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Canary Street (The Hollywood Series, Bk. 2). Nov. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781335458117. pap. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Romance novelist Sophie never expected an extended bout of writer’s block to stall her second novel. With only six weeks left to turn it in or face dire consequences, she gets extremely drunk and then goes viral for accidentally admitting that she has never been in love. To capitalize on the attention, Sophie decides to bring her growing social media audience with her as she talks with men from her past relationships to see where things went wrong. Her hot and reclusive landlord Dash, an actor of minor note from a major Hollywood family, is a social media genius and offers his assistance. Maintaining his sobriety is Dash’s priority, so when increased proximity to Sophie strengthens their mutual attraction, they decide to enter into a friends-with-benefits situation. With so much on the line for both of them, what they initially view as harmless fun ends up affecting them and their goals in unanticipated ways. Secondary characters add depth and humor to this witty and sexy novel that doesn’t shy away from serious topics like substance addiction.
VERDICT La Rosa’s second “Hollywood Series” book, after For Butter or Worse, is recommended for all collections where contemporary romance is popular.
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