The Redhead Plays Her Hand
By: Alice Clayton
Grace has landed the lead in a new TV series—but when the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds, she goes public with her weight struggles and suddenly develops a huge fan club who support her right to have curves. But between that and the public’s continuing fascination with her “are they or aren’t they” relationship with Jack, Grace begins to wonder if anyone’s really interested in her because of her upcoming TV series, or if it’s all speculation about the size of her ass and her bedroom partner.
Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the party-hard lifestyle. Grace vows to give him the space he needs to find himself, but then he begins to spiral down from lovable Brit to Hollywood brat. People are talking, but are Jack and Grace? Her career is on the rise, and his continues into the stratosphere, but will she be able to catch him if he falls? Will they ever be able to just be a couple who can hold hands when they walk down the street?
First and foremost, I feel that The Redhead Plays Her Hand absolutely needs to be read in order. That said, I was so happy to read Grace and Jack’s next chapter that I literally devoured the book within a few hours between smiles and sips of Mountain Dew. Finally we got to see where Grace and Jack ended up and where their relationship now stands, which to be completely honest, I was a little worried about after book two.
The book opens with Jack and Grace, happy, in love, living together in Los Angeles. Jack is now a huge star, with paparazzi following him wherever he goes. Having completely warmed up to the “star” lifestyle, Jack is living the high life. Going out all night, drinking, hanging out with other 20-somethings, and perhaps trying drugs seems to be his norm now. He has little to no idea how to deal with his new star status and his career and personal life are both suffering.
Grace is on the cusp of stardom herself. Constant dieting to become the perfect leading lady material has created a strain and as she is finally starring in her own show, Grace’s issues are front page news. From her tumultuous romance, to her weight, to her lack of star power, the public questions Grace on almost each issue.
Jack and Grace, who seemed so perfect for one another, are having trouble falling into their happily ever after. Sudden stardom seems to have damaged Jack and Grace struggles with maintaining bother her relationship and her career. Neither knows how to deal with the new trials they've been given nor how to relate to one another anymore.
I just love these characters so much and have to admit, I am deeply invested in their futures. I enjoyed how Grace deals with her weight issues and love the positive weight issues she highlights as she becomes a TV icon. Heartbreaking but real, the drug and paparazzi issues Jack deals with are dealt with in such a realistic manner, it felt like my own heart was being ripped out. And lets not forget, the pure sensuality between the characters makes me fall in love with them over and over.
The Redhead Plays Her Hand is the third book in the fabulous Redhead Series by Alice Clayton, but may not be the finale. It ends utterly lovely but I can totally see an opening for a fourth book, which I’m sure I would devour as well. Clayton reminds us that behind all of the plastic, life may not be so perfect in Hollywood. Life isn't perfect but this series may be.
3. Redhead Plays Her Hand
Publisher: Gallery Books
# of Pages: 320
Date of Publication: December 24, 2013
Source: Edelweiss - for Review