About COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Hollywood It Girl, Francesca Leon, has just landed the biggest role of her career…one that could clinch an Oscar nomination and open doors. If she’s going to move her career to the next level and work with top directors, she has to nail this part — and keep her sexy, but unreliable leading man from screwing everything up.
Bad boy Calder Fox is the son of Hollywood royalty and fresh out of rehab after his best friend’s death sent him on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. While his fans still love him and the paparazzi stalk him, he’s never taken life, or anything about his career, seriously. He may be charming and drop-dead gorgeous, but if he doesn’t stay sober, he could ruin Frankie’s future and expose her long-hidden family secret to the voracious media.
Behind the scenes
Things heat up during filming and have the potential to become hotter, deeper, and much more real. But can Frankie trust Calder with her secret? Or is he doomed to sabotage his own happiness yet again?
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She crossed her arms over her chest and cocked a hip to the side. “You may be the one laughing now, but just wait until it’s time to film that scene. You think I did a good job of sucking you in today? You won’t even know what hit you.”
I stared at her, unable to speak for a moment. The images of Frankie on her knees in front of me and the words she just spoke—specifically, the part about sucking me in—were bombarding my mind. I was now a little too eager for that day of filming to arrive.
“Cat got your tongue, Calder?”
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
Calder Fox, mega actor turned recent rehab patient, is attempting to turn his life around. He’s taking responsibility for his manwhoring, addiction riddled ways, and trying to make a real name for himself…sober. When he gets the opportunity to work on the movie Collateral Damage he’s scared shitless, but he jumps at the chance to prove himself.
Francesca Leon, or Frankie to her friends, is trying to break out of the indie movie scene. She’s a super serious, no nonsense kind of girl who treasurers her privacy and her family. Her role in the movie Collateral Damage is the big break she’s been waiting for and the very last thing in the world that she needs is for Calder to roll in and fuck it up.
This creates some serious banter and drama in the beginning that I reveled in. If it was a blanket I would have wrapped it around myself all day. These two made me smile with their shy glances and confused feelings. So, so adorable.
Just so you know, I am literally holding myself back from using every addiction pun that I can think of. I am saving you from myself. BUT OH MY GOD I really loved Calder & Frankie. There was so much chemistry going on I thought I was back in high school. (ok, I traded addiction puns for that. I’M SORRY). But seriously, I could feel my heart beating as they started to move away from friends territory and into the something more category…I was so nervous for both of them. Is this what they want? Will it backfire? Will Frankie be able to release her secrets? Will Calder be able to let Frankie in?
Calder’s transformation isn’t easy and when he breaks down my heart was hurting for him. He may lash out, but Frankie’s spirit and determination are perfect. Calder’s strength is so admirable…both of these characters have deep struggles, but this book gives you a peek into what happens when you let someone join you in your own fight. I loved it!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
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