Book Review: Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith

August 1, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Malibu Betrayals by MK MeredithTitle: Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith
Published by: Entangled Select on July 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 280
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two-stars

Can a Hollywood Hunk find real love? Find out in the latest from Select Contemporary...

Her chance to write a whole new ending...

Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband's suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she's had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities - a second chance...working with the one man she swore never to see again.

Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband's death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own - to prove he's not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.

Except they're not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage's steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions...

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Too much unnecessary drama for me.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

While this book sounded promising, it didn’t live up to its initial appeal. It was a tad too long and repetitive for my liking. Plus, it was filled with a lot of unnecessary drama. Most of it is filled with Samantha going back and forth on whether this romance with Gage would work out. The whole prank/danger thing was entirely too mild and immature, and the fact that Samantha fed into it turned it into a bigger thing than what it was, which made it even more ridiculous. We figure out who is behind all of it very early on and in all honesty, I didn’t care for that part of the story at all. When it was just about Sam and Gage, things were good. Everything else, not so much.

As for Samantha, while I sympathized with the girl, she really got on my nerves and I didn’t like being in her head. She’s what I would call “A Runner”. Gage was so patient and sweet to her and all she saw was her late husband and the media. She was so obsessed with it all it clouded her judgment in the worst ways and made her unable to see the wonderful man right in front of her. She drove me mad with how far she pushed Gage and their relationship. I’m all for being afraid of opening yourself up to love and taking chances because of past heartaches, but she tried my patience with how fearful and turned off she was about someone like Gage. She definitely had a lot of trust issues and she was flighty at best, so that made for a very unappealing character.

Gage was the shining light in this book. I loved him. Like I said, he was so patient and understanding when it came to Samantha. There was obvious attraction right from the start, and now that he had a chance to have something with her, he couldn’t pass it up. He definitely let her get away with a lot of things and tried his best to prove that he was different than her husband and that he’s changed his playboy ways. I was worried he would always bend over backward for Samantha, but he did reach a breaking point and it was needed so that Samantha could get her head out of the sand.

Despite my obvious gripes with the book, it was an okay read. I really liked Gage and I like the Hollywood setting. That’s pretty much all I liked, but still. If you like the drama, then you’ll get a kick out of this book, but if not, then I’d suggest skipping this one.

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