Wednesday, April 29, 2015

review || THE EX-FACTOR

The Ex-Factor 
by Laura Greaves

Publisher: e-penguin (3/17/2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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Rating: ★★★★1/2

Talented, gorgeous and hopelessly in love, American movie star Mitchell Pyke and Brazilian supermodel Vida Torres were Hollywood's most talked-about couple. They seemed destined for 'happily ever after' – until Vida left Mitchell for his best friend, and Mitchell publicly vowed he would never love again.

Sydney dog trainer Kitty Hayden has never even heard of Mitchell Pyke. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, Kitty is too busy cleaning up the various messes made by her indolent younger sister, Frankie, and trying to find a girlfriend for her terminally single best friend, Adam, to keep up with celebrity gossip.

When her work takes Kitty to Mitchell's movie set, their worlds spectacularly collide. The chemistry between them is undeniable – and it's not long before Kitty is turning her life upside down to be with her leading man. But as Kitty quickly discovers, when someone as famous as Mitchell Pyke tells the world he'll never love again, the world listens. And the vindictive Vida is never far away. With constant reminders that she's merely a consolation prize, how can Kitty compete with such a tenacious adversary – especially when she starts to suspect that Mitchell isn't over Vida after all?

{ review } .
This book had the ability to drag --

But it didn't.

Why did it have the ability? Because quite frankly, Mitchell was an ass in the beginning. You think female movie stars can be divas? Oh hell to the no, meet Mitchell Pyke.

I did not like the man initially. He was rude, crass, and arrogant. And an animal abuser.

Ok, so that was a heat of the moment accident, but still. So go Kitty Hayden with your loud words and quick backhanded slap. When she's fired from the movie, she takes her dog actors and leaves happily.

I did feel, however, that the change from angry at him to allowing him to take her for walk and dinner was a bit sudden. Mitchell was very much a movie star and while he didn't mean to, nor did he truly realize it, he flaunted his money as if he wanted Kitty to be impressed by it. Their relationship progresses fairly fast and when it comes time for him to return back to the States, he asks her to come with.

Kitty certainly does some growing in this book -- she learns how to stand up for herself and that life is more than lights and fancy words. Mitchell, too, does some growing. Or rather, he learns to return to his roots, back to the drama geek from the midwest. 

I enjoyed Kitty's relationship with her sister, Frankie. I wanted to enjoy her friendship with Adam, but being honest again? At first I thought the ex thing had more to do with Adam than Vida -- the man was sorely jealous of Mitchell, I felt. Vida was every bit the diva model that media would portray her to be -- she dragged Mitchell through the dirt the first go-round, and found a way to try and drag him around some more. In the end, though, this was a book of trusting instincts and heart.

While it had serious romance themes, it was also a bit of a comedy -- and I don't give that term out lightly when it comes to books. Definitely had many laugh out loud moments!

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