Series: The Hollywood Project #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Movie Star, New Adult, Romance
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I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.
I have heard a lot about CD Reiss over the past couple of months, I believe I even bought one of Reiss’s entire series of books (I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet). But when I saw the description of this book I moved it to the top of my to be read pile, and truth be told I was happy that I did. I always enjoy a good forbidden romance, I mean who doesn’t love two characters who for whatever reason can’t be together, end up being attracted to each other. Plus paparazzi are so prevalent in today’s media, and you don’t really hear about a lot of female ones, so I was intrigued to say the least.
So I pretty much loved Laine. I loved that she was damaged, but managed to pull herself up and make a life for herself. She has a terrible upbringing in foster care, and one of her foster brothers was a seriously messed up guy, I could easily see how some of her life experiences would break a lesser person, but not Laine. I also loved how she decorated her apartment, I seriously want to put a gigantic map of my favorite city on my bedroom walls, it just sounds like it would look so cool. I liked how devoted she was to one of her foster brothers, and I liked how devoted she was to her job, and refused to feel ashamed by it. I also really loved her evolution throughout the book.
And the leading man in this story is Michael, the Hollywood it guy. He’s super dependable, everyone likes him, and well he’s guaranteed money in the bank. That being said, Michael is pretty much just going through the motions, I mean he does what everyone expects of him, and not what he actually wants. Which is why when Laine came back into his life, I really loved how his character started to come alive. He started doing things because he wanted too, not just because they were what was expected of him. As the book went on I liked him even more. Heck by the end of the book I would have followed him on social media (read the book and you will see what I mean by that).
Overall I can say I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I have no problem seeing why I have been hearing so much about C.D. Reiss. The writing style is great, the storyline always kept me engaged, the chemistry and romance is spot on, and the characters are just so easy to like and to pull for. This book was everything I was looking for, and if the synopsis appeals to you even just a little bit then you should pick up this book and read it asap.