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Contemporary Romance Review: Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss

Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss


Synopsis from Goodreads

ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

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What a lovely contemporary romance! It might be the first time CD Reiss branched out purely into this category, but even her contemporaries feel edgy. They have sharp teeth and dark secrets. As you can guess,  I loved it! *grinning*

 Laine Cartwright aka Shuttergirl is one of the best paparazzi in Hollywood, she is ruthless, has a great intuition for getting into a right place at the right time, and her word is gold. Michael Greydon is a Hollywood sweetheart. He's got a fantastic reputation, good manners, a gorgeous face and plenty of talent. But once upon a time Laine and Michael were friends, and she had a crush on him. Now she stalks him and makes money on his pictures.

What would happen if these two get romantically involved when their respectful worlds are set against each other? Michael would question his desire to please everyone instead of doing what he wants and Laine will put her career on the line, because who would trust a paparazza who crossed the line into the enemy camp?

It's tender, bittersweet, hot and somehow very real. As usual Miss Reiss describes the atmosphere of L.A. so vividly, the reader has no problem imagining himself right in the thick of it. Laine is complex and self-assured, and doesn't shy away from the truth, even if it's really painful. Michael is full of suppressed feelings and ready to explode. The dynamics between these two is fascinating!

I loved the ending especially: it's somehow made this book even more solid with its happy-for-now, full of possibilities attitude. An easy, quick and entirely satisfying summer read, recommended!

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Какой симпатичный современный роман! С.Д. Рейсс впервые написала книгу чисто в этом жанре, но в характерном для неё стиле, она по-прежнему  оказалась полна острых зубов и тёмных секретов. Как вы можете догадаться,  я от этого тащилась.

Лэйн Картврайт - одна из лучших папарацци Голливуда. Она беспощадна, обладает сильной интуицией, которая позволяет ей оказываться в нужном месте в нужный момент, и её слово ценится на вес чистого золота. Майкл Грейдон - золотой мальчик Голливуда с прекрасными манерами, фантастической репутацией, шикарным лицом и мощным талантом. Давным давно Майкл и Лэйн были друзьями, и Лэйн была немного в него влюблена. Теперь она преследует своего героя, щёлкает его фотографии и зарабатывает очень неплохие деньги со своих снимков.

Что случится если два героя из таких противоположных лагерей сойдутся вместе? Её секреты легко могут уничтожить его безупречную репутацию. Его социальный статус быстро поставит крест на её карьере, так как никто не сможет доверять папарацце спящей с врагом.

Лэйн - полна острых углов и беспощадно правдива сама с собой. Майкл не может больше идти на поводу желаний своих продюсеров, агентов и отца с матерью и наконец-то начинает вести себя так как ему хочется, а не так как положено.

Мило, горько-сладко, горячо и как-то очень правдиво. Между главными героями полно притяжения, и как всегда, атмосфера Голливуда - незабываема. Мне очень понравилась концовка с её хэппи-эндом-сейчас, полная интересных возможностей для обоих персонажей.

Быстрое, лёгкое, совершенно удовлетворительное летнее чтиво, рекомендую!
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