Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans


In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.

When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he's the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.

Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.

He’s after one thing.

She refuses to give it to him... again.

When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.

With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.

I have to admit, I was in TOTAL SHOCK when I found out that this was Olivia Evan's first book.  For a first time author, this is a great start and I am sure that she is on board for many other great reads!  I was drawn to Josie and Anders from the first page and even though this was a long book, it was one that I had a hard time putting down.  I had 2 very long days after working all day and staying up late reading.  

From the start, you can tell that Anders is totally into himself.  He is the ultimate in man-whores and I don't think that there is a vagina that this man would not partake in.  In comes Josie.  She worked on the set with his for months and he never even knew that she was there.  At the cast party, she needs to know what all the hype is about.  Is Anders really all that great??

Fast forward a few months and once again Anders and Josie are on the same set.  This time, he does not even remember her or what they did together.  However, Anders is obsessed with Josie. He doesn't know why, but there is something about this woman that just makes his blood run.   There is pretty much anything to get her to go on a date with him.  The thing is, she feel like a fool that he can't even remember one of the best nights of her life- for a sexual standpoint that is.

I love Anders- yes he is an ass, but at the same time you can't help but want to love him  As you get to know him, you get why he is the way that he is and at the end you are rooting for him, and not Josie who you think that you are going to a the beginning of the book. 

You will also fall in love with Maddie the best friend sidekick/assistant and Holden (Josie's brother).  They are fun and add a lot to the book.

Yes, the sex is hot in here,but nothing that will keep you looking in between your fingers the whole time.  I would have loved to give it 5 huge heart felt stars,but it was a bit long and I felt like at times it was a little too long and drawn out.  However, I did LOVE it and will defiantly keep this new author on my radar!!


“I don’t know what kind of place Argent is running, but they need to get a handle on their employees.” Anders’ voice was stern and playful, making Josie laugh then sigh.

“I bet it’s the costume department, isn’t it? It is, right? I swear,” she exhaled. “You can’t find good help anywhere these days.”

“It really is quite sad. Is it asking too much for the beautiful Costume Supervisor to be in my trailer wearing only a tie when I walk through the door? For modeling purposes, of course.”

Josie laughed, her heart skipping. “Of course.”

“It feels weird being back.” He spoke quieter, his tone softer.

“I walked outside this morning and my makeup didn’t slide off my face from sweating. It was very disconcerting.”

“Get your ass to my trailer and I’ll have you sweating in no time.”

“Mr. Ellis, that sounds highly unprofessional,” she chastised, grabbing her clipboard and heading toward his trailer. “We both know how you feel about remaining professional on the job.”

“Well I see your smart mouth found its way back to LA.” Anders shook his head, a small smile tugging up the corner of his mouth.

Josie grinned and pushed open his door but continued to speak into her phone. “If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you sound relieved.”

Anders snapped his head to the side, a wicked gleam in his eyes as he stood from his chair, his phone still pressed to his ear. “Relieved is a bit of a stretch. Although, I must admit, I’ve thought of some creative ways to shut you up.”

Josie licked her lips and dropped her phone to her side. “Creative?”

Anders tossed his on the vanity and crossed the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her before whispering in her ear.

“You have no idea.”

“I have a few.” Josie grinned and hugged him close, her eyes falling shut and the tightness in her chest loosening for the first time that day.

Anders leaned his forehead against Josie’s. “Is it weird that I missed you?”

“Totally weird. You’re such a freak.” Her tone was playful, but the strain in her voice and the softness in her eyes showed her true feelings.

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Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She's obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu's.

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