The Actress by Amy Sohn
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Book Description: A talented young actress. A leading man. A sexy secret. The role of a lifetime.
In this big, juicy literary novel from bestselling author Amy Sohn, an ambitious young actress discovers that every marriage is a mystery, and that sometimes the greatest performances don’t take place on screen.
When Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller pulls Maddy Freed out of obscurity for a starring part in his newest, Oscar-worthy film, she feels her career roaring onto the express track. Steven’s professional attention soon turns personal as they are thrown together amid Europe’s Old World charm, and Maddy allows herself to tumble headlong into a fairytale romance with the world’s most eligible bachelor. She knows there’s no truth to the gay rumors that have followed him for years.
Yet what is it that Steven sees in Maddy that he has not seen in his string of past girlfriends? Steven tells her he is drawn to her stunning gift as an actress—her ability to inhabit a character so seamlessly, so convincingly, that it is nearly impossible to tell she is playing a role—a compliment that becomes more ominous as their marriage progresses. Ultimately, as Maddy’s own happiness and success grow intertwined with her new husband’s, she cannot afford to ask too many questions about Steven’s complicated past. But can she ignore her inner voice, and her instincts about her own worth?
Set in a tantalizing world of glamour and scandal, of red carpets and ruthless competition, of scheming agents and the prying eye of the press, The Actress is a romantic, sophisticated page-turner about the price of ambition, the treachery of love, and the roles we all play. (SOURCE)
Review: It was difficult to read this book without projecting certain actors into the roles. So I read this book with a certain gray-haired playboy actor in mind. While it was distracting to me at first, I was able to let go and read the book with an open mind after awhile.
I loved the inside look into Hollywood. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I can imagine this scenario happening. The question is why? Why did Maddy fall for Steven? To me, there were red flags all over the place, but she was so in love. I did not like how she broke up with her ex.
I found parts of this book to be quite disturbing. Steven was not a great character. In fact, I was wondering how she “fell in love” so quick, it seemed obvious to me that it was a set-up. Also, I found Steven’s behavior appalling. I really did not like that guy, therefore, could not relate to Maddy in the least.
One thing I liked about this book is that it made me realize not to take celebrity culture so seriously. A lot of details are planned for publicity. It was an easy book to read, and sometimes that is just what we need!
*This book was provided for review on Confessions of a Bookaholic. All thoughts and opinions were my own.