Book Review: The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

The Unidentified Redhead
Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 318 pages
Watch out Hollywood!
Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she's wriggling into a pair of badness jeans and ready to show the film industry that there's way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood's newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea.
While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the 'Unidentified redhead' who's been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is stuck in a double bind. She's head over heels in lust with Jack, but there's her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest 'it' boy may garner her industry attention... but is it the kind of attention she's always dreamed of?

My review
Thoughts on the book: As part of my clearing up my Never ending TBR pile this year I am trying to make my way through some books that have been sitting there for awhile and we'll this book has been sitting on my TBR pile for properly close to two years and I have no idea why. I love Alice Clayton's books, althought I have found that I tend to let them sit on my TBR pile for awhile before devouring them in one sitting. So that may be why they sit there that long because I need to choose my time for when to read them. 

The Unidentified Redhead is a fantastically written first book by Alice Clayton. It basically gets you hooked from the first page:

'You do realise I have seen you jacked before, right?' Holly shouted through the bedroom door.
'Yes, love, but it's been a while. I don't think you're ready for this.'
'Is this an 'I don't think you're ready for this jelly' situation?'
'Did you actually just say that to a half-naked girl? Seriously, you should know better. You'll give me a complex. As head.'
'Youre making this too hard, Grace.'
'Thats what she said.' I muttered, and laughed quietly to myself. I was in the process of trying to get my butt into a new pair of low-rise jeans that were so very, very low, they might have been illegal.
'Thats it,' Holly announced. 'I'm coming in. Suck it in,  Grace!'

It has everything you could possibly want in a story: love, absolutely hilarious moments, a cougar, hot Hollywood movie stars, fantastic writing and an easy to follow plot line. This isn't my first Alice Clayton book, even though it was her first published one, but if I was to recommend one of her books to someone to start off with reading her work I would defiantly recommend this one. There isn't too much sex and it isn't too full on where some people might cringe. Also the characters are very likeable and are very relatable. 

Grace is in her early 30's and is trying to get her life on track to where she believes it should be. She has just brought a house and is renovating it and is trying to get back into the acting world after taking a long break. She has also recently had a massive makeover where she lost a heap of weight and is finally in a place where she feels really comfortable with herself. Maybe that's why when Jack Hamiliton enters her life she feels like she can make whatever it is they have work, even though he is only 24. There are many likeable secondary characters too, like her best friend Holly, who is Jack's manager and who Grace lives with and their mutual gay friend Nick, who is gay beyond doubt and convinced Jack will change sides once he gives it a go.

This book has all the makings of a fantastic fan favourite and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy to see where my new favourite 'IT' couple go to next.

Favourite quite/moment:
“He pushed me back up against the door, slamming me against the doorbell. I heard it ring out.
"Coming!" I heard Holly say as she clicked across the floor to the front door.
"Not quite, but she’s close." He chuckled, removing his hand and leaving me breathless and rosy cheeked.” 

“It's always the accent that drives you American women crazy. I'd no idea you fancied it, too…” he trailed off.
“Oooh, fancied it. Say more like that,” I begged, smiling into the pillow.
“Like what, Grace?”
“Talk British to me,” I whispered, only half joking.
“More,” I encouraged.
“More!” I demanded.
If I could hear Jack Hamilton say a second word for the rest of my life, it would be knickers.
“Say put another shrimp on the barbie!” I cried.
“Grace, that's Australian,” he chided.
“Say it!”
“Fine. Put another shrimp on the barbie. Bloody hell,” he muttered.
“Aaaahhhhhhh!” I screamed into the phone.” 

“Did you feel that?” he asked, concern crossing his face. “Yeah, I felt it. You too?” I answered, flirting back. “No, I mean, yes, obviously I felt that, but didn’t you feel that hit your head?” he asked, beginning to grin broadly. “What are you talking about?” I asked, raising my hand up to my hair. “Oh, Jesus, Grace, a seagull just shit on your head,” he stated, beginning to shake. “What?” 

Rating: 5/5