Monday, November 5, 2012

Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers - Review, Giveaway and Excerpt

Happy Monday!


Welcome to my stop at Hollywood Ever After Book Review Tour! This tour is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions and by the author Sasha Summers. My stop includes review, some information about the book and the author, an excerpt and a giveaway. Enjoy!




Author: Sasha Summers
Title: Hollywood Ever After
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release date: 8th of May 2012
Pages: 388 pages
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary
Source: From the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.


Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

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My review:

Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers is really everything the title refers to. It's romantic, sweet and genuinely a good book. It was the first book by Sasha Summers I have read and even though I did not know what to expect, the blurb was promising. I did not have to be disappointed.

Plot:

Claire is a divorced woman with two kids whose brother is sending her to relax without her kids. She is visiting a friend in Hollywood where she is invited to a party together with many A-list movie stars.

During the party she meets Josh, who is a lot younger than she, but there is a undeniable chemistry between the two of them. Claire is aware, that there won't be any future for them, especially thinking one of them being a Hollywood movie star and the other being a divorced woman with two kids. She decides to have fun for at least few days and the more time she spends with Josh, there more she is afraid of getting her heart broken... again.

I really loved the story. I liked the contemporary settings and the characters.

Characters:

Claire was a woman you quickly learn to like. Coming from an abusive relationship with her ex-husband, she denies being the victim. She is determined to change her life for  better and she definitely goes for it and this is what makes Claire strong and vulnerable. She is taking the chance to experience love again, despite her broken heart and history.

Josh was lovable and down to earth. I enjoyed his persistence of going after what he wants.

Generally:

The chemistry between Claire and Josh was very well described by the author and as a result you have a dynamic novel, which is romantic, easy to read and with a very solid plot. Loved it! It's a perfect romantic read during the dark autumn and winter evenings!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.


Thanks goes to the author and to Goddess fish Promotions for providing me with the review copy!  


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy and contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

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What can you win this time?  

Sasha will be awarding two $10.00 Amazon gift cards and One Romantic Movie Gift Basket (Movies that inspired Hollywood Ever After – Notting Hill, The Holiday, Love Actually, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (US/Canada only)) to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour.  

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Excerpt:  

Two very large, strong hands caught me and I looked up into the most beautiful face I’d seen since this morning.

“Josh? Hi, Josh!” I squealed, bouncing in his arms as he smiled down at me. I kept bouncing, my racing heart thumping faster than the music as his hands slid around my back. “I didn’t know you were here.” I was smiling like an idiot.

“You’re a rather focused dancer.”

“I am! Never do it…dance, I mean. But it’s fun!” The song ended and I frowned.

He laughed. “Should I make them play the song again? I will if it will make that pathetic little frown disappear.”

Another song began. It was slower, but it still had a good beat. “No, I think this will work and I won’t sing–even better.”

“I liked your singing.” He was looking at me…the way he always looked at me.

I felt light-headed and dizzy as I stared up at him, wobbling on unsteady feet. I knew I was drunk, but now there was more than just alcohol heating me up from the inside.

His hands were firm, guiding me closer to him. I let one hand rest on his chest as we swayed together. Between the buzzing euphoria from my many drinks and the raging hunger burning in his eyes, my every nerve was tingling. I was more than a little pleased with life at the moment.

I quivered under his touch. His fingers splayed across my lower back, fitting us closer together. We danced with the music, our movements in sync with one another.

Under the flashing colored lights, my hand looked red and then green against the white of his shirt. I felt the heat of his skin, the solid strength of his muscles through the fabric of his shirt. His scent, his touch, his…presence stirred images of our night together, sharp in my otherwise foggy mind. My skin grew more sensitive and my senses flooded with him.

I was aching for him, all of him. Now. My breath grew short as I remembered how he felt buried deep inside me.

The rational side of my brain knew I was losing control, but there was too much alcohol in my system. I had no fear or inhibition. And I liked the fire raging inside of me.

My eyes slid to his mouth and I felt my tongue wet my lips.

His breath hitched and he closed his eyes. When he looked at me again, there was little doubt he knew exactly what I was feeling.

The song ended and I felt myself being guided from the floor.

“Taking her home?” Shannon had apparently returned to the table. She and Arthur regarded us with interest.

There were three other people at the table now. I didn’t know them. But I didn’t really care at the moment. I wanted to kiss the pulse wildly beating in Josh’s throat. I was vaguely aware that now might not be the right time for that. I glanced at his neck. It looked very kissable.

