Currently Reading… Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre (and I’m loving it!!)

by Maryse on September 7, 2015 · 71 comments

in What I am reading today

 <— Happy Labor Day AND… it’s LIVE!!!! HOLLYWOOD DIRT is what I’m currently reading (I had an early copy and started yesterday) and I LOVE IT!! *whooooo* Cole is TOTAL book-boyfriend material and I am crushing HARD. Tee hee!!! :D

Click here to watch my video reactions while I was reading Hollywood Dirt

You guys… I was loving it so much that I made a silly reaction video (even though I’m not even done the book yet). I just felt the need to EXPLAIN to you guys why I love it so much (even though the “trope” is one that we’ve read before… famous hollywood heartthrob meets “normal” girl in her hometown). Mind you… I’m drawn to that theme no matter how many times I’ve read one like it, however what makes this one an “I LOVE IT” book, is the writing. How well the author brings these characters to life, how they interact, the hilarious things that they think when they don’t realize that WE are in their heads. Tee hee!!!! I feel like I’m just like her! Or so I wish…  ;)

Maryse: You guys I AM LOVING LOVING LOVING!!!!!!!! Alessandra Torre’s new one that’s going live tomorrow (or midnight). It is hilarious, snarky, the banter is witty (I’m giggling like mad), and the heroine is my HERO. I JUST LOVE it!!!! Okay I’m only in the first half but devouring it and am making a reaction video and everything. I’m thrilled. I’m having a perfect reading Sunday. Can we call an author a total pro? ‘Cause this one totally is… I have a feeling this is my next 5-star read!! Gah!!! She’s good, you guys… the emotion in their thoughts, it all rings so true to me.

Emma: My Labor Day read…. weeee!

Maryse: You, my dear friend, are going to have a WONDERFUL Labor Day. :D

Stephanie: I keep hearing the Old South in my head as I read this story. Alessandra has done a fantastic job with this book!

Maryse: YES!!! It makes me want to drink a mint julep on a big ol’ covered porch, swinging on a swing, right now…

Karla: Love Alessandra’s writing…Can’t wait!

Maryse: Me too!!! She’s pretty much one of my top 10 favorite authors. Maybe even top 5. Top 3? LOL!! Gah I love her!

Maryse: Oh it is SO worth choosing this as your next, my friends. It’s endearing. It has a bit of that “Hope Floats” feel but funnier… snarkier. There are just SO many facets to this one. From super-sexy, to super-sweet, to cocky, to hilarious, to heartfelt, to the cute “gift” he received.. OMG that! LOL!!!

Clare: 15 minutes to go, can’t wait!

Suzan: Was so excited to read then realized I had to wait FOREVER to get. Already one clicked it. Not really forever but feels that way when you are ready for a good book!!!! Lol

Suzan: Here’s to waiting forever with a pot of gold… err black Kindle at the end!!

Kiki: I devoured it in one sitting yesterday. Locked myself in and kicked everyone out! I love SOLE

Maryse: LOL!!! Definitely a new book boyfriend. Maybe my first in AGES!

Laura: Just 1-clicked it! Can’t wait!

Anyway, if you enjoy contemporary romance, this is a MUST READ!!! It’s got all that southern charm, but with very “today” characters. And even if it’s not your thing right now (I know many are paranormal and fantasy fans) this is one of the best (at least so far).

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{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne September 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Its finally here! Starting right now :D

MichelleS September 7, 2015 at 10:35 AM

I can’t wait to try this one. Right now I am STILL trying to finish Hold On by KA. I will definitely try to get that done today between company and BBQ-ing? Maybe not!

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 10:46 AM

MichelleS did you ever finish Heart Shaped Hack?

bev September 7, 2015 at 10:54 AM

I have not tried this author yet, so maybe with this one.
I wish I’d clicked on the Girl in 6E, when indie.

MichelleS September 7, 2015 at 11:26 AM

No, Maryse, I didn’t. I might go back to it though. It gets good reviews still. It must have been my mood. Did you??

Amy September 7, 2015 at 12:18 PM

And now I’m squirreling from Sweet Dreams. See what ya did, Maryse?? :P

Bev..I didn’t care for her book Dumont diaries, but I LOVED Tight and I have high hopes for this one as well. :D

bev September 7, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Yes, see what you started, Maryse. *shakes head*

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 1:02 PM

No MichelleS me either, and for the same reasons as you…

maybe we’ll continue together? Buddy-read it and see?

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 1:02 PM


Maryse September 7, 2015 at 1:03 PM

No squirreling Amy!!

But this one might be worth the squirrel, but I love Sweet Dreams SO much..

P.S. I’m a HUGE fan of this author (I’ve read a bunch) and while I didn’t go crazy over Dumont, I did love EVERY thing else so far that I’ve read. But I still have to read The Girl in 6E.

I just wasn’t looking for psych-thrillers back then… Now though, that one totally sounds up my alley!

