Malibu Betrayals

Malibu Betrayals

by MK Meredith

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Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith

Her chance to write a whole new ending...

Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband's suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she's had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities-a second chance...working with the one man she swore never to see again.

Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband's death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own-to prove he's not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.

Except they're not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage's steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943336715
Publisher: Entangled Select
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Malibu Betrayals (Entangled Select Contemporary) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Gage and Samantha have a sexy history. One that is interfering with their current lives. Gage has wanted her for a long time. While she was married to someone else. Now, with all she has lived through in the media and her private life, Samantha just wants to live a quiet existence of doing her job and going home. Gage shakes all that up by wanting to try again with her. To show her what she is worth. Picking up the pieces is never easy. The first book of the Malibu Sights series, it gives you a bit of background on the movie industry and the media. I was kind of disappointed at how the story leaned for the first half of the book. ***This ARC provided by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Malibu Betrayals is a long book but the length is definitely worth it. This is a book full of romance, miscommunication, heartache, and amazing make up sex. Sam and Gage each have their own problems but they each want to help the other work through them. I have to fess up I fell for Gage, he is definitely my favorite character out of the whole book. Martin the "father" of Hollywood is an amazing guy with an even more amazing wife Raquel. These two know from the start that Sam and Gage should be together. And they definitely got what they wanted. This is a great romance that I recommend to all romance avid readers. Not a cliffhanger.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Samantha Dekker knows firsthand how brutal Hollywood can be. From the tabloids to the film industry itself, she got the short end of the stick when her life fell apart after her husband's suicide and the resulting media coverage. Now she has a second chance to revive her screenwriting career but it comes with conditions: she will be working with the one man she needs to avoid at all costs - big screen heartthrob, Gage Cutler. A one-time encounter with Sam made a very deep impression on Gage but Sam made very clear her intention to honor her marriage vows and Gage had to step away, until his inadvertent involvement in the accident that ultimately led to Sam's husband's suicide thrust him back into her life and ruined any chance of him pursing the attraction between them. Until now. Working together is the perfect opportunity to explore the crazy attraction between them, but between their personal issues and external threats - the ever present paparazzi, a stalker fixated on Sam and harassment from Sam's ex-in-laws, they will have to fight for every bit of their happiness. MALIBU BETRAYALS was a very enjoyable and well-written surprise, giving us a peek inside the lives of celebrities, the highs and lows of their fame and the challenges of having normal relationships. Gage was the quintessential bad boy with the wild lifestyle until that very first meeting with Sam made him reassess his priorities. He had his own demons but his commitment to Sam was never in question and I loved how protective and tender he was with her. Sam was a little harder to like. While I admired her for trying to make the best of a bad marriage and fighting get her life and her independence back, her penchant for second-guessing herself and running away at the first sign of trouble got tiresome. I enjoy it when secondary characters are an integral part of a story and I really enjoyed their families and friends and both the support and tough love they offered to Sam and Gage. The addition of the stalker and the in-laws from hell brought some drama to the story. Overall, MALIBU BETRAYALS was a fun and sexy read and I'll confess that the sneak peek at the end has me excited for the next book in the series! Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
K_Olgren More than 1 year ago
A good first showing from author MK Meredith. Malibu Betrayals is a contemporary romance with a slight element of mystery. Sam Dekker is trying to reboot her life as a Hollywood screenwriter after her husband’s suicide. She ends up working on a film with the gorgeous bad boy Gage Cutler, whom she blamed for said husband’s suicide a year before. They had connected during a random encounter just before her husband’s car accident with Cutler which resulted in her husband’s disfigurement and eventual suicide. Gage hasn’t been able to get Sam off his mind and his heart since he met her and let her walk away in fealty to her marriage. Even though he had shown her husband was a narcissistic, cheating, monster. Gage has his own demons to fight and a reputation to live down. Working together is awkward, partly because of the past, partly because of the chemistry between the two making for some intense romantic situations. This is a contemporary romance after all. If Sam had a facebook page and had to define her relationship status it would definitely be “complicated”. She wants to reclaim her life and have a little fun but at the same time she doesn’t want to allow herself to get close to Gage. Except that she can't get enough of him. Gage can’t stand being apart from her and can’t keep his hands off of her, but he can’t keep chasing her forever either. Can they build something good out of the ashes of their past lives or will Hollywood chew them both up and spit them out?
