Monday, August 10, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Blackmailed by the Hero (Gone Hollywood #2) by Julie Particka

Title: Blackmailed by the Hero
Series: Gone Hollywood #2
Author: Julie Particka
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Published: August 11th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 169
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!

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The wrong bed. The wrong guy. 

Party planner Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. Not only does she intend to land her dream promotion, she's going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex. Preferably with the hunky actor she just met at a work function, no-fraternization rules be damned. Fortunately, his drunken directions included a right that should have been a left, landing her in bed with her brother's extra-hot, extra-off-limits best friend instead of the unemployment line.

And, oh, he feels good. Too good.

Bad boy Dante Palladino's forbidden fantasies are about to come true...until Vicky realizes who she's feeling up. And to find out she risked her job for sex with some loser? Not on his watch. Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him-and only him-and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart...and Dante's on course to do just that.

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.

Sneaking into the wrong bed mixed with a little second chance romance...the promise of laughter and steamy fun were calling out from that blurb. Though it was a bit frustrating at times it was still tons of fun and a whole lot of sexy!

My source of frustration within this book was Vicky's character. It's hard to decide how I feel about her because all the things I loved about her character were also the things that drove me crazy. She has this fierce independence due to the number that her ex-husband pulled on her, which is awesome and admirable but at times it was almost too much and over the top. She was so determined to go it on her own and be her own person that even the slightest hint at someone helping her get a leg up would set off her alarms and turn her snark from funny and playful to a wall of defense. She always expected the worst out of people and suspected evil-ish ulterior motives. It got kind of old at times and I just wanted to shake her. And it's not like her independence and determination were a bad thing, they're good, it was just too much. Everyone needs help sometimes.

On the other hand Dante who was fierce and charming and incredibly sweet, also had twinges of caveman-like tendencies. His protective, white knight complex would also go a bit far at times, though not quite as annoyingly to me as my issues with Vicky. When it came to Dante I couldn't help but think it was incredibly sweet and know that his heart was in the right place because he likes to do for people, it just clashed with Vicky at times and put a huge wedge between them.

One thing that nobody can deny though would be those sparks between Dante and Vicky. When things would get heated between those two it was explosive, of course with a 5 year build up to them inevitably hooking up how could it not be?

I liked the bits of backstory that we get for Dante. How his past has kept him grounded and real and full of heart and not some egotistical star. It was one of the things I worried about before starting the book seeing as how the title of the series is Gone Hollywood. I'm always wary when it comes to actors for characters. Thankfully there was nothing to be wary of with Dante.

I guess when all I have to complain about with a book is that a character is too independent...there's really not much to complain about! The storyline was fun and sweet and angsty and a whole lot of hot. I'm looking forward to see what else this series has in store.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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