Heartthrob, Hollywood Hearts 1, Belinda Williams
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
My first book from Belinda, and though I didn’t know if I’d like her writing style its from one of my favourite tropes, Film/Rock star, I do love the fabulous escapism from a read in those settings.
So Ally, what a great character. A tiny but curvy package, she’s a loyal friend, adores her extensive family and has finally got a chance at her dream career.
She gave up her coveted place in a design course when her father was dying, and she was needed at home for the family and the family restaurant. That was some years back, and now she seems to have just given up her dream. Her friend since childhood, Lena, is determined that Ally will get her chance, and now she’s a very famous actress she asks Ally to make her gowns for the upcoming awards seasons.
Ally isn’t sure, can she do it? Can the family manage without her? Should she take that step forward or stay where she is?
Her family and Lena won’t give up though, and she soon finds herself in Lena’s luxurious home, living a life she thought impossible. She doesn’t change though, she’s still Ally, lover, cooker and consumer of fabulous italian meals.
She’s been there a short while, is still finding her feet when she hears Lena being berated by one of her staff. She’s stunned, no-one talks down to her friend like that, barrels out and leterally rams the guy down, despite him being so much larger, and as she’s giving him what for he and Lena are laughing. He’s her current co-star and they were practising lines….Oops.
He’s entranced by Ally and the way she’s so normal,her say it like it is manner, not one of Hollywood’s false fawning ladies who just say what they think he wants to hear.
Soon he’s worn her down and they’re embarking on a fledgling relationship.
Things are going wrong with her designing though, her clothes damaged, a fake online account set up, they don’t know if it’s her or Lena that’s being attacked? Someone is after them, but which one of them?
It takes a while to sort out which of them is being targeted as Lena has had stalkers before. This time though its really pushing at Ally’s career, threatening all her hard work, and the easy route would be to pack up and go home.
Ally feels Hollywood is full of falseness and maybe she’s just not cut out for it. What about Jake though if she goes home? Can she leave him, leave her dreams, or should she stick it out?
Its a real fun read, with some surprising depth in the secrets that come out, that show how even those who seem to have so much carry burdens from their past, have fears even though they appear fearless, feel trapped even though they seem to have the world at their feet.
Its true the higher you are the further you fall, and Ally’s climbing rapidly.
Its a great story, a steamy romance, fabulous descriptions of characters, events, and of course the clothes.
I loved Ally and Lena and of course Jake, but there’s also lots of secondary characters that were interesting and made it harder to work out who was behind events, and where they’d strike next.
The final revelation showed I was completely off track in my suspect! Buts that’s about par for me, I rarely get it right, and love to be wrong as its a story that hasn’t proved predictable.
Stars: Five, a real fun story, full of sensuality and great characters.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher