★ SYNOPSIS ★
The wrong bed. The wrong guy.
Party planner Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. Not only does she intend to land her dream promotion, she’s going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex. Preferably with the hunky actor she just met at a work function, no-fraternization rules be damned. Fortunately, his drunken directions included a right that should have been a left, landing her in bed with her brother’s extra-hot, extra-off-limits best friend instead of the unemployment line.
And, oh, he feels good. Too good.
Bad boy Dante Palladino’s forbidden fantasies are about to come true…until Vicky realizes who she’s feeling up. And to find out she risked her job for sex with some loser? Not on his watch. Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him-and only him-and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart…and Dante’s on course to do just that.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
I’ve been gathering my thoughts on this one for a few days. Blackmailed by the Hero is the second book in the Gone Hollywood series by Julie Patricka. The book itself is very well written, told from alternative third person point of views, and can be read as a standalone.
For me, this was one of the middle of the road books. There is nothing that really sticks out to me as over the top “oh my gosh”, but it’s still a great read. It is in the trope of friends to lovers, which is one of my favorite, but also second chance in a way. I won’t joke, I got anxious as Vicky did when she was tip-toeing down the hallway to the room she was looking for. So the story can immerse you into it.
Dante comes off as this bad boy, ex wrestler playboy who makes his way through a sea of women that all want to fall at the Inferno’s feet. He humors them for the most part, but there is more to him then just that. Vicky is coming out of a rocky divorce, her ex husband is a piece of work. She’s fighting to make a life for herself without leaning on anyone and I think that she actually does a pretty good job of it. Sometimes you want to bash her over the head because it seems like things don’t click for her until she sees them an exact way, but outside oft that, I liked her. There is an obvious amount of chemistry and sparks between the pair. It translates well to the reader.
So, all in all, I gave it a three star rating. I would honestly like to have given it more, but as I said before, it just wasn’t that memorable for me. Nothing stuck out. I did like the trope, I did like the storyline itself, and the characters. Oddly enough, Vicky’s best friend Jade stuck out to me more than both the main characters. She was hilarious and is the only one that I snagged a quote from in the book. Overall, would I recommend this book? You betcha!