An entertainment journalist was the last thing I thought I would be doing.

I thought once I got my degree, I would be reporting on stories that made a difference, but now all I do is report on who broke up with who and who is dating who.

I was over it.

Then I got my next assignment.

He’s Hollywood’s bad boy.

He works hard, and he plays even harder.

He’s rude, he’s condescending, and he’s made it known he doesn’t want me on the tour.

With one month on the road with him, two things might happen

One, I may never work in this industry again.

Two, I may just be like everyone else and fall for Hollywood’s Playboy.

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My Review

In Hollywood, appearances are everything, and if someone is going to make it, he needs to learn to deal with the paparazzi, with the tabloid fodder, with the invasion of privacy, and with the constant need to be ‘on’ at all times, ensuring that everyone sees what he wants them to see, never truly ‘knowing’ him because that’s not what the public seems to want and doing anything to ruin his image would affect his career negatively.

So, that’s the Tyler Beckett readers meet at the beginning of Hollywood Playboy…the arrogant, unapologetic womanizer who is constantly in the headlines for his flavor of the week or his newest movie…And, that’s the Hollywood Playboy whose buttons Jessica Hawthorn, entertainment journalist, loves to press, which means that because readers are privy to her feelings and her insights for said heartthrob, it was so easy to accept her perception of him regardless of how stereotypical it was.

But, that was the perfect way for Natasha Madison to introduce the hero and the heroine’s first impressions of him because that means as the story continues and Jessica’s initial beliefs are proven incorrect, readers get to witness Tyler let down his walls and just be Tyler, the man, with Jessica, the woman and not the reporter, and by the time the animosity turns to hot and cold interactions and then to stolen glances that lead to something neither of them saw coming but now so desperately want, it’s beyond clear that these two ‘get’ each other in a way that usually doesn’t happen between reporters and superstars and even better, the reality of who they are and what they want is something only for them…at least until someone uncovers their secret…

In a Hollywood romance story, it’s so easy for misunderstandings to run rampant…for false perceptions to be seen as truths…for misguided actions to make the situation worse, so everything that goes down between Tyler and Jessica is more than believable, and that’s what makes Hollywood Playboy so captivating, and, at times, frustrating because the fact that people in the public eye are constantly scrutinized and can’t just be ‘them’ has to be extremely difficult for them and I don’t envy that part of their lives even a little bit.

Trust is not an easy thing to give and/or receive in the world Tyler and Jessica live/work, so it makes sense that Jessica is hesitant to give herself to Tyler, knowing that he’s so well-known and always in the public eye, but as Tyler and Jessica’s walls come down and Tyler proves himself to her at pivotal points in the story, I was their biggest cheerleader and I wanted nothing more than a certain female character to be dealt with in less than a gentlemanly way;)

I’m beyond excited for Kellie’s story, and I’m hoping readers will get to catch up with Kellie’s best friend and her leading man in Hollywood Princess.

4.5 Poison Apples

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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