New York Dolls

New York Dolls

by Catherine L. Hensley


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New York Dolls by Catherine L. Hensley

It's Fashion Week in New York, and Denton Hodges just got her first big assignment for Glitter magazine.

Denton's assignment: Get in the show at the posh Regency Viscount Hotel, and find a story. But a chance encounter with hard-partying starlet Amber Donovan forever changes the course of the night-and Denton's life. After a night of being chased by the paparazzi, swimming in swag bags, and falling heart over heels for Hollywood hunk Chris West, Denton's not just on the story. She is the story.

Suddenly, Denton's no longer merely a low-level assistant. Amber's latching on like a BFF from hell, Chris is flirting and cooking her dinner, and as Denton falls for the real people behind the tabloid screen, neither knows about her ties to Glitter. Only Denton holds the secret-or so she thinks. Is Anna Creel, Glitter's icy beauty editor, on to her? Will Denton be able to write a story exposing her new friends? And is Chris more than just a friend, or did Glitter get the headline right-"Chris and Amber: Hot Nights!"?

Step into the spotlight, and peek beyond the red carpet in New York Dolls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937546397
Publisher: 48fourteen
Publication date: 11/14/2014
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Catherine L. Hensley is a professional freelance editor and writer. From fiction and nonfiction manuscripts to academic pieces, she provides an extensive range of copyediting, proofreading, content editing, and writing services to a wide variety of clients located around the United States and abroad.

A native of south Louisiana, Catherine received her master of arts degree in creative writing and me- dia studies from New York University and her bachelor of arts degree in English from Louisiana State Univer- sity in Baton Rouge, with minors in history and mass communication. Her writing has appeared in The Ad- vocate (Louisiana’s largest newspaper), OT Practice magazine, Quiet Mountain: New Feminist Essays, and Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review. For more, visit

