Hollywood Hearts #2
by Belinda Williams
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
WHEN LOVE IS AN ACT, WILL HER HEART BE FOOLED?
Lena Lyons, one of Hollywood’s hottest female stars, has a celebrity problem: she’s too famous.
Lena’s had stalkers before and figures the crazies come with the territory, but when things start going dangerously wrong on the set of her latest movie, her production company aren’t taking any risks. They hire Marc Romero, Hollywood security expert. And Lena thought stalkers were bad—Marc appears to hate his job and anything celebrity, including Lena.
Still reeling from her divorce, the last thing Lena needs is a brooding investigator who won’t let her out of his sight. Worse still, his plan to protect her involves him going undercover as an up-and-coming actor and pretending they’re a couple.
Lena has no choice but to get close to the mysterious man who won’t share anything about himself. With her life depending on her acting skills, she must convince everyone Marc’s the man for her. But will she be able to convince her heart it’s all an act?
Escape behind the scenes with the second installment of the Hollywood Hearts series, perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Victoria Dahl, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Liliana Hart.
HEARTBREAKER by Belinda Williams
“Why can’t Tim or Jay look after me on-set?” They were my usual bodyguards and I’d had to leave them at home with nothing to do today because of Marc’s interference.
“Because I’m the best.”
Infuriating man. It infuriated me more that he was right. “Modest too. But boyfriend? Come on, Marc. Surely that’s not necessary.”
His dark eyes finally met mine. They observed me coolly. “I’m not happy about it either, believe me. Before you, I’ve avoided being seen in public with my clients, and last time I looked, I’m not a bodyguard. But I’ll do what it takes to protect you, Lena. And think about it. If I’m your boyfriend, I can go everywhere with you.”
I took a step back and bumped into the kitchen cupboard. I put out my hands to steady myself on the counter behind me. Oh my God. I hadn’t thought about that. Marc would have to go out in public with me. To movie premieres and other places where a person would normally take their significant other. Suddenly the mineral water didn’t seem like such a good idea after all, and the bubbles swirled dangerously in my belly.
“Not going to happen,” I told him. “I’m going straight to Tania right now to sort this out. Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone else you’re my boyfriend in the meantime.”
Tania was the assistant production manager, and I tried not to run for the door. The sooner I cleared up this horrible mess, the better.
It was the smarmy overconfidence that got me. I snatched my hand from the doorknob and turned to face him.
“Admit it, Romero. The prospect of getting close to me is too good to pass up. That’s why you’re doing it this way.”
He remained still for a second, and when he moved, it was with the casual grace of a predator who is confident of catching the prey in its sight. It took him two long strides to reach me. His breath heated my face he stood so close, a strangely arousing blend of coffee, mint and spice. I held his gaze, but was reminded of his imposing height. I cleared six foot and he still needed to look down at me.
His eyes studied my face but it wasn’t the cold, calculating stare reserved for suspects. Eyes so dark I could barely make out the pupils roamed my features with an animal grace that caused my roiling stomach to tighten.
His mouth curved liked he’d felt my response. “Trust me, Princess. If I want to get close to you, I won’t have to trick you to do it.”
Can I admit that I totally forgot about this book and tour? Is wasn’t until yesterday that I downloaded the book to read and then scrambled to find the post. *hangs head in shame* That’s what summer vacation is like for me. I don’t stalk my email, social media, nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I have a calendar and I use it. If I lost my calendar, you would hear the scream all around the world. So, why am I admitting this? Because I almost missed out on a great book by a new to me author.
This is so good on so many levels. It has suspense elements, romance, Hollywood, and friendship. I didn’t read the first book with Ally but don’t worry. Ms. Williams tells you just enough that you will want to go out and buy the book. Evil woman, that Ms. Williams. What stood out for me with Lena’s world is that she is content being an actress. That part of her life is fine; it’s just everything else that has gone to the pot. She still has flashbacks of her mother and father, the stalkers before and especially this one in the book. I liked how Ms. Williams fooled me in the end of the big reveal. I was speechless but it all made sense in the end.
Marc is just one big pussycat. I will say, though, that I still feel like I don’t know him. This book is told by Lena, so we don’t get much of Marc’s POV but what we do, I loved. Especially finding out his past life. And yes, I will leave it at that. The ranch scenes are some of the best in the book. You really get into the romance portion of the book. Since these two have known each other awhile, the romance side of the book is perfect. Lena has never had someone love for who she is as a person. Actress maybe but as Lena, no. Marc understood her but he just felt like he wasn’t good enough for her. Dumb man. Lena didn’t know what hit her when she realized her feelings for Marc had changed.
There is so much emotional depth to this book. Just because the book is set in Hollywood, doesn’t mean they don’t bleed like we do. They have job issues, family issues, just like us. Of course, they have money but in the end, they just want to find love like us.
The secondary characters Ally, Chloe, Faith, Jay, Aaron, and Ben are well fleshed out. I can’t wait to read Chloe’s story next. And did I mention the Red Hot Chili Peppers make an appearance? LOVE them. If you are looking for a bunch of smexy times, it’s not here. This book is about two people that are walking around love with baited breath. When love hits, it’s glorious but the suspense will leave you breathless.
About Belinda Williams
Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance to get the better of her.
Belinda is the author of the contemporary romance series, City Love, about four young professional women living in Sydney juggling love, work, friendships and life. The series is published by Momentum (Pan Macmillan), and available from all major ebook retailers.
Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda is a music lover and her eclectic taste forms the foundation for many of her writing ideas. Her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s supercar Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.
Belinda lives in Sydney, Australia.