Review: Hiding from Hollywood by Ellie Darkins

Posted on February 1, 2014 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 2 Comments

Hiding from Hollywood tells the story of Abby, a young British soap opera actress. She came to Los Angeles intending to make it big in Hollywood.  However,  a traumatic event shattered her dream resulting in her removing herself from the limelight.  Her attempts at disappearing were successful until Ethan Walker (movie producer) walked into the diner she was working.  Ethan needed Abby to save his career.  Therefor he was willing to do whatever was necessary to have her to agree to star in his movie.

The pace was a bit slow and they were some parts that dragged and seemed to be going nowhere.
I found it hard to connect to the characters.  I found Ethan to be manipulative and somewhat domineering.  Abby on the other hand was allowing a secret from her past to hold her back from having a satisfying and fruitful life.  I found them to be quite predictable as I could tell what next they were going to do. Character development was lacking as there was not enough background information on the characters. I felt the author placed too much focus on Abby’s secret.

The romance could use some more development.  They fell in love too quickly, especially in light of the fact that Abby was trying to avoid relationship especially with someone as famous as Ethan.

I had a difficult time writing this review as this story did not grab me as I expected.   The blurb hinted that this was going to be quite an exciting and compelling story, however it did not live up its description.  Don’t get me wrong the concept was good, but the author’s writing style made it a bit tedious for me to read.

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About Ellie Darkins

Ellie Darkins writes heart-stopping stories about falling in love, finding your soul mate and fighting hard to make real relationships work. The HEA is guaranteed, but nothing else along the way is. Expect to see surprise babies, breathtaking settings and alpha heroes by the bucketload. Plus steamy kisses, heaps of sensual tension, and fireworks just audible from behind a closed bedroom door.  So pick one of The Books, find yourself a comfy chair,  settle in for a couple of hours and enjoy the ride. Ellie spent her formative years as a committed bookworm, devouring romance novels. After completing her English degree (which had Mills & Boon on the syllabus) she decided to make a living from her love of books. As a writer and freelance editor her work now entails dreaming up romantic proposals, hot dates with alpha males and trips to the past with dashing heroes. When she’s not working she can usually be found manning the desk or sampling the coffee at her local library, or out for a run – listening to an audiobook, of course.

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2 responses to “Review: Hiding from Hollywood by Ellie Darkins

  1. RO

    The blurb sounds like this would be really interesting, but my patience these days with books and movies are near zero.(lol) If a book doesn’t grab me within the first 2 chapters, or a movie within the first 10 minutes, I’m outta there. And Yikes to no character connection. This sounds like it could have been promising. Hope you’re doing well, and happy weekend! RO