The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

March 6, 2014 Review 3 ★★★★½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Unidentified Redhead by Alice ClaytonThe Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton by Alice Clayton
Series: Redhead #1
Published by Gallery Books on 14th February 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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four-half-stars

The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

Reviewed by Shannon

*eBook purchased from Amazon*

“What about these?” he asked, holding up his magic hands, waving his fingers at me.  “Surely you wouldn’t object to these, would you?”

“Umm…I, hmm…what?” I was having trouble following the conversation.

Tell him not to call you Shirley…

Any author who quotes Airplane immediately has my love for their book.  It’s pretty much a given, especially since I haven’t read that many books that quote it.  Just for a reference I’ve only seen it in Remember When 3 by T. Torrest and Darkhouse by Karina Halle and I loved those books.  And along with those books, The Unidentified Redhead had the writing and plot to keep me invested and loving the story all the way through.

The Unidentified Redhead is about Grace, a 33 year old aspiring actress who lives in LA with her friend Holly, who happens to be an agent.  Enter Jack, Holly’s newest client and the upcoming star of the supposedly next big movie adaptation.  Think Fifty Shades of Grey.  When Jack and Grace meet for the first time they hit it off right away and form a flirtation with lots of witty banter that had me laughing a lot.  From there things take off for them and what a ride it is…literally ;).

“Yes, I believe you are.  And I also believe that you will be gone for at least two hours,” I added.

“Two hours?” Jack interrupted, looking insulted.  “A really good, thorough, dinner will take at least three to four hours, maybe even longer.  It depends on how hungry you are, how satisfied you want to be.  You might even want multiple courses…in fact, I can guarantee, when I have dinner…I usually cannot stop at just one.  I practically insist on multiplies.  Courses, that is,” he finished…

Jack and Grace were amazing.  Grace is definitely someone I would want to hang out with.  She was super funny and just said it like it was which I loved.  And Jack was just swoon worthy.  I loved how he didn’t play any games with Grace, and was pretty open about his feelings and the fact that he wanted to spend more time with her.  I just loved both characters separately and even more so together.  I could not get enough of their banter.  The back and forth with Holly and Nick, Jack’s biggest fan who was also trying to make Jack see that he liked men, joining in on the fun was great.  Definitely had me laughing…sometimes a little too loudly.  Besides the banter though, the story of their evolving relationship, his rising star, and the fact that he’s 9 years younger than her made for great conflict.  They’re real issues…if you happen to be dating a Hollywood actor.

There were also a lot of steamy scenes that surprisingly didn’t involve actual sex.  Shocking right? In fact sex becomes this thing that builds between them which reminded me a little of Wallbanger, also by Alice Clayton, but not enough for it to be a distraction.  So if you like funny books with hot sex scenes then this is the book for you ;).

The end did bring about a conflict that will carry on to the next book, which would probably be the only negative I had about the book since I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers.  But, it wasn’t such a big thing that it prevented me from enjoying and loving the rest of it.  It definitely made me interested to read the next installment and see where things go from there.  I also wouldn’t necessarily say this one had a cliffhanger.  It was more like the conflict just brought about a new chapter for Jack and Grace’s relationship, which I am perfectly fine with.  So great first chapter in the story of Jack and Grace and this business they call Hollywood.

About Alice Clayton

Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

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