Series: Redhead, #1
Published by Omnific Publishing
Published on February 16th 2010
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The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.
When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?
Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.
Quirky, sexy, fun with lots of heart. I loved it!
Grace Sheridan has always had stars in her eyes and wanted to be ”famous, famous, god damned famous.” After a failed attempt straight out of college, she is now 33-years-old and has moved back to LA.
I became one of those sad sacks— I only lasted in Los Angeles for eighteen months. I limped away, feeling like a failure for the first time in my life. I let the city and the industry beat me. But now I was back. It took me ten years to make it back and this time… I wasn’t going anywhere.
She moves in with her best friend, Holly who stayed in LA all those years ago and is now running her own talent management agency. The book starts out at Holly’s home, it’s the launch party for her new business. While at the party, Grace meets Jack Hamiltion, a 24-year-old actor who Holly represents. He just got cast as the lead role for a highly anticipated movie based on a series of erotic romance short stories. Woman are going NUTS for these books and this new movie so Jack is just about to be launched into super stardom. Grace has never heard of these books, the movie, or of Jack. But Holly makes quick work pimping them out… “Jesus, fine. Calm down,” I said. “Did you just squeal? Yes, I will freaking read them,” (LOL! Sound like anyone you know?)
When Grace first meets Jack she’s of course attracted to him, but knows he’s younger than her and doesn’t think too much of it. Toward the end of the evening they have a couple brief encounters and their banter is some of the best I’ve read. There is no denying they have some sort of chemistry and they can go back and forth for days. Jack, being the down to earth guy that he is finds Grace’s humor, wit, and quirky charm appealing and he makes quick work pursuing her and finding little ways to see her.
“OK, you caught me. I wanted to see you. Is that so terrible? I’m bored, and you’re fascinating.”
There are texts, phone calls, and little outings full of funny incidents. Nothing goes quite right for Grace, but Jack is right there through it all laughing and teasing, making it all better and adding to the fun. They are just so good together, they get each other, make each other laugh and their sexual chemistry is off the charts – there is LOTS and LOTS of sexy time for these two.
“You will be the death of me, Sheridan. I can already tell.” He sighed, unfolding his long legs to get out of the car. “Yes, but it will be a good death. I’ll be gentle. You won’t even know I’m coming.” He turned back and grinned. “That’s what she said.” Perfection. “Oh, and Grace?” he continued, walking toward his car. He stopped when he reached it and leaned back against the door. “I will definitely know when you’re coming. And so will you,” he said, biting down on that lower lip. Fucking Perfection.
Grace is a little immature for her age, she’s got baggage and minor confidence issues, but I loved her. She had the funniest internal dialogue. Jack seems mature for his age, he’s smart, funny, silly, but can bring the sexy – BIG time! I absolutely LOVED him. And did I mention, he’s a Brit? Oh yeah.
The age difference really was a non-issue in my eyes. They both look young, they’re hot, they like each other, and it’s good. He is the reason to her neurotic ways and they have such a great balance. I love that this book is pretty low angst. There really is no drama for the sake of drama, no stupid, no lies. It’s all very straight forward and functional as they navigate their new situation and challenges that arise (mostly brought on by their careers).
“I love that you’ve become so important to me,” he added, gazing at me from under heavily lidded eyes.
“I love that you are so totally wrapped up in my life now,” I answered, my heart thumping wildly… what were we saying?
The dialogue, banter, and jokes in this were hilarious. It got a wide range of reactions out of me from just a smile, a little laugh, maybe a snort here, a belly laugh there. It was hysterical. With comedy, there really is that balance of what is overkill. There were times that things were a bit much, nicknames were overused, crazy exaggerations (will power of champions, anyone?) View Spoiler »Who can go weeks giving/receiving oral sex for hours on end DAILY and not have actual sex!?! I just don’t get it. I mean, it ended up being sweet/cute that they waited, but come on. « Hide Spoiler and such, but overall it was just downright funny.
The interactions between Grace and Jack were amazing and I always had a grin on my face. But their friends Nick and Holly (her best friend and his manager) have some awesome moments as well. She has no problem putting Grace on the spot.
”Yeah, she’s right here. She’s in the shower, in fact… Oh, Jack! I told Grace the funniest joke about the British invading her hoo—Wait, what?… Hold on… Grace, Jack would like you to know that he has seen the pictures and he thinks you were pointing that shrimp at him far too aggressively… No, she isn’t acknowledging you. She’s now banging her head against the shower tiles… Oops, now she’s glaring at me… she’s turning off the shower, Jack… she’s coming toward me… she’s naked, Jack… and angry… she’s naked and angry, Jack… you would probably love angry, naked Grace. It’s something to see. She’s hitting me, Jack… I think she’s going to take the phone away from…”
My favorite thing about this book was just the good feeling I had while reading it. I expected this to be a light read, and it was, but it did have some depth for me. It wasn’t just funny, funny, funny and nothing else. I really felt for these characters and I felt their connection. It got to me and I was pleasantly surprised by that. It has it’s flaws and things that made me say, “hmmm, really?” which is why I have been wavering over 4 or 5 stars, but overall I was a gushing idiot over this book so what the hell? I’m rounding up!
I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a light, silly, sexy, steamy read with some heart and can take a bit of over the top humor. It was exactly what I needed right when I needed it and I’m going straight on to the next book in the series!♥
“He was the yin to my yang, the frick to my frack, the toast to my Chex.”