Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Hollywood and 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.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Hollywood and Vine is Olivia Evans debut novel and I really enjoyed this one.  I was a little skeptical at first because I have a tendency to read reviews and saw that the main character was a bit of an asshole.  And honestly an asshole hero who has no redeeming qualities is not something that appeals to me.  But after meeting Anders Ellis I came to find out that I was completely wrong.  Yes he had asshole tendencies but not in the way that I expected at all.  I honestly fell for him.  Did he make some decisions that was poor?  Yes  Did he at  times did he act like an ass?  Absolutely!!  But if you look past it all you will end up loving him. 

Anders is an actor and a pretty big one.  He was burned in his past by someone that he trusted and since then he has one rule when it comes to woman.  No repeats.  He is never with the same woman twice.  But that all changes when he meets Josie.

Josie has admired Anders from afar.  She knows his type, knows that he is a complete asshole but she was determined to have a one night stand with him.  But when she finds herself working on the set of his new movie she comes to find that he doesn’t even remember her.  If she didn’t hate him already well she sure does not.  Josie wants nothing to do with him.  Which basically gives Anders more reason to want her.  Most women throw themselves at his feet, begging for a second time with him.  But not Josie.  She has become a challenge for him and one that he is willing to break his rules form.  He will stop at nothing to have her just one more time. Anders will not give up.  He wants her and will do everything he can to get her. 

Josie at some point gives in and thus starts their secret relationship.  Anders is afraid to be out in the open with Josie for more reasons than one.  He lives his life in the public eye and while it seems to be to protect her he also has his own personal reasons.  They both have trust issues, which is a major issue in their relationship. Josie has to learn to trust Anders but that is easier said than done.  Especially when the media is involved.  Josie enjoys being with Anders but dating someone in secret whose life is on display for the world to see is not easy.  Without trust how can it even work?

I loved Anders, I really did.  He made some poor decisions when it came to his career and his relationship.  Decisions that he thought were best for his career but not realizing at the same time could ruin his relationship.  He tried to be open with Josie but at times failed to be completely honest.  But when I went into this book I expected him to be something completely different than he was.  I think his feelings for Josie scared him and he honestly did not know how to handle them.  He was trying to juggle his career, and his feelings that he swore he would never have for a woman again.  Josie did something to him that he could not understand.  As the reader you could totally see how he felt about Josie.  Even if at times he fought with himself over his feelings for her.  He tried so hard to deny it.  You could see how different she was and how she made him feel.  But there were times when you needed to smack him on the head and ask what the hell was he thinking?  But I love seeing it from his POV and the struggles that he had within, which quite frankly is what made him look like the ass that he at times was.  But no matter what he always stayed true to himself which is what I loved.  He never became someone that he wasn't.  And I think it’s exactly why him and Josie were perfect for each other.  She knew who he was going in and he never pretend to be someone that he was not.  

Josie was a great heroine all though at times she frustrated me as well.  She was a bit sarcastic and did not take shit from anyone, especially Anders.  She had a hard time trusting Anders which I completely understand because truthfully if it was me I probably would have had a hard time with trust as well given Anders reputation.  Their relationship was not all lovey dovey or hearts and roses.  They bickered and fought and pushed each other’s buttons but deep down you could see that they were falling for each other.  You felt the connection between them.  

There was one person who was out to get them and would do anything to ruin what they had.  Dating someone who is famous runs the risk of your past coming out.  And when it does, it all comes crashing down in a way that I did not see coming.  And as a result of what happened it caused  my heart to hurt for the two of them. You know the moment when you get that feeling in your stomach and pray that it will all work out.  It was those moments where my heart started betting faster and I wasn't sure what would happen next.   I needed to know what happened, what was the truth and what was being twisted.

I loved this book.  It had drama and suspense and two characters that I really loved.  I felt all the feels with this one.  Josie’s best friend who also happened to be dating her brother was a great addition to the cast.   I think my only issues with this book was that it was a bit long, maybe too long perhaps.  But I am also a sucker for an epilogue and this one was lacking one.  Overall I think Olivia Evans did a wonderful job with this story and look forward to reading more from her. 

“It’s my turn.” Josie grabbed the remote and hopped off the couch.

“No way, Ivy.” Anders shook his head and rose from the couch. “We’re not watching that shit.”

“You picked what we watched last night. It’s my turn.”

“Why can’t you pick something that’s at least useful? Like, I don’t know, a cooking show or something. Lord knows you need all the help you can get.” Anders scrunched his face as he thought about her recent attempt at cooking. When she said she was a horrible cook, he didn’t think it could be that bad. Even he could make something edible. Josie, however, couldn’t cook at all and would surely die if ever forced to survive on her own cooking.

“You dick!” She laughed, putting the remote behind her back when he came closer.

“I’m not watching that show. Let’s play cards or something.”

“I’m never playing cards with you again. You are a cheating cheater who cheats.”

“I do not cheat.” It was only cheating if he got caught, and even then it was still up for debate if he could talk his way out of it.

“You do cheat. Now, it’s my turn, and we’re watching what I want.” Josie nodded and moved behind the couch, pressing the buttons on the remote until the television came to life.

“You can’t be serious. Honey Boo Boo? This has to be the most annoying fucking show on television.”

“It’s my guilty pleasure. Now shut up and sit down. Chicken Nugget just got a pet chicken.”

“What the fuck are you talking about?” Anders looked from the television to Josie with wide eyes and an incredulous expression.

“We can watch the Real Desperate Housewives of Atlanta instead.” Josie cocked a brow and sauntered to the couch.

“It can’t be worse than this,” Anders muttered, falling beside her in defeat.

About the Author
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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