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Published by Self Published on September 7th 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Funny, Romance
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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.
Stand-alone Contemporary Romance.
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“Hollywood doesn’t mix well with dirt roads.” – Summer Jenkins. There are no truer words when it comes to this book. Summer Jenkins and Cole Masten are like baking soda and vinegar, just ordinary entities on their own, but once mixed together, they are combustible. Their lust/hate relationship, that seemed to simmer off the page from their first encounter, was authentic and tangible to the reader. It kept me glued to my spot and craving their next meeting.
Alessandra Torre created a completely unique world for these two characters, where desire became something more. It was refreshing to read a completely different storyline that wasn’t necessarily about “love at first sight”, but more about “hate/lust at first sight”, yes you read that correctly…they hated each other, but yet lusted after each other…which was extremely HAWT to read *wink*.
Cole Masten (Hollywood’s “golden boy”) and Summer Jenkins (an outcast/no body from Quincy, Georgia) are thrust into each other’s worlds and, as stated above, Hollywood and dirt roads don’t mix, but in this book they mix and make up quite a dust storm. Cole see’s something in Summer from the beginning, so much so, that he decides to cast her as the female lead in his movie “The Fortune Bottle”, which is based on her hometown. Summer sees this as an opportunity for an “out”…an out of the one and only town she’s known and has been planning to leave. Up until this point, her only worry was about leaving her momma behind alone and with no financial stability…this opportunity would solve all those worries and give her the ability to leave Quincy once and for all…and leave all of her past and pain behind in a cloud of dust. But now, only if Cole and her could get through filming without clobbering or hate f*cking each other.
There’s this underlying desire they have for each other…that makes the dynamic between them sexy as h*ll while filming “The Fortune Bottle”. They fight tooth and nail denying it, but no matter what, it is always there. It’s purely an innate chemical reaction between Cole and Summer. They were reacting to each other and didn’t know how to handle those reactions. On a deeper level, Cole knew he had this ridiculous and undeniable attraction to Summer. She was this feisty, strong-willed Southern woman who was full of spirit and fire, but yet, as he got to know her, he saw that she was also this soft and vulnerable woman; she would put herself out there completely for anyone to come along and crush her spirit. It was all those things that made that interest he had from the beginning, grow into something more over time. “He wanted to explore more of the girl who hid behind all of that fire.” –Cole. Whereas Summer denied her reaction to Cole and assumed it was hate that she was harboring for him, when in reality it was this intense and profound bond they had for one another. As their “relationship” developed, she began to realize that she was seeing the true him, the “Cole” that Hollywood didn’t get to see. He hid the true side of himself under layers of a**hole, glamour and money, but Summer saw through the façade and broke through to the real Cole and with that, she discovered her “solemate”. Their life experiences brought them together and cemented an unbreakable foundation. “They say that love is finding your soul’s match in another. I found my match. I found him, let him wrestle me to the ground, and then turned around and made him mine.” –Summer. I loved how effortless their hate of each other turned into love in the end <3 *swoon*.
This was my first Alessandra Torre novel and I LOVED IT! Alessandra has created 2 flawless characters, 1 believable storyline, and a completely unique book that I will cherish time and time again. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I am officially an Alessandra Torre stalker *ahem* fan ;). All I can say is, PLEASE Alessandra, give us more “Sole”…I need more of them! Pretty please!
Plot/Storyline- 5! Completely unique and believable
Characters- 5! Multifaceted and well-developed
Book Boyfriend Material- MOST DEFINITELY! Top BBF material indeed! He is such an arrogant a** in the beginning, but it’s unmistakable to notice that that wasn’t his true nature. *swoon-worthy*
Book Girlfriend Material- Summer is my new favorite lead female character. She is so feisty and ballsy that it is impossible not to crush on her. Cole is a LUCKY man *wink*.
Writing Style- 5!
Steam Factor- 5!
Overall- 5++ Brilliantly Shining Stars