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.
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“Josie, are you sure about this?” Madison sat on the bed, her face pinched with concern.
“Look, I know you’re worried. Christ, I want to throw up every time I think about what I’m doing. But…” Josie scooted onto the bed and turned to Madison. “I think about him, Maddie. I think about him a lot. And not all of those thoughts involve burying his body.” Josie laughed and looked at her hands. “The truth is, he makes me feel. I’ve dated, you know that, but the relationships always fizzle out, and that’s if there is even a spark to begin with. I thought it was me, you know? That I was the problem. Because it’s weird, right? That I’ve never fallen in love? I’ve barely even been in lust. I thought something was wrong with me. And shit, I’m not saying there isn’t, because of all the people who could make me feel that spark, it has to be the most impossible man in the world.”
“Josie, you’re not broken. You’re just, guarded. You…you don’t give yourself a chance.”
“Exactly, I’ve never cared enough to bother. But now, with this crazy, complicated, infuriating man, I want to. God help me, but I do. I don’t know where it will go. For all I know, it could just be a fluke—ridiculous sexual chemistry that fizzles out like the rest. Or I could end up really liking him and he could break me. Right now I can’t think that far ahead. I like him, but I’m also leery, and it’s still early enough that if I bail, or if he bails, I can walk away unscathed. I just, I need you to be there for me because I’m terrified and I need my best friend.”
Madison squeezed Josie’s hand and smiled. “Of course I’ve got your back. I’ll always be here for you, no matter what. Whatever you need—a shoulder, a shovel, or an alibi—you know I’m your girl.”
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 5 Drama and Angst Filled Stars ~~
This book was brought to my attention by a beta reader for the book who couldn’t stop raving about this debut novel. I have to say I was intrigued because I’m a sucker for that movie/rock star type storyline. This was a movie star story but it was still unique and entertaining. For being a debut novel I was truly impressed with how well written this book was. She created characters who were captivating and entertaining. The banter between Anders and Josie had me smiling quite a bit.
This story had a little bit of everything in it. It had drama, angst, lies, secrets, betrayals, sex, humor and romance. This was definitely a roller coaster for my emotions. I was all over the place. I went from laughing one minute to yelling and cursing the next, but then we found out about Anders past and I had tears in my eyes. I love when a book can tap into all my emotions. To me that is what makes a book a 5 star read!!!
I have seen in other reviews that people considered Anders an a$$hole…I would tend to agree but he wasn’t an obnoxious one. Yes he said things that he probably shouldn’t have to Josie, but she wasn’t a push over. Josie gave as good as she got. I thought her and Anders were the perfect match and I loved watching these two break down their walls and let each other in.
“I’m not an a$$hole, Ivy. People just can’t handle that I make no apologies for who I am. What you see is what you get”…. Anders
This biggest problem these two characters had was a communication problem and a lack of trust. A lot of their problems could’ve been solved if they would’ve just sat down and talked some things out before jumping the gun and leaving. My only real negative of the book was I wish we would’ve gotten an epilogue. I know this book was really long, but I wish she would’ve finished their story a little more. I would’ve liked to see where these characters were a couple years down the line. Even with saying that, this book was still extremely enjoyable for me and I am not a huge fan of a lot of angst and drama in a book.
I would definitely say that this book is MUST READ book. If you love a movie star storyline with a cocky and arrogant Hero and a heroine who can hold her own, that is filled with lust, drama and angst….then this is the book for you. It is on the longer side of books but once you get into it, I had a hard time putting it down and the pages just flew by. I am looking forward to reading more books by Olivia Evans in the future.
Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She’s obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu’s.
Website – http://www.oliviaevansauthor.com/
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