{Review & Giveaway} Hard Glamour by Maggie Marr


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{Review & Giveaway} Hard Glamour by Maggie MarrHard Glamour by Maggie Marr
Series: Glamour #1
January 9, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 262

Our Rating

3 Stars

A promise to keep…. Honoring her mother’s last wish, Lane Channing vows to follow her dreams. She takes the ‘big risk’ and leaves her small Kansas town behind and heads to LA, the city of dreams. She’s got a stellar job lined up, an old jeep, and 20 bucks to last her to her first paycheck. Her hopes shatter when she arrives to find her job’s been given to someone else.  Now she’s broke and will soon be living on the streets if she doesn’t do something fast. Welcome to cutthroat – Lane is most certainly not in Kansas anymore.

On the cusp of success… Dillon MacAvoy has one goal–to become a star–whatever it takes. Even if it means honing his bad-boy can’t-be-tamed-and-forever-single image. Besides the image isn’t far from the truth. Dillon cares only about his younger brother and his career. He’s on the brink of superstardom if he can just decide on the next right script. But for that, he needs a script reader he can trust.

In a strange twist of fate… Lane Channing is Dillon’s last chance. If Lane lasts the summer without becoming MacAvoy’s latest conquest, she’s guaranteed a job in entertainment. No problem, as long as she can ignore the heat that pulses through her every time Dillon is in the room. After all, love and commitment with a sweet, hometown girl would only ruin the Dillon MacAvoy brand.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToRead Lane Channing promised her dying mother that she would follow her dreams, and she’s doing exactly that.  Driving two thousand miles from small town Kansas to the film world of Los Angeles, she’s got the perfect summer job lined up, her first step to realizing her dream of working in the film industry.  What she doesn’t expect, though, is to arrive and find that her “job” was nothing more than an unpaid internship.  And it’s been given to someone else.  And her Jeep has disappeared.  With no money, no place to stay, and no one to turn to, she’s completely lost in the city that was supposed to be everything for her.

Dillon MacAvoy is a star in the making.  He’s got the looks, the talent, the reputation, and a chance to star in the next Steve Legend movie franchise.  But he has a stack of new scripts to read and no time between the set and his string of conquests, a list that includes all his former script readers.  If he doesn’t find a new script reader soon, he risks losing everything he’s worked so hard for. You know what happens next, right?

Lane gets the job, and just in the nick of time, since she doesn’t even have enough money for a night at a cheap hotel.  Now living in the mansion of Hollywood’s next star, Lane’s walking the dogs, reading the scripts, and trying not to drool every time she’s around Dillon MacAvoy.  Dillon’s more than a little infatuated, too, but he knows he can’t have her.  Not only is she more than he deserves, but if he destroy’s his womanizer image before he seals his next movie deals, his career will go into a tailspin.  Not that any of that matters when he finally breaks and kisses her.

ButIn some ways, it was all too easy, too much, and too fast.  Lane had no sooner sat down on the sidewalk than she was saved by Dillon’s job offer.  And when they fell into more than just script reader and employer, she had some self-confidence issues but no problem at all with Dillon’s recent promiscuity.  I’m not saying she should hold the past completely against him, but where was her sense of self-preservation?  Most anyone else in that situation would have at least asked more questions, made sure they were on solid ground before moving into actual relationship territory.  Sure, she was more than a little naïve, but she wasn’t stupid.  And the happily ever after… Well, that was another case of too easy.  They went from split to forever in about three seconds, and while yes, I wanted them to be together, I was looking for quite a bit more on the communication side of things.  Oh, and I’d still like to know what the hell actually happened to Lane’s Jeep.


I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have hoped, but it was still a very entertaining read.  Hard Glamour took the whole rich and famous guy falls for the innocent nobody bit and played it without falling into the traps that many books like this do.  Lane was easy to love, and her naïveté wasn’t overblown.  She wasn’t anything like the entitled people she met in L.A., but she wasn’t made out to be a lost hick from nowhere.  Dillon was a bit harder for me to like, probably because his sensitive side didn’t come out much unless they were in bed.  But given how he was described, I can certainly understand how Lane fell in lust with him so quickly.  One glance at the bedroom scenes, and you will, too.

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About Maggie Marr

Maggie Marr grew up in the Midwest and made the move to Los Angeles to work in the movie business. She was a motion picture literary agent for ICM before becoming a full time writer. She's written for film and TV and ghostwritten for celebrities. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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  1. The book sounds interesting. Two characters from both side of the field. One is looking for stardom and the other is looking to survive. I like to learn more about Dillon and Lane.

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