Acting Ambitions. Hollywood Heartbreak. Doggy Deliverance.
What would you do if you were an aspiring actress offered a part in a TV series in Los Angeles…but had to give up everything else important to you to achieve that dream?
Twenty-one-year-old Tessa Taylor drops out of college and leaves her home in Washington, DC, to pursue her lifelong ambition of becoming an actress, but her decision comes at a price. Tinseltown is tough, stardom elusive, and LA exorbitantly expensive.
When her dreams crumble, Tessa struggles. Her heart bruised, she compromises to make ends meet and tries one disastrous job after another. When a fortunate coincidence leads her to a job she never thought she’d do—dog walking—her adventures begin, and a new life, and love, unfold.
Taking the Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker is more than just a walk in the park. It’s a humorous and heart-warming romantic comedy, infused with a touch of action, adventure, and mystery, which will appeal to dog lovers and chick-lit readers alike.
If must love dogs is more than a catchphrase to you, buy this fun novel in the LA Lights romantic comedy series. While all the books in the series are interconnected and the characters recur, each can be read as a stand alone novel.
Di Jones must be the master of pun and irony. I am officially in love with the way she writes and the only other person I have said this about is J.K Rowling! - Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
I recommend this wonderful story to any reader who enjoys a huge dollop of comedy served up with their fun and inspirational reading." - Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Taking The Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker by Di Jones is the novel of every dog lovers dream, especially people like me who love dogs and just can’t have them. This novel is an absolute gem. What should I talk about first? The dogs, or the characters, or the chapter names? Oh, the chapter names. Di Jones must be the master of pun and irony. I am officially in love with the way she writes and the only other person I have said this about is J.K Rowling! The story is about Tessa, a girl with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. But things are not that easy. Times get tough and she is desperate to make ends meet. Her life takes a turn for the better when she gets a job as a dog walker. She finally has a chance to make something out of her life and dreams, and if she plays her cards right, she might even get a hunky man out of it. Let me start with the dogs; they are full of character. Twinkletoes is awesome. That Great Dane is a dream pet. And all the other dogs mixed with Twinkletoes gives you the right kind of humor and mischief that just makes your heart melt and have you grinning like a fool. I loved, loved, and loved reading this novel and I cannot wait for more from Tessa and her dream of making it big in the Hollywood. I hope I don’t have to wait long for a sequel.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Taking the Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker is the first book in the L.A. Lights series by Di Jones. Tessa Taylor is a twenty-one-year-old Georgetown University student. With a life-long dream of becoming an actress, Tessa is overjoyed when a letter arrives for her, postmarked from Los Angeles, after auditioning for a talent scout who had visited her university. Defending her dream against her reluctant parents’ wishes, she is finally given their blessing. Arriving at her secondary audition in L.A. and posing as a rich client who needs a dog walker, Tessa almost outshines the lead actress, Demi, who’d feigned a sprained ankle after landing the lead role as the dog walker, allowing Tessa to show off her true talents. Once shooting of the television pilot commences, Tessa finally gets to see what really happens on the set of a new hit television show, while working well outside of her comfort zone with dogs, as well as what goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood, before examining her new life and asking herself if it was worth it. I was pleasantly surprised by the realism portrayed in this book, showing a girl following her dreams, no matter where in the world those dreams take her. Di Jones seems to have the knack of pulling the reader into the storyline so much that they fully empathize with each of the characters. I felt hopeful, dejected, excited, frustrated and almost cheered out loud when Tessa joined the cast of the show. Taking The Lead: Adventures of a Hollywood Dog Walker is a tumultuous story of a young woman who is willing to leave the security and comfort of living with her parents and say goodbye to her schooling in order not to pass up the once-in-a-lifetime chance to embrace life on the small screen. I recommend this wonderful story to any reader who enjoys a huge dollop of comedy served up with their fun and inspirational reading.