Hollywood Dirt, by Alessandra Torre

hollywood dirt

Grade: B+

Doing it at:  50%

Catnip: Hate to Love You, Small Town Girl, Hollywood Hunk, Rags to Riches, Strong Female Lead, Down South, Dual Narrative

Shame Scale: This is basically a regular old book, you could read this in your lady’s wine and cheese book club.

Fantasy Cast:  Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Book Description:

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.


I started seeing tons of buzz for Hollywood Dirt as soon as it released, and since I was still rolling in birthday gift-card riches, –and because I hate to tell myself no–  I one-clicked. I was also intrigued because the synopsis was kind of reminding me of an Elaine Kagan book I really like, and of my favorite Danielle Steel novel. YES, I have a favorite Danielle Steel novel, say what you will about her but the lady can write a story and I think she’s where a lot of romance readers cut their teeth. It turns out Hollywood Dirt didn’t have much in common plot-wise with either of those books, but it was a super absorbing, well-written read.

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