In Review: Blackmailed by the Hero (Gone Hollywood #2) by Julie Particka

Posted August 9, 2015 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Blackmailed by the Hero (Gone Hollywood #2) by Julie PartickaBlackmailed by the Hero by Julie Particka
Series: Gone Hollywood #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 169 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

The wrong bed. The wrong guy.

Party planner Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. Not only does she intend to land her dream promotion, she's going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex. Preferably with the hunky actor she just met at a work function, no-fraternization rules be damned. Fortunately, his drunken directions included a right that should have been a left, landing her in bed with her brother's extra-hot, extra-off-limits best friend instead of the unemployment line.

And, oh, he feels good. Too good.

Bad boy Dante Palladino's forbidden fantasies are about to come true...until Vicky realizes who she's feeling up. And to find out she risked her job for sex with some loser? Not on his watch. Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him-and only him-and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart...and Dante's on course to do just that.

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in review my thoughts

I was excited to learn there would be another book in Julie’s Gone Hollywood series and happy to get an opportunity to read it in advance of its release. Like its predecessor, Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, it was a fun and sexy addition to the Brazen line.

Blackmailed by the Hero is centered around divorcee Vicky and former fighter Dante, who just happens to be her brother’s best friend. Recently reunited at a party (and later in a slightly uncomfortable – but not unfortunate – case of mistaken bedroom identity), the chemistry between these two was intense. There’s a bit of history between them, so this story has a second chance romance feel and you know how much I love those.

I liked both Vicky and Dante. Even more, I liked how they helped each other move forward in the ways they both needed. She was looking to build her career and move on from her messy divorce. He was still battling the demons from his past and the crush he had on his best friend’s sister. (*cough* Vicky *cough*) But, now that they’re both single there’s really no need to fight it. Looking for any opening to spend more time with her, he comes up with the blackmail scheme – which will totally come back to bite him in the ass eventually – but the sexy time was hot, the story was good and the drama was minimal.

Blackmailed by the Hero was a quick read and an entertaining one. I liked that we got to catch up with Stasia and Evan from the first book and I’m happy to see life treating them well. Brazen fans, and romance readers in general, will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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About Julie Particka

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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