Monday, June 13, 2022

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder



I selected this novel on a whim and I'm so glad that I did. I really enjoyed the character of Grey and her strong sense of self. She went into this fake Hollywood relationship fully knowing what it was and I really liked that she had this confidence and desire to do good things for herself, even if this isn't exactly how she wished it would all go down. 

Ethan, on the other hand, felt so self indulgent in his grief and I didn't really love him at first. As he opened up more, I found that I was more open to him, despite my ultimate dislike for his inability to take a step back and see how messed up he was...and how he was directly contributing to his own downfall. It's definitely what made his redemption that much more ...he had so much growing to do and to see how he turned it around was *chef's kiss*.

I enjoyed their getting to know each other, their bumpy romance, and the friendships and side stories that surrounded them. I found myself trying to quickly come back to this novel when I could and am looking forward to the new things Ava Wilder writes next. 



A talented Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister enter into a fake relationship . . . and discover that their feelings might be more than a PR stunt in this sexy debut for fans of Beach Read and The Unhoneymooners.

Grey Brooks is on a mission to keep her career afloat now that the end of her long-running teen TV show has her (unsuccessfully) pounding the pavement again. With a life-changing role on the line, she’s finally desperate enough to agree to her publicist’s scheme: fake a love affair with a disgraced Hollywood heartthrob who needs the publicity, but for very different reasons.

Ethan Atkins just wants to be left alone. Between his high-profile divorce, struggles with drinking, and grief over the death of his longtime creative partner and best friend, Ethan has slowly let himself fade into the background. But if he ever wants to produce the last movie he and his partner wrote together, Ethan needs to clean up his reputation and step back into the spotlight. A gossip-inducing affair with a gorgeous actress might be just the ticket, even if it’s the last thing he wants to do.

Though their juicy public relationship is less than perfect behind the scenes, it doesn’t take long before Grey and Ethan’s sizzling chemistry starts to feel like more than just an act. But after decades in a ruthless industry that requires bulletproof emotional armor to survive, are they too used to faking it to open themselves up to the real thing?

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