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a long but very good read. My heart went out to Sam. After all she went through with her husband and his death, she desperately wanted to live again, find herself, and be happy. But every time she would make progress, something would happen to set her back. It was craziness. And this brings the reason I loved Gage's character. He gave her what she needed, each time. He was patient, comforting, downright delicious, and actively pursuing what he wanted, Sam. Their connection was sweet and intense. The way they were drawn together and "knew" the real person was beautiful. And the love scenes were freaking hot! The suspenseful part of the story was filled with good guessing moments. I wish there was a little more closure on this as well as the ex's family. But maybe they truly did not warrant more attention. They were horrendous people! The ending seemed to set up for future stories in this series, which would be great. I enjoyed the strong familial bonds on both Gage's side as well as Sam's. And their siblings are a hoot. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Samantha Dekker is a Hollywood screenwriter. After her husband's suicide, she's been ostracized. The paparazzi have stalked her and lurid tabloid stories were regular occurrences. Now she has a second chance to work at her craft. The only problem is mega-star Gage Cutler. He's the man she met years ago and was attracted to. Can she work with him after she publicly blamed him for the accident that injured her husband? Sam is a wounded creature. She lived through hell and even now she's being stalked by an unknown person who wants vengeance. Gage suffered just as much as Sam but he's trying to move forward. He's in love with her and wants them to have a life together. I was frustrated by Sam's reluctance to change. I wanted her to realize that life is too short and make a future. The secondary characters were interesting and good at causing angst. Ethan's family was way out there in their hate. Malibu Betrayals was filled with suspense combined with a passionate romance. It was cleverly plotted and kept me reading. The behind the scenes look at Hollywood had a ring of truth. I enjoyed it.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Not what I was expecting, but MK's writing is good. Will definitely read her again. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim This is going to be one of those reviews that hurt me to write and will probably be bad for the author to hear. Malibu Betrayals was not the book I thought it was going to be. From reading the blurb, I thought I was going to get a story with a strong and determined heroine; a hunky, charming, to-die for leading man, and a little element of suspense. I thought Samantha Dekker had come through the dark chapter in her life and was ready to regain her life back. I wasn’t expecting to watch her constantly second guess her horrible unhappy marriage over and over again and constantly go back and forth as to whether or not she wanted to be with Hollywood heartthrob Gage Cutler. At 359 pages, Malibu Betrayals is way too long and repeats things. Yes, I will not deny Sam’s former husband was a vain, self-centered, cheating, donkey’s behind. Yes, he made Sam question things about herself no woman should have to question. Yes, his actions made it hard for her to trust anyone outside of her family. I don’t need to constantly be reminded of it chapter after chapter. I’m not cold-hearted, I truly felt for Sam but her back and forth with Gage was grating. I’ve never been in Sam’s position, so I don’t know all the emotions and grieving time you’re allowed to have. But because I know what Sam was thinking before her husband’s accident, her playing the victim role was too much and brought down what could have been a really good book. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely glimpses of how good this book could have been. There were moments where I liked it and was actually enjoying it. But Sam and her actions just kept getting in the way. I like MK Meredith’s writing style. Her characters are people you want to know and hear about, yes even Sam after you get past her internal issues. MK’s scene descriptions and knowledge of the workings of Hollywood are great. The back and forth of Sam wanting a relationship with Gage and not wanting one with him really made me want to stop reading. The only thing that kept me going was the stalker angle the book offered. That was easy to figure out, but I love the twists thrown in. Sam isn’t the only one with issues. Gage has is own insecurities with his mother that you really don’t realize until Sam finally loses it and crawls within herself. But Gage is down to Earth, kind, and loving. Not the Hollywood type Sam thinks he is or is accustomed to. So, while I’m not rating Malibu Betrayals high that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in reading more books by MK Meredith, because I am. There’s something about her writing that does draw you in. There’s a tiny glimpse of the hero and heroine from the next book, and I’m curious to see what all the eye looks are about and what the suspense element is going to be. