Startstruck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails: A Second Acts Novel was a better sophomore offering from Julia Dumont in my humble opinion.
Our busy high class dating service owner, Cynthia Amas, returns as she scores her most famous client yet, former A-list actor, Jack Stone. He presents her biggest challenge, to find him a woman who doesn’t want him because he’s famous. Try as she might to find him the woman he seeks, only she seems to fit the bill. Complicating matters further is another of Cynthia’s old romances, musician Pete Blatt.
Author Dumont flexes her classically trained writing muscles in this book more than her previous offering, Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers. Cynthia’s life plays out like a Divine Comedy, complete with many of the cast of characters in book one, to include her mother, her BFF Lolita, and sometimes Friend with Benefits, Max.
The author employs a breakneck wit in this book that was weighed down by the gifted dogs in the first installment. She intersperses a lively plot with love scenes that read like a work of art, not an anatomy class laden with crass smutty words.
This story does what book one didn’t do seamlessly. It imbues the kink with a humor that doesn’t overpower the romance.
I give Starstruck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails 4 out of 5 stars.