18 May 2010

Review: THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD by Alice Clayton ****

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, 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 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.
As you can see above, this book promises to be fun, but I honestly didn't expect to have *that* much fun reading it, wow! This is a an amusing and adorable story of Grace, aged 33, who moves back to LA to try her luck with acting. At her friend's party, she meets Jack Hamilton, a 24-year-old film star in the making. The chemistry between them is incredible and they hit it off immediately, but their little fling soon turns into a proper life-changing relationship.

I can't say this book excels plot-wise. The book is honestly mostly about Grace and Jack's relationship with a massive focus on their sex life. Yes, this book is rather explicit in terms of sex and swearing etc. so here's your warning if you're sensitive about that sort of thing. But don't worry, it's not offensive or super kinky or anything - it's just about two adults with incredible chemistry in the initial stages of their relationship when passion takes over anything. Personally, I was anything but offended by it - I actually enjoyed reading about their relationship growing and getting more passionate and everything, it was just adorable and fun (and quite hot too :p)! Anyway, as I said, there's hardly any proper plot to speak of, no antagonist or anything, but I didn't really mind. I found their relationship to be slightly too sex driven as it seemed that they barely knew each other outside the bedroom, but the book was just so much fun to read.

The novel does, however, stand out in terms of characters. I can't say that they showed incredible dimension, but pretty much all the characters were fantastic and the type of people you'd want to be best friends with. Grace was a fabulous narrator of the story and I loved her relationship with her best friend Holly, who's also her house-mate; the two really had the most awesome friendship ever. And ooh, don't even get me started on Jack! What an amazing and sexy guy, almost too perfect - and did I mention HE'S BRITISH?! ♥ Yeah, I know = dreamy accent! Luke Brandon (from the Shopaholic series, my little book crush) has some serious competition. ;)

Furthermore, the writing in this book is simply fabulous! No, the prose is hardly very eloquent, it's all just modern speak, but I thought it fitted the novel perfectly. As I mentioned before, there is quite a bit of swearing (in an endearing way), but I thought it just added character to the novel and made it more realistic. The narration is great, but the dialogue itself was even better and often absolutely hilarious - I loved it!

The novel wraps up nicely, but I want to know what happens next and how Grace and Jack will coping with the change in their relationship. Will Grace become a star? And how will Jack being a star when his film comes out affect their relationship? I do wonder - that's why I'm screaming for a sequel and I do hope there's one in store. ;)

The blurb above really doesn't lie - "laugh out loud dialogue" and "super steamy romance" sum up this book really well! I really enjoyed reading it and I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a light, sexy and super fun read! :) To get your copy, please visit Omnific Publishing. This is a debut novel, but I'd love to read more by this author!

overall rating:
plot: 3/5 | writing: 5/5 | characters: 4/5 | cover: 4/5


CarlyB said...

This one sounds fun! Glad you enjoyed it!x

This Miss Loves to Read said...

This sounds really fun! Your review is fun too, I like it. Haha, hot is good, too, and British? Yummy!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Ooh, I like the sound of this! Thanks for the review.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. Sounds super fun. I like the cover.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

PS I'm a sucker for British accents too :)

Nikola said...

I love how the sex isn't there just so the book could be smutty, but that it honestly portrays an honest relationship between two adults.

Andrea said...

It sounds like a fun book.

Ria- The Beaucoup Review book blog. said...

Oh how I love a good romance! And congrats on [almost] *400* followers! Thats amazing!

dosweatthesmallstuff said...

OMG, thanks SO much for recommending this book!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! Just pull an all nighter to read this book until finished, and oh my!!!!

And yeah, totally, Jack is one heck of a dream guy!!! The british accent, the guitar, the body, the face.... (sigh)

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