Hollywood Heartbreaker

Hollywood Name Game, Book 1

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 25 Jul 2020

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From internationally bestselling romance author Alexa Aston comes a stunning new Contemporary Romance series. Book One in the exciting Hollywood Name Game series has arrived.

Being late to an interview lands her the biggest job opportunity of her life.

He may be rich and successful—but he’s just this side of miserable.

Can a wannabe be The One for the biggest star in Hollywood?

Cassie Carroll came to Hollywood with big dreams that never materialized. Acting isn’t even on the back burner anymore—it’s completely off the stove. Working for a third-rate agent, Cassie hopes to land a new job that will give her credibility, as well as help pay the rent. Late to her interview, she swerves to avoid hitting a dog—and totals the car of Hollywood’s leading action superstar. Surprisingly, she walks away from their encounter with a job—as the sexiest man alive’s personal assistant.

Rhett Corrigan is bored with the movies he makes and the drop-dead gorgeous model he’s dating. He’s afraid that Hollywood has typecast him—and that he’ll never be able to break out of his action mold and try new acting challenges. When Cassie Carroll literally slams into his life, she brings a breath of fresh air and common sense to his world. She pushes him to be a better actor and a better man.

From internationally bestselling romance author Alexa Aston comes a stunning new Contemporary Romance series. Book One in the exciting Hollywood Name Game series has arrived.

Being late to an...

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Hollywood Heartbreaker is the first book in the new series Hollywood Name Game by Alexa Ashton. It was an interesting book and had a great storyline. The characters were amazing and realistic. Rhett Corrigan was a famous movie star but was tired of the same old thing. He wanted to try something new, but his agent kept putting him off. His life had become boring until Cassie ran into his car! Cassie Carroll had moved to Hollywood with big dreams, but now she just wanted a job that pays better. Her day goes from bad to worse when she hits a car, causing both cars to explode. It gets even worse when she realizes it is Rhett Corrigan’s car. Rhett hiring her to be his assistant is a dream job for her and falling for him was not the plan. I enjoyed reading the book and seeing Rhett and Cassie’s life and careers grow as they finally realize their dreams. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I received an ARC but am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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I love a good romantic comedy, it’s the one contemporary sub-genre that I can really get into. I read this book in one day. It was impossible to put down. I knew this author as a historical romance author, but she really hit it out of the part with this Cinderella story. I laughed, cried and cheered the main characters on throughout this story and I’m glad I read this during the day as this would have kept me up way too late. She gives us Hollywood stars that are down to Earth and likeable. There is some action, some grief, some maddening moments, some laughter and romance. It’s a great formula and the author makes you feel a part of the story. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, but I’m definitely on board with the author and this series. Great read.

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I was totally engaged in this story that was so well written with characters that were so well detailed that I couldn't stop turning the pages until the very end!

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Hollywood Heartbreaker was a pleasing Hollywood romance and a good start to Ms Aston's move into contemporary romance. As it was enjoyable, sweet and fairly easy to read, even though it does broach a few big issues including cancer and alcohol abuse. But because those issues aren't tackled with in any real depth the story never becomes truly thought-provoking. But there was enough going on to keep me reading and there were plenty of likable characters, including the main two Rhett and Cassie. And I'd certainly be interested in reading more books from this series in the future.

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I really enjoyed this book. I liked Cassie's strong, got get'em personality. Rhett is very down to earth and a nice family guy. There was one part however, that didn't work for me. Without spoiling too much, I didn't understand why Cassie didn't go to Becky and then Rhett after the shopping incident. Maybe it's just because I don't know how Hollywood works. With that said, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my feedback.

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This is the first book I have read by Alexa Aston. I have to say, for the first 70% of the book, it was probably one of the best books I have read this year. I thought it got off track a bit from 70 - 90%, and Rhett (whom I loved in the first 70%) kind of ticked me off. But the last 10% pulled it out and I really enjoyed the ending. Thanks for an excellent book-I've already pre-ordered the next one on Amazon. (4 1/2 stars rounded to 5)

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This was a fun romance/Cinderella-sort of story. Rhett was a dreamy hero. He is the whole package: a nice, average sort of guy who just happens to be a multi-millionaire Hollywood action star. And while Cassie starts out seeming this pitiful lady who is desperate for a job working for a top agent, she turns out to be a spunky, super-organized woman who can do just about anything including write a killer screenplay.

Their growing romance was fun and the secondary characters were also enjoyable. Sure, there was a lot of instalove here, but if you object to that, you shouldn’t be reading romance novels.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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Hollywood Heartbreaker by Alexa Aston a five-star read that will bring the stars and action. This was my first read by this author as historical fiction isn’t a genre I am overly keen on, but this series is one that I cant wait to hear more from, I loved this one, it has such amazing characters, not just Rhett and Cassie, but Jo, the Poker crew and the gone with the wind family, each character played a part in this story and they all had something special to add, I loved that there was no one there just to fill a space, I loved all the funny and sweet, and I even loved the heart-breaking parts of this story. But most of all I loved the meet-cute, who knew wrecking someone’s car could turn into a meet cute!! This was like I was watching a game of tennis, I was so engrossed over the back and forth, if you haven’t picked up anything by this author do give them a try and if you usually only read the historical stuff, pick this up as you wont be disappointed.

