Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review: The Unidentified Redhead, by Alice Clayton



The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

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 agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. 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.

4.5 out of 5 stars

We have heard a lot about Alice Clayton and her book Wallbanger, which is on our TBR list.  It is impossible to keep up with everything that we want to read, we swear the list has to be a mile long at this point.  But we digress…  Then right before Christmas we were fortunate enough to receive a review copy of The Unidentified Redhead from Gallery Books.  Needless to say we could not wait to dive right in and once the reading of Grace Sheridan (the above mentioned redhead) began there was no putting the book down!

Grace is a 33 year old who after taking a hard look at herself and her life’s direction recently underwent a self-imposed reinvention.  Leaving her depression and self-pity behind she worked hard for a body she felt comfortable in and a strong sense of self-confidence to pursue her dream job of acting.  Now, re-focused driven, and with more motivation than ever before Grace is back in LA, living with her best friend Holly while her own house is under renovations.  (BTW, Holly is a fantastic character.  LOVE her!  There is no way the books would have been the same without her spunk and attitude.)  Grace is once again trying to break into the Hollywood scene, and while her first attempt right out of college failed, she won’t give up again so easily. 

Jack Hamilton is a 24 year-old up and coming movie star who is one of Holly’s top clients.  He is preparing to star in really big movie production of some super sexy books that are being made into a movie.  (Think Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey!)  And he is British.  That damn accent never hurt anyone!  Jack and Grace immediately hit it off upon first introduction and it’s obvious these two have some pretty hot chemistry.  Before long friendship leads down the road to something more.  The question is how much more and whether or not Jack’s sudden thrust into the limelight and their 9 year age difference will get in the way?

Together Grace and Jack are playful, fun and really know how to have a good time!  I especially loved their back and forth one liners.  I also thought it added an interesting element to the story being able to watch a person go from being somewhat well known to a major movie star almost overnight.  I think Alice Clayton did a really great job with the progression of their relationship alongside the progression of Jack’s fame. 

The inner monologue Grace has with herself and choosing to tell the story from her perspective is truly wonderful.  Maybe it is because we are close to the same age and can relate a lot to her character, especially the things she struggles with, or maybe it’s because we admire Grace’s drive to go after what she wants, her positive attitude, or her all around happiness to be where she is in life, whatever the reason may be she easily became one of our all-time favorite female book characters!

Talk about funny…without a doubt, one of our favorite things about this book had to be the humor.  When your husband is looking at you like you really are a “nuts girl” because you cannot stop LOLing you know it is a fantabulous book.  We fell in love with Grace and Jack and cannot wait to see the adventures we go on with them in The Redhead Revealed.  The Unidentified Redhead is a book you absolutely should read.  If it’s not on your TBR list add it now and if it is move it to the top of the list!  You won’t be disappointed.  It was such a fun, feel-good read, seriously just READ IT!    

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