Archive | January 16, 2014

Hollywood Blackmail. Jackie Ashenden


Hollywood Blackmail: A Seacliff Novel (Entangled Indulgence)

Hollywood Blackmail. Jackie Ashenden

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

Another Entangled novel, I thought this sounded fun with the “blackmail” element, but it didn’t work as well for me as I hoped. I wasn’t expecting a deep, dark novel, but this was really a bit too light and fluffy for me. I thought the blackmail elements would be stronger than the line it was, darker, more evil, more perversive. It wasn’t really blackmail as I expected, more just heavy persuasion. There was lots of happy and fun, but I also needed a bit more sad to balance it and that was lacking 😦 I love some angst, and just didn’t get it. There was a downside part of the romance, but not that much it felt to me, and not enough to make me feel really sad for Lizzie and Ash.

I liked Lizzie, understood her fears, she’d worked hard to get where she was, and didn’t want to give it up. Ash, he was a Hollywood star but without that awful Star persona that we often see, and having found Lizzie he wasn’t letting her go….but was there a mid point where they could meet? Well, the story finds their fears, their good and bad points and makes the reader wonder “what would I do faced with that situation” Me? I really don’t know – I’m an unashamed romantic, but we’ve seen so many people parted by the stress fame brings, so I could understand both points of view.

Stars: three and a half, a fun read, but not really one that grabbed me and made me want to keep reading.

ARC supplied by Netgalley

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