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As I was reading this book, I could relate to Emily’s dilemma about dating someone in the public eye (professional athlete side). Fortunately, my relationship was able to stay out of the public eye while I was in it! This was a great weekend read by the pool and I felt like I was a part of the story the whole time. Each chapter left me wanting more. Can’t wait to read the next one!
I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
After her very public romance with superstar singer Cory Sampson nearly cost Emily Watts her career, she’s thrilled to be bouncing back with a new fashion column for the nation’s top entertainment website. More than that, she’s happy to be out of the media spotlight and is determined to never make tabloid headlines again. So when her new yoga classmate, Raine Kingston, wants to see Emily outside of class, she isn’t sure what to do. Raine is funny, madly attractive, and he’s one of the most charming men Emily has ever met. He’s also a sought-after actor who tops Hollywood’s A-list, and Emily knows being seen with him will destroy the privacy she’s worked so hard to get back.
She can’t deny their connection, though, and Raine is willing to spend time together in places they won’t be seen. Just when Emily is on top of the world with her new romance, her past finds its way back into the headlines, thanks to a music partnership between Cory and indie band guitarist Jesse Cinder, someone Emily counts among her enemies. With all eyes back on her, it gets harder to keep her dates with Raine a secret, and Emily is forced to choose: stay with Raine, who makes her the happiest she’s ever been, and have her life back in the headlines, or give up the best relationship she’s ever had to keep the privacy and normal life she craves.
The latest beach read tale of fame and love in Hollywood from Jennifer Farwell. Read Hiding Out in Hollywood on its own, or as the sequel to Rock Star’s Girl!
“We can leave these here for now,” Raine said, setting the cooler and the bags he was holding onto the patio floor. He took the bags Emily held and put them beside the cooler. “Come check this out.”
He led her down a different set of stairs at the front of the patio, this time to a white sand beach. Her feet sank into the warm sand, so she kicked off her sandals and walked farther onto the beach, breathing in the salty air.
“It’s hot out here today,” he commented, walking beside her.
Emily watched him unbutton his shirt. The ocean breeze caught one side of the open shirt front, allowing her to glimpse Raine’s bare chest. He’d looked lean and toned in the T-shirts she’d seen him wear to yoga, but reality more than lived up to what she had imagined. Her eyes wandered down to his well-defined abs.
“What do you think?”
“Hmmm?” She let her eyes roam the rest of his body before realizing he was watching her. Caught.
“The view,” he said, looking amused. “Of the water, I mean.”
“It’s amazing,” she replied, her cheeks growing warm. She wasn’t only talking about the ocean.
He circled his arm around her waist, letting his hand settle on her hip. The voice inside Emily that warned her to be careful with her privacy and her heart was silenced the second he touched her. Tingles ran up and down her spine.
“Want something?” Raine asked.
What a question. Emily licked her lower lip. “What did you have in mind?”
“We have champagne, soda, water… anything you’d like.” His eyes were focused intently on her.
“Anything?” Her gaze flickered back to his abs.
He gently pulled her closer. “Anything.”
The strong pull of attraction Emily had felt when they’d kissed two nights ago returned with full force. She sensed they were about to pick up where they’d left off in her foyer. A part of her hesitated, both because she was only starting to know Raine, and because as secluded as they were, there was always some risk with kissing out in the open. Celebrities were photographed on private beaches all the time.
Still, instinct told Emily she could trust Raine. She felt safe with him for reasons she couldn’t explain, and it was a lot different from how her relationship with Cory had ever made her feel. It was her instinct, combined with the force of attraction, which won out. Emily’s hand wandered to Raine’s chest.
Raine’s eyes twinkled as he tilted his head down, stopping when his lips were just an inch from hers. “Is this what you’d like?”
“Maybe.” She ran her fingers up his forearm, her eyes never leaving his.
“Just maybe?” His lips were closer now, just a breath away. His hand slipped under the hem of her tank top. A shiver ran through her when he pressed his palm against her stomach.
“Definitely what?” His lips touched hers, feather-light, for only a second. He moved away again.
“That, but…” She paused, bringing her hand up and running her finger along his jaw.
“But?” he prompted.
Emily pressed her index finger against his lips. “This first.”
She trailed kisses along his jawline and up toward his ear. Before she could kiss his earlobe, he cupped the side of her face and lowered his mouth to hers, the pressure soft at first, but quickly intensifying. She held onto his arms, kissing him until he stopped a few minutes later, his breath shallow and his eyes still closed. His hands moved to her shoulders.
“Everything okay?” she asked.
Raine nodded, but didn’t open his eyes. “Just trying to make myself think gentlemanly thoughts. Give me a minute.”
She smiled widely. “As opposed to what kind of thoughts?”
“I might tell you on our third date.” He took a breath, released it, and opened his eyes again. Merry mischief danced across his face. “Or maybe the fourth. If I tell you on the third date, I may not make it past there.”
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Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents’ freshly painted white walls. She’s the author of SEVEN WEEKS TO FOREVER, ROCK STAR’S GIRL, and HIDING OUT IN HOLLYWOOD. Her books have been featured by Cosmopolitan and Publishers Weekly, among others. When not writing novels, she can often be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.
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