Hollywood Honkytonk

Mia Hopkins
Hollywood Honkytonk
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
January 2017
Book 2 of Kings of California
Contemporary Romance

With nothing but her dog, her guitar, and her cowboy boots, songwriter Riley Marion arrives in Los Angeles on the run from her abusive ex. A quiet job teaching music sounds perfect, but her low-key lifestyle is threatened when she reunites with a sexy old flame—now an up-and-coming celebrity who's constantly dogged by paparazzi.

Charming and driven, Jack Lamont is a Hollywood actor on the rise to stardom. Ready to outgrow his playboy reputation, he's happy to leave the hard partying to his entourage. Romantic entanglements? Jack's not interested. At least, not until he gets tangled up with the one who got away—a smoking-hot woman whose memory has haunted him for the last ten years.


Can their love survive the limelight?

He rested his cheekbone against the top of her breast and tucked his head under her chin. His quiet breaths grazed the skin at the neckline of her blouse.

Locked in his embrace, Riley matched her breathing to his and held him tighter. His heat surrounded her. His clean hair smelled like shampoo and sunlight and felt like silk against her bare throat.

For a long time, they held each other close. Then Jack turned his head a little, enough to brush the base of her neck with a soft kiss. She gasped as he did it again. Then again.

The memory of his kisses on the beach burned on her lips. Another fire kindled at the base of her spine, and, as if he could feel it too, Jack reached around, untucked her blouse from her skirt, and slid his hand underneath, running his fingertips lightly across the bare skin of her lower back.

Riley shivered, lust blooming like a rose on every nerve ending in her body.

Oh, he's good.

She pulled away to look into his eyes again. Their color had deepened—dark blue. The shadow of a wave about to crash.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 27, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
207 people found the following review helpful
5 paparazzi filed stars for HOLLYWOOD HONKYTONK!

Riley Marion has moved to LA with little more than her beat up truck and the clothes on her back escaping her ex-husband. When she runs into her old childhood friend, current movie star Jack Lamont, she's amazed at how the years just melt away...and just how attracted she is to him. Jack wanted Riley for years back in Oleander, and now that she's dropped back into his life, there's no way he's letting her go. But with Riley's ex-husband searching for her and Jack's crazy (and highly photographed) world, is there any way it could work between the two of them?

HOLLYWOOD HONKYTONK is book 2 in the Kings of California series, and it's SOOOO GOOD ya'll!! I absolutely adored every inch of this book, from Riley and Jack's reunion to the sparks that fly between them to the funny storyline.

"Look at the fabric here. Look at her hair. Look at the flesh on her arms." Riley sighed. "It takes a master artist to make something as hard as marble look like something so soft."

Jack silently wondered how something so soft – Riley, her hair, her skin, her flesh – could make him so hard.

I loved the back and forth banter, between Riley's somewhat shy and reserved attitude that went a bit wild and daring when she was with Jack, a natural extrovert who loves being in the spotlight. I'll most definitely go back and pick up the first book in the Kings of Hollywood series, Deep Down!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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