Publication Date: September 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: the publisher
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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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Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre is a fun, light-hearted, and sexy story about Cole Masten and Summer Jenkins. Cole is a Hollywood megastar, while Summer is a good Southern girl living in Quincy, Georgia. Quincy is a small town steeped in Southern tradition–one where the citizens will say “Bless your heart” to your face, then gossip behind your back. (You know the type.)
I think the best way to describe this story is Pride and Prejudice meets Steel Magnolias. Cole and Summer are very much like Darcy and Elizabeth–Summer’s Southern pride is on full display, contrasted by Cole’s prejudice toward the ‘country bumpkins’ and anything non-Hollywood.
Just like Lizzie Bennett, Summer is a spitfire and a force to be reckoned with. She is fierce, strong, independent, and most certainly talked about behind closed doors by Quincy’s high-society. However, she is also lonely and only shows her soft under-belly to the few people close to her. I thought Summer was very likeable and I absolutely loved her as a character. (The secondary characters were also awesome!)
Summer has worked hard for everything she has, even if it doesn’t look like much to outsiders. In contrast, Cole hasn’t had to lift a finger without an assistant’s help in over a decade. As soon as he meets Summer, the differences are glaringly obvious. But, as we all know, opposites attract. I will warn you, friction between them runs high for much of the book.
The writing in this book was fabulous. There is so much depth, with each scene so richly described and full of details; it played like a movie in my head. Torre pulls back the curtain on small-town Southern living and plenty of well-kept secrets are revealed. (I live in a Southern state, so I feel confident in saying that her descriptions and insights are spot-on.)
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the epilogue. Let me tell you, it’s sweet and satisfying–kind of like a Snickers bar. This book is filled with tension and passion, and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend it!