The Hollywood Version

Harry K. Malone
The Hollywood Version


Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
May 2013
Contemporary Romance

Mark Lawler has always imagined the world as a movie. With his overactive imagination, he can't help equating life and art. Currently, he's living the dream: successful actor, beautiful wife, and he works with his best friend, television heartthrob Zach Pericles. The problem is a certain contingent of fans are convinced Mark and Zach are really in love.

When a compromising photo of them leaks to the press, Mark's life spins out of control. The show's executive producer plans to kill off Mark's character, and Mark faces unemployment and life as a single man. He turns to Ross Lockhart, an old acquaintance, to help him pick up the pieces.

Ross has to be the most frustrating man Mark's ever known, but he's levelheaded and wise for his years, and Mark envies the honest life he leads. Maybe Ross can teach Mark a thing or two about finding his own happily ever after.

Book Review by Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) (reviewer)
Jul 31, 2014
84 people found the following review helpful
Mark Lawler moved from a small town where everyone was "Minnesota Nice" to make his dreams come true in Hollywood. Somewhere along the way he lost himself. Becoming more focused on his image and living the lifestyle that on being true to himself. A popular television star he seems to have the perfect life; a beautiful wife, awesome best friend and is riding a rising star.

Nothing in Tinseltown is ever as it seems. His relationship with his wife lacks passion, and the rising sexual tension between his best friend and costar Zach has him questioning his sexual orientation.

When rumors begin to run rampant about his so-called relationship triangle the fickle beast of fame turns on Mark and his life begins to fall apart at an alarming rate. Turning to the only friend he has left, a man named Ross from his home town; Mark begins to realize how superficial he has become and it's time to make some hard choices about who he really is.

A well written romance with complex characters, an intricately developed story line, and raw emotional exploration. The Hollywood Version is more than a love story. It's about honesty, making the right choices, and being true to who you are. Readers will fall in love with Mark as they follow him on this unique journey of self discovery.
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