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Published by Mira Books on April 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Movie stars aren't always picture perfect, especially when it comes to secrets from their past...
Full of sex, secrets and scandal, Picture Perfect is the scintillating new novel from Kate Forster.
Zoe Greene manages the careers of Hollywood's biggest stars. She'll do anything to help them - and herself - get ahead.
Actress Maggie Hall has been America's sweetheart for nearly twenty years. And she's about to learn that there are two things in life you just can't fight: growing older and falling in love.
Dylan Mercer - young, beautiful and defiant - has run away from New York to try her luck in Hollywood. She's not after fame and fortune, though. Dylan's on a quest to find her birth mother.
All three women are swept up in the search for the actress who will score the role of a lifetime. But ambition and desire can bring out the worst in people. And in a town built on illusions, believing you can escape your past might just be the biggest deception of all.
♦ Picture Perfect is a nice frothy summer read. Full of DRAMA true to the Hollywood setting, it is not a deep novel, but it is fun. This is the tale of a manger to the stars, her best friend and an ingénue searching for the truth. Was it easy to guess the backstories, love pairings, and conclusion, yes, but this isn’t a book you read for deep thought, it is quick cute read. Picture Perfect did have a nice hint of depth due to the adoption plot and a sub-plot regarding organ donation. The character of Zoe in particular was a nice change from the cliché chic lit female. She worked from nothing to become one of the most powerful managers in Hollywood, and is using her brains, not her looks or family, to move to producing movies. It’s always refreshing to have a female lead succeeding on her own merit.
◊ Favorite lines – from Chapter 41 “Love isn’t something you can buy, she thought as they walked out the door, it’s like finding a lucky penny on the pavement. You stumble across it when you least expect it, and God knows you have to hold on to it for all it’s worth.”
¤ Biggest cliché – For the love of all that is holy and good STOP having adults hear something third or fourth hand then, without speaking to the person they claim to love, breaking it off. In this one a person literally moved to a different continent after hearing something fourth hand, via email no less. Real grownups talk to each other. This is probably my most hated cliché, so I will call it out every time.
Δ So what would make you move across the ocean?