When Claire lands the plum assignment of interviewing Hollywood’s #1 hottie (Cole Brannon), she knows better than to mix business with pleasure, yet the next morning she wakes up in his bed–without her clothes. The tabloids pick up the story, and she learns that not everything printed is true.
When I first saw this book on Goodreads, I thought the premise sounded interesting, fun, and light, essentially another chick-lit to add to my ever-growing TBR list. Then I saw that one of my favorite authors, Julie James, had rated it 4 out of 5. That right there was the clincher for me. I went from putting the book in my “maybe” pile to instantly downloading it, and starting on the first chapter straightaway.
Let me just say that I really wanted to like this book, because I had so much faith in Ms. James’s literary taste, but in the end, I couldn’t do it. Claire is probably the most unlikeable female lead that I’ve ever had the misfortune to read about. She’s a push-over with a long list of body issues, and a lack of self-worth.
A few days after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she was already thinking about taking him back. He didn’t even have to do anything to get her to that point. All he did was call her, probably to apologize, and to make excuses for his behavior. He didn’t send her flowers, nor did he make any sort of grand romantic gesture to show her how sorry he was. I’m not saying that flowers would’ve made things better, but if my boyfriend cheated on me, he’d have to do a lot better than just calling to apologize. And even then, I probably still wouldn’t take him back.
Claire, on the other hand, would’ve gone right back to living with Tom, her cheating freeloading ex-boyfriend, if he hadn’t made the mistake of asking her for money right before she was about to forgive him. She was so willing to believe the good in Tom; meanwhile, she’d believe the worst about Cole. She refers to Cole as lying scum for “sleeping” with other women, when she had absolutely no right to be angry. They weren’t in a relationship. He should be free to sleep with whomever he wanted. See the irony here? She’s absolutely furious at Cole even though they weren’t dating. Meanwhile, she’s about ready to welcome back cheating Tom with open arms, the man who was supposed to be faithful to her. How does that even make sense?!
Not only is she completely irrational, and lacking in self-respect, she’s also overly insecure about her looks. Halfway through the book, her insecurities started to grate on me. I get that people have body issues, but i don’t need to read about it over and over again!
Enough of my rant about Claire though. Let’s move on to discuss Cole. Cole was so incredibly perfect that he ended up becoming mind-numbingly dull. His parts in the book were very minimal. He was only in the story for about 20% of the time, so there wasn’t much opportunity for character development. His character fell very flat and 2-dimensional. I also never really felt any chemistry between him and Claire. I felt like he was just there to fulfill every girl’s fantasy of ending up with a famous good-looking actor.
The only thing that I liked about this book was the fact that everyone got just what they deserved in the end. For that reason, I’m giving this a 2 out of 5 rating, instead of the 1.5 that I was so tempted to give it. I’m actually very surprised that Julie James liked this book, but what can I really say? Everyone has different tastes, right?
My Rating: 2/5