Thursday, March 20, 2014

REVIEW: THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND by ALICE CLAYTON

The Redhead Plays Her Hand (Redhead, #3)Series: Redhead #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 12/17/13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 stars

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?

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In late 2012, I went on a heavy duty Alice Clayton binge. I read -and loved- Wallbanger, then dived straight into the Redhead Series, which I loved even more. Jack and Grace and their sweet romance won my heart. Their relationship was intriguing; with Jack being a new, huge Hollywood heartthrob and Grace his older (by nine years) still unknown lover. Grace loved Jack's charm, running her fingers through his soft hair, and the fact he loves her exactly as she is. Jack loved long sexy showers, Grace's heart, and her boobies, even when they sparkle. Theirs is a match that made me ridiculously happy. So much so that I insisted my husband read the series so I could try to force him to be my Jack. (I'm kidding. But seriously, he did read and love the series. What can I say, he likes the sexy and witty women, and Clayton brought the funny. )
So you would think that I would have read The Redhead Plays Her Hand the moment it showed on my doorstep (thank you Gallery!) unexpectedly, wouldn't you? I wanted to. But what happened was: I promptly put that puppy straight into the freezer. I just couldn't handle the thought of my beloved George and Gracie -Sweet Nuts and Crazy- in turmoil once again. I gave myself two months to calm my tits, put on my big girl undies, and I pulled Redhead #3 out of the freezer.

Guys, despite my fears,  I loved The Redhead Plays Her Hand. The story picks up with the couple in question in transition. Grace's star is rising; Jack's is burning out of control. This is very much a story about a couple in near-crisis. But really, it is just as much a story about each character's individual story.

Grace is headlining a new show for a cable network, which is awesome for our favorite redhead. But despite her success, her relationship with Jack overwhelms all else. As does her body. Grace is a beautiful woman with a beautiful, natural body. Hollywood is obsessed with picking her apart. I loved seeing Grace struggle with her perception in the media and Hollywood, come to some healthy realizations, and become a spokeswoman for health.

As for Jack, I won't lie, as much as I've always adored the Brit, he thoroughly pissed me off in this book. I got his struggles, truly.  I could never endure the scrutiny and violation of privacy. I just hated to see him make such bad decisions, hurting Grace along the way. But, leave it to Crazy to be strong and pull her Brit through.

I honestly wasn't sure what I would get in The Redhead Plays Her Hand. I was certain there would be some bad decisions and heartache. I knew I would get laughter and possibly some heartache. I knew I would get seriously sexy moments that had me wishing for my own Hamilton Brand. I hoped -and was almost certain- I would get that happily ever after. I will say that Alice Clayton has once again made me a happy reader. I'm happy I gave the Redhead Series a try and thrilled I finally took this book out of my freezer.

Favorite Quotes:

  In this moment, in this car, on this stretch of highway, we were a couple in love. We were not an older woman and a younger man, Jack wasn't the Sexiest Man Alive, bit he was the sexiest man in my world. I wasn't an up-and-coming actress who'd been asked about the size of her boyfriend's dick the night before by a total stranger, I was a girl in a convertible in my pajamas, holding hands with the man I was in love with.
  And for the record, it was perfectly sized.


  He pressed countless kisses into my skin, shifting me in his arms so I could wrap my legs around his waist as he walked, feeling his strong body underneath and all around me. In between the thousand kisses, his lips told me how beautiful I looked tonight, how lovely, how he couldn't believe I was his, how he didn't deserve me. I tried to argue with him, but each time I tried to speak he planted another searing kiss on me, stopping my thoughts right in their track and funneling them into an entirely different thought process-- one where we existed alone, just mouths and lips and arms and legs and tongues and all the time in the world.
 


Redhead Series
The Unidentified Redhead (Redhead, #1)  The Redhead Revealed (Redhead, #2)  The Redhead Plays Her Hand (Redhead, #3)
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About the author
Alice ClaytonNovelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding
 
 

 


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24 comments:

  1. After recently reading and loving Wallbanger, I will definitely read this series. At least the first one to hold me over until the 2nd book in the Cocktails series is out. I love Clayton's humor!

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    1. I have no doubt you will love Redhead as much as Wallbanger. I can't wait to see what you think!

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  2. I love the sound of this series and I remember you really enjoying this author... I still haven't read Wallbanger, despite everyone telling me I need to... one of these days. Great review!

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  3. I've heard so many grat things about this series. I just skimmed trough your review - I don't want to spoil it before reading, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, Andrea.

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  4. I loved Wallbanger. And this series is better?!? I'm really looking forward to reading it - especially if you loved it so much that you had to put #3 in the freezer and cool your tits before reading it!! LOL Awesome review, Andrea!!

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    1. lol My tits had to calm way the heck down, Brandee! Thanks!

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  5. Andrea, I've read and thoroughly enjoyed Wallbanger (in fact I recently bought the audiobook and it's on my mp3 player now for the start of running season). I'm looking forward to Rusty Nailed as well. I have all 3 redhead books on my TBR list, hoping to get to them soon! As you know, there are just so many good books out there right now! And April has a ton of new releases to contend with, it's very hard to keep up :-)

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    1. There are so many good books coming out in April. I suspect McKenna is at the top of your list!

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  6. I've heard so much about this series, Andrea and Alice Clayton's writing. I need to get to it asap. Jake and Grace's romance sounds so sweet. I can tell I would enjoy it!
    And your husband is awesome! How many guys can openly admit that they enjoyed a chick-lit novel? ;)
    Great review, Andrea!

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    1. He is pretty great! He always reads the books I suggest and says it's the secret to a happy wife. ;-)

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  7. I would have the same feelings about this book. I just want a couple to have a happy ending and then move on. I hate it when a couple is just put through more and more drama. I'm glad this turned out for you, Andrea, but I'm still on the fence about picking this up. I'm wondering if this is the final book? I'll have to check. Wonderful review! :)

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  8. Thanks for the great review! I also fell in love with Sweet Nuts and Crazy. They're one of my favorite "book couples". It was so bittersweet reading book three, but I loved every torturous minute of it!

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    1. Thank you! They're a favorite couple of mine too.

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  9. I've been somewhat hesitant to start this series. It looks like so much fun but I don't have it in me to watch a couple struggle for three books. Maybe a binge read is in order so the pain isn't drawn out. lol

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    1. It is stressful, but Jack and Grace are so worth it.

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  10. Loved this too but it was much darker than the first two and Jack was such a d-bag here. The resolution was still satisfying but because of all the long drawn drama at the start and the changes happening in Grace's life, it felt rushed. But regardless, I love it all just the same.

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  11. Aw sorry to hear that Jack made you mad, but I am glad to hear you enjoyed for most part despite reservations

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  12. I still haven't read this author. Oh that I had more time to read.

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  13. Don't be mad at me but I can't read your review yet!

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  14. Wow! I can tell how much you love this series! I love how Ms. Clayton incorporates humor and sexy moments in to her stories! Wonderful Review Andrea!

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  15. I love this series and I'm so glad you fell for it too. Jack broke my heart in this book, but I was happy with the ending. Nice review.

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  16. Now you have me wanting to start this series :)

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