on May 16, 2015
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A NEW STANDALONE FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLER CD REISS
ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness. ONE broken girl who touched him. TEN years to forget her. A MILLION stories in Hollywood.
I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his lithe body. He can light up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.
ShutterGirl was one my most anticipated reads of the year. I am already such a huge fan of CD’s, and couple that with my soft spot for Hollywood romances; it’s a recipe for magic. If you’re familiar with this author’s previous work then you know her writing style is dark, gritty, and oozes rough sex. In ShutterGirl she has taken a step in a different direction to create a less dark, contemporary stand-alone romance. This book has CD’s signature writing style that is still somewhat gritty with a rhythmic structure.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was Los Angeles itself. The city was its own character in the author’s detailed description. I felt as though I was walking along the streets with Laine in her long boots. It was obvious the author knows the city well and has a love for it.
The story rotates POV’s between Laine and Michael. I found both characters relatable. Laine had an extremely rough childhood that caused her to grow up to be a strong woman that’s a little rough around the edges and also somewhat vulnerable too. Michael grew up in a life of privilege with two actor parents. He is what you would consider a nice guy, a gentleman, with a good head on his shoulders; not the typical Hollywood playboy.
I really like the plot of this story – Hollywood actor and celebrity paparazzi love story. What I missed from this romance was the sexy times. Nothing intimate happened until a good, good ways into the book. I wanted more physical connection and maybe more raw sexual tension. I was also hoping for digging down deep feels and emotions. I did sympathize with Laine’s past, and that was truly emotional. However, I think I just need more angst and tension between Laine and Michael. Overall, this was a solid stand-alone, I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.