Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Breaking Hollywood by Samantha Towle

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I wasn’t supposed to be boyfriendless, homeless, and jobless at twenty-eight. And I most definitely wasn’t supposed to hit Hollywood’s resident bad boy Gabriel Evans with my car and break his foot. 
Now, my guilt and homelessness have me living in his apartment, taking care of him, while he’s incapacitated.
Living with the hottest guy in Hollywood, who I’ve had a crush on forever, doesn’t sound like a chore, right?
Gabriel Evans is a crude, rude asshole who drinks way too much and smokes like a chimney.
The sooner I get a new place to live and when Gabriel’s foot is healed, I’m out of here.

So, why do I keep forgetting to check the classifieds? And why do I keep getting flustered when I see him shirtless? 

Breaking Hollywood wasn’t part of the plan. But neither is falling in love with him. 

3 Hollywood-ish Stars

Breaking Hollywood starts out super cute. As said in the summary, Ava runs over Gabe’s foot with her car and breaks it.  I was hooked from the first page.  I’m a mega fan of Hollywood theme books, but this one does lack the “movie” star aspect of the book. Other than Gabe reading lines and caring about what people think of him, there isn’t much movie star life I saw. I wanted to see him on the sets or at a premiere. Gabe could have been a successful CEO, successful musician, etc and it would have worked for the book just as easily.

Like what the summary says, Ava cares for Gabe while he’s healing from his broken foot. That’s a HUGE chunk of the book. In a way, this can grab you if you aren’t a fan of too many side characters and different settings. I slightly craved for a new setting, only because I felt like Ava and Gabe spent way too much time in the apartment and at some parts it dragged, but it also makes the book simple, which I happen to like.

The book is simple, yet there’s a lot that goes on if that makes sense. Gabe isn’t a simple guy and his personality isn’t likable. He’s nice until he’s crossed and when he’s crossed I feel like he lashes out too hard. And sometimes for no reason. I get the tough male Hero act, but at times it felt a little childish. I kind of wished Ava made him work for it a bit.

There’s some tension between Ava and Gabe since Gabe doesn’t want to hook up with people that work for him and I love how Ava is poor and jobless. I wish I could say their relationship meshed well and it felt organic, but it felt just a touch forced. I still enjoyed the relationship, I just didn’t get the total feels.

I understand what the author was trying to do with this story. I felt like there were parts of the book that read too typical and I saw-it-coming-kind of read.  I think if Gabe was a successful business man, instead of a Hollywood actor, I could have jived better with this book more. I also wished he didn’t put Ava in her place as much. I had different expectations. I know a few people will like his strong hot and cold personality. To me, it was a bit much and a little bit of angst that I didn’t want.

Overall, it wasn’t my favorite Samantha Towle book, but it won’t be my last.

AN ARC was provided



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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.


She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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