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Malibu mixed with alittle Murder and Betrayal ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review******. Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker had a horrible year. Her husband killed himself and she has been trying to find herself and get back who she is. She also is trying to go back to work but with the tabloids writing lies about her, that has been extremely hard to do, especially since all of Hollywood slammed the door on her—except one man--A-lister Gage Cutler. Gage Cutler met Sam several years ago and felt this instant crazy attraction for her yet she ended up marrying her husband and the marriage ended up being very unsatisfying and unhappy. Now Sam is a widow and is living in a nightmare. Gage is able to get Sam a chance to work on his new movie, knowing she blames him for her husband’s death. There are several twists and turns which show someone is out to try and kill Sam and almost succeed. The ending is nice and shows the HEA between Gage and Sam. I do have to say, what I didn’t understand is how Sam goes from hating Gage to wanting into his pants and flirting with him about 12 % into the book. I was trying to figure out what I missed and where the dislike went. There was a step missing where the MC had the talk early on about Sam’s feelings. I will say the mystery and the attack on Sam did make up for some of the inconsistencies. This is a good book and I did like the MC but as stated, there are some missing elements that did need to be worked on. I did like Sam and I felt her pain and understood where her feelings were coming from. She was fragile, confused at times but her independence was hard won- I loved how she fought for Gage when she realized she did love him. As for Gage, he knew what he wanted and he went for it. He was a bit manipulative but had a good heart when doing it. He loved his Sam and had loved her since meeting her. Overall, this was a good story with a bit of a murder mystery mixed in. My rating: 3.9 stars ****
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
​​​​​Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith is a long but engaging book. I enjoy stories about the Hollywood scene, with all its glamour, paparazzi, gossip, and game-changers. Naturally, there is a real and true account that lies underneath all of the fanfare, yet the media does everything in its power to exploit the bad and hide the good. True and honest love is hard to find in this kind of environment. Luckily, screenwriter Samantha Dekker, and A-list actor Gage Cutler, are able to work through the intense scrutiny, as well as their own insecurities, in order to find their forever. Sam met Gage a few years ago and they felt an immediate physical and emotional connection. During that time Sam was married, albeit unhappily, so life just moved on. Now it is present day and a lot has happened. Sam's husband Ethan was in a car accident, which left his face disfigured and badly burned. As a result, he committed suicide. Coincidentally, Gage was driving alongside Sam that ill-fated night, while being chased by the paparazzi. Unfortunately, he was blamed by both Sam and the media for the tragedy. Ethan's crazy family blames Sam for his death, and they stalk her every chance they get. Sam has spent the past year hiding from the maniacal paparazzi while dealing with the loss of her career and her unfaithful husband. Gage has been able to come through the tragedy and continue with his very successful career. Sam's good friend Martin, who is also a prominent film director, gives her a new script and a chance to come back to her love of screenwriting. Gage just happens to be starring in Martin's film. Sam and Gage slowly hit if off and begin to explore their feelings from the past as well as the present. Their respective pasts continue to be in the public eye, and it is what prevents them from being a couple. Working through it all is quite difficult, since Sam is riddled with guilt and remorse and the paparazzi is always around. Gage loves Sam so much he is willing to take things slow, however, she runs when life gets tough, and overtime her inability to trust becomes too much. Overall, I enjoyed this book, however I found the plot to be repetitive at times. Sam and Gage are a unique couple, and their heat in the bedroom is scorching as well as sensual. I found Gage's ability to be both manly and sensitive to be quite attractive. The scenes with the frenetic paparazzi felt amazingly claustrophobic, so much so that I just wanted to reach out and protect Sam from their never ending wrath. A nice debut from Ms. Meredith. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
MK Meredith 's Malibu Betrayals is a real page turner. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you start to realize you may have gotten it all wrong. This amazing story is full of secrets, betrayals, sensuality and a whole lot more. I was very surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Sam and Gage reside in a world that is based 100% in make believe and they have to weed through what is truth and what is fiction. Malibu Betrayals is a dangerously intriguing love story that will have you guessing until the very end. I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.