Monday 7 September 2015

Release Day Blitz, Excerpt & Review ~ Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

 Book Description:

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract..

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When the door to the production trailer burst open, it brought with it a wave of heat and beauty. Cole looked up from the storyboards and locked eyes with Summer, who blew across the room at him like a tornado on tilt.

“There’s no love story between Ida and Royce.” Summer snapped, throwing down the script, pages fluttering down between them. In the small trailer, conversations stalled and he could feel the attention turn their way. “I’ve read the book. Three times!”

It was good to know that someone had read the damn book. Cole glanced down at her temper tantrum of a mess and back up, raising his eyebrows mildly. “It’s a movie,” he said, turning back to the storyboards. “The writers are adding some excitement. It’s normal. You’d know that if you were in this business.” The dig was unnecessary but he couldn’t help it. This woman turned him into the devil.

“I read the first script. The one you sent over with my contract. Ida and Royce hated each other. Why would Royce…” she snatched up a page from the ground and read out a line. “pushes Ida against the file cabinet and kisses her passionately.” She balled up the page and threw it down to the ground and he could see, in her eyes, the panic. Panic. An unexpected reaction.

“We’ll use that,” Don made the dangerous move of stepping in, putting a soft hand on her shoulder. “You don’t understand. The passion from their hatred will make it hotter.”

“No.” Summer said, her face hard, her eyes on Cole. “It doesn’t make it hotter. It makes it stupid.”

“Aww… come on, Summer.” Cole chided, stepping closer, his hand reaching out to pull at her wrist. She fought him, yanking it back and the moment of their bodies meeting didn’t happen. He leaned down and whispered, right against her ear, the smell of her apple-scented lotion enough to make him want to empty out the production trailer right that moment. “Sure it does.”

She jerked back and twisted away. “If he kisses me on camera I’m going to lose it.” She shot at Don, pointing an accusatory finger in Cole’s direction.

“I know you will,” Cole laughed, crossing his arms to fight from reaching out. “You’ll fall apart under my mouth, baby.”

Summer screamed in response, her hands thrown up in frustration, and spun to leave, her script left behind, the slam of the exit door loud in the full production trailer.

“That went well,” Cole mused. He linked his hands and rested them on his head, rolling his shoulders back. Panic. She’d had panic in her eyes. Fuck.

“What do you expect?” Don said. “You threw this on her without warning. I told you we should have met with her this morning, gone over the changes to prepare her. But no – you just wanted to dump it on her via call sheets and sides.”

“Dump it on her? I was People’s Sexiest Man last year. She’s not mentally adjusting to a war camp for God’s sake. How hard is it to kiss me?”

“It’s actually three kisses,” a dark-haired PA to his left pointed out. “And a grope.”

He gave her a hard look and she withered a little.

“I’ll go talk to her,” Don said. “Eileen, you shoot #4 and I’ll talk to Summer. I want to try to get #14 shot at eleven so let’s get our asses in gear and get this done.”

“I’ll talk to her.” Cole stepped in. “You shoot #4 and I’ll talk to her.”

“No,” Don snapped. “With my luck you two would make up and any authenticity to the scene would disappear. Just stay away from her and be ready at eleven.”

Cole chewed on his cheek, then nodded. “Fine.” Don was right. He should stay away from her. Far. Far away.
Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I’m so glad that Hollywood and dirt roads met in the uniqueness of Quincy.”

Sometimes, when you start a book, you just know that you are going to love it and that was the feeling that I had when I started Hollywood Dirt, within the first few pages I fell in love with this book, this story and most importantly, these characters.

“There was so much bullshit flying around that our flies were confused.”

This book is about a small town girl falling in love with one of Hollywood’s top actors, you may think that this has been done before but the way this story unfurled was unique and totally captivating. Hollywood Dirt is actually based around the Coca Cola story, how a small town pooled their resources to get Coca Cola on the map, for the few thousand dollars per share they put in, those shares soon turned into millions, putting this small town on the map as having the most millionaires per head. But this small town was incredibly private and kept themselves to themselves, keeping their wealth a secret and still lived relatively frugal considering their means. As ever with these small town stories a book was written and had captured the attention of one of Hollywood’s hottest actors/directors and he decided that this story was fit for the big screen. The little town of Quincy would never be the same again.

Summer had moved to Quincy when she was little and was now twenty nine, she had never felt like she belonged there and was used to all the mutterings and whisperings that inherently followed her wherever she went. There was only Summer and her mum and that was frowned upon, this town was extremely religious and single mothers were not the norm, but her dad have left them years before and her mum set out to give them a new life and they made the most of it.

Summer, the female lead is to die for; I loved this woman seriously hard. Her demeanour is infectious, her sass, her wit, her tell 'em how it is attitude and even her insecurities only endear her to you and make you want to be her best friend. Summer was hilarious, she was a what you see is what you get kinda girl and if you didn’t like it, then tough, because she was not changing for anyone. She had her dreams and aspirations like anyone and hers were to get the hell out of Quincy. Summer and her mum were on a tight budget but she had been saving to try to make her dreams a reality so when the first murmurs of this big film coming to Quincy she was determined to try to make this her meal ticket out. Summer though was inherently a home body, she kept house for a wealthy couple and made sure that her mum was cared for. They had each-others back, always. But this was not the end of her talents, she could farm, she did repairs, she was a typical southern girl, but no means Hollywood material, or so you would think.

“I wanted something different. I wanted to be someone different, someone without scorn, someone without a past. Someone with a future.”

Cole Masten, this guy is going to break a few hearts. Cole was a man that when he loves, he loves hard, he is all in. While he has that cocky, Hollywood heart throb exterior, underneath is a teddy bear, but he hardly ever lets anyone see that side of him. He is the Oscar winner, the man that all women want to bed and he keeps that façade firmly in place. Having just fallen foul to adultery by the wife he adored and going through a messy divorce, Cole heads to Quincy to keep himself out of trouble but trouble has a way of biting him on the arse and this trouble comes in the form of our adorable Summer. Cole Master doesn’t know what has hit him.

“He was fucked. Absolutely, unequivocally, fucked.”

This was a story of finding the real you, sometimes life and circumstance push you along at warp speed and along the way you forget who you really are. The trappings of fame and fortune sweeping you up into a paparazzi frenzy where your persona is more important than what you really want or need out of life. Strip things back to basics, take time to reflect, get back to some form of normality and once again you can find your inner may even like what you see. Take Hollywood out of the heart throb and you get a gorgeous man on the inside and out. Cole Masten will have you eating out his hands in no time.

“...a man who...if he pushed his best parts forward and was rejected, might not recover from the snub.”

I love Alessandra Torre’s writing voice, in the past her suspenseful writing has captured my attention from the start and even though this is her first contemporary romance, he writing was none the less addictive. Her character development was flawless and by the time this book hit the crux of the story you were championing these two along with gusto. The character connection was on point and I had no doubt in my mind that these two were meant to be together, despite being total opposites. These two brought out the best in each other, Cole calmed Summer and Summer brought Cole back to life, see ying and yang, but opposites attract and these two together were off the charts.

“The man shouldn’t be allowed to have a mouth. Shouldn’t be allowed to use that thing like a weapon, to cut open a woman’s soul, her secrets, her control, and rip them all to shreds. I lost myself, in those minutes with his head between my legs.”

By the end I didn’t want this book to finish, I loved this couple with a passion. It has been quite a while since I have loved a book this much and as such it goes to the top of my favourite reads so far this year. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Adored it!!

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

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