Amy September 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM

*whiny voice* But…but…I wanna squirrel ’cause this sounds so FUN! And y’all are havin’ fun without me! Now I feel like this…

I know, I’ve loved her books so far as well (with the exception of Dumont Diaries), and my favorite is definitely Tight followed closely by Black Lies. Apparrently I have Blindfolded Innocence, Masked Innocence, Girl in 6E and Do Not Disturb sitting and waiting for me, so at some point I went on a Torre buying spree, LOL!

bev September 7, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Amy, that’s one of the books sitting in my library stack, lol.

I apparently bought the first in the Diaries series.

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Amy let’s read Girl in 6E together whenever you’re ready. I really want to read it bad and I have it too…

bev September 7, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Hey, know what Amy & MichelleS really want to buddy read? Like really really? Written in Red.

*sticks peanut butter in their mouths*

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 3:03 PM



MichelleS September 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM

What??? You’re shoving peanut butter in my mouth for WiR? First, I’ve read all three (minus any hanky panky, if you recall)… And you killed Simon. So take back your peanut butter!!!

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 3:57 PM

I think the peanut butter was supposed to be for me…


MichelleS… Maryse… pretty close. ;)

Amy September 7, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Blech!! Whath wat thath fohr?? I alweathy reath Writhen in Wheth!!!

*phthooey* At least use the crunchy or honey peanut butter. Geez. :P

YES Maryse…I’m in for a 6E buddy read! :D

bev September 7, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Seriously, MichelleS, you make me laugh.
The pb was to keep you from telling Maryse you & Amy already read it, lol.

Over 40% into my book. Whoot! This is what I like about a series. The comfort of a re-read but something new.

bev September 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

Ok. So that didn’t work.

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 6:49 PM

You know…

with all of this extra peanut butter… and peanuts these days, I’m going to bake some peanut butter cookies tonight.

I TOTALLY am. Who wants peanut butter cookies?

bev September 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Yes, please.
And a cold glass of milk.
Doesn’t matter how old I get, cookies & milk are still such a pleasure. :-)

Andrea September 7, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Wow this book sounds really good! Maryse is the feel a bit like Love Unscripted by Tina Reber ?

Just finished Thrones of Glass.

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

It does have that Love Unscripted feel! Yes… but not AS angsty…

however there is a twisty secrety thing.. ;)

Amy September 7, 2015 at 8:27 PM

Are ya gonna push a Hershey’s kiss in the top of each cookie while they’re still warm?? Because that is freaking delicious! And I’m with Bev…we’re never too old for cookies and milk.

A twisty secrety thing, eh? Well now, it wouldn’t be an Alessandra Torre book without that. ;)

Anne September 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

I am 14% in and I really love Alessandra’s writing. And poor Cole! Having to find his wife like that :(

Cheryl September 7, 2015 at 8:59 PM

Hey I’m in to BR Girl in 6E.

I did read all the “Innocence” books and I’m getting a kick that the divorce attorney that Cole hired is Brad De Luca the H from that series!! ;)

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 9:25 PM

I DECLARE THIS BOOK ALMOST PERFECT (with a slight *hump* in the middle that was still plenty good) and I declare this author in my TOP 3 favorites of all time. I’ve read so many from her that I loved, so she is absolutely one of my “FAVORITE” favorites.

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Wait until you guys meet Cocky, and the paper bags. OMG the paper bags.

And the twisty reveal.

LOL!!! Best book ever! One of ‘em anyway. ;)


Maryse September 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Oh!!! In case you were wondering… 5 stars. Absolutely!! :D !!!!!

Maryse September 7, 2015 at 9:31 PM


THAT is where I recognized his name from… YES!!!! I was thinking why do I know Brad? HOW CLEVER IS SHE?!! LOL!!!

bev September 7, 2015 at 9:37 PM


So, maybe forget the WiR for right now. You know until you want something totally different or read something totally sucky, yeah?

Tessa September 7, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Don’t worry Bev. She probably is. Remember what she was reading right before?

bev September 7, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Tessa, I refuse to believe it. She just visiting, she’ll be back. Just give her sad puppy face.

Tessa September 7, 2015 at 10:16 PM

She just finished one of the Best Books Ever. Nope, give her Angel Droid Happy Bot first. Or something equally bad. (That should be a book. Don’t you think it’d be an awesomely bad book?)

bev September 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM
bev September 7, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Tessa, Angel Droid Happy Bot sounds like a real bad translation, lol.

Tessa September 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

ROFL That book sounds awesome.

Okay, I admit, I’m reading Hollywood Dirt. I’m only 12% in so far.

Anne September 7, 2015 at 11:29 PM

I just met Cocky!!! LMAO!! This book is so great! And I need to read the Innocence series next! Brad is great!

Anne September 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM

Bev thanks you just scarred me for life lol

bev September 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Sorry, Anne, lol.

Almost done with Who Buries the Dead. Now glad I held off on reading it sooner as just what I needed. But there was an ongoing story line that just ended in a way I’m not happy with, though happy with the book.

Maryse September 8, 2015 at 12:02 AM

LOL Tessa and bev… you guys are cracking me up so hard!!!!!!!

bev September 8, 2015 at 1:57 AM

*whispers so as not to wake anyone up*
I finished a book! Its been like two weeks since I’ve done that. :-)
Now I just have to deal with five hours of sleep. But I finished.
*steals one of Maryse’s cookies* for midnight snack & sweet dreams <—-
*cough cough* Amy.;-)

Cheryl September 8, 2015 at 5:41 AM

COCKY…His baby… LOL!!

MichelleS September 8, 2015 at 7:34 AM

I FINALLY finished Hold On. For Bev – pretty much a total KA book. Kidnappings, murder in the past, major alpha-ness, that KS “speak” throughout, a sweet kid… best part? The amazing epilogue that wrapped up a bunch of story lines from the other books in this series, since this is the last Burg book. That part was sweet. I had just forgotten who was who.

One of the best ever, huh, Maryse? SOLD!!!! On to Hollywood Dirt. (And I was just about to start Throne of Glass).

MichelleS September 8, 2015 at 7:44 AM

AH DANG! Did I forget to mention that I made the mistake of starting another book after Hold On? And now I am supposed to squirrel? I’m not sure if I can!!! It’s called The Syrian Virgin. I’m a little obsessed right now with this book. It’s written by a man (not my usual choice) and it has really sucked me in.

She’s a teen who escapes Syria to the US. She is young and sheltered. She finds herself attracted to two older men (safe, unattainable). One is her Columbia professor-Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor, and the other is a Syrian PhD student who wants to help with the effort to aid the Syrian Christians. Some heavy stuff…. but I am so into this story!!!

MichelleS September 8, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Oh – and average rating on GR is 4.41 – which is pretty good!!!

Maryse September 8, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Oh that sounds goooooood MichelleS!

bev September 8, 2015 at 8:38 AM

Thanks MichelleS, I’ll probably read it at sometime. I’ve seen that everyone loves that epilogue.

bev September 8, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Maryse, I know mentioned it before, but since you love the twist you have to watch Sherlock. If you haven’t. So fun and twisty. Great great writing and production. Fun to try and figure it all out. Also, only 9 episodes that make up the 3 seasons. And you know, Cumberbatch, best voice ever.

Amy September 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM

*covers ears*

La la la…not squirreling from Sweet Dreams…la la la…going to avoid Maryse’s review…la la la…

Tessa September 8, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Hehehe Amy. No squirreling allowed, you’re right. I’m at 35% right now.

Tessa September 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

*grins* And I met Cocky.

Jean September 8, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Just finished The Husband’s secret and loved it. Now I’m starting this, so excited….love this author!

Anne September 8, 2015 at 10:51 AM

MichelleS The Syrian Virgin sounds good! Checking it out now :)

Stephanie September 8, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Just finished reading Hollywood Dirt. I did enjoy it but wish the HEA had happened a little sooner. With a book this long, I would have liked not quite so much “angst” and a little more of them together. But overall loved it.

Anna September 8, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Always glad to add another book to the TBR list! This one sounds great!

Paula September 8, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Just finished it and loved it!

Jean September 8, 2015 at 3:31 PM

No list from Maryse today? I feel incomplete…..

Paula September 8, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Me too! I keep checking but it’s not there…

Tessa September 8, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Finished and it was really good. The writing did stand out, though the end seemed too rushed for me. I wanted it a bit longer.

Tessa September 8, 2015 at 3:38 PM

The list is there now.

Anne September 8, 2015 at 11:06 PM

Finished! I loved it! I agree with Tessa though. The ending was a little rushed but overall it was a great read. Highly recommend it!

Anne September 8, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Oh and I loved Cole’s relationship with Cocky. It was so sweet!

MichelleS September 10, 2015 at 7:44 AM

First line Thursday:

“To My Dearest, with mere words, how do I tell you about the destruction of everything in my young life – all that I loved and lived for?” The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love.

I admit, I have actually moved on to the second (and final) book that wraps up Anissa’s story, called Anissa’s Redemption. I just HAD to know what happened.

janice September 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Ok first time signing in..
Loved Hollywood Dirt…wonderful writing..finally in a long time, a book i couldn’t put down..thanks for the
Great recommendation ..

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

YAY Janice!!! This makes me so happy. :) *hug*

Chrissy September 10, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Hey Maryse… just finished the book & I really love it! I actually have to cancel an appointment ‘coz I can’t stop reading it. “Sole” for the win!

janice September 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

I found you a few months ago and really enjoy your comments..thanks for doing all the hard work to keep us addictive readers happy..

Maryse September 11, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Hi Janice!!!

I’m so glad you’re here with us and thank you so much for letting know know you’re enjoying the blog. :D


Maryse September 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM

bev… Sherlock is it a recent series on TV?

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