Monday, September 30, 2013

Audiobook Reviews: The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton

  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio (Gallery Books)
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Keili Lefkovitz
  • Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon and Schuster 

The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

My Thoughts

Oh how I love Alice Clayton. Her books are so fun and great to read! (or listen to) This book had such awesome characters with fantastic personalities and an entertaining story that I couldn't get enough of. And there is plenty of steam to keep you satisfied if you like your smexy in books!!

We have Grace who is a 33 year old who is still really discovering herself. She has a lot of baggage and things that she needs to get over, but she keeps it all in. She's hilarious and real which made this a book that kept you wanting more. I felt like I was getting to know her personally and she is totally someone who I would want to be friends with in real life. She's smart, independent, and a won=man who knows what she wants. The only thing that holds her back are her own insecurities that go back to her younger years. What I loved the most about her is that she really doesn't have a filter. If she is thinking something, (unless it's about herself) she will just be out with it. She also has the funniest inner dialogue ever! It's what makes the harder stuff so emotional because I really just wanted her to know how great she is. How great she has always been. That no matter what she has been through, she is at a great point in her life and she needs to just let go and enjoy it. And to an extent she does, but her past still holds her back.

Jack was probably my favorite character in the book. He's on the rise to being a super star! He's a 24 year old hottie who happens to be the leading actor an upcoming Hollywood hit movie! Every woman in the world wants him. Oh, and to top that all off, he has a fantastic accent. Grace calls him "her Brit". He may be the hottest new actor around, but he's really just a regular guy underneath it all, with insecurities just like anyone else. He's charming, funny, and a little overwhelmed with all of the attention. Like any great actor, he puts on a good show though, and the world is eating it up. The one thing that he has to hide is what he has going with Grace. He doesn't want to, but with the instance of his manager Holly, who happens to be Grace's BFF also, he acts like a good boy and they try to keep things on the DL for the sake of his budding career.

The romance was smoking hot!! The chemistry between him and Grace is off the charts. They get each other and balance each other out. They fall into a comfort with each other that seems very natural. Their relationship of course is anything but normal. On top of that, Grace has now been cast in a role for a stage show in NYC. With ex's involved, his touring, interviews and other promotion for the movie, paparazzi everywhere, and Grace's looming departure, things aren't all that easy. They get caught up in their own little bubble of each other, but know things will become very different and probably very difficult soon.

The narrator for this audiobook captured Grace perfectly. At first, I didn't know if I liked the voice she gave her, but soon found that it fit her very well. She did a great job at the other characters as well, but I felt like it was really Grace telling her story. She put the emotion into the book that was necessary, but didn't overdo it. She was spot on and I really enjoyed listening to her narration of this fabulous book.

This book was so entertaining. I have to say that I probably looked like an idiot to anyone who caught me in the act of listening to this, as I had a huge ear to ear grin on my face most of the time. Alice Clayton did fantastic at having a realistic story with plenty of emotion in it, but kept it light with the humor and wit. Grace Sheridan is a character who will forever be one of my favorite book BFF's and Jack is a high contender for book boyfriend. Nick and Holly were also among my favorites and I can't wait for more of this series!!




*An audiobook copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 


  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio (Gallery Books)
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Keili Lefkovitz
  • Length: 7 hours and 18 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon and Schuster 

LONG-DISTANCE LOVE JUST GOT HOTTER!

Life is sweet. Grace Sheridan has just won her dream role in a new off-Broadway play, and the talented hunk flooding her phone with scintillating texts and scandalous photos is Jack Hamilton, the twenty-four-year-old “it” Brit whose Hollywood career is about to climax faster than . . . you know. So what if their steamy relationship is bicoastal and under wraps, or that L.A. fangirls are grabbing Jack’s ass?

Absence does make the heart grow fonder and the libido hotter, but their few weekend visits feel more more like fast food than the five-course dinner they crave. And then—the creator of Grace’s new show is the man who broke her heart back in college, and he seems to have written the play just to make amends with his leading lady.

As rumors spread that Jack and his lovely, leggy ex-girlfriend have gotten back together, Grace starts to wonder about her own feelings. Can lust alone keep our favorite, feisty duo together, or will Grace find herself back in safer, more familiar arms?

