Today, as part of the blog tour for Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone, I have a review of the book. So without a further ado...
For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood’s tales can’t compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earned position at Timeless Television out of her hands, Lauren’s perfectly planned life quickly begins to unravel at the seams.
Clawing her way back to the top of the TV food chain is no easy task, especially in an industry where backstabbing is a sport and gossip is a full time business. But Lauren learns just how cut-throat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart is missing in action. Can she salvage her career, her reputation, and her love life? Or will Hollywood be the death of her?
Ever since reading Hollywood Ending, Lucie's first book, I've been looking forward to reading another one by her. Her books always contain so much scandal and intrigue...basically they are the perfect guilty pleasure reads. Therefore, when I was offered the chance to be part of the blog tour for Picture Perfect, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't wait to see what Lucie had for us this time, and thankfully, it was everything I had hoped it would and much, much more, as not only did Picture Perfect contain the drama and chaos that I love, but it also had so many fun twists and turns thrown in...twists that I almost never saw coming, which is always a pretty awesome thing in my book.
Picture Perfect is the story of Lauren Tate, a leading Hollywood TV Producer who's been down on her luck lately. It all started six months ago when Alan, her husband of five years, asked for a separation, but now he wants her to sign divorce papers! Lauren just can't believe it...Alan was supposed to be the love of her life. Then the shock of all shock comes...Alan is trying to overthrow her from her job so that his new girlfriend can take her spot. Lauren knows she needs to come up with a plan quick, but the fact that Hollywood's new leading man is showing an interest in her isn't helping move this plan any faster. All she knows, is she needs to make a decision between the man of her dreams or the career of her dreams...which one will she pick? Only time and more pages can tell!
As soon as I started this one, I was quickly caught up in the plot. I wanted to know everything about Alan and Lauren's separation as well as well as the plan Alan had to do her in. Plus, I just loved seeing Lauren's new romance develop with Jack as well as the twisty chaos that came with it. What really surprised me in this one, though, was the big plot twist in the middle. I didn't see it coming at all- believe it or not- but it really upped my love of it up, even though it was a bit crazy.
I have to admit I had a hard time liking Lauren throughout this one. She was always a bit too headstrong for my liking, but as the novel progressed, she really became her own person, one that was nicer and gentler than her former one. I really liked the change, especially since most of it had to do with Jack's influence. Jack was another character I enjoyed. He was different from the typical Hollywood persona, and the little twists with his background were always interesting. Lastly, Alan was the perfect villain in my book. He always managed to creep me out when he showed up.
Finally, I enjoyed Lucie's writing in this one. She did a great job of bringing the characters and plot to life as well as moving the novel along at a steady pace...I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeves next for us.
In all, Picture Perfect is a great woman's lit read, one that I suggest to fans of Hollywood scandal.
Picture Perfect (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) by Lucie Simone is now out!
Source: Author for blog tour- thanks Lucie!
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