Series: The Hollywood Project #1
Author: CD Reiss
I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.-Goodreads
Review: Laine is a successful paparazzi in LA, while Michael is a handsome, successful movie star who is an all around nice guy. They went to high school together years ago and lost touch. When they are reunited, can they make a relationship work when it could ruin both of their careers?
Overall, this was a good start to a new series. I really enjoyed looking at Hollywood and stars in a new light. Laine is dedicated to her craft, and Michael feels intense pressure to be perfect all the time. Fame comes with a price and he is extremely lonely. This was dark, gritty and emotional at times. These two had a serious barrier to their relationship and it was interesting seeing how it all played out (I also loved Michael's ex-girlfriend, she was a nice surprise). The end was a little over the top, otherwise I enjoyed this.
CD Reiss is one of my new favorite authors and I'll be reading the next in the series.