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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review, Giveaway & Excerpt: Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers

Hollywood Ever After
(Red Carpet #1)
By Sasha Summers

Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:
This was my first "Sasha Summers" read and I loved it!! "Hollywood Ever After" was an entertaining and an easy read! It has a great mix of heartfelt and smart characters who had depth.
Josh is an actor who first meets Claire at a red carpet event. He knows what he wants immediately and goes after it. He falls hard and he fall fast!! This was my only "eye brow raised" moment. He falls for Claire instantly and they just met. I get the connection and the spark, just wished there was a little more.... you know... more ... sigh... You'll see what I mean when you read it. I will say, Sasha did an excellent job of creating a hero that we LOVE! He was, well PERFECT!! Like tell your spouse, boyfriend, partner, whomever, to take notes! Oh and did I forget to mention he's HOT! Well, the man is gorgeous and British!

Claire needs a vacation and this is exactly when she meets Josh, the actor. Who is not only gorgeous but also  younger than she is. So why would this guy be interested in her? She's a divorced, single mother of two who is not only having to deal with an abusive ex-husband, but she's at a crossroads in her life. He becomes her comfort and point of reference for her to get her barrings. She is a strong heroine who is a survivor! He makes her realize that.

Sasha's writing style is smooth and allows the reader to be part of the story. She breathes life and individuality to each of the characters. Both the story and characters tug at your hear and rooting for them all to have a Happily Ever After!!

Cannot wait for the next installment in the Red Carpet Series, "Hollywood Holiday".

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It!

Continue below for a "Hollywood Ever After" Excerpt, Giveaway and Author information! 

My phone vibrated in my clutch, snapping me out of my wayward thoughts. It was Natalie. “I’ll be right back.” I took a steadying breath and walked from the railing. It took a minute to find a small path detouring off of the deck. “Hold on Nat.” I spoke into the phone as I wandered along and settled onto a stone bench hidden at the path’s end, hidden beneath a small gazebo and bench wrapped in fragrant honeysuckle vines.

I smiled. “Hey baby girl.”

“Are you at a party, Mom? Wow, it’s loud! What do you see? Tell me everything!”

“Yes, I’m at a party.” I looked up, staring out across the wide night sky. “I went to a premier with Shannon.”

“See anyone cool?” she sounded excited.

Hazel and gold eyes appeared before me, stirring feelings I was not going to share with my adolescent daughter.
Instead I said, “I did see a few actors. You’ll be able to find it online tomorrow. You and Will okay? Not missing your mom too much?”

Natalie laughed. “Um, it’s been less than twenty-four hours Mom. But, yes, Will told Grams he missed you. And I do too. But I want to hear about California and Hollywood and everything. What do you see now?”

“I’m kind of hiding in the garden while we talk so just flowers and stuff. Like you said, it’s really loud. We’re at this fancy hotel movie premiere after party thing on the beach.”

“Is anyone there that I might know? I mean, other than you and Shannon?” She wanted details, I could tell.

“There are so many people here, sweetie. I don’t think so.” I looked up when I heard someone on the path. Josh was walking towards me, a slight smile on his lips. He had his phone to his ear, listening.

“What are you wearing?” Natalie asked.

He stood, looking down at me, his smile slow and lazy. “Can I sit?” he whispered, his hand covering his phone.

I moved over, instantly aware.

“That’s fine, thanks.” He spoke into the phone as he sat, listening for a minute. “I’ll look forward to it,” he hung up and turned to look at me.
“Mom?” Natalie tried again. I had no doubt he heard her voice, he was sitting so close. “What are you wearing Mom?”
“What am I wearing?” I asked, flustered. I looked down at my dress and shrugged. “I’m barefoot.”
He laughed, snapping his mouth shut to muffle the sound.
“And?” she wasn’t going to give up.
I tore my eyes from him, then murmured, “A red dress. I think Shannon sent you a picture…”
“Hold on,” her voice elevated, making me hold the phone from my ear. “How do you look?”
“Well.” I swallowed.
“Lovely,” he said, softly.
I was absolutely frozen. My heart raced as he gently pushed a strand of hair from my shoulder, his touch a whisper on my skin. His hazel eyes were wide, regarding me intently as I flushed warmly. 
“K, hold on.” There was more movement, then a squeal. “Mom, you look gorgeous! I’m sending this picture to, like, everyone! Wow Mom! Call me tomorrow?”
“I will, I promise.”

