What I Thought
I won’t lie, the only series from Jillian Dodd I have read up to now was the That Boy series, which I adored. Why I never went on to read anymore from her I do not know, but after reading The Hollywood Love series, I am rather angry with myself for not having read more from her. I literally received the four books of the series so far, via email (Fame, Power, Money and Love) and two days later, here I am writing my review. I could not put this series down. Totally addictive!
So I don’t really want to write too much to actually review what happens in the story for you as with the format of which the books are written, that would mean I am giving too much away and you need to experience this awesome-ness for yourselves.
So…..if you have read the Keatyn Chronicles series by Jillian, you will already know all of the characters in The Hollywood Love series as this series is them, but all as adults now. If you haven’t read the Keatyn Chronicles then like me 1) hang your head in shame. 2) Don’t worry as this series is standalone so it doesn’t confuse you. You easily catch on with the storylines and any references to the past are given in detail. And 3) I can guarantee, just like me, that after finishing this series you will want to read the Keatyn Chronicles series. Not to make sense of this series, but because you love the characters so much that you just want more of them. And their college lives sound so fun to!
So there isn’t really one main character, instead we have a whole bunch of main characters. Keatyn, Aiden, Riley, Ariela, Vanessa, Dawson, Knox and Dallas, with a few secondary characters thrown in there for you too. So we follow them as they carry on with their successful careers, as they grow up even more and want to start settling down, wanting to find their one, but with a whole lot of obstacles thrown in there, cause you know, otherwise, that would not make for entertaining reading. Whatever happens throughout these books, all of these characters (pretty much) remain loyal towards each other, they have each other’s backs, and would do anything for each other.
The books in this series do feature heavily within the film industry. Acting. Producing. Writing. Living with the stresses of trying to have a life whilst being in the public eye and constantly being under scrutiny with every little thing they do.
I love all of the characters, and even though the story is written from their many points of view, the individuality of each character still shines through. They are each entertaining in their own way and don’t tend to morph in to just one personality but with different names. They all have their own things, their own quirks, issues, lives. Riley is currently my least favourite character, I sometimes want to reach through the book and punch him in the nose during Sex (book #4), he even evoked some feelings of rage in me whilst reading. His behaviour sucks a little bit.
I haven’t read a multi person point of view book before, and being honest, I was a little worried that it would confuse me. That I wouldn’t know who was who and who I was reading about at the time and get the characters all mixed up, but I didn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed the many views and didn’t struggle to follow one bit. It kept me on the edge of my seat, eager to get back to each character and continue on with their story. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to write a book, never mind a series, in this format. It must be so tricky, flicking from the mind-set of one character to the next. I would say Jillian Dodd is an immensely talented author to manage the transition to each of them so smoothly and still keep the storyline exciting. I would love to interview Jillian for the blog and ask her how she manages to do it.
I am so glad I had the four books there to be able to hit the next one straight away, but pre warning, Love ends on a cliff hanger. Straight away after getting to the end, I emailed Jillian and asked if there would be a long wait. I need book #5 RIGHT NOW!! Each book follows straight on from the position the one before ended, this is why I am not going into what the story is about. Each book is the continuation of the story and I don’t want to explain what is happening, when we are nearly hitting the end, just so I don’t spoil it for those that haven’t read this series…..YET 😉 The series is written kind of like a diary. There is no chapter 1, 2, 3 etc. Each heading is a date, location and whose POV we will be reading from.
If I had to really pick a negative, I would say scenes of a sexual nature are kind of glossed over quite quickly, but this doesn’t feel like a loss whilst reading. It’s not really a serious negative as it didn’t bother me too much. There is so much more to the book, so the sexual scenes aren’t needed. This series brings it all. Fun, Romance, Flirting, Banter, Insecurity, Lies, Love triangles, Jealousy and Manipulation. There is probably a whole load more words to describe this book. Here’s some more…… Tragic, Dramatic, Surprising, Exciting.
It is quite a fast paced series, the writing is flawless, the series is fun and addictive and from what I can imagine for people living in the lime light, quite true to life.
Now pretty please, bring Love, Book #5, to my Kindle immediately!!