Book Review: Hollywood Ass by Jonas Eriksson.

Blurb: A Hollywood superstar suffers a mental collapse, her marriage is falling apart, her career is on the ropes and the only one keeping it all together is her loyal assistant and friend, Darryl. Problem is, he's kind of in love with her. Soon he finds himself drawn into a story that is much like the movies his employer stars in. But in real life the answers aren't in the script...

Enjoy this romantic and humorous story about Hollywood, fame, friendship and love.

...Hola! Hola! Found the male Jackie Collins.

With Jonas Eriksson's Hollywood Ass, you don't need to be reading any crap about Hollywood that isn't Hollywood.

I was impressed. Highly. Language was fantastic. Humor was intact. Characters were breathtaking. And, Oh, Em, Geez- the facts. The facts were, uh, not fictional.

Nothing reeled me in about the blurb. But when I went in to the book, just the opening pages and Jonas has me as his new fan.

Not Chick-lit. But a closer sibling, lad-lit. And a very entertaining one

So Darryl is assistant to Hollywood couple, the Johnsons. I adored how he referred to the celebs as A. and B. Such label made me feel I was reading something with information guarded by Secret Service. And boy I was intrigued.

B. spills out her guts at a red carpet event, and she's all over the news (But that isn't saying much. She was already all over the news anyway from how Jonas made us see it.) B's mood lately fluctuates like the currency rates of developing countries (low. Lower. Lowest. And trust me if there was comparison after that... *shivers*). A. can't deal with her anymore. Their marriage has completely deteriorated into constant late night brawls. B. can't take it anymore and disappears from the fame scene.

With the help of Caesar, Darryl's dreadlocks lover friend and computer geek, B. is traced to Rome. Sent by A. on an assignment to talk sense into B., Darryl hops onto a plane to take on the city of, uh, ancient history (I hope.). Upon his arrival he finds out, B. might be cheating on A. with a too-goodlooking-to-be-gay Italian in fashion, Matteo. And though that should be enough for the reader's mystery (being a really short story), we are not sure if Darryl is reacting negatively to his findings because he's the loyal assistant to A. or his love goes beyond the realm of friendship (for B.) and more into a feeling that's going to render him unprofessional and get things very complicated. But this mystery is solved very quick... and it doesn't end there-the excitement-as things get complicated.

Caesar is one of those things women today call Paul Rudd, 'Adorkable'. Another chef Jorge has a story with his son, Luis who thinks he can make it into Hollywood and topping Billboard charts. Julianne, an agent to B, I loved, is always looking for a publicity angle even in B's worst situations.

I really had fun reading this book. But at some point, things were dragging. You know, towards the end where some tragic situation leaves the two main characters splitting up. Essential to the plot, but... didn't do it for me. I could only rely on Caesar's humor. So when he wasn't around and Jorge's story was taking motion (which was too predictable), I wasn't feeling it. Until dad came into the picture.

The ending was very fulfilling and a (little) tearful as things didn't turn out expected. But you come to the conclusion that if Darryl is happy, you are happy. And you don't want to stay in the aww-so-sad mood for long if you are an exotic dancer (unless the song playing isn't upbeat). Not that any exotic dancer would be reading this blog, but you get my point.

Another good book with moving themes. Starting over, love, heartbreak, friendship, effects of fame and... drinking too much wine.

So I am giving Hollywood Ass...

4/5 stars.

It's available at Amazon.

So if you want an Insider info on Hollywood from an assistant's perspective, sauntering on cobblestones of Rome lavishing it's beautiful people, scenery and getting chased by paparazzi, you will be disappointed if you don't pick Eriksson's Hollywood Ass.

Good job, Jonas Eriksson and thanks for misleading us (a lot) with the title. I recommended the book to a friend who adores erotic romance.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads


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