In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.
When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he's the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.
Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.
He’s after one thing.
She refuses to give it to him... again.
When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.
With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.
Hollywood & Vine GOODREADS
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book is definitely one of those enemies to lovers to much more kind of stories.
Josie Bane is a costume designer who sets her sights on the notorious "one night stander", actor Anders Ellis. After the movie wraps she never expects to see him again.
Known for his playboy reputation he never has to do much convincing of any woman to get what he wants. Uncommitted sex. Then he runs into a Josie. Something about her is so familiar and when he finally realizes who she is, all he wants is another night. He doesn't know why he wants more, but he does and he's determined to get her to give it to him, at least until he doesn't want it anymore.
But Josie turns him down at every offer.
Thus begins the great war of temptation. Their relationship is full of combative banter that doubles as flirty talk.
"Why do you keep fighting me? Why do you keep running away?....
"The better question here, Anders, is why do you keep chasing me?"
Josie's character was also enjoyable to me. I liked that she spoke her mind and didn't play the role of the doormat to Ander's superstar power. Despite the limits put on their relationship, she continually stands up to Ander's and lets him know that she matters even if she wasn't a multi-million dollar actor. Her career was important to her but her choice not to forsake her chance at being happy with Anders seem to balance her out well for me.
When it came down to picking a rating for this book is where it got tricky.
I absolutely loved the beginning and the ending... it was the in between that caused the rating struggle. While I don't mind "the voice" in which the story was written, I wasn't a fan of the multiple POVs. Sometimes a secondary character would pop in at an odd time and it distracted me a few times. I had to reread a few pages in the beginning before I could understand the way the rest of the story would probably be written.
The other issue was the drama. There was a point in the middle where I wanted shake everyone in the book just out of frustration. It just came to a point where I was ready to scream since it felt like the same argument on a loop for Josie and Anders. Once that happened I knew what the "couple trouble" was going to be. Though understandable it didn't make me relieved to see that Ander's issue flips to become Josie's issue and I just wanted to them hurry up and fix it all.
My rating would be 3.5 stars!
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