Series: Malibu Sights #1
Published by Entangled: Select Contemporary
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Can a Hollywood Hunk find real love? Find out in the latest from Select Contemporary…
Her chance to write a whole new ending…
Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband’s suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she’s had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities – a second chance…working with the one man she swore never to see again.
Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband’s death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own – to prove he’s not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.
Except they’re not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage’s steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions.
Samantha Dekker knows firsthand how brutal Hollywood can be. From the tabloids to the film industry itself, she got the short end of the stick when her life fell apart after her husband’s suicide and the resulting media coverage. Now she has a second chance to revive her screenwriting career but it comes with conditions: she will be working with the one man she needs to avoid at all costs – big screen heartthrob, Gage Cutler.
A one-time encounter with Sam made a very deep impression on Gage but Sam made very clear her intention to honor her marriage vows and Gage had to step away, until his inadvertent involvement in the accident that ultimately led to Sam’s husband’s suicide thrust him back into her life and ruined any chance of him pursing the attraction between them. Until now. Working together is the perfect opportunity to explore the crazy attraction between them, but between their personal issues and external threats – the ever present paparazzi, a stalker fixated on Sam and harassment from Sam’s ex-in-laws, they will have to fight for every bit of their happiness.
MALIBU BETRAYALS was a very enjoyable and well-written surprise, giving us a peek inside the lives of celebrities, the highs and lows of their fame and the challenges of having normal relationships. Gage was the quintessential bad boy with the wild lifestyle until that very first meeting with Sam made him reassess his priorities. He had his own demons but his commitment to Sam was never in question and I loved how protective and tender he was with her.
Sam was a little harder to like. While I admired her for trying to make the best of a bad marriage and fighting get her life and her independence back, her penchant for second-guessing herself and running away at the first sign of trouble got tiresome. I enjoy it when secondary characters are an integral part of a story and I really enjoyed their families and friends and both the support and tough love they offered to Sam and Gage. The addition of the stalker and the in-laws from hell brought some drama to the story.
Overall, MALIBU BETRAYALS was a fun and sexy read and I’ll confess that the sneak peek at the end has me excited for the next book in the series!