CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE / ROMANTIC COMEDY
CAN AN AVERAGE GIRL SURVIVE HOLLYWOOD?
Ally Valenti doesn’t belong in Hollywood. Not like her friend and actress, Lena Lyons. Lena’s convinced Ally to pursue her dreams of fashion design, starting with some gowns for the awards season.
Which Ally will get around to creating as soon as she can stop looking at Jacob Swan, Lena’s latest co-star. Not that she’s staring. Ally’s skeptical of anything celebrity and it’s not like she’d be pathetic enough to fall for a Hollywood heartthrob.
Then Ally learns there’s more to Jacob than his good guy, all-American persona. She finds herself torn between the desire to get to know him better and her determination to stay out of the limelight.
Of course the media has other ideas—and someone doesn’t like all the attention Ally’s getting. When threats aimed at destroying her fashion career go too far, Ally’s convinced she’s living in crazy town.
The sensible thing would be to retreat home before it all ends in spectacular fashion. But will Ally be leaving more than her dreams behind if she says goodbye to Hollywood?
This glamorous, fast-paced contemporary romance that will make you smile, is perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Victoria Dahl, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Liliana Hart.
PRAISE FROM REVIEWERS:
“I really loved this. It came from left field and punched me round the face! There was really good strong female friendships. I cried in this book. It’s not often I cry in a contemporary romance setting, but I felt these two characters.” Full review at Elena Reads Books, YouTube channel here.
“Heartthrob was such a fun, lighthearted read! I couldn’t put it down! I loved her writing style and the scenes between all the characters kept me engaged. The dialogue was snappy. Some scenes made me laugh out loud. I liked that Ally’s character grew as the novel progressed. And I think I found me a new book boyfriend in Jake. In fact, I was a little sad when I realized I had hit the end of the book because I really wanted to keep reading about Jake and Ally.” Treena
“Heartthrob takes us behind the Hollywood scenes, it shows us the real lives of the stars and just how different they can be to the picture that is painted of them . . . Williams does a great job of breathing life into her characters, illustrating the massive divide between what’s real and what’s not in Hollywood and showing that perseverance pays off because it’s never to late to follow your dreams. I giggled, I cried and I was left wondering what we will discover as the series progresses.” Michelle, Beauty and Lace
“Its a great story, a steamy romance, fabulous descriptions of characters, events, and of course the clothes. I loved Ally and Lena and of course Jake, but there’s also lots of secondary characters that were interesting and made it harder to work out who was behind events, and where they’d strike next.” Jeannie
“Just loved this book very well written and a super funny read that had my chuckling throughout.” Poppy
“It’s stories like Heartthrob that keep the fantasy alive and well for the ordinary people of the world. Heartthrob is the stuff diaries are made of. Ms. Williams take the glitzy Hollywood style of living and contrasts it with the dreams of a small town girl determined to make her dreams a reality. Like a fish out of water Ally has to learn to adapt to the big city or risk losing out on a successful career and true love. Heartthrob is my first time reading a Belinda Williams novel. Her character quickly developed a life of their own as I was swept away. Look forward to reading the next novel in this series.” Isha
“Heartthrob is the first book in the Hollywood Heart series and my first Belinda Williams book. I can definitely say it will not be my last one either.
Heartthrob is Ally and Jake’s story. I fell in love with them both from the very beginning of the book and did not want their story to end. I enjoyed this book and felt like Williams put in just enough drama without overdoing it. I liked the pacing and flow of the book. I also enjoyed the way she brought in the other characters of the book and I cannot wait to see who gets the next book.” Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty