Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?
With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as Athena and Stephen discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Multi-published author Janice Thompson's tagline is: Love, Laughter, and Happily-Ever-Afters. (love that!) So, as you can deduce, Janice writes romantic humor. And her romances end happily. Yay!
I recently got the chance to review her latest novel, Hello Hollywood!, the second book in the Backstage Pass series. I haven't read the first, Stars Collide, (but it is ready and waiting on my Kindle!) so I didn't have any preconceived notions of what the series was about. I only knew that I love Janice's writing, so how could I turn down the opportunity to review her latest book?
Hello Hollywood! did not disappoint. This book contained romance, drama and, of course, lots of humor. Like many other character families Janice Thompson has created throughout her writing career, the Pappas family was quirky, fun, and loud. If you loved the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you'll love the Pappas's. In fact, I kept picturing Nia Vardalos as main character Athena. Food and family are the driving forces behind this novel, and is what makes it especially endearing.
Then there's the romance factor, which is sweet and funny. Athena falls for Stephen, the guy she thinks may be trying to steal her position as head writer of a highly rated sitcom. The inclusion of Stephen's 11-year-old daughter and a Greek domestic dog, brings the story into a whole new - and better - dimension.
Hello Hollywood! is a fast-paced, quick read. Although certainly a stand-alone, I look forward to reading the first book in the series, in which the hero and heroine are apparently the stars of the sitcom Athena writes for. My full review of Hello Hollywood! will be featured on www.FaithfulReader.com later this month, and I'll be sure to leave a link for you. But, for now, just take my word for it. If you love romantic comedies, or, better yet, love, laughter, and happily-ever-afters, pick up a copy of Janice's latest book. You'll be glad you did.
*“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”*
**Thanks to Revell for providing me with a copy of this book to review. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.**
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas. To learn more about Janice visit her at: www.janiceathompson.com