Heartthrob (Hollywood Hearts, #1)

Heartthrob (Hollywood Hearts, #1)

by Belinda Williams

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BN ID: 2940153411538
Publisher: BWrite
Publication date: 11/10/2016
Series: Hollywood Hearts , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 642,416
File size: 581 KB

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Heartthrob (Hollywood Hearts, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Tracy Arnett More than 1 year ago
Ally Valenti comes to Hollywood to help her friend Lena Lyons get through her divorce and make her gowns for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. When she meets Jacob "Jake" Swan Hollywood's hottest actor she knows that she may lose her heart to him. How does she know what is real and what is "Hollywood"? I loved this story and how the characters developed. Belinda Williams had me intrigued from beginning to end. I can't wait to read the next book about Lena. Definitely a must read book and a promising new series.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Allegra/Ally was going to her friend Lena’s in L A. Ally was to design two gowns for Lena; one for the Golden Globe Awards ceremony and the other for the Academy Awards ceremony. Ally had been ready to move to NYC to take a course in fashion designing but her father had gotten sick and then passed away and Ally stayed with her family and had managed the family restaurant for the past five years. Ally and Lena had met and became best friends the last two years of H S. Lena’s mother had passed away from cancer when Lena was a teen. Lena had always been beautiful but shy when Ally had first met her. Now Lena was one of the hottest stars in Hollywood and wanted Ally to go after her dream. But also Lena was going through a separation and divorce from internationally known producer Duncan Moore which was all through the media. Ally felt Lena could use a true friend more than anything and agreed to go to Hollywood . One morning Ally heard someone arguing with Ally outside so Ally went out to protect her friend. It turned out to be Lena’s leading man in the upcoming movie Lena and Jacob were to star in and they were running some lines. Jacob/Jake Swan was the hottest man in Hollywood. Jake seemed to really like Ally. I enjoyed this story a lot. It gave you a look at Hollywood: the insecurities, the rivalries, the media, the lies that can be told out of jealousy. This shows a very long and true friendship that had started before Lena had anything to do with Hollywood and how Lena remembered Ally’s dream and wanted to help her achieve that dream even though she was now a very famous movie star. It shows love and what being in the public can do to you and all in fiction but seemed very realistic. I loved how Lena had never forgotten Ally and her dream. Ally was shot into the craziness of Hollywood and the awards drama and the betrayal that Hollywood is famous for. I loved how the characters interacted. I liked the plot a lot it was a good one. It didn’t take long to read this but I did enjoy this. I liked the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
Fun start to this new series! This was a fun read from start to finish. I'd not read a Belinda Williams book before this, but I will be going back and seeing about getting her other titles. Filled with plenty of snappy and witty banter, and the chemistry between Jake and Ally is pretty hot. Ally is finally getting the chance to see what Hollywood life is all about once her longtime friend Lena calls needing outfits designed for the upcoming awards season (Ally wanted to head to fashion school but had to put that dream on pause to help the family after her dad got sick). Ally's excited yet feeling some trepidation as it's been a good while since she designed anything. One thing I liked about this book is that while it's set in Hollywood and we're reading about celebrities, we actually get to see the celebrities in their every day lives, not just what's shown on TV and in the gossip rags. Ally is also caught off-guard by her feelings and interactions with Lena's co-star Jacob Swan. She's having a hard time acknowledging the fact that he might actually like her, since she's the opposite of the starlets that would look better on his arm. What she doesn't realize is that is what makes her different than all the other women in Jake's eyes: because she's down to earth and real, not with him because of how he can help further her career. There's also some intrigue and suspense when the design workroom of Lena's and Ally's is broken in to and the designs are destroyed. Is the suspect after Ally or Lena? I will say that arc of the book took a while to happen and a bit longer to start making any traction in the story. Overall, this is a great start to this series and I will be eagerly anticipating each new release.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Belinda Williams has authored another entertaining and impassioned novel with Heartthrob, the first book from her brand new series, Hollywood Hearts. It is a compelling read, replete with an engaging plot, well-defined characters and a complicated romance. This story takes place in Hollywood, and the famous people that live there are so much more than their publicity and press. Ally Valenti has always wanted to be a fashion designer. When her father got sick, she gave up her dream to help her family run their Italian restaurant. As a result, she is an amazing cook. Lena Lyons, a famous movie actress and Ally's best friend, knows that Ally's design talents are being wasted in the Rhode Island restaurant business. So she convinces Ally to temporarily join her in Tinseltown and create fashion. Ally's first design, Lena's dress for the Golden Globes. Actor Jacob Swan has recently been voted the sexiest man alive, and he is also Lena's costar. There is an instant spark when Ally and