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.
I was fortunate enough to snag this series last year on sale, buying all three books for less than the regular price of one. So, when the boss lady asked if we had any personal books we wanted to review this month, I was at the front of the line with these in hand (metaphorically speaking). Having just finished The Unidentified Redhead, I am appalled that I waited so long to read the series. Granted, until Nuts was released, I had only read Clayton’s Cocktail series, so I didn’t know if all of her writing was as funny, sexy, and sweet as Wallbanger or if it was just that series I enjoyed. As it turns out, Clayton has been officially added to my list of must-read authors for romantic comedies because I absolutely LOVED The Unidentified Redhead.
Even though this is my first time reading this book, I’ve already met Grace and Jack thanks to their cameo in Nuts. But knowing that they do eventually end up together by the end of this series matters not because most romances guarantee a happy ending (yes Grace, that pun was for you). As the first installment in the Redhead trilogy, we get to see how the 33-year-old Grace ends up meeting the 24-year-old Jack, and how their whirlwind romance begins. We learn that this is actually Grace’s second attempt to make it in Hollywood and the story of her first “failed” attempt was sad but inspiring because, in the end, she found the courage and internal fortitude to give it another go. Fortunately for Grace, her best friend is one of the top agents in town and Holly believes in Grace and wants to help her make a go of it this time. It is through one of Holly’s parties for her clients that Grace meets Jack. The adorable, sexy, soon-to-be-a-household-name, British actor who seems more comfortable with Grace than the women his age who are throwing themselves at him. With almost a decade between them, Grace assumes that their well-matched sense of humor and ease around one another will make for an easy friendship. If they get a bit flirty with one another, no worries because Grace knows that someone as hot and sexy as Jack would never be interested in her that way. But he is!
I really enjoyed The Unidentified Redhead. I loved how there was an immediate sense of comfort between Jack and Grace. They were well-matched in their humor and Clayton uses an excellent combination of contrived moments, when the characters are purposefully trying to make one another laugh, and naturally funny moments, when they find things to laugh about as they go about their day. I loved that Grace was reluctant to believe the Jack was actually attracted to her because it made the story feel more real as Grace’s confidence in herself and in them increased over the course of the book. I also liked that even when they became intimate, they didn’t go for the gold until they’d gotten to know one another well, wanting to make their first time together special. But the sexy fun times before that are still plenty hot because Jack and Grace are well-versed in the acts usually relegated to foreplay – although I suppose you could say they engaged in weeks of foreplay before the main event. Even though I spent much of the book laughing, there were still times when I found my eyes prickling when it became obvious that Jack and Gracie’s careers were pulling them in different directions. The upside to reading a series a few years after its release is that I don’t have to wait months between books, so I’m excited that I get to start reading The Readhead Revealed shortly to find out what obstacles Grace and Jack will be facing before they find their happily ever after.