FICTION

Hollywood Baby Affair

Harlequin Desire. (Serenghetti Brothers, Bk. 2). Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780373838523. pap. $5.25; ebk. ISBN 9781488011672. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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In the second installment in the "Serenghetti Brothers" series (after Second Chance with the CEO), DePalo focuses on middle brother Rick. Rick is a stuntman working on a film with popular actress Chiara Feran. Chiara is facing bad press because of her gambler father, and her manager suggests that she pretend to be in a romantic relationship with Rick in order to divert the media. Rick is intrigued by Chiara but only goes along with the plan because a stalker is targeting her. Their false romance soon turns all too real, and the two have to figure out whether they can sustain an actual relationship or part ways.
VERDICT Despite a few tropes too many—e.g., an incredibly hot millionaire hero, a beautiful movie star heroine who's sweet and loves to cook—the novel hits a lot of right notes; a fast and fun read.

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