Review a Book & a Movie: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre #PassionFlix #TGPUL

Posted February 2, 2018 by Shari in PassionFlix, Reviews / 7 Comments

Review a Book & a Movie: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre #PassionFlix #TGPUL
Hollywood Dirt

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three-half-flames

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 7, 2015
Pages: 430
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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“I won’t stop until my mouth is imprinted on your mind
and your taste is my fucking middle name.”

The Delight

Hollywood Dirt was a surprise hit with me. Early on in the book, I thought I was going to give up, but I continued through a story that had quite depth. The delight was seeing the story come to life in a movie on PassionFlix, a romance movie streaming service. This is the first of my reviews where I read the book and then saw the movie!

Review

In the summer of 2017, I heard about a streaming services coming around that was turning romance stories into movies. Interesting. One of my favorite books was on the list so I signed up right away. Tick Tock…I had to wait a while before their produced their first film, Hollywood Dirt. Well, the one I wanted to see was still in productions, so I thought…what the hey, let’s try to read the books before the films release and do a joint review of them both. So I quickly ran out to Amazon to grab Hollywood Dirt and I was delightfully surprised to see it was available on Kindle Unlimited.

So I started reading from the point of view of Summer Jenkins, a poor woman from a town of millionaire and billionaires who investing in Coca Cola back when it wasn’t such a well known name. Summer’s mother moved them to town when Summer was a child, and outside and insider all in one person. Southern manners are everything and run into them left and right as a movie company moves in to make a movie based on a book about the town. Summer lives with her mother in a small servants house, where Summer takes care of the grounds. A lot of sass rolls of this heroine and while she may seem superficial at first, you learn things that make you realize she has depths that southern charm hides.

Cole Masten is a larger than life actor who’s wife has left him. When he goes on a binge drinking, partying and living a very public known sex life, his lawyer steps in to save the one thing he wants above all else, his movie. Swept away to small town southern life to make his movie and keep out of the lime light, he clashes with the one woman who is going to change his life.

This story was a delightful blend of southern manners with a side of snark meets posh Hollywood types used to being pampered. Both characters have been hurt by love. Wary and afraid, they often lash out at each other rather than being polite. Then there are some rare moments of honesty that break your heart. While I didn’t feel the two were a fit for each other, in the end, they worked.

The Movie

In September of 2017 it was time for the premiere of the movie, Hollywood Dirt. I will admit I didn’t know what to expect. Emma Rigby played Summer with Cole being played by  Johann Urb. Neither of them did I know or seen them anything. I found out Emma is British so I couldn’t wait to see how she pulled off an southern accent. She nailed it! Johann himself played the cocky, egotistical Cole to a T. 

I didn’t know what to expect when we got to the lovemaking scenes…you know when they get down and f**k. Now this isn’t safe for work … or just watching when the kids are around. There is nudity from the female  (breasts up) and there is no doubt what is going on.  When I read the story, I found the first sex scene to be awkward and these two nailed it because if just didn’t buy either the scene in the book or on the screen.

Often people say the book is better than the movie. Yep, I felt the same about this one, but the movie isn’t bad, it just lacks the world building that you get with the story. If they did every scene, the movie would be so long, whereas, I would read the whole book.

To date, PassionFlix has released three movies and I have watched each one 2 or 3 times. So look for my next two reviews coming soon!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Melliane
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Oh yes I did read this one when it was released in French and like it!

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Shari Delighted Read

I loved it. I haven’t read French in over 20 years. Not sure if I could do it again.

Sophia Rose
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That is so cool about the Passion Flix. I’m so glad your gamble to try the book and then the movie turned out good for your trial run. The Southern manners and snappy dialogue would be a big pull for me, too. And I’m always curious with extreme opposites.

Great review, Shari!

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I like PassionFlix, but the movie releases are few and far between it seems. They offer other romance movies, but I am not really interested in them since I either have seen them already or own them. The two characters both had heartbreak in their past and the hurt from those puts shade on what they have found, but also gives them a basis to build trust from. Southern manners…salt of the earth. Even the author was in the movie.

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I’m excited to read a few reviews for Passion Flix. I’ve been curious about it but only know one person who has used it.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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I use it to watch their original movies, but not the other movies they didn’t produce that are already available everywhere else. Once they have some more originals, I think more people will jump on board. I am waiting on the next release since I read the books recently. More reviews to come soon.

Lily B
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I still need to read the book, but I have heard about the movie service so was super curious! Great review