Published by Kim Karr on January 2, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Forbidden, New Adult, Romance
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Brooklyn James should know better. Born into Hollywood royalty, the brooding prince has a reputation as being a player. A manwhore. A womanizer.Adoring fans are his thing. His best friend's little sister is not. Even thinking about her the way he is isn't cool. Not cool at all. And yet every time she pouts those sexy lips at him, she turns him inside out. Makes him harder than he's ever been. Drives him to the brink of insanity.
Amelia Waters has always idolized her big brother, and the last thing she wants to do is disappoint him. Falling for her brother's ex-roommate is off-limits. She knows this, but she can't help herself. The way Brooklyn looks at her with those smoldering blue eyes makes her wet in an instant. Turns her into a shivering, shaking mess of sexual frustration. And soon the idea of spreading her legs for him is the only thing she can think about.
She wants him.
He wants her.
When they finally decide to give in to their insane attraction, they agree it will remain between them. That their illicit affair will be short-term. No strings. No baggage. No messy ending. But when the first night of mind-blowing sex leads to another, and another still, how long can the endless hookups go on before Amelia's brother finds out? Or worse yet, before feelings develop? Brooklyn and Amelia know they need to walk away from each other before either of those things happens.
The problem is doing it.
Talk about a mess.
Hollywood Prince can most definitely be read as a standalone, but it does have characters from other stories. I read No Pants Required (Camden and Makayla) last summer, so when I was reading Hollywood Prince, I was actually really excited to see that Amelia is Cam’s sister and we got to experience the group together again. Everything started coming back for me but Kim Karr does a fantastic job of filling in any necessary information, so you can easily read one without the other (though they’re both really good. 😉 ). And I also saw Bedwrecker, which I didn’t even realize happened and it’s Maggie’s story! I’ll have to go back and read that one.
“Sometimes in the dark of the night we see what we want, wish for things that can never be, have hope we shouldn’t.”
Brooklyn was a fantastic and complex hero. He was sweet but brooding, protective and loyal, tender but also an alpha and swoony where he needed to be. And hello dirty talker! This combination is seriously my kryptonite, this guy had me on my knees. To describe Brooklyn in simply one word: yum.
Amelia was such a refreshing heroine, I really enjoyed her! She knew what she wanted out of life and was always realistic about it. Plus she never had any big ‘woe is me’ meltdowns which was fantastic. Whenever something happened, she demanded the truth before reacting. I love love loved how is story started/revolved around her finding her Prince Charming. I like a girl who knows what she wants! It means she knows herself. Even better though was that while she knew what she wanted, she was never going to settle for less.
“This isn’t a love triangle; it never was. It’s simply about choices.
Or that one.
Mr. Right, or Mr. Oh-So-Wrong.”
As much as I loved the characters, the story line was pretty fantastic too. It wasn’t just about Amelia trying to find her Prince; there were plenty of other issues – namely her parents and her job (loved how much maturity she showed when she dealt with all of this) – that needed to be addressed. And Brooklyn too, he had things going on that he was working towards. Nothing dark and depressing, no one was abused or drugged or beaten or any of that in which you seem to find in every book these days, just plain, real life issues in which everyone can struggle with throughout their lives. The character growth was phenomenal and how they grew not only as a couple, but individually as well.
I’m a huge romantic and everyone in my life seems to know it. That little fact here makes Hollywood Prince my PERFECT kind of story! It was so cute and fun and amazing, plus it had some angsty bits which I love. In relation to the reconciliation between main characters in this story, some people might call this cliche, but this is the stuff I live for! I would DIE if this every happened to me. Seriously. My heart would just exploded from all of the feels. I was SO FREAKING HAPPY and swooning and smiling and ugh. There were just too many feels all at once, I loved it. This is the kind of moment that girls like me dream about. And just think of it this way: I’m the type who loves romcoms and cheesy movies and those TV movies which always seem to be awesome. The more romantic, the better. If that sounds like you, read this book! Brooklyn gets it! It truly was picture perfect or in the case, movie perfect.
“Stop being a pussy and go get the girl. Shit, you write movies for a living—don’t you want to know how this ends?”
Standing on my feet, I shrug out of his hold, and then grin at him. “Yeah, motherfucker, I do.”
“Then tell me,” Keen demands, with amusement in his tone.
“The only way it can. With me getting the girl,”
Honestly the relationship between these two, their banter and their reactions to each other is all so stinking cute it makes my heart so happy. And on a side note, you know, for whoever is curious, this story is HOT HOT HOT. With a little extra hotness thrown in for some good measure. It’s detailed and different and a whole bunch of goodness rolled up together.
There’s a very.. interesting… scene set in a strip club. Now I’ve read a few books with strip club scenes so I didn’t expect anything special but OMG this one was by far my favourite. It was hot but so not what you expect, and Brooklyn definitely gets the MVP gold star in this situation. Excellent job.
Three parting words: That epilogue, though! This has got to be one of my favourite epilogues ever. SO FREAKING CUTE! I was swooning all over the place and could hardly contain my excitement. I floved it. I love the flow of Kim’s stories and how they just feel so effortless. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Hollywood Prince (or even better, start with No Pants Required!) and just forget reality for a few hours with this heartwarming love story. A fun loving and refreshing romance that reminds you why you love to read this genre. A standing ovation for Brooklyn, Amelia, and Ms. Karr!
“Some fairy tales start with you kissing a frog, and then another, and another, too. Some start with you going in search of your Prince Charming, and hoping like hell that you find him. And some fairy tales start with you stumbling upon Mr. Oh-So-Wrong, who was actually your Hollywood Prince all along.
You just didn’t know it.
But you do now.
And isn’t that the best ending a princess could ever ask for?
I think so.”
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.