Series: Redhead #2
Narrator: Keili Lefkovitz
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on August 20, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours and 18 minutes
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The sexy follow-up to Unidentified Redhead, this audiobook from USA Today best-selling author Alice Clayton is a magical mix of humor and heat - so cuddle up under the sheets; Grace and Jack are at it again!
As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack - everyone's favorite couple - find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun. And it is just friendship, right?
Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps laying down for him - all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film. Thank goodness for phone sex. But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational - but can they survive the swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, and Grace's internal battles?
After reading Alice Clayton’s latest release, Cream of the Crop I had to get back into the world of Grace and Jack with the Redhead series. So I finally listened to the second book, The Redhead Revealed. Alice Clayton never fails to make me laugh when I’m reading/listening to her books. So I knew I had to keep up the sexy, sassy times when I put down Cream of the Crop and jumped right back into the world of the redhead.
The Redhead Revealed was a little heavier on the emotions due to Grace having an early mid-life crisis. She earned her title as “crazy” when she flips her shit while thinking about the nine-year age difference between her and Jack and what it all means for their future. But like true relationships, there’s going to be bumps in the road to a HEA. Don’t worry, though, the laughs are still there and the heat between Jack and Grace are definitely there.
I was on the fence about Keili Lefkovitz narration for the first book, The Unidentified Redhead but she really works for this series. The biggest thing that bugged me about her narration was she didn’t even try to do a British accent for Jack but when I thought about it, the story is told from Grace’s POV so it makes sense that she would keep to Grace’s voice and honestly, Clayton doesn’t really write Jack as a Brit. Sure we get reminders that he is from across the pond but his dialect doesn’t really reflect it.
I had about an hour left in The Redhead Revealed when I downloaded the 3rd book, The Redhead Plays Her Hand from the library. I can’t get enough of Alice Clayton and once I finish up this series I’ll have to wait for her next release. I. Need. More!
The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
Series: Redhead #3
Narrator: Keili Lefkovitz
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on December 17, 2013
Length: 6 hours and 26 minutes
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It's getting hot (and heavy) in Hollywood!
Grace Sheridan is flying high. With scorching passion from her gorgeous Brit superstar Jack Hamilton plus the lead role in a new television dramedy, she could just pinch herself. Then a demand from her show's directors to drop fifteen pounds brings her back down to earth with a thump. Forced to subsist on air, cucumbers, and boot camp, Grace wonders if the body that brings the newly crowned "Sexiest Man Alive" to his knees is just too booty-licious for Hollywood. Jack, meanwhile, seems overly enamored of the celebrity lifestyle. Forbidden by his publicity-conscious manager to reveal his relationship with Grace, he's hitting the industry party scene way too hard.
As Grace's bod incites fiery debate about the message of "thin is in," Jack's jealous fans are downing the hate-erade, viciously slamming her curves. Grace longs for Jack's support, but he's showing up late and disheveled to her most important moments. With tempers between them flaring, Hollywood's most talked-about redhead might have more to lose than a few stubborn pounds. She and Jack were clearly made for each other - but will the day ever come when they can walk the red carpet together, hand in hand?
The Redhead Plays Her Hand deals with the darker side of Hollywood and how it affects Jack and Grace. Things for Jack and Grace take many turns in their fast courtship and before they can get to the end of the ride there are a few detours. After all, the road can’t always be pot whole free, but don’t worry there’s still plenty of laughs and sexy times.
Grace’s new TV show is a hit and she’s getting a lot of attention. Jack is an overnight star with his movie role but he’s not handling the pressures of Hollywood so well. He turns into a real jerk for a while. Seeing these fictional characters go through the hardships of trying to have a real relationship in Hollywood makes me think how much of their issues is true for real life couples in the business. I’m not sure a career in Hollywood would be worth the headaches that Grace and Jack go through.
In the end, these two are made for each other and through laughs, tears and sexy times they pull it together and find a HEA that will surely last.
If you haven’t tried an Alice Clayton book yet, what are you waiting for?! I’ve not read/listened all her to all her novels and can’t wait for more.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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