Hollywood and Vine by Olivia Evans

In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.

When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he’s the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.

Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.

He’s after one thing.

She refuses to give it to him… again.

When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.

With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23589051-hollywood-vine

Loved Josie (Ivy) and Anders. OH the angst in this book. The back and forth. How I wanted to stab Aubrey!

Life in Hollywood isn’t always as it seems and because of that it’s hard to live a life that’s truly yours. Anders is one of the “IT” actors in Hollywood and after working on a film with MR. Sexy…Josie has her sights set on him. She knows it will never be anything than a one night stand. And her plans play off without a hitch. That is until her new film and Mr. Sexy is back. The only problem…he doesn’t remember her. Josie knew not to expect more, but why was she even the least bit hurt by his forgetfulness?

Anders is on a mission to get “IVY” aka Josie back in his bed. No one says no to him…he never beds a girl more than once, but Josie has him fuming…why doesn’t she just fall back in bed with him?

Anders and Josie are constantly fighting, the polar opposites of each other and perfect together. But Josie is having a hard time getting by being Anders’ secret girlfriend and Anders is having a hard time letting go of a relationship that turned bad. Add a fiesty co-star who is set on being the girl to finally tame the playboy (and because Josie is a secret – doesn’t know he is well on his way).

Fun secondary characters (Madison the BFF, Holden the brother and Owen his BFF). This made for a fun read. But be ready to throw your kindle or yell at them to “WAKE UP!” As frustrating as they could be at times…believe me, I worked in the business, this is about as true to life as you get for Hollywood.

A great debut novel from Olivia Evans. Can’t wait to read more from her

“Hello?”
“I don’t know what kind of place Argent is running, but they need to get a handle on their employees.” Anders’ voice was stern and playful, making Josie laugh then sigh.
“I bet it’s the costume department, isn’t it? It is, right? I swear,” she exhaled. “You can’t find good help anywhere these days.”
“It really is quite sad. Is it asking too much for the beautiful Costume Supervisor to be in my trailer wearing only a tie when I walk through the door? For modeling purposes, of course.”
Josie laughed, her heart skipping. “Of course.”
“It feels weird being back.” He spoke quieter, his tone softer.
“I walked outside this morning and my makeup didn’t slide off my face from sweating. It was very disconcerting.”
“Get your ass to my trailer and I’ll have you sweating in no time.”
“Mr. Ellis, that sounds highly unprofessional,” she chastised, grabbing her clipboard and heading toward his trailer. “We both know how you feel about remaining professional on the job.”
“Well I see your smart mouth found its way back to LA.” Anders shook his head, a small smile tugging up the corner of his mouth.
Josie grinned and pushed open his door but continued to speak into her phone. “If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you sound relieved.”
Anders snapped his head to the side, a wicked gleam in his eyes as he stood from his chair, his phone still pressed to his ear. “Relieved is a bit of a stretch. Although, I must admit, I’ve thought of some creative ways to shut you up.”
Josie licked her lips and dropped her phone to her side. “Creative?”
Anders tossed his on the vanity and crossed the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her before whispering in her ear.
“You have no idea.”
“I have a few.” Josie grinned and hugged him close, her eyes falling shut and the tightness in her chest loosening for the first time that day.
Anders leaned his forehead against Josie’s. “Is it weird that I missed you?”

“Totally weird. You’re such a freak.” Her tone was playful, but the strain in her voice and the softness in her eyes showed her true feelings.

Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She’s obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu’s.
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