1 March 2015

eBook Review: Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer

"And the award goes to…

Not Nina Alexander that’s for sure. With her best gracious loser face firmly in place, Hollywood’s hottest starlet is hoping to end her evening of disappointment with a graceful exit stage left. Only an unexpected proposal and an awkward wardrobe malfunction mean that this is certainly going to be a night to remember… for all the wrong reasons! So what girl would resist the gorgeous Dominic Kelly coming to her rescue?! Especially when he’s whisking her out of the paparazzi’s prying eyes on the back of his motorbike – and wearing a tux to rival James Bond!

Nina soon realises that the only way to recover from such a scandal is to toughen up and snag the role of the decade in the year’s hottest YA screen adaptation. Who better to train her than her very own professional stuntman? Getting up close and personal with Dom will take Nina well out of her comfort zone – both professionally and in her closely scrutinized private life. But this A-list couple know only too well that’s it not all happy ever afters in Hollywood…"

Rating: 4/5

You can buy Not a Fairy Tale as an eBook now!

I am a big fan of Harper Impulse author Romy Sommer, and have read all the eBooks she has had published to date. I love that they all link together in some way, and I'm pleased this is still the case now that her Westerwald series had completed with the last book, 'To Catch a Star'. This book is slightly different, but the main characters are ones we met in the last book, even though they were secondary characters there. Nina Alexander loves her job as an actress in Hollywood, but is sure she has been over-looked for a part in the latest action flick she's desperate to star in. She hires her newfound friend Dom to help her get herself into shape and prove to the world she's ready to take on the hard-hitting role. But she doesn't bank on developing feelings for Dom, and she doesn't know how to deal with that as well as her own demons...

We first met these character in 'To Catch A Star'. Nina was the co-star of the main male character in that book, Christian, and she seemed nice enough in that book, although we didn't get to know that much about her. Dom, too, was present in that book, as the stuntman for his best friend Christian, and a bit of a womaniser as well! I liked him in that book, and was looking forward to getting to know him a bit better in this book. The book begins with a bit of a bang, Nina getting a bit of a reality check, and I enjoyed it right from the first page! Although Nina puts on a bit of a façade for the cameras, we can see that there's something hurt about her, something that she is hiding and I wanted to find out what that something was.

Dom was the perfect person to bring Nina out of herself. They're both attracted to each other (of course they are!), and inevitably sparks start to fly. The sex scenes between the pair are well written, quite raunchy but don't feel too out of place in the book. The pair are well matched, and the tension was jumping out at me from the page! I really liked Dom, he sounded like a real gent, and was really dedicated to  helping Nina, even though it wasn't in his best interests to do so. Sommer's writing of Nina and Dom's escapades was fantastic, you could see how hard she was working to make herself perfect for the role, and I had to give her some respect for that, she certainly wasn't the bimbo-actress that she tried to portray herself as.

I was really drawn into this story from the beginning, and found myself not wanting to put it down once I had begun, keen to find out what was going to happen with Nina and Dom next, and whether or not Nina would get the part that she wanted. There's a bit of a twist towards the end, one that I felt was really good for the story, and for the development of the characters too. I had an idea it was coming, but even so I enjoyed the way it was written in the book, it definitely kept me hooked until the end. I love Romy Sommer's writing, it flows so well, is easy to read and she always brings her characters to life so well, making you feel part of their life and their story. As I said, this is my fourth story by Romy Sommer, and I hope there will be more, I love her books - despite the title, they really are fairy tales for grown ups that always leave you with a big smile on your face! 

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