ARC Review: The Unidentified Redhead & The Redhead Revealed: Alice Clayton

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The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

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As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack -- everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, funny, and feisty couple -- find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, particularly because she’s playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun. 

Wait, it’s just friendship, right?

Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the swirling throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps concocting for him -- all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film.

Thank goodness for phone sex.

But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational, but can this duo survive swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, Grace’s raging internal battles, and a whopping nine-year age difference? 

Tick-tock, the clock is ticking. Isn’t it?

Alice Clayton brings the second installment of a tale told with her magical mix of humor and heat, so cuddle up under the sheets and flip on the Golden Girls. Grace and Jack are at it again.

**This review contains my thoughts on both books in this series, I just reviewed them as a whole.**

I really had a lot of fun with this series as a whole. After going back and rereading both of these books, I feel in love with Jack and Grace all over again. My rating for Unidentified Redhead even bumped up from a three to a four star review. My first read through of The Unidentified Redhead I just didn't get what everyone else did, I was totally in the minority, so I decided it was time to reread before The Redhead Plays Her Hand hit the shelves. I am really glad I did because I found so many special treasures that I missed the first time around. Different time in my life, different mood going into the book, all this made me view the whole series in a different light. I was giggling so much I woke the hubby up a couple of times. Oops. :)

Now normally I would insert a bunch of quotes, but I have to insert this music video instead. The minute I heard this song my brain automatically went to Jack and Grace, as it perfectly describes the crazy relationship between our hero and heroine. There definitely isn't anything easy about them (other than their insane attraction and chemistry), which just makes their relationship that much more realistic and connectable. 
**I'll also insert here that Mark (my hubby) now thinks I'm a bit crazy (if his laughing at me is anything to go by) after I shouted at him to tell me the name of this song as it would be perfect for my blog post. Men they seriously just don't get it.**

The Unidentified Redhead in my opinion is a lighter, funnier, and less angsty read than The Redhead Revealed. There are some laugh out loud moments, some schmexy moments (well really more than some), some oh so want to bang my head against the wall moments, some aww isn't that wicked sweet moments, and to round it all out some WTF (Gracie) moments. I truly had a blast with this couple, Gracie and Jack will captivate you with their one-liners and witty banter. They will also melt your insides with their off the charts chemistry. Jack and Grace are both really strong developed characters, who stayed true to their personalities throughout the series. 

Alice's writing style is crazy fun and engaging; I loved that the sense of humor really balanced out the "angsty fight and flight" scenes. It really made for a light quick fun entertaining read that tugged on my heartstrings at just the right moments. Ms, Clayton has made a fan for life. I promise the minute you start this book, you'll be eating up the pages faster than you can read them.

I must admit I am a little apprehensive about The Redhead Plays Her Hand. I know things weren't perfect between Grace and Jack, but I thought it ended with a pretty decent HEA; however, I am so addicted to Alice's writing that I ‘m sure I will devour it just as quickly as I did the first two. I just adore Jack, due to this, I get a wicked nervous feeling anytime I think about the trouble Alice is about to stir up between him and Gracie. This time around, Jack is the bad boy with issues.  So very nervous right now, one of my favorite parts about this series is the maturity level and love Jack showed throughout both books. I can’t picture him as the type to doubt and flounder. I’m just going to have to place my trust in the author’s hands and remember she won’t give us anything Jack and Gracie can’t handle. 

Thank you, Gallery Books & edelweiss, for the opportunity to read and review The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed in exchange for my honest opinion. 
About the Author:


Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace. 

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…


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