“Can’t wait to hear all the details. Gotta download this one! Love you.” Her words flew out in a rush.

“Love you too, sweetie,” I added. “And kiss Will for me please.”

“I will Mom. Night.” The phone went dead.

His eyes held mine, I let myself look. If I sat like this, would he lean in to kiss me?  Me. What the hell was going on? I snapped my phone shut and turned away from him. My heart slammed against my ribs. I ran a shaky hand over one shoulder and pushed my hair from my face.
How long had it been since I was alone with a man? Without fear? And I wasn’t afraid of him, for some inexplicable reason. Well, I was a little. Not of him, but of the feelings he was stirring. Why? Why did this man, this young man, affect me differently?
“You do. Look gorgeous, I mean. Don’t you know that?” he asked softly, curiously.

I stood, breaking the hold his eyes had on me. His presence in this intimate space was making it hard to breathe.  “You’re very sweet… and young… and an actor…” I took a deep breath. This wasn’t making any sense to me.

“Oh?” His smile grew. “Which bothers you more - the acting or the age? I’m assuming being sweet isn’t a bad thing?”

I shrugged, waving my hands awkwardly, at a loss. My phone slipped from my hand. He reached for it at the same time I did, catching it before it hit the ground. His hand was warm as it closed over mine. His golden eyes held me captive. I couldn’t help it, I had butterflies.

Sasha will be awarding two $10.00 Amazon gift cards and One Romantic Movie Gift Basket (Movies that inspired Hollywood Ever After – Notting Hill, The Holiday, Love Actually, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (US/Canada only)) to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

Author Bio

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy and contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

You may find Sasha at the following websites: 
Her website


  1. Love your rating system. I have a similar tattoo of that. Love your site too!!

    1. Thanks! I wanted something original, unique, mystical with stars and a cresent moon since I love that symbol and I love the Celtic culture so it all goes perfect together!!

  2. Morning Viviana! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book :) Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Hollywood Holiday - and Medusa, A Love Story too. :)
    I think Josh is pretty dreamy, too.
    I'll stop back throughout the day and hope there's lots of comments. Anyone have any questions or (if you've read the book) a favorite scene or moment? There's a giveaway people... :)

    1. Hi Sasha!!

      I loved "Hollywood Ever After"! I'm looking forward to reading your other books!!

      Josh is dreamy!! Loved him! Boys should read your book and take notes!! :)

  3. Happy to have been apart of this tour!!

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading the book and have added it to my list of books to read.


    1. Good to see you again Ingeborg! Gald I'm on your TBR list :)

    2. Ingeborg glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Its truly a great read! Otherwise, I wouldn't be raving about it! ;)

      Let us know what you think when you do read it!!

  5. This story sounds like it would make a good film. If your book was to be made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead characters?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Karen - I wrote this some time ago and I had two younger Hollywood stars in mind that I jumped back and forth between: Hayden Christenson and Robert Pattinson. Claire makes me think of Carla Gucino...
      I tend to be a movie fanatic so when I'm writing I do tend to think in terms of 'casting' my characters. You can see my pics on my Pinterest page ;)

    2. Thanks for stopping by Karen! You're right, it would make for a great film!

      Running over to Pinterest to check out Sasha's boards!!!

  6. He sounds really smooth. I hope that things work out well for her in the end in Hollywood.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Shannon - he is smooth but not cocky what so ever! Guys should take notes and learn something!! Hope you've added "Hollywood Ever After" to your TBR list!!

  7. Hey Shannon - I tried to make Josh as charming as possible, without making him sleazy - you know? I think he's just... *sigh* awesome. I hope you'll let me know what you think once you read it.

    Viviana - You're soooo sweet. I love the idea of Josh being a tutor to all the fellas out there. ;)
    And thanks again for showcasing Hollywood Ever After *hugs*

  8. Thanks for hosting today. I'm loving the short excerpts. Really enjoying the book :) reminds me of bits of my life.

    Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

  9. Thanks for the excerpt! This is going on my TBR list NOW! :)


  10. A wonderful excerpt - shame it had to end. Thank you for your review. Most appreciated.


  11. I keep running into this book tour on blogs, each time I am just reminded that I want to read the book :).

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  12. I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read it and the next one Hollywood Holiday. Great giveaway.