My Thoughts

I was so excited to jump back into Jack and Grace's story!! This was an outstanding sequel!! They had way more issues in this one with the whole US separating them, and both of them busy with their careers. Their romance is still hot, but the distance, Jack's growing fame, and Grace's insecurities and internal confusion about things cause a few issues. This installment brings the tension, and plenty of emotion! I fell even more in love with the characters that I already adored, and came to really enjoy some new ones that we either didn't meet, or only briefly met in the first book. This was a whirlwind of highs and lows and it kept me needing to know how it would all end. I was frustrated, angry, weepy, and of course in hysterics while listening to this book. 

Grace is pretty much in heaven in NYC. This is her dream. She loves the city, she loves the show, and she's happy to be growing close to Michael again. She also misses Jack fiercely. They manage a few visits with each other, but things are harder now. They seem to keep having miscommunications, or lack of communication about things, which brings them to have some pretty heated arguments. Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but in Grace's case, it also makes her question her choices more. He own confusion about her life and where she wants it to go in the future are making her second guess what her and Jack have. She loves him more than anything, but she wonders if it's enough. She also irritated the hell out of me in this, and at one point, I was close to stopping because I was literally that frustrated. I could physically feel my annoyance and that's not a great thing while listening and driving lol! She acted very immature and self centered at times and I wanted to yell at her to grow up. Luckily she has great friends who know exactly what she needs, and she has her internal dialogue to b*$@% slap her and make her see sense. It just takes a bit of screwing up to get there sometimes.

Jack was ever the amazing guy. He is mature for his age and it counteracts Grace's childlike behavior. Dream guy right? Mature and logical at twenty-four years old!! He really loves Grace. He thinks she is the perfect woman for him. He hates not being able to show her affection in public. He hates being away from her so much, and he hates that when he needs her the most, she seems to shut herself away and let her insecure side get the best of her. He refuses to go down without a fight though. Things may be hard for them, but to him, she is worth fighting for. He is so happy and is able to just be himself with her. He's not always perfect, but who is. I'm glad we got to see this side of Jack.

Once again the narrator was fantastic. The same narrator as the first book, so I fell right back into the story, and felt like I was sitting there listening to Grace. I couldn't think of a more perfect voice for her, and I hope she narrates the third book as well.

This book was a bit more intense than the first. In the first book we are getting to see the lovey stuff as they fall for each other. In this book we get to see all the hard stuff, and watch them try not to fall apart. They are nine years apart in age, yet Grace acts like the immature one. They are also at different points in their careers and don't even know where the next few months will take them. We get a lot more drama in this, but it's a realistic continuation of their story. We get a little bit more of the other characters too and I wouldn't mind getting a story of Holly's in the future!! *wink wink* Overall, I thought this sequel was awesome and I can't wait for the next one. That one looks like it's going to be filled with all sorts of drama and life changing things!!


*An audiobook copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

12 comments:

  1. I love this series, so I can only imagine how much fun the audio is. I'm excited/nervous to read the next book. Can you imagine the angst?
    Great review, Amy!

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  2. Your reviews are wonderful. I'll have to check this series out. Love the way the sound.

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  3. Oh these covers are great and holy crap do the books ever sound like fun! What is with the red head themes in books these days? Everywhere I turn I see one!

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  4. These sound fantastic! And Alice Clayton does the funny stuff very well. I hadn't realized there were two books, I remember getting offered one for review but maybe it was the 2nd book and I didn't know. I'll have to ask and see if I can get both once I'm able to fit another audio on my reading schedule!

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  5. I don't think I've read (or listened to) Alice Clayton before but her name is familiar so I must have heard from her. This sounds like a super fun to read series with really great and entertaining characters! I'll be sure to keep an eye out when I'm looking fro more audiobooks! Plus I kind of need some adult books soon or I may go insane >.<

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  6. This is the Wallbanger author, right? I clearly need to read something of hers!
    Hope you are doing well. Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  7. I adore this series!!! I'm glad you liked it. I can't wait for the next book, but I'm also really nervous. *bites nails*

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