Title: Acting Out, 2nd edition
Series: Celebrity, #2
Author: Mia Watts
Length: Novella (73 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (February 25th, 2015) Available for early download January 30th, 2015
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Who wouldn’t want Hollywood hottie Cree Radek?
When Evan Walker, Cree’s assistant, gives in to temptation, he’s sure Cree only wants a one-nighter. Evan has plans of his own, and falling in love isn’t one of them.
Cree Radek is one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. He’s an unapproachable alpha wrapped in black leather and spikes with ice-blue eyes lined in black. He’s hard to read and all kinds of sex-on-a-stick.
Evan Walker works for Cree as his assistant. Long hours and living arrangements make it impossible to keep things professional. So, when things get steamy, Evan sees himself as an easy target. But for Cree, Evan is a lot more than a one-night stand.
Family business takes Evan away in the middle of filming. Cree says he wants him back, but can a celebrity be faithful to a regular guy?
Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/acting-out
Review: This is the second book in the Hollywood Hotties series. However, concentrating on a new couple, the previous main characters from book 1 are only briefly mentioned a few times. Also one of the minor characters of book 1 got another brief cameo (for lack of another word) in this too.
Both Cree and Evan are interesting characters, although I think they suffered from lack of development. Or in the case of Evan, he has a sudden epiphany and I felt like there was something missing in between. Neither does he come across as the most likable or relatable or logical type of guy. However, one thing is for sure, both these guys wear masks and it would have been cool if we could have had more into this. Cree acts cold and distant when he is anything but.
Evan, on the other hand, paints everyone involved in Hollywood/movies with the same brush (from past experience). Evan’s hang up is understandable, but the reader simply doesn’t get too many details.
Upon reflection, my issues with the book come down to two factors. One, what I feel to be a lack of explanation of their back stories, and two, everything exploded between these guys in less than a month. I found it hard to quite believe it. If it had been over, say, three or six months, I wouldn’t have so many hang-ups as I do. The latter also feeds into Evan’s family storyline, which is the cause of a majority of the drama.
Despite all that, this is somewhat cute and sweet, just like the first book. However, it wasn’t quite as emotive so that I could drool over the sugar sweetness of the couple. I liked the simple plot, but as you can see from above, I feel that the pace of the book and the time frame in the book took away from my enjoyment when I was hoping to find an enchanting, Cinderella type Hollywood romance.
If you don’t overanalyse plots, like I tend to do, it’s probably even more enjoyable.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *