by Emily Mah Tippetts
Plot Summary:Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood's hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. She becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.
The premise of this story definitely drew me to read it, because I am a bit of a fangirl, and this sounds like my fairytale! But the way the author spun the story was unexpected and I think true to her vision of the message she was trying to get across. But it was difficult for me to appreciate the point of the story, probably mostly because I found it hard to identify with Chloe. With the cover and the plot, it seemed like this story would be a very fun, romantic chick-lit story, but it has a serious subplot that affected the tone, and made it an unexpected blend of romance and drama.
The first half of the book, which dealt with Chloe and Jason's growing "friendship" seemed full of awkward conversations and inexplicable attraction. I was a bit surprised by how quickly Jason seemed to fall in love and a little annoyed by how Chloe refused to acknowledge it. The second half was a bit better, mostly because I am a sucker for romance, and even if I was unsure how Chloe and Jason could be so sure of their feelings so quickly, I enjoyed reading about their relationship. The drama aspect that deals with Chloe's past was a way to explain Chloe's behavior about Jason and his attentions, but by the time I fully understood what the author was trying to say, I found it was too hard to connect with Chloe as a character. She's very tough, and not used to giving into her feelings.
Jason's family and Chloe's friends were a great supporting cast, and Jason's niece Kyra, was a sweet foil to Chloe. Although I wish that aspect of Kyra's hero worship was better set-up because it seemed to come out of nowhere. I think this is a nice, quick read, that is really more engaging in the second half, but sets up some great characters. Don't go into it expecting straight up chick-lit though!