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‘Hollywood Heartbreaker‘ is the first title in the new ‘Hollywood Name Game‘ series, and delivers an emotional, charming romance between two seemingly quite unlikely people to ever meet let alone fall in love. But don’t let the surface fool you, one may have found the dream to be not all he expected and the other is still searching for a dream she’s given up on – but together they just might find a far different dream they both can live.

You may be a reader who is more familiar with Alexa Aston from her Historical Romance titles, if that’s the case then sit back and enjoy the writing you’ve always loved simply set in a different time period. Cassie and Rhett will quickly show you why this author is a wordsmith and can easily draw you into a love story with real people even in the fakest place of all – Hollywood.

I liked Cassie and Rhett individually, yet together they shine with a special kind of magic that Hollywood cannot match. Each is from a humble background, each still deals with that history in their own fashion, but neither has forgotten where they came from. Rhett may have reached the height of his action movie career yet he still wants more, to break out of the mold the industry (and his agent) has placed him in and move onto different types of roles that challenge him. So far he’s done little to make that happen, living instead as a Hollywood stereotype with the high salary, the toys, and the beautiful woman on his arm when necessary. The fact that none of that really gives him any satisfaction should have been a wake-up call long ago. It will take a real-life car explosion and one very insightful woman to show him the possibilities – it’s up to him to reach for them and risk everything he’s accomplished in this town full of lies, fakes, and mischief.

Cassie had her dreams once, now they’ve moved into the background as simply surviving has become her reality. When she’d swerved to avoid hitting a runaway dog straight into Rhett’s expensive car she saw her life (and her money) flash before her eyes. Never in her wildest imagination could she have seen that she’d soon have a new, well-paying job, become the friend of one of the most powerful men in this town… or that real love would start to grow between them. What they did with that fact would change lives – forever.

If you’re in the mood for a love story full of possibilities, laughter, tears, feelings then you’ll want to dive into ‘Hollywood Heartbreaker‘ and get started on this new adventure right now. I had fun with the story, enjoyed the characters, and fell in love with this world. I believe you will, too.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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I just loved Hollywood Heartbreaker by new to me author Alexa Aston. This book grabs you right from the start and the star-studded romance never disappoints. The two primary characters, Cassie Carroll and Rhett Corrigan, have undeniable chemistry, and their engaging courtship is replete with friendship, desire and love. This is the first book from the author's brand new Hollywood Name Game series, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Cassie enjoys living in Tinseltown, however, her dreams of becoming a member of the Hollywood elite have never amounted to anything. She is almost at the brink of returning home to Texas when she accidentally hits Rhett's car. Rhett is a famous actor and his action films cause both men and women to swoon. Practically immediately Rhett likes Cassie's spunkiness, and as a result, offers her the job of his personal assistant. Cassie is nervous but excited to begin working for Rhett, and is hopeful that her professional dreams may be given a chance to come to fruition. Rhett is thrilled to have Cassie organizing his disorganized life, and her ability to get along with others is contagious. Overtime, their unique friendship develops into a forever together.

Hollywood Heartbreaker is a quick-paced story with well-defined and exciting characters. I loved the way Ms. Aston evolved Cassie and Rhett's relationship, with discovery, tenderness, and longing. Cassie's charm and encouragement gives Rhett the push he needs to explore new genre opportunities. Rhett's support gives Cassie what she needs to be successful. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with some amazing Hollywood moments, an entertaining plot, and a happily ever after that will leave a smile on your face, read this book.

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A fun entertaining story with a Cinderella theme. Cassie is our down-on her luck heroine, although not completely down and desperate. Our hero, Rhett, is a Hollywood heartthrob, who hires Cassie as his personal assistant. She’s good at the job and doesn’t take any prisoners, making her popular with. Rhett, his friends, and co-workers. As we watch the story develop, the ups and downs of their relationship, both personal and professional made for a interesting tale.. There is enough back and forth to keep the story moving nicely, but could have built the tension and suspense better to make for a higher rating. Several times a crisis reared it head, but each were essentially glossed over with no real conflict or tension, leaving things feeling somewhat deflated. Three and a half stars, rounded up to four. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. This is my freely given, honest review.

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Hollywood Heartbreaker is a fun, lighthearted story set in Hollywood and I immediately liked the two main characters, Rhett and Cassie. They are both easy to relate to and have a lot of chemistry.

Rhett and Cassie meet under crazy circumstances and neither of their lives is ever the same. Their chance encounter leads to love but before they can be together, they have to get through a few obstacles thrown their way.

Rhett is a major Hollywood action star, but he has stayed down to earth and is a nice guy. Cassie is struggling to make it in Hollywood and she barely has enough money to pay her rent each month. When Rhett decides to hire Cassie as his assistant; he never expects that decision to change his life.

Cassie is open and honest and completely different from all the other women in Hollywood. Cassie dazzles Rhett. She is everything he didn’t know he needed. All the women Rhett has dated in the past have only used him because he is a major star and has money. Cassie doesn’t care about his money or fame. This is an engaging story and also Rhett and Cassie have some entertaining friends.

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A big thank you to NetGalley and the author for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is the first book in a new series. This was a really fun, crazy adventure! I laughed out loud and it made me smile. This is Cassie and Rhett's story. Enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book, and hope to read the others in this series. 4 stars

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