Archive | June 7, 2016

Playing the Perfect Boyfriend, Gone Hollywood 3, Julie Particka


Playing the Perfect Boyfriend (Gone Hollywood) by [Particka, Julie]

Genre:  Romance,

I really wanted to like this book, I’d loved the first in the series, somehow missed book two and was hoping this would be as good (for me) as book one. Well, it was an OK read, just didn’t have that magic spark though that the first story had.
Jade, I just couldn’t reconcile her as she is to the person she needed to be for Isak. She’s so full of fun, full of life and takes every minute as it comes – a real grab life by the balls and run with it woman. So why on earth did she think she’d work in a relationship with Isak, who wanted a quiet and sedate wife, someone happy to be a mum and let him have all the limelight. I couldn’t see why they’d ever got together before, and why she wanted to connect again with him. I know her friends are all getting in relationships, becoming settled but kids hadn’t ever been on her horizon so why now?
Dean…mmmnn…what a real man he was. Older than his years mentally he was perfect for Jade, but she just couldn’t seem to see it. The sensuality between them is off the charts – did she really want to give that up for a life of sedate, missionary sex with Isak? He sounded like the kind of man who details sex in his diary along with other dates and spontaneous sex just doesn’t happen. Sun 2pm – golf , Tues 7pm- squash ,  Thursday 12pm- lunch with university colleagues, Sat 10pm Sex….Dullsville all the way and not Jade at all.
I loved Jade and Dean together, loved the way he let her be herself and she let him be Dean, not his actor persona he has to show everyone else. Then of course all gets turned on its head when both have a change of plan and rethink.
I loved the heat in this, adored Dean but Jade – well, for an intelligent woman who’d worked so hard to make her profession a success I found it difficult to believe she’d willingly give it all up for Isak. There’s no chemistry between them,nothing, they’ve not met for two years and yet she wants to abandon her life, move to another country to be with him? Just didn’t feel right or believable for me and that’s where the story let down as its a huge part of the plot. 😦

Stars: Three, an ok read.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher

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