Jake meet for the first time, which quickly evolves into a full-blown relationship. However, Ally prefers to remain on the sidelines, even though her successful designs and romance with Jake have forced her to be in the spotlight. Ally's newfound attention is glorious, however, there is someone in Tinseltown that is not very happy about it. This is an exciting and slightly emotional novel. I love books with a Hollywood theme, and Ms. Williams' words completely whisked me away into all things celebrity. I found Ally's spunk and protectiveness in regards to those she loved to be genuine, and I applauded her actions. Lena was amazing in her own right, with her generosity, talent, and ability to remain calm during some truly frenzied situations. Jake was easy to bond with because his dysfunctional upbringing and subsequent success was logical. Thus, the unique personalities of the characters and engrossing plot, kept me entertained from beginning to end. In conclusion, if you enjoy a well-written novel about the unique happenings in Hollywood, then pick up a copy of Heartthrob. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review with netgalley. I was iffy about this book. What I did enjoy was the lasting friendship between Ally and Lena, it was nice to read about true friendship after so many years. ... I have one of those. . And while we started to see a romance between Ally and Jake developing I felt that it dragged a little. There was some suspense, nutty stalkers, and a great brooding detective, I hope to read more about him. I have to say I was disappointed in Jake and he would have had to do some heavy duty groveling, and he didnt, so even though there was a HEA, I didn't feel like he deserved it. But I did love Ally's family!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Heartthrob, Hollywood Hearts 1, Belinda Williams Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction  My first book from Belinda, and though I didn't know if I'd like her writing style its from one of my favourite tropes, Film/Rock star, I do love the fabulous escapism from a read in those settings.  So Ally, what a great character.  A tiny but curvy package, she's a loyal friend, adores her extensive family and has finally got a chance at her dream career. She gave up her coveted place in a design course when her father was dying, and she was needed at home for the family and the family restaurant. That was some years back, and now she seems to have just given up her dream. Her friend since childhood,  Lena,  is determined that Ally will get her chance, and now she's a very famous actress she asks Ally to make her gowns for the upcoming awards seasons. Ally isn't sure, can she do it? Can the family manage without her? Should she take that step forward or stay where she is? Her family and Lena won't give up though, and she soon finds herself in Lena's luxurious home, living a life she thought impossible. She doesn't change though, she's still Ally, lover, cooker and consumer of fabulous  italian meals.  She's been there a short while, is still finding her feet when she hears Lena being berated by one of her staff. She's stunned, no-one talks down to her friend like that, barrels out and leterally rams the guy down, despite him being so much larger, and as she's giving him what for he and Lena are laughing. He's her current co-star and they were practising lines....Oops. He's entranced by Ally and the way she's so normal,her say it like it is manner, not one of Hollywood's false fawning ladies who just say what they think he wants to hear. Soon he's worn her down and they're embarking on a fledgling relationship.  Things are going wrong with her designing though, her clothes damaged, a fake online account set up, they don't know if it's her or Lena that's being attacked? Someone is after them, but which one of them? It takes a while to sort out which of them is being targeted as Lena has had stalkers before. This time though its really pushing at Ally's career, threatening all her hard work, and the easy route would be to pack up and go home. Ally feels Hollywood is full of falfalsenessess and maybe she's just not cut out for it. What about Jake though if she goes home? Can she leave him, leave her dreams, or should she stick it out?  Its a real fun read, with some surprising depth in the secrets that come out, that show how even those who seem to have so much carry burdens from their past, have fears even though they appear fearless, feel trapped even though they seem to have the world at their feet. Its true the higher you are the further you fall, and Ally's climbing rapidly.  Its a great story, a steamy romance, fabulous descriptions of characters, events, and of course the clothes. I loved Ally and Lena and of course Jake, but there's also lots of secondary characters that were interesting and made it harder to work out who was behind events, and where they'd strike next. The final revelation showed I was completely off track in my suspect! Buts that's about par for me, I rarely get it right, and love to be wrong as its a story that hasn't proved predictable.  Stars: Five, a real fun story, full of sensuality and great characters.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publ
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It's stories like Heartthrob that keep the fantasy alive and well for the ordinary people of the world. Heartthrob is the stuff diaries are made of. Ms. Williams take the glitzy Hollywood style of living and contrasts it with the dreams of a small town girl determined to make her dreams a reality. Like a fish out of water Ally has to learn to adapt to the big city or risk losing out on a successful career and true love. Heartthrob is my first time reading a Belinda Williams novel. Her character quickly developed a life of their own as I was swept away. Look forward to reading the next novel in this series.