Star Struck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails: A Second Acts Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PippaWS More than 1 year ago
I’ve been slightly ashamed of my interest in romance novels, mostly because some of them are so cheesy (cue Fabio with visible chest hair and smoldering stare…). I haven’t indulged myself in them until I ran into the Second Acts novels. These are not only sexy, they are smart! I whipped through the first book “Sleeping With Dogs,” so I couldn’t wait to follow Cynthia on her next crazy adventure in “Starstruck Romance.” I’ve recommended the series to all my friends, so I figured I would recommend them on here to spread the word (with selfish hopes that it will prompt Julia to write more of them!).
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Cynthia and the zaniness are back again! Read from December 14 to 16, 2012 BOOK SYNOPSIS As her Second Acts Dating Service truly takes off, Cynthia Amas discovers that in the heady world of high-end Hollywood romance, with success comes complexity. In this wildly seductive romp through the lush canyons and lavish neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the line between business and pleasure quickly blurs in a dizzying rush of sex and celebrity. Just as our heroine’s uncanny genius for matching up her growing roster of exclusive love seekers continues to deepen, her own love life reaches a fever pitch. Things get complicated. And funny. And excruciatingly sensual. Cynthia’s high-maintenance lovelorn mother, her maddeningly hot ex-fling Max, a long-lost high school crush, and of course her best friend, the libidinous, star-crazed Lolita and her mysterious pack of telepathic canines, are all along for the ride. Not to mention one very rich, very famous film producer. On top of everything else, her newest, most important client is literally the biggest movie star in the world. In more ways than one. When it comes to extra curriculars, he is the hardest-working stud in show business. Try as Cynthia may to hook him up with any number of gorgeous ladies in waiting, his notoriously one-track mind is set on her. She’s determined to steer the dating service to the next level, but it’s hard to focus, let alone keep your hands on the wheel, when you’re hot, bothered, and nearly driven to distraction along the steamy highways and byways of love and lust. What a way to make a living. My Thoughts Following closely in the footsteps of the first book in the series this one picks up with Cynthia once again thrust into the madcap and slightly overwhelming world of matchmaking. Her new best friend Lolita Albion, Lolita's dogs Max King and Wilfredo all play a significant part in helping make Cynthia's new business a success as well. Cynthia is once again on the fast track to hooking up more clients, including her own outrageous mother who once she commits herself to the idea takes the initiative to go on the dating site and find her own idea of the perfect man which of course leads to Cynthia pretty much having a nervous breakdown as Margie manages to pick a well known Lothario for her date! Add in the fact that leading man Jack Stone refuses to give up in his quest to seduce Cynthia himself and you have some of the best out takes in show business just waiting for the right moment to happen. This second book brings back ex Max, long ago crush Peter Blatt and ends up causing Cynthia to nearly lose her mind trying her best to keep her business demands fulfilled and at the same time keep her multiple suitors straight. Hollyweird at it's zaniest! All in all another hilarious look at some of the pitfalls of being involved in the loves and lives of Hollywood's players, even though Cynthia is on the outside looking in it still can get pretty intense when all those egos collide in dramatic fashion! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
JonesBT More than 1 year ago
Even better than the original!
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