Hollywood Temptation (Seacliffe Medical)
Author: Scarlet Wilson
Date of Publication: March 31, 2014
Hollywood surgeon Colt Travers needs a new receptionist ASAP. When the adorable—and completely broke—Selena Harris comes in needing stitches, he takes a risk and hires her on the spot. She can pay off her bill, and he won’t have to answer the phone anymore. They’re opposites in every way, and she’s exactly what he doesn’t want in a woman—impulsive, carefree, and amusing. He’s trying to resist her, but the longer she’s around, the further he sinks into temptation.
Selena never meant to get herself in such deep financial straits. LA has way too much temptation, from high-end shopping to gorgeous men, and now her life is in chaos. But Colt is different—responsible and noble—and although their chemistry is off the charts, he’s keeping her at arm’s length. She’s determined to win his trust–and his heart–but will the secrets she’s desperately trying to hide ruin their chance for a big Hollywood happy ending?
SPOILER ALERT – Toward the end of the review, I have to drop a spoiler to explain my primary reason for lowering this to a 4-star review. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know.
I was highly amused by the beginning of this book, in that it was a woman being thrown out of her lover’s apartment with all her stuff being tossed out the window down to her. All too often in literature and movies, it’s the woman having a hissy fit and tossing the guy out. And, even better, the guy had a legitimate reason for doing it: he’s sick to death of Selena’s spend-a-holic ways.
For the first chapter or two, I wondered if Selena would get back together with the guy, given Ms. Wilson gave the perfect reason for the two to meet up again (Selena stole the guy’s car since she had the key to it, making a quick getaway before the owner could realize and get down to stop her). Luckily, that didn’t happen. Granted, I think Selena deserved to get thrown out (she’d moved here for the guy, then run up astronomical bills on his credit card with no thought to actually paying him back), but the way he did it was horrid (if amusing).
Overall, the book was pleasant to read and I enjoyed meeting Colt and the other members of the Seacliffe Medical staff. I truly look forward to reading more about them and the good work they do, heavily financed by the astronomical fees they charge for the plastic surgery on the stars that come to them for privacy.
Colt and Selena were a great couple, though I wish Selena had been more open and honest with Colt from the beginning about her living arrangements, and I wish Colt had been a little more upfront about his scars. But, those are minor details. The other thing which detracted from this book (for me) was how predictable (in part) part of the ending was. I expected at some point Selena to get fired from the job because she was going to get blamed in some way either for the embezzling going on or for leaking information to the media. She was fired and there was a momentary doubt seen in Colt about her innocence when it comes to the media and embezzling issue (just a hint of a flicker, which to my mind was reasonable and normal, and I feel once again she overreacts), but in truth she was fired because the main owner of the business was embarrassed, and does ultimately apologize to Selena for making her a scapegoat.
So, I’ll give this a 4-star review because of my frustration over the predictability, but other than that this book was great to relax and read. The characters really popped off the page for me.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.