Hollywood Playboy by Natasha Madison ~ Sarah A’s Review

Jessica

An entertainment journalist was the last thing I thought I would be doing.

I thought once I got my degree, I would be reporting on stories that made a difference, but now all I do is report on who broke up with who and who is dating who.

I was over it.

Then I got my next assignment.

He’s Hollywood’s bad boy.

He works hard, and he plays even harder.

He’s rude, he’s condescending, and he’s made it known he doesn’t want me on the tour.

With one month on the road with him, two things might happen

One, I may never work in this industry again.

Two, I may just be like everyone else and fall for Hollywood’s Playboy.

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Hollywood Playboy was a mixed bag, for me. The parts that I loved I loved immensely. The parts that didn’t work for me really felt laggy. In the end, the good far outweighed the bad, and I enjoyed the overall story. Jessica and Tyler were an interesting, if unlikely, couple and I felt they were going to be able to weather life’s storms together.

Hollywood Playboy was kind of an enemies-to-lovers romance, though I never quite bought the enemies side of their relationship. It felt a little forced, and the reasoning behind their disdain didn’t quite ring true for me – at the very least it didn’t seem like they had any reason to hate each other beyond why any famous person and Hollywood reporter would hate one another. I kept waiting for a big reveal to explain their animosity to no avail. I was exceedingly happy when they finally dropped that façade and began to treat one another with respect and interest, that was MUCH easier for me to buy into.

My favorite part of Hollywood Playboy was the secrecy in which they developed their relationship. I think that keeping things between the two of them helped Jessica and Tyler learn to trust one another and keep things real in the midst of a world that is often manipulative and fake. When they were in the little cocoon of their relationship their chemistry and connection was intense and satisfying. I loved that Ms. Madison added scenes with Tyler’s parents and the ways they showed their love for one another, then mirrored it later in Tyler and Jessica’s relationship because it made it feel more powerful and real.

I struggled with the first third of this book really dragged. There was a lot of information that didn’t add to the story in any way, and I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with how superficial the characters all seemed to be. I attributed that to the excessive name brand usage and unnecessary descriptions of every. Single. Article. Of clothing, every character in the book was wearing. It got repetitive and felt very inelegant.

Kellie

An Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy—she has them all.
She’s the most sought-after woman in Hollywood.
Even if her rise to fame was a fluke, you can’t deny the camera loves her.
The problem is so does everyone else, and she’s about to leave on the biggest concert tour of her life. 
Headlining for the first time in five years.

Around the world in ninety days. Should be a piece of cake.
Until her new security detail walks in the room and she’s looking into the eyes of the only man who didn’t fall for her charm.

It’s only a matter of time till he falls for Hollywood’s Princess.

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four-inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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