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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M6XHVF8
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Miss Hollywood (Misses Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I wish I had more good things to say about this book.
I didn't really get into at all. I had a hard time with the back and forth between the points of view. It's difficult to tell a story from multiple POV, and while I appreciate the effort, it wasn't very clean.
Alex was sweet but troubled. Clare was Naive and immature. Their back and forth really got on my nerves and the ending was so lack lustre. I kept wanting and waiting for...more...I feel like even though their pasts were drawn out and forthcoming, I didn't really know the characters at all. There was no connection for me and I actually liked the sub characters more than the mains.
I struggled with this book. Took me a week to finish. Which is NOT like me at all. There were also Some continuity issues as well.
I do commend Garner for writing though. I cannot imagine what it takes to complete a novel. I just wish she took more time, made it from Clare's POV only and had a better flow to the whole story.
*received an arc in exchange for an HONEST review*
*reviewed by Jess for joandisalovebooks blog*
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I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 3 Stars
When I received this book to review, I immediately read the first book in the series, to get a feel for the author’s writing style and to understand the trilogy a bit better. I honestly couldn’t finish it. The main characters seemed to be halfway in love by chapter two, and were sleeping together within the first 30% of the book. There was no build up, no real emotional connection, in my opinion. They met, grew feelings, and that was that. I’ve never been a fan of insta-love. I like my characters a little angsty and tortured – it makes things that much sweeter when they finally give in. Because of my dislike of the first book in the series, I was nervous to read this one. I am extremely happy to report that Miss Hollywood is a vast improvement over Miss Congeniality. I LOVE books about a romance between the best friend’s brother/sister – I don’t know why but they are just my thing. There is also plenty of angst to go around, as well as a damaged hero – another favorite of mine.
Despite my rating of 3 stars, I really enjoyed the plot of this book. The two main characters had real chemistry and I loved their interactions. I wasn’t sure how Garner would bring them together and thought that them getting closer while helping her father save his auto body shop was a clever way to do it. At the start of the book Clare is in a downward spiral and its quickly affecting her career. Alex is still struggling to maintain his sobriety and get his life back together two years after serving time in jail. Somehow, they help one another overcome their issues and of course fall in love in the process. Marie Garner has a real talent for making characters easy to connect to. Oftentimes when reading a book with a famous main character, there are parts of the book where I feel disconnected from them. Despite the fact that Clare is one of Hollywood’s best known starlets, she never has a diva moment and I often forgot that she was famous at all. She was a very relatable character.
Unfortunately, its that time. Time to talk about what made this a 3 instead of 5 star book. For me, it was just an issue with editing. There were paragraphs where the same word was repeated multiple times, making each sentence seem redundant. There were misspelled words (something that I often overlook because it happens to all authors occasionally) and some of the dialogue was just plain awkward. Now some of this can be chalked up to the usual mistakes any author is bound to make when writing a book – nobody is infallible, mistakes are easy to make. However, many of these typical mistakes made are caught during the editing stages of the book. I’m not sure what happened here, maybe there was an overabundance of mistakes, or someone had to meet a deadline, but I would definitely recommend that this book be read through a few more times (I know it has already been released, but it couldn’t hurt).
My Takeaway: Although the story was great and the chemistry between the characters was steamy, I struggled to finish the book because of the at times awkward dialogue and spelling/redundancy issues. Because I think that Marie Garner has a real talent for writing relatable, interesting characters, I plan to give her next book a chance in the hopes that some of these things have been fixed.
Clare is the Hollywood golden girl, the "It" girl that everyone wants to be. She's the star of Maggie Beach, and also the go to girl for Rom-Com's when she's not filming her hit show with Raquel and Brea. Problem is she wants to break out of her type cast and do something edgier, she wants to break the mold and do something else but no one wants to give her the chance. With her life going down in shambles and her not wanting to share what's going on, the golden girl is falling apart. When Raqel and Brea finally intervene and make her spill the beans on what's going on and then get Brea's brother Alex to help her, sparks fly between Alex and Clare and an amazing story is told.
Alex, if you've read Miss Congeniality, is Brea's brother and has a difficult past. He's been in jail, he's tight lipped about why he has done what he's done, and he's now working on moving on with his life. He doesn't think he's good enough for Clare, but he can't fight his attraction to her, but when she needs his help, he's more than willing to help her, especially since it's something he knows a lot about.
Immediately you can see how protective Alex is of Clare, even if he says things between them are just friends or casual, you can see that it clearly isn't, and things are going to be complicated. Both of them are naive at times thinking things are going to just work out and everything will be ok. Both of them try to deny that they have feelings for one another, and once they realize it, it's too late and they both end up hurt. Not only do they have to deal with their up and down relationship, but also Clare's family issues.
Watching these two navigate through all the drama and family issues, and get away from the Hollywood limelight was awesome. I loved seeing this book take place mostly outside of the Hollywood scene and getting to see Clare back in her roots. I think it helped Alex see her as a normal girl instead of the "it" girl everyone knows her as and helped take her off the pedestal he kept her on for so long.
These two are the definition of opposites and somehow they just click. I loved watching them navigate their personal issues both separately and together. They are not a match made in heaven, but they are a match that just works. They balance each other out and keep each other sane. They work and I loved how they brought out the best in one another. Their chemistry is off the charts and Alex is sexy as sin in the bedroom! I also enjoyed catching up on the characters stories from the previous books as well.
I really enjoyed this trilogy and seeing each of the "misses" get their HEA. I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this series a few days ago, but now I'm kicking myself of not reading it sooner. It's a perfect series for those who love the Hollywood romances with a twist. I believe Marie Garner saved the best for last, I'm just sad to say goodbye to this amazing set of characters!
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