Hollywood Heir, written by Ruth Cardello, was the latest First Reads Goodreads giveaway novel this pedometer geek reader read. It is the fourth book of a five-book romance series. This was read in an e-book format, but it is available in other formats. This is the extended review.
By Ruth Cardello
Published by Montlake Romance, 8/2018
Although this novel is the fourth of five romances about the Westerly family of billionaires, it can be read as a stand-alone; on the other hand, some of the family dynamics and drama from the previous romances were only guessed at by this reader. In a nutshell, a plant psychologist meets a man who is trying to lay low and remain incognito.
Sage Revere is an ethno-botanist and a self-styled plant psychologist, who looks for those in need or feels they are in need of her help to be happy. Plants are just one way for Sage to select and then engage her clients. When she keeps noticing a man with a large facial scar at her local coffee shop, she decides he needs her help. For what, she isn’t sure, but she knows she wants to make his unhappiness go away.
Unbeknownst to her, Eric Westerly is an actor with a successful superhero movie franchise, but he is also struggling to get his life back together after a stint in rehab. Thus, his disguise when he goes to get coffee daily.
Still despite getting off on the wrong foot with Eric (who claims his name is Wayne), Sage connects with him and discovers that they are more alike than what appears on the surface. As they get more acquainted, Eric knows that when he reveals his real identity, he may lose the woman he has come to love especially if his grandmother has anything to say about it.
This quirky contemporary romance with family issues makes for a fun read. As mentioned above, the book stands alone on its own merit; however, this reader suspects that a few of the family dynamics would make more sense if the previous books in the series were read. This reader plans to check them out in the near future.
Wtt trends…what is this with all these billionaires? Can’t regular guys be hot alpha males without having mega-bucks? It certainly seems like nearly every contemporary romance has a billionaire for the main male lead. Also, a messy ponytail was sported by the female protagonist.
A couple of quotes (the first is rather long, the second is short, but spot on):
“He told me his head was full of horrible things people had said to him, too, but that the trick was to not let those voices rule you. Denying them doesn’t rid you of them. Facing them doesn’t silence them. You have to embrace them as part of your journey, see them as something that you use to make yourself stronger. I still sometimes hate what I see in the mirror, but then I try to look at myself through kinder, stronger eyes. I strive to be healthy rather than perfect. When that doesn’t work, I talk about it just to get it out of my head, and that helps.” (71% in the e-book edition)
Trust was like a snowdrop; if trampled it had a difficult time recovering. (74% in the e-book edition)