Plot Twist by Erin La Rosa
by Erin La Rosa
(The Hollywood Series #2)
Pub. Date: November 14, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, LGBTQ+, Chick Lit, Spicy Books
She’s written off more than she can chew…
Romance author Sophie Lyon’s ironic secret just went she’s never been in love—and it’s ruining her reputation. With a manuscript deadline looming, Sophie makes an ambitious plan to overcome her writer’s reunite with her exes (including her last girlfriend Carla, the one person she could have loved) to learn why she’s never fallen in love, and document it all for her millions of new online followers.
Luckily, Sophie’s reclusive landlord, Dash Montrose—a former teen heartthrob—has social media all figured out and is willing to help. What he doesn’t mention is that he’s an anonymous online crafter, a hobby that helps him maintain his sobriety. No one knows about his complicated relationship with alcohol, and with a family that’s Hollywood royalty, Dash has to steer clear of scandal.
As Sophie and Dash grow closer, they discover a heat between them that rivals Dash’s pottery kiln. But Sophie needs to figure out who she is outside her relationships, and Dash isn’t sure he’s stable enough for the commitment she deserves. So Sophie suggests what any good romance author a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Surely a strictly casual relationship won’t cause any trouble…
3 stars | 2 spice
There was a lot going on in this contemporary romance: romance (of course), writer's block, stalkers, struggling with addiction, meeting up with past exes, and family drama. I liked the idea that Sophie was going through her dating history to see where things went wrong, I also love a forbidden-type romance and how Dash was her brother's best friend AND her landlord.
The story itself was cute and I did like Sophie and Dash together. There's a little bit of spice in this, nothing too heavy but a solid 3-ish scenes. The spice was well written and not cringy like some are - but the cringe definitely comes out in their relationship and the fact they kept avoiding their feelings. It got a little annoying with the back and forth of Dash being like "I'm not good enough for her" and Sophie being all "I can't be with him."
There was a lot I appreciated though in the different representations like Sophie's pacemaker, LGBTQ+ reps, and alcohol addiction. I also appreciated the squirrel that kept terrorizing Dash.
Overall, a solid 3-star romance. Nothing wowed me about it but I wasn't disappointed either. I would like to check out the first in the series, For Butter or Worse. I would recommend this for a contemporary romance lover who doesn't need a lot of spice in their book but appreciates a little.
Big thanks to Erin La Rosa, Harlequin Trade Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions!