A set of three Hollywood Headlines Mysteries novels from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Gemma Halliday.
Hollywood Scandals: Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, "If you don't stop writing about me, you're dead." Teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer, Tina sets out to uncover just which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over.
Hollywood Secrets: Cameron Dakota is the L.A. Informer's staff photographer and paparazzo extraordinaire. Her latest subject is Trace Brody, top-shelf actor and half of America's favorite Hollywood couple. Trace is about to get married in a blow-out wedding, and Cam's editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has assigned her to get the first shots of the bride and groom. But when Cam takes pictures of what looks like Trace being threatened at gunpoint, she suddenly finds herself smack in the middle of a scandal more sensational than even she could invent. On the run, under fire, and in serious danger of falling in love with one leading man, Cam must get to the bottom of this story... before she becomes tomorrow's headline.
Hollywood Confessions: Allie Quick has high aspirations - much higher than reporting on the latest celebrity gossip for the L.A. Informer, Hollywood's most notorious tabloid. But if she's going to join the ranks of the real reporters, she's going to need a headline-worthy story under her belt. Which is just what she gets when the producer of the trashiest reality shows on TV winds up murdered, and Allie convinces her editor, Felix Dunn, that this story has her name written all over it. Between an aging dance-off judge, a family with sextuplets and triplets, and the star of a little-person dating show, Allie has no shortage of reality stars to question. But when she finds herself falling for her prime suspect, Allie's relationship with her editor is suddenly on the rocks, and her life is in danger. This is one deadline Allie can't afford to miss!
©2011 Gemma Halliday (P)2013 Gemma Halliday
"Heading to the beach, pool or some other vacation destination? Grab a copy of Hollywood Secrets. The latest in the Hollywood Headlines series is 320 pages of pure fun. Halliday has created yet another laugh-out-loud whodunit. She breathes life into her mystery with a rich cast of vivid, pulp-fiction type characters and a heroine worth rooting for. 4 1/2 stars!" (RT Book Reviews)
"Gemma Halliday's witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!" (Fresh Fiction)
I really enjoyed Hollywood Secrets and Hollywood Scandals, but I couldn't finish Hollywood Confessions because I could not stand the character Allie Quick. I loved Tina Bender and Cameron Dakota and cheered them on in their exploits, but with Allie, I wanted her to fall flat on her curvy butt. Allie is a good antagonist to Tina and Cam, but a whole book with her as the lead was too much.
Having written that, it was worth the credit for the first two books, I really enjoyed them.
For me it was the unusual perspective of seeing things from the side of the paparazzi. Normally they are the villains in stories, but in these stories they are the heroes and you really want them to find the dirt on the celebrities. Mind you, there are a pair of very unlikable twin paparazzi but their awful antics and behaviour made me laugh.
The least interesting was Allie's Hollywood Confessions.
Hard to pick, as there were many scenes that made me laugh out loud, which is embarrassing when listening while doing the grocery shopping. At least people got out of my way. But if I had to pick a standout it would be any scene with Tina's crazy aunties, they were hilarious.
I would definitely read any more books about Tina Bender, she is clever, funny , feisty and has a quirky scense of fashion which I liked. I get a bit tired at times about hearing how perfect and gorgeous the protagonist in novels are.
For chick lit, these books are action packed, fast paced and very funny. Definitely worth a credit.
The second book definitely better, but wanted to scream everytime the Allie character came on the scene. Makes me not want to listen to the third book.
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