5+++ REVIEW: ShutterGirl (The Hollywood Project, #1) By C.D. Reiss


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~ Synopsis ~


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 clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck 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.




This review is looooooooooong overdue. But when I heard C.D. Reiss was writing a new standalone contemporary romance, I was ecstatic! There is no question that I’ve been a die hard fan of hers since I first picked up Beg, Book 1 in her Songs of Submission series. From then on she has never been an author I just read; I devour everything the woman writes. I don’t need to hear a synopsis, or see a cover. With any C.D. Reiss book I just buy it and devour it on nearly one sitting.

For those of you who have read her addicting & provocative Songs of Submission series or fell in love with my beloved Capo in her Corruption series, you will NOT be disappointed when you meet Laine & Michael in ShutterGirl.

C.D. gives us a very interesting perspective in this titillating story, told through both Laine & Michael’s perspective. Michael, an actor who has built his career right out of high school, trying to overcome the shadow of his father’s tumultuous fading career. Trying to help his father out, Michael at his peek of popularity is trying to shoulder the responsibilities of being the lead in a new feature, one he’s hoping will cease his father’s alcoholism and give him a jump start back into the biz. When things start falling apart – actresses falling into stereotypes of celebrity the movie gets put on hold; Laine is there with her ever steady camera lens snapping away – wondering if Michael recognizes her in the sea of flash bulbs. What Laine doesn’t realize is that Michael not only notices her – but seeks her out in the crowd of photog’s wherever he goes, hoping to catch a glimpse of the woman she’s become.

Laine, having grown up in Los Angeles – both loving and hating her surroundings, bouncing from foster home to foster home, trying to grasp a small thread of normalcy, family – anything to give her stability. She encounters a young Michael – two high school kids on a tennis court – sitting on the bleachers, talking – getting to know one another. Michael is drawn to her – irregardless that he has a girlfriend, there is a natural pull to the young blonde girl that he catches staring at him as he practices on the court – Laine finds herself drawn to him as well, opening up to him and when things start falling apart, ripping her from yet another foster home – and Michael,  she retreats – running away only to drown out the chaos that has been her adolescents.

Laine – having over come her past found her niche’ in photography – now a grown woman, a hunter by night, she chases celebrities throughout Los Angeles hoping to catch the next big shot that will further her career as a freelance photog. Laine isn’t your typical shouty photographer – sure, she’ll hide in bush, scale a building, do what she has to do to get a shot (all the while in stiletto heals) – but she does it with class. She may not be able to stomach some of what she does – making money off of the poor choices of others. These stories plastered all over the internet, magazines and the news – not disappearing until the next scandal. This is her job – like it or not, a girls gotta’ eat.

But when Laine and Michael are thrust together one night at a club – things go terribly wrong. She realizes he does remember her – very well in fact, but when he gets suspicious of her intents, and her brother starts snapping pictures in the VIP room – things get out of hand, and fast. Camera’s fly – Laine does what she does best and runs. An independent woman – she’s not going to stick around for a temper tantrum from a guy she knew in high school, no matter how gorgeous he is – no matter the butterflies fluttering in her stomach from the brief conversation they had – or the way his eyes bore into hers as they spoke; she has a job to do and Michael just destroyed her best camera.

Michael can’t get her out of his head – not that he really ever has. He’s sought her out in every crowd, but never had the guts to speak to her. After so many years have past, he wasn’t sure how to approach her, especially considering she is the enemy. How does a successful actor try to engage with a paparazzi without it all blowing up in his face? Furthermore, how does a paparazzi continue to do her job if the celebrity isn’t just a mark now, but familiar and someone she genuinely cares about?

Can these two rekindle that chemistry they had so long ago – thrust into the spotlight? Can Laine cross that line from photog to celebrity? And how will she feel being on the other side of the camera?

ShutterGirl is fast paced, hot-as-fuck second chance romance that will have you up all night to finish it, because you won’t be able to put it down.

Now, in two days – something I thought might never happen is. I will get to meet this genius author in Portland Fucking Oregon Saturday, July 18th at the Portland Author Occasion. I’m going to do my best not to fan-girl-the-fuck-out and actually speak to her, but we’ll see how well that goes.



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