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New York Dolls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Fun, fun, fun! That’s the best description I have for New York Dolls, the new book by author Catherine L. Hensley. Following the story of assistant Denton Hodges as she works on her first major assignment for Glitter magazine, she has one crazy night and finds herself the new BFF of Amber Donovan, a hot starlet, seemingly intent on partying her way through New York City, and the love interest of Hollywood heartthrob Chris West. One problem? Neither of them knows that Denton works for Glitter, and that she’s supposed to be writing a feature story that showcases the nitty-gritty of their lives. Another problem? Denton just might be truly falling for Chris, and finds out that there’s way more to Amber than meets the eye. Will she really be able to write something that will certainly ruin those relationships and perhaps their lives? I so enjoyed this book. As a huge fan of chick lit novels, I’ve found myself becoming a bit burned out by them. So many of them are starting to seem the same, almost as if the authors in this genre have banded together and are following the same cookie-cutter format. Not so with the work of author Catherine L. Hensley. Her fun and fresh writing style practically leaps off the pages and her character development, especially of Denton, but even for most of the minor characters, is phenomenal. Parts of the story are laugh out loud funny, parts heartwarming, and parts flirty and a little bit sexy; this book would appeal to anyone who loves chick lit, fun reads with interesting, well-drawn characters, or just a good book in general. Make sure you’ve got enough time to read New York Dolls because once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down!
ManicScribbler More than 1 year ago
“Never insert yourself into a story. If you do, you have to get yourself out of it, neat and tidy. It can never be about you.”  That was supposed to be the first lesson Denton Hodges learned when she went to work for Glitter Magazine.  Unfortunately she evidently failed that class, because inserting herself up to her eyeballs is exactly what Denton does on her first real assignment.  How she extricates herself from it is what makes compelling and entertaining reading in this chick lit adventure. At first I was reminded slightly of 'Wishful Thinking' - with Chris (Hollywood superstar) and Amber, the off-the-wall press-darling who exerts a mysterious hold over him, as well as a heroine working in publishing.  It's also reminiscent of 'The Devil Wears Prada', but I'm happy to say it's very much its own story - and a truly engaging one too.  The writing is a cut above what you usually find in the chick lit genre and the author draws you in very quickly and holds you transfixed throughout. Some of the characters are beautifully drawn.  It's impossible to dislike Amber for all her neediness and lack of consideration.  She has a vulnerable, childlike quality you have to love and want to protect.  She certainly steals the show for me.  There are some other delightful characters, too, including Liz, Denton's mentor at Glitter; the fatherly chauffeur/bodyguard Mr John, and Raymond, the chef at Mamie's Bake Shop.  Less likeable, in my opinion (though it's not easy to pinpoint why), is the gorgeous hero Chris West.  He's a truly nice guy with a caring, protective nature, but remains a little too distant and secretive and, well…perfect, to allow us to get to know him too well.  I suppose that's what super-stardom does to some people. The New York setting is so powerfully drawn, it's almost like another character and really brings the story alive.  Coming from the UK and never having been to NYC, this is exactly as I would imagine it, how it is portrayed in the most memorable movies.  Catherine Hensley's skill with her descriptions is what lifts 'New York Dolls' above average and makes it a visual and memorable story.  I liked the twist at the end, but confess I anticipated it about half-way through.  Nonetheless, it was executed well and provided a satisfying conclusion. For me 'New York Dolls' was a rewarding piece of escapism and for a début novel (which I assume this is) shows enormous promise.  I would happily read more from this talented author. (An e-copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)
LorraineP More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading this book!  It kept my interest till the last page, especially loved the twist at the end.  The writer really made you feel like you knew the characters and were right there in New York with Denton.  This book would make a great Movie!!!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
This would make a wonderful romantic comedy movie. It is funny in all the right places and I can just picture these characters on the big screen. Denton is trying to make it as a reporter in New York City. She has a new job for Glitter magazine. She accidentally meets and becomes friends with two very famous stars, Chris and Amber. Will Denton be able to write an exposé about her new friends? Denton and Chris heat up the book nicely and Amber adds lots of entertainment in her unpredictable psychotic way. This story is amusing and enjoyable. A quick, delicious read
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
As a Chick Lit fan, I am always looking to read a story that will let me escape into a world that has a good mixture of humor, romance, and drama, and New York Dolls is that book! Author Catherine L. Hensley weaves an entertaining tale that follows the journey of Denton Hodges, an intern at Glitter magazine, who gets a chance to go behind the scenes of the Big Apple's fashion industry's famous annual Fashion Week in search of a story ... and boy does she get one ... staring herself! Sampling the glitz, glamour, and excitement of the annual week long event and rubbing elbows with stars is some heady stuff for Denton, and it kicks up into high gear when she finds herself in the center of a paparazzi frenzy when she befriends starlet Amber Donovan and falls head of heels for Hollywood hunk Chris West! But there is just one tiny problem ... her assignment to get gossip for Glitter ... so what's a girl to do when she has a secret that could expose her new found friends and cost her a chance at romance too? New York Dolls was everything that I hoped it would be: a fun, sassy, romantic, humorous, and dramatic Chick Lit tale that easily drew me into Denton's story. The author provides the reader with quirky characters, a thoroughly entertaining storyline, and richly vivid descriptions of New York, and a behind the scenes look at the fashion industry and it's famous annual Fashion Week. This story reminded me a lot of The Devil Wears Prada, a movie/book that is one of my favorites, so I easily found myself hooked, amused, smiling, and laughing as Denton's story unfolded with a lot crazy drama, chaos, romance, and turmoil. New York Dolls is a well written, lighthearted, and fun read, it has everything that Chick Lit fans could hope for and then some. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Years ago, when The Devil Wears Prada and Confessions of a Shopaholic were hitting the shelves and I was knee deep in classic chick lit novels, I had this feeling when reading them. A giddy feeling, where I could enjoy these novels and not really have to think about the story, but let them flow and bring me into a world that the characters were fun, exciting and bold. This book, New York Dolls, brought me back to that time and I can happily say that the author sits well with the likes of Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin and Laura Weisberger. Like most chick lits, you have a title that could mean so many different things and a story that you can pretty much figure out where it's going, but you also have the ups and down, quirks and thrills, spills and chills that get you to the end. This book does not disappoint in any of those areas. It also puts you right in with the character, to the point that as you read, you are the character and you don't want to stop reading until you are fixated on the last sentence of the last page. A child of the 80's, growing up in the Midwest, I had been fixated with NYC once I got into my teen years. The music, the styles, the look, the scenes, Saturday Night Live, and so much more had me devouring everything I could get my hands on about the city. Reading this book brought everything back. Luckily, I've been to NYC three times as an adult, so I was able to put more of a realistic perspective into everything while I was reading. I had also been really into the fashion mags of that time frame. Elle, Young Miss, Seventeen, etc, I read just about everything fashion magazine that I could get my hands on. With Denton working for such a magazine, it was icing on the cake. The author gave Denton the ride of her life. Celebrities, fashion, romance, chaos and so much more. There was a depth to Denton that you just wanted to see everything go her way. You couldn't help but laugh at her guffaws, want to hug her when she felt the world was crumbling around her, want to celebrate with her during the good times, etc. All this is the work of an amazing writer and storyteller. It's one thing to tell a story, it's another to bring the listener/reader into the story as it's being told. Anyone who likes chick lit will like this book. Don't like the term chick lit? I don't like the term women's fiction to describe this awesome genre of fun and exciting reads. I look forward to reading more from this author and I can see her going far. One of the things I would suggest to bring more readers in, is a different concept art for the cover. What she has is good, but I don't think it brings the story into the cover like it should.
Joyce5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this amazing story.  It took me back to my own days in New York City and was extremely well written.  It had a lot of humor, and I laughed out loud a number of times.  All in all, a great read!  I’m curious to know what happens next.
RoBeau More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  It isn’t something I’d normally read, but I’m glad I did.  It’s very well written and funny.  The book has just the right mix of humor in a story that was engaging from the first page to the last.  I’d recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be my perfect beach book as it dives into every girls fantasy of having Hollywood's hottest bachelor fall in love with them. Very well-written and a fun page turner. This was a sweet, relaxing book to pick up at the end of a long day.