Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: A Hollywood Affair by Sally Royer-Derr


Title: A Hollywood Affair
Author: Sally Royer-Derr
Author Website: Sally Royer-Derr
Genre: Contemporary/Romance; Interracial/Multicultural
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Price: $4.99
Link to purchase

What I liked: “...we are perceptions of who we think we are until something in our lives changes.”

What woman hasn’t stood on a precipice of making an important life-altering decision? No matter the choice, there is a pay the price regardless of the outcome. More often than not, it is the hearts of others and the self that must pay the ultimate price. Is the heart strong enough to take both the pleasure and the pain?

In A Hollywood Affair, we meet Sara Montgomery. Yearning for something, anything to fill the void that threatens to intrude into her comfortable life, Sara takes a chance by meeting her dream actor. Sara’s fling soon turns into an affair that promises the excitement she craves plus important connections to help Sara realize her dormant lifelong dreams.

Watching Sara’s journey develop and countered with numerous flashbacks we are drawn into the powerful pull of wanting to do the right thing versus wanting to do what feels right. We empathize with how Sara questions her previous life choices and the impact those choices have made. Now she has the chance to correct the wrong turns she made. As readers, we see much of ourselves as we identify with Sara. We keep peeking over our shoulders to the past while we wish the future would unfold to our desires. Sara’s struggle with her feelings reminds us of our own lives as we deal with the 'what ifs' of the past and the future.


Book blurb:

Sara Montgomery's comfortable suburban life is turned upside down when handsome Hollywood actor, Enrique Alvarez, enters her life. Restlessness with her life drove her into his arms, but passion kept her there — a passion for him and for the love of writing he ignited once again. This burning need brings Sara a Hollywood success exceeding her wildest dreams. Everything that she thought was true in her life has changed, but at what cost?

Excerpt:

He saw her standing there wearing a black dress that hung just above her knees. Sara Montgomery. The woman he spoke to and thought about daily. She looked young to him, even though he was two years her junior. Her long chestnut brown hair tumbled down her slim shoulders, and her alabaster skin made a nice contrast against the dark material. He admired the full breasts that swelled under her dress and the curve of her hips beneath the clothing. She peered around the lobby, obviously looking for him. He walked toward her.

She held on to a column, trying to peek around into the lounge. She looked damned cute.

“Sara?”

He inhaled her sweet scent, like lilacs on a summer day, as he kissed her soft cheek. The rush of feelings, being so close to her, surprised him. The chemistry between them almost crackled.

They stared at each other for a moment. Sara reached out to touch his smiling lips. He grasped her hand on his lips, wanting to feel more of her.

“Do you want to eat lunch?” He stroked her hand.

“No.” Her eyes locked with his.

“Do you want to go to my room?” He waited for her answer with anticipation. I hope she says yes.

“Yes.”

Tammy Elizabeth Southin

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