Book Review: The Redhead Plays Her Hand by: Alice Clayton

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: December 17, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The third sexy novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s playful and erotic Redhead series continues the sizzling romance between actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood’s hottest leading man Jack Hamilton. 

Grace has landed the lead in a new TV series—but when the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds, she goes public with her weight struggles and suddenly develops a huge fan club who support her right to have curves. But between that and the public’s continuing fascination with her “are they or aren’t they” relationship with Jack, Grace begins to wonder if anyone’s really interested in her because of her upcoming TV series, or if it’s all speculation about the size of her ass and her bedroom partner.

Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the party-hard lifestyle. Grace vows to give him the space he needs to find himself, but then he begins to spiral down from lovable Brit to Hollywood brat. People are talking, but are Jack and Grace? Her career is on the rise, and his continues into the stratosphere, but will she be able to catch him if he falls? Will they ever be able to just be a couple who can hold hands when they walk down the street?

Series: The Unidentified Redhead (1), The Redhead Revealed (2), The Redhead Plays Her Hand (3)

Review: Jack and Grace are back again in the third Redhead novel, THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND. The play Grace starred in has been optioned for television and she’s going to be the lead again. Excited beyond belief, she wants nothing more than to celebrate with her (secret) boyfriend, actor Jack Hamilton. Yet she’s besieged with haters who pick her apart because she “may” be dating Jack, paparazzi who don’t know when enough is enough, and a director who decided she needs to look like Kate Moss. Jack, on the other hand, is busy with his new party-boy life and turning into a major jerk – publicly and privately. What happened to our loving Jack and Grace? Can they find them again or is the pressure going to be too much for another Hollywood couple?

THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I felt for Grace with the tabloids, paparazzi, and everyone else speculating on her weight and her relationships. I was definitely inspired when she finally figured that she was healthy and proportional for her body type. I see all these people using social media or trying to get on “reality TV” to have their 15 minutes of fame, but to me it doesn’t seem like it’s all it’s cracked up to be. I spent most of the book shaking my head at Jack’s antics, general jerkiness, and lack of impulse control. I wasn’t sure Jack and Grace could get through the major bumps in the road together this time. However, the author managed to bring everything back into their proper places by the end. THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND wasn’t my favorite in the Redhead series, but it was still a solid story about people dealing with real problems and finding the best path for themselves.

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