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This is the first book I’ve read/ listened to from Louise Bay, I know I’m late to the party, I do have other books, I just haven’t had the time to dive into them yet. After listening to Hollywood Scandal, I am moving them up the TBL list, because, damn, I loved the writing style, the way I reacted to the characters and the story, I need more of this goodness in my life.
When I read the synopsis for this book I was giddy, it sounded amazing. The girl next door and the sexy movie star! Sign me up. I thought it would be a fun book to listen to, and I was right. I loved everything about this book. I loved how Lana didn’t know who Matt was and fell for him anyway. I loved that Matt liked that she didn’t fall at his feet, she was a challenge for him. It’s a sweet romance that captured my heart and attention early on and once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down.
I fell completely in love with Matt Easton, he was such a sweet, swoon-worthy character. I was completely taken with him, pretty much from the get go. He was funny and charming. Respectful and supportive. Sure, he might have made some mistakes but his heart was in the right place. I also may not be able to see past his awesomeness lol.
I really liked Lana, I did get a little mad at her at times, how could she not see how perfect Matt was? I mean, come on girl! She came around to my way of thinking, in the end, so all was forgiven. I liked her backstory, and her reasoning made sense, even though I wanted to tell her to get over it, I understood her reluctance. Her interactions with the locals were cute and gave insight into her character.
I had an instant dislike of Brian and Sinclair, I wanted to punch them both in the balls. Who the heck did they think they were? I’d have fired them. But, they did redeem themselves in the end so I kind of forgave them.
The older residents of Worthington were great, I loved their little additions to the story and they really brought the small-town vibe to life.
I loved Ruby, she totally needs her own book and HEA. I liked that she was the one person that knew Lana and her history, that she could offer support and advice that others couldn’t, even though she played a small part in the scheme of things, the effect was huge.
I loved how this relationship played out. It was very sweet. I loved the interactions between the characters and the banter they had. Of course, it wasn’t all smooth sailing but the conflict made the ending so much sweeter. The sex scenes were steamy and well placed, none of the sex was for the sake of it, it played a part in the story and made sense…and was written incredibly well.
A couple of scenes really stood out for me with this couple. The first kiss…wowser, what a kiss that was. I don’t know how they managed to pull away, it was hot. I think that might have been when I fell in love with Matt. The second was the first sex scene, it is a perfect example of this couple and how they react to each other, the trust and respect they have. I thought it was beautifully done. Another scene, I know I said a couple but I just remembered this one, I loved it, and it’s not really a spoiler, but Matt gives an acceptance speech and it was so beautiful, I may have teared up…just a little.
This dual narration was incredibly performed, Andi Arndt and Sebastian York’s voices blended smoothly together to tell this story and really made you feel like you were there, witnessing these events. They may have also melted my headphones with those sex scenes…talk about smoking hot!
Andi Arndt was on point with her narration, which she usually is. I loved her as Lana and she really performed all the characters well, she was wonderful. One of the standout character performances for me was Mrs. Wells. Although a smaller part, she had that blend of wisdom and cheek; it was not over performed like older people sometimes are.
I’ve listened to a number of audiobooks performed by Sebastian York, and I must say, I think this is my favourite. He totally blew me away with his performance, it was very different from anything else I’ve heard him do. (Maybe I’ve been listening to the wrong books?) Each character was very distinct. The accents were done well and sounded right for the areas. He was absolutely perfect as Matt.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Another very enjoyable story by Louise Bay as small town heroine meets famous Hollywood Actor and it's a match made in Heaven.. the problem is there's more than miles stopping their relationship from going too far.
Lana Kelly had her demons which has sent her to find peace, privacy and contentment back home in Worthington Maine where she can focus solely on designing her jewellery to sell in her store and Lana occasionally interacts with the locals. No worries, no stress and definitely no male distractions.. that is until the rental cottage next to hers gets occupied by a handsome sexy charismatic stranger. Their chemistry and mutual attraction was instant and soon Lana was spending her time in the arms of her droolworthy neighbor.. Lana also finds out just who her short-term fling is and where he lives but she sees the man not the star. The trouble comes when trying for more time together.. for juggling commitments.. for hoping the paparazzi would never find out about her.. and for thinking her feelings would fade.
He may be a hot Hollywood Actor who has done it all and got quite a reputation because of it.. but now Matt Easton is trying to clean up his image.. he's in Maine for filming but that doesn't stop his instant attraction to his beautiful neighbor who has no clue that he's famous. She's a breath of fresh air compared to the willing women and female fans who throw themselves at him wherever he goes - interested only in his fame and fortune. So a secret six week sexy affair sounds perfect.. however, the more time Matt spends with Lana, the more there is to like.. she's not dazzled by his fame, she's grounded, real and humble too. But she's also determined to stay out of the spotlight - and that's exactly where Matt wants her to be.. by his side - forever.
A very sweet and sexy dual POV romance made all the more enjoyable by two great narrators. The story isn't original.. but the little humorous side stories that Louise Bay weaves in are very entertaining and she doesn't drown the plot with the sex scenes. Both Matt and Lana were very likeable characters and so, the banter, the chemistry, the passion, the build-up, the romance, and the angst were all perfectly balanced to make this a very entertaining listen.
Worth a credit? Absolutely.. and that's why this talented author will continue to be an auto download for me.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This author always delivers!!!! EAch one just gets better and better!!!! Keep these fab books coming!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Louise bay is becoming one of my favourite authors I can stop reading/listening to them .
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Louise Bay's books are a bit of hit and miss for me. This one was 'meh' in terms of storyline. It was just predictable, even the dramatics. Easy listen though and narration is great.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely I have all of her stories I can't wait for more I eat them up!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hollywood Scandal?
Can't pin point just one I wAs in love with the story
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Again don't have a favourite scene just engaged in a great book loved it
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Please,give up sleeping and take up writing 24/7 Louise you are amazing!!!