source: free review copy courtesy of the publisher
title: The Unidentified Redhead
author: Alice Clayton/Twitter
published: Gallery Books (October 15, 2013)
genre: chic lit/humor
first line: “You do realize I have seen you naked before, right?”
rated: Romantic and entertaining
3 1/2 out of 5
WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD!
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?
The book centers around thirty three year old Grace Sheridan and her love interest Jack. Grace has lost weight, gotten herself together and is now an aspiring actress living with her best friend Holly in Los Angeles. Holly is a casting agent and her latest client is hottie twenty four year old British actor named Jack Hamilton.
There is flirting straight off the bat when Grace and Jack meet at a party and even though Grace keeps telling herself he is too young for her, the two become involved.
Jack is a hot commodity right now because he has been cast to play the lead on screen role in a movie based on a set of popular steamy short stories. Grace is dubbed “The Unidentified Redhead” by the paparazzi when they keep seeing the couple out together.
One of the issues these two face is the age difference as Grace feels self conscious about being almost a decade older than Jack. A second issue they have is their careers. Jack is on his way to stardom and without including spoilers, there is one other thing that arises with Grace’s work.
I breezed right through this book and finished it in about two days. For the most part, I liked the interactions with Grace and Jack and I enjoyed the build up and tension. While I laughed out loud at some scenes, especially at Grace’s inner monologue, other times I found her to be a tad childish. Her sense of humor could be very silly, but I did like that she had a strong personality and was a bit of a free spirit.
Jack was a fun leading man, he is British, gorgeous and sweet. Despite the age difference, he and Grace really mesh well together and I easily believed their pull towards each other.
Without giving too much away, one thing that didn’t mesh well with me was the sex between these two at the start. Only at first though, then later on, the intimate scenes were more believable.
I’ll leave it at that.
The idea that this could work beyond a few manic sexy times was ludicrous. We were worlds apart, despite the powerful connection that we had.
p. 147, The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
Aside from the minor qualms I mentioned, I really enjoyed this one overall and want to read this author again. Alice Clayton’s writing style just carried me right along and had me all in Grace and Jack’s business. If it weren’t for Grace acting so silly sometimes, I would have given this one a higher rating because the storyline was fun and the romance was sweet. If you enjoy this genre and are in the mood for contemporary, steamy romance with humor added in, I would give this one a go.
He looked like a piece of heaven and I couldn’t resist him. He was too delicious.
p. 86, The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
I definitely want to continue reading this series, but for some reason I have the the third book in this set The Redhead Plays Her Hand, so I will have to see if the library has the second book. This first book leaves the ending wide open for the second installment.
Also on my wishlist is Wallbanger by this author, which has really gotten some rave reviews.
About the author:
New York Times Best Selling author ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and has finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free copy of The Unidentified Redhead (Redhead Series #1) by Alice Clayton via the publisher.