“Unless you have other plans?” Josh looked from Shannon to me.

I was looking at him as if I were about to eat him. It wasn’t intentional; that was really what I wanted to do at the moment…because he was so damn gorgeous…

He looked back at Shannon, his jaw muscle noticeably rigid.

“I recommend you get her home. And make her drink some water at some point, please,” Shannon added. “Here.” She handed Josh some keys and waved at me with a smile.

Then we were heading toward the door.

“Wait.” I stopped. We weren’t moving, but everything seemed to be moving around me. “You’re here with friends?”

His hands clasped my shoulders, steadying me. He smiled down at me. “Yes.”

“You shouldn’t leave them….I don’t want to mono…monopolize you.” My words trailed off as my eyes met his.

He wanted me. I could see it. His nostrils flared just a bit. His jaw clenched and unclenched. I smiled slowly. I liked that I could make him react this way.

I asked, “Don’t you want to stay?” Say no.

If he wanted to stay, I might be able to stop staring at him or thinking about how perfectly we fit together. It wasn’t completely out of the question, not yet. My eyes fell to his lips and my smile grew.

“No.” He leaned closer, whispering in my ear, “Claire, we have to leave now if you’re going to look at me like that.” His face reflected the hunger I felt.

My voice was husky as I whispered, “I’ll be good.” Not a chance.

He paused, his eyebrow rose in question. “You want to stay?”

“Nope.” My eyes fell to his mouth again.

Josh’s smile was pinched as he led me to the exit.

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Thanks for coming by! You can find the tour information HERE.

Happy reading!

20 comments:

  1. Morning Inga! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed Claire and Josh's story - I know I did ;)!
    I'll be hanging out today, so if anyone has question or comments - or just wants to talk books - go for it!
    I can't think of a better way to start the week! Can I ask, Inga (or anyone else who's read HEA), did you have a favorite scene in the book?

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    1. Sasha, thanks for writing such a wonderful story! I adored it! It was heart-wrenching. I liked, thaty it was not so much about Hollywood, as it was about the people and the love between them.

      I have many favorites in the book. The scene, where Claire is dancing and when Josh shows up was sweet, also their time in the cottage, they way Josh catches the hearts of Will and Nat - it was all so beautiful.

      It makes me wish for my own HEA :)

      You are great storyteller, Sasha!

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  2. Sounds like an exciting story! Love that the author is part gypsy, that must be where the great storytelling comes from! Claire sounds like a brave heroine, someone we can relate too!

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Thanks Elie - I wanted Claire to be a heroine every woman would like, you know? Someone 'real' - flawed - but awesome. While Josh is pure, yummy, fantasy-man. :) Good Luck!

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    2. Claire is a woman who most of women can relate to. I could. A lot. I think Josh is adorable. He is just so kind and patient and loving... Makes me sigh.

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  3. Sounds like a great story, I can't wait to read it. I liked the review.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Ingeborg - I LOVE the review too! Hope you enjoy the book. :)

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    2. Thanks Ingeborg!
      You should read it, it very good! The characters rock! And the tension which builds in the book is great! It moves you to the core.

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  4. It sounds like a fun read. I hope they can overcome the obstacles in their way and find a happily ever after in hollywood

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Shannon - I'm a fan of happily ever afters... but it doesn't have to come easy. :) Hope you enjoy the book and thanks for commenting! Have a great week.

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    2. Shannon, they can. Without any spolers, there is much more to the story than the title. It also deals with abuse topics. It touches you. It touched me deeply.

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  5. Inga THANK YOU so much for your review and your wonderful comments too! I am so thrilled you loved this book! :) I think I'm going to have to make sure you get the sequel to review too!!!

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  6. Great review!! Will be checking this book out. Can`t wait to read more of the story.

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  7. Thanks for the review and excerpt. Sasha is a new-to-me author and after reading about her today, I believe I will enjoy learning more about her and her work.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  8. I am not a fan of romance, however this sounds good. I would read it! Ty for the giveaway and a chance

    Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

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  9. "A perfect romantic read" - I love the sound of that. A great review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  10. This looks really good! I've always wanted to go to a fancy Hollywood party with A-listers myself, it would be great to read about it.
    mthayer85(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  11. I loved the excerpt! I can't wait to read this :).

    --Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

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