Title: The Unidentified Redhead
Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 10/15/13
Length: 289 Pages
Series: Redhead Series #1
Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she’s wriggling into a pair of badass jeans and ready to show the film industry that there’s way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood’s newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot to like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea.
While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the “unidentified redhead” who’s been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is in stuck in a double bind. She’s head over heels in lust with Jack, but there’s her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest “it” boy may garner her industry attention . . . but is it the kind of attention she’s always dreamed of?
so i clearly should have read this series before i read the Hudson Valley series but such is life right? In the other series, we met Grace and saw what her life has become, and now we get to see how it all started. which maybe isn’t such a bad order to do things.
In this first installment of the series, we see the beginning of the career for Grace Sheriden, the Unidentified Redhead herself. She’s always known that she’s wanted to be an actress and when she tried her hand at it 10 years ago, she failed, and after some soul searching and life lessons, she’s come back to LA in the hopes of making it again. She’s putting down roots in town, living with her best friend and new agent Holly and starting to get back into the auditioning circuit. It’s at a party one night that Holly is hosting that her life changes forever.
and in walks Jack Hamilton – the new ‘IT’ actor in Hollywood with a new movie slated to come out shortly that’s going to be the move of the year. He’s about to hit it really big, and yet we find that he and Grace gravitate towards one another – something that shocks her to the core.
Their banter is something that’s to entertaining to read – it keeps things light when you know that there’s such a high chance that it’ll get deep fast, and when you want to see things continue on a path that’s unlikely, the banter keeps on in line. The chemistry that we see from the onset here with them is so strong – yet they take their time with really getting to know each other first. Probably something that’s unlikely in Hollywood but who knows.
Alice Clayton gives us yet again another great start to a romance that’s going to go somewhere amazing. She’s given us these characters who are both at the beginning of something great professionally and figuring out how to make it work and if it can work long term is always the question. It gets more complicated as Jake starts to do even more press for the movie which takes over his time and we see Grace land her first major gig on broadway – therefore taking her across the country to NYC.
Throw in a guy who’s come back from college who seems to make everyone uncomfortable – Jake especially and we’re left at a point in the story of whether this new relationship can last even with the strong feelings between them. Fame, other people and distance really make it hard and we’ll have to keep reading i guess to see how it breaks and or not and what will happen. Enjoy!