Kissing Hollywood, Monica Collier
Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance
OK – if I’d looked at Monica’s profile info I’d have passed on this, seeing that her novels incorporate Biblical principles. I’m not anti-Christian, appreciate that Faith is a huge part of many people’s lives, but whenever I find it in novels it always seems to have a slightly smug tone to me, an “if you only believe in Him life will work out fine” and that’s exactly what I felt here.
I know others love this book and this form of story, but I don’t. However I didn’t see that before, the book doesn’t carry the usual Christian tag so I’m reviewing on that basis.
If I’d have enjoyed the novel more I could have got past the religious bias, I don’t have strong feelings against it, but the story itself just didn’t really work for me.
I found the romance between Alex and Parker just wasn’t really believable, nothing to do with the age gap, just that I didn’t feel that magic connection, that sizzle of attraction I needed.
Then Alex…Superwoman or what? She’s a hard worker for sure, but as well as running a cooking blog, she bakes for a friends bakery, waitresses, stands in for Top Chefs all over the country ( probably the world!!) when they need to be away from their restaurants. She knows everyone it seems, but not content with dominating the catering world she also has film connections, and its through that which leads her to Parker.
He’s another multi talented person, actor, director and producer of the latest work he’s doing…and he brings Alex on board pretty swiftly where she ends up advising the actors, helping with scripts, directing, translating…not forgetting overseeing the full interior renovating of his huge home for a photo shoot in a week. You name it she does it, was the feeling I got! Its exhausting just listing it, and it just didn’t feel real for me. No-one can be that good at so many things.
Then when the drama hits, she just leaves, and I was thinking “what about her contract? She can’t just walk out” and I felt such a petty issue, a real mountain out of a molehill drama.
I really wanted to like this book it sounded perfect for me from the description but the way it played out didn’t work for me, then throw in that slightly preachy feeling and it was one that was a fail for me.
As always though others love it, we all want different things and this could be just the story you want.
Stars: Two, sorry, one that just wasn’t right for me.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers