Before I get into my review of Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet, I need to make some things clear. First, this is my first Harlequin romance (I know!), and second, I read more paranormal romances than anything else, so this was a step out of my element. Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet is a Harlequin Presents Extra romance, which means the hero is ridiculously good-looking, rich and falls for his woman hard.
Kimberly Lang sets the stage in Hollywood, where the rich and famous play and work. Her hero and heroine are from absurdly rich families with huge political and entertainment ties. Their world is much more different from ours: We're talking scandals, public embarrassment, humiliation, paparazzi ... and fleeing the country. Which is exactly what Caitlyn Reece did after the blow-up between her and then-flame Finn Marshall. They were both young, constantly partying and way too wrapped up in each other to notice that they both needed help. That was three years ago, though, and Cait is stronger than ever. With acting classes, workshops and much-needed space, she's ready to face the limelight once again and remake her career into something her and her parents can be proud of.
Unfortunately for Caitlyn, the means to this career redemption is through one of Finn's movies (he's a producer), and the sparks fly between them any time they step in the same room. Sometimes the sparks lead to fights, and other times they lead to ... well, you know.
Turns out, Finn and Caitlyn just can't stay away from each other, and staying away is exactly what Caitlyn wants to do. Alas, there's more than just Finn to get in the way of her remake: There's the relentless paparazzi, a spiteful and jealous co-worker (who also happens to be the leading lady in the film) and a past that's just too big to ignore. Caitlyn has to decide just how much she wants to launch her career and how much she wants to leave the past buried.
I read this book in less than two hours and was absorbed from start to finish. I don't know what I was expecting when I picked it up, and to be honest I don't think the cover or the back blurb do the story justice. Yes, it was quick. Yes, it was light. But that was what made it so enjoyable. I wanted a break from reality, and this gave me the perfect excuse to just veg out, not think so hard and just thoroughly enjoy being.
Check out more at the HEA Book Blog