When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best friend and agent, that dream could become a reality, but at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? Will an unexpected sizzling romance with the entertainment industry’s newest ‘it’ boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life?
Alice Clayton spins a playful and erotic May to December romance in this, her debut novel. Clayton’s funny, borderline neurotic heroine is perfect in her imperfections, and the off the charts sexual chemistry between her and her charming, yet blissfully unaware leading man are the true heart of The Unidentified Redhead. With laugh out loud dialogue and a super steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the Paparazzi has never been so fun.
My review: Are you looking for a book that will keep you laughing throughout? One full of fun, romance, the sexy?!?
This my friends is exactly the right book for you!
Grace Sheridan is back in L.A. trying again for a career in acting that didn’t go so well the first time. She’s living with her best friend Holly, who is a successful manager in the entertainment industry. Grace is 33, and has conquered some long-standing weight issues. She’s got a rocking body now, and a kick ass attitude to go with it. She’s also got red hair which is a particular favorite of mine. I love her immediately. This is important to know because I’m exceptionally hard on the ladies in the stories I read. Instant love for the female doesn’t happen for me too often.
Grace meets Jack Hamilton…an up and coming actor who is one of Holly’s clients. He’s tall, green-eyed, blonde curls…impossibly good looking…O…and he’s a brit. Can you say instantaneous swoon?!? Yeah, Grace is quite taken with him…and I’m right behind her. One more thing…besides looks, a body, and an accent to die for, Jack is 24. Gulp…that’s the reaction Grace has too, but the attraction between them is mutual. They share an easy and playful banter. Is a hookup inevitable?!? For our sake, and to my relief the answer is an overwhelming HELL TO THE YES!
What follows is some of the wittiest dialogue that kept me laughing repeatedly. There’s also many tender, full on romantic moments as well. Grace worries about the age difference, and about falling so hard so fast…as did I, but Jack impresses me with his maturity. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Grace. O…I should mention that they’ve both been instructed to keep their blossoming relationship under wraps by Holly. Not that she’s against them at all…no quite the opposite. Her fears are the fan reaction to Jack being seen as unavailable. Grace is onboard and tries her level best to keep Jack in line. He’s not so fine with that arrangement. He has to be reeled in on more than a few occasions because he doesn’t like having to play the game. Admirably, he does acquiesce when push comes to shove. It’s just one more thing that I loved about him…and believe me when I say that there’s a whole lot about Mr. Hamilton to love.
Speaking of love…There is a whole lotta lovin’ that goes on in this book. It’s well written, and uber hot! There’s also something pretty unique and special about it for a good part of the book, but I’m not going to tell you what I mean by that. You’ll have to read the book yourself in order to find that out. Suffice to say that I was never, ever disappointed.
At the beginning of the review I told y’all that Grace was trying to establish her acting career right? Well, towards the end of the book she’s going to get her chance. She lands a part in a musical play…but there’s a catch…sigh…isn’t there always?!? She’s going to have to move to NYC at least temporarily. Well damn…
How is that going to work with a relationship that’s just getting started? Long distance love can be tricky…it can be devastating. Holy crap! Are my peeps in it for the long haul? They’re both gonna give it their best shot, having admitted that it’s not all about the sexy for either one of them. I’ve got my fingers crossed for them… and my toes too
Guess we’ll find out in the sequel… The Redhead Revealed.
My rating for The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton:
A very strong and enthusiastic 4 hearts
Things I loved:
The settings…I love both California and New York…in real life and in fiction.
The nicknames: George and Gracie, Nuts Girl and Sweet Nuts
The sexy: With an unexpected twist
The humor: Can you say laugh out loud funny over and over again?!?
I have a new fantasy/book boyfriend in Jack Hamilton *adds to my growing list*
Loving the female in a story immediately
The way Alice transitions so seamlessly from humor to erotic to sweet and romantic.
and some favorite quotes:
“We have to stop, this is insane. I literally cannot handle anymore. I think I’ve lost brain function. I can actually feel myself becoming stupid”
“Not possible. Let’s test it. What’s two times two?”
― Alice Clayton, The Unidentified Redhead
“He pushed me back up against the door, slamming me against the doorbell. I heard it ring out.
“Coming!” I heard Holly say as she clicked across the floor to the front door.
“Not quite, but she’s close.” He chuckled, removing his hand and leaving me breathless and rosy cheeked.”
― Alice Clayton, The Unidentified Redhead
I could go on and on but I want to save them for a future Sexy Sentence Saturday or two…
I said it on Goodreads, but I want to say it here as well. I love you!
Ok, Ok, I don’t know you yet so I should say I love your writing, your story, and your characters.
Thanks for countless laughs, for a fabulous female…but most of all for Jack.
Yowza! I want one of those
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review