Charles Witmore is used to celebrities. As owner of the grand Winmont Hotel in Los Angeles, he has seen them come and go more times than he can count. But the experience is altogether different when silver screen starlet Bridget Phillips walks into his life and crashes into his heart. He's absolutely starstruck. Her beauty is exactly as majestic as has been rumored, but he wonders about the many claims laid against the woman, who seems to be so shrouded in mystery.
Initially claimed by prejudice, he sees nothing more than the ice princess she presents, beautiful and stone cold. But, the more time she spends at his hotel, the more he begins to see there is more to her facade than meets the eye. Soon, she becomes the object of his affection, and in an amusing ploy, his two best friends, Betty and Eleanor, and his cute assistant Tessa, set up the matchmaking scheme of a lifetime.
But will Bridget's dark secret keep Charles from his happily ever after?
Dark Hollywood Nights
Alexis Grant's only job is to keep the prestigious Winmont Hotel running smoothly while her cousin, Charles Witmore, enjoys his honeymoon. The only problem: things begin to fall apart the moment he leaves. The pompous Chase Branton, who's determined to get access to one of her off limits celebrity clients, doesn't help. Can she keep it together long enough to earn a managerial position of her own, or will a high profile death cause all of her dreams to shatter?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"'Cinematic Royalty' & 'Dark Hollywood Nights'" brings us back to the late 1940's, alternately guiding us through the hopeful effervescence of a post-war nation and exploring the dark underside of the Los Angeles elite.
The beautiful Winmont Hotel plays home to both novellas, providing the perfect, enduring backdrop for these two topsy-turvy spins through the lives intertwined within it. We are introduced to the Winmont's charismatic owner, Charles Witmore, his assistant and protege, Alexis Grant, imperturbable private investigator Chase Branton, and notorious silver screen starlet Bridget Phillips. With a troupe of equally vivacious supporting characters, Isabelle Santiago has crafted a world in which love, mystery and glamour become extraordinarily real and approachable. Her characters breathe freely, true to their natures; they are instantly alive and lovable, commanding affection from the start.
Having read Ms. Santiago's first novella, 'Cinematic Royalty,' when it was published as an eBook, I was thrilled for this release, and I was far from disappointed! These are stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them; for days, you will find yourself casting quick, sidelong glances at that stranger in the corner of your favorite coffee shop, maybe wishing you had a fuller skirt this morning or a hat with a wider brim; you will be looking for those little ways of bringing that mid-century glamour into your day, and you'll be thinking of Charles or Bridget, Chase or Lexi while you do it.
This is a truly wonderful ride. Way to go, Isabelle!