Wednesday, December 1, 2021

2022 Most Anticipated - How to Fake It in Hollywood

You might have noticed that Hollywood set books are a bit of a theme this year and that is because they are totally a trend for 2022. This one features a fake dating which is always a bonus.

My next book selected for the event is How to Fake It In Hollywood by Ava Wilder and it sounds amazing! 

The Goodreads synopsis makes this feel like a must read for romance fans. It has some amazing comparisons and definitely sets up the fake to real dating chemistry.
A talented Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister enter into a fake relationship . . . and discover that their feelings might be more than a PR stunt in this sexy debut for fans of Beach Read and The Unhoneymooners.

Grey Brooks is on a mission to keep her career afloat now that the end of her long-running teen soap has her (unsuccessfully) pounding the pavement again. With a life-changing role on the line, she’s finally desperate enough to agree to her publicist’s scheme . . . faking a love affair with a disgraced Hollywood heartthrob who needs the publicity, but for very different reasons.

Ethan Atkins just wants to be left alone. Between his high-profile divorce, his struggles with drinking, and his grief over the death of his longtime creative partner and best friend, he’s slowly let himself fade into the background. But if he ever wants to produce the last movie he and his partner wrote together, Ethan needs to clean up his reputation and step back into the spotlight. A gossip-inducing affair with a gorgeous actress might be just the ticket, even if it’s the last thing he wants to do.

Though their juicy public relationship is less than perfect behind the scenes, it doesn’t take long before Grey and Ethan’s sizzling chemistry starts to feel like more than just an act. But after decades in a ruthless industry that requires bulletproof emotional armor to survive, are they too used to faking it to open themselves up to the real thing?
I love that Ethan kind of sounds a little flawed and messy and I hope that both of these characters are fleshed out because this romance could easily become a a favourite.

Ava was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about this book and what books she is looking forward to reading in 2022. 

1 What gif do you feel best represents How to Fake It in Hollywood?

2 If someone were to make a signature drink in honour of your book, what might be included?

It would probably be some kind of champagne cocktail– with a seltzer-based mocktail version to go along with it. 3 Your book is set in Hollywood and focuses on the behind the scenes in particular. Why do you think Hollywood fascinates and inspires?

I think because it's a setting that calls for extremes. The highs are high and the lows are low, and the stakes feel much higher because everyone's watching. On a superficial level, celebrities are gorgeous and wealthy and live glamorous-looking lifestyles that a tiny minority of people will ever get to experience. But there’s also a lot of darkness that comes along with life in the public eye. The inner workings of the entertainment industry are incredibly toxic and exploitative, and most people who try to break in end up getting chewed up and spit out by it. Even for those who do find success, it's often fleeting, and being put on a pedestal like that means a very long way to fall. For people who follow celebrity culture, I think there’s a thrill in the push-pull tension of “I wish that were me”/“I’m so glad that’s not me.” 4 What is one song that made your playlist while writing this book?

“Handle with Care” by the Traveling Wilburys. The narrator of that song is someone who's been through the wringer of fame, which has left him jaded and closed-off– but he's also navigating the fear & hope of feeling a spark with someone new and allowing himself to be vulnerable again for the first time in a long time. 5 What 2022 release are you most anticipating?

I'm very excited for all the #22debuts adult romances I haven't gotten the chance to read yet– the ones I've read so far have been fantastic. Besides that, I (and the rest of the romance-reading world, I’m sure) can't wait for new books from Emily Henry, Talia Hibbert, and Rachel Lynn Solomon. 6 If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of How to Fake it in Hollywood. I feel bad because it’s not very exciting, but: “Lucy?”

How to Fake It In Hollywood releases June 14, 2022. It's a perfect release date as this feels like a book that demands to be read by the pool (or at the beach) with some kind of frozen drink. It'll definitely be in my beach bag this upcoming summer. You can preorder it now at your favourite retailer.

You can find out more about Ava and her books by following her on Twitter.  You can also visit her website. You can find out more about her books on the publisher website.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2022 most anticipated list. 

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