Series: Redhead #3
Published by Simon & Schuster
Published on December 17th, 2013
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
The third sexy novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s playful and erotic Redhead series continues the sizzling romance between actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood’s hottest leading man Jack Hamilton.
Grace has landed the lead in a new TV series—but when the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds, she goes public with her weight struggles and suddenly develops a huge fan club who support her right to have curves. But between that and the public’s continuing fascination with her “are they or aren’t they” relationship with Jack, Grace begins to wonder if anyone’s really interested in her because of her upcoming TV series, or if it’s all speculation about the size of her ass and her bedroom partner.
Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the party-hard lifestyle. Grace vows to give him the space he needs to find himself, but then he begins to spiral down from lovable Brit to Hollywood brat. People are talking, but are Jack and Grace? Her career is on the rise, and his continues into the stratosphere, but will she be able to catch him if he falls? Will they ever be able to just be a couple who can hold hands when they walk down the street?
So, Alice Clayton completely kicked my ass with this book.
This series is one of my very favorites. Jack & Grace have something special, their chemistry and the way they play off each other and banter is so much fun to read. I can’t get enough of them together, so this was definitely one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. The Redhead Plays Her Hand still has that special Jack & Grace something but it also has a much different feel than the first two books of this series.
Grace is just about to begin filming on her new series, in which she is the star. Meanwhile, Jack is still the talk of Hollywood and beginning work on a new movie. They are still keeping their relationship a secret, even though just about every media outlet suspects they are an item. After some not so pleasant run-ins with paparazzi, and tabloids dragging Grace through the mud about her weight and their “are they or aren’t they” romance, Jack begins to have a bit of a downward spiral. He starts going out and partying it up with his costar, Adam Kasen, Hollywood asshole/bad boy.
While things aren’t overly dramatic or angsty, there is definitely a shift and Grace is worried about her Brit. I have to say, that did go on a bit too long. I think because of Grace’s screw up in The Redhead Revealed and not wanting to come across as “the nagging girlfriend” leads to her going too easy on Jack. She attributed things to him being only twenty-four and wanting to blow of some steam, but she ultimately makes excuses for him. He’s been amazing and the grown up in the relationship thus far so this was Grace’s time to step up and be the solid one (which she did), but there was some dysfunction/miscommunication between them, and too many almost conversations. Or being distracted by Jack’s charming, silly, boobie-addicted ways and really who could blame her?!
“No way. Uh-uh. No boobies till we talk.” I tucked the sheets under each armpit and clenched my hands at my sides.
“How about one booby? One booby while we talk, and if I can contain myself, then I get them both before breakfast,” he offered, throwing his hands up in the air in supplication.
“How old are you?” I asked, raising one eyebrow.
“You know ruddy well how old I am. Recovery time, remember? Now drop the sheet on the left one and talk woman.” He poked me in the left shoulder.
Sighing, I adjusted the sheet so that the… good lord… so that the “left one” was out.
“Okay, what were we talking about?” he asked it.
“Eyes up here, George. It’s out, but you still have to make eye contact.”
Even though Jack is acting up and not his usual self, I still loved him. He is one of my favorite book boyfriends and always will be. It really broke my heart to see how he was dealing with fame and the wake his self-destruction was leaving behind. Some parts were really hard to read and I swear my chest was literally achingat times for what he was going through. Then there is the way he loves his Gracie. He seriously melts me and I’m so proud of how he loves her just how she is. When she is asked to lose weight, he is totally against it -probably for the love of the boobies ;) – and I LOVED that.
I’m also extremely proud of how Grace dealt with what was asked of her and the criticism she faced. She has grown so much since the start of this series and become such a confident woman. There were so many times I wanted to high five her and then pour her a drink and cheers.
And in that moment, I realized how out of control everything had become. Big, small, curvy, or bony, beauty was beauty. I was healthy. I was exactly the size I was supposed to be, and that was it.
What I love about this book is that I just know how much Grace and Jack love each other. There was never a moment of doubt. They have such an intense bond and they just feel right as a couple for me.
In this moment, in this car, on this stretch of highway, we were a couple in love. We were not an older woman and a younger man, Jack wasn’t the Sexiest Man Alive, but he was the sexiest man in my world. I wasn’t an up-and-coming actress who’d been asked about the size of her boyfriend’s dick the night before by a total stranger, I was a girl in a convertible in my pajamas, holding hands with the man I was in love with.
Of course, they are still hot as ever and although things are tense at times between them, there is no lack of sexy time. Thank goodness!
“Fucking Nuts Girl, do you know what you do to me?” …
“I thought you didn’t dance,” I said, pushing my hips into his, relishing in the lust that was cooking on this dance floor.
He turned me roughly in his arms, hitching one of my legs up around his hips, his fingers dangerously close to my panties. He plays with the lace, slipping underneath and grazing me, watching as my eyes grew wide.
“I’m not dancing,” he breathed, then crushed his mouth to mine.
From the moment I finished The Redhead Revealed and read the blurb for The Redhead Plays Her Hand, I have been nervous. Months later and beginning this book, I was still nervous. Then while reading, yup, you guessed it. Nervous. Anxious. Knots. Like I said, it completely kicked my ass. I think because I feel so much for these characters, even the moments that weren’t meant to be dramatic, they felt like a bigger deal because I just love them so freaking much.
I sooo highly recommend this series and I really LOVED how everything ended up. Alice Clayton can write comedy, drama, and romance with such great ease. There are plenty of sexy, funny parts mixed in with the more serious tone of this book to keep it fresh and fun like always. I was completely emotionally invested and I can still say, I want more George & Gracie!
“I love you.”
“I love you more.”
“Not bloody likely.”
Advanced copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from uncorrected proof and are subject to change.
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