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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Daughters or Hollywood by Sally Royer-Derr

Daughters or Hollywood by Sally Royer-Derr
Hollywood Series Book 2
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (107 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 books
Review by: Orchid

Smart, rich and beautiful, identical twins, Isabella and Caitlyn Alvarez, have it all. After a heated argument, one sister betrays the other with life changing consequences. Will her betrayal break the bond between them, or will the love they find in their lives bring them together again?

Identical twins Caitlyn and Isabella look the same but have different natures. Caitlin is quiet and studious. Isabella is more outgoing and impulsive.

Caitlyn is having a secret affair with their stepbrother, Austin. Step siblings are not blood relations so she feels no shame; she’s more concerned about her father’s reaction. Austin has a reputation as a woman chaser and her father could be against this liaison.

Isabella knows something is going on. She discovers Austin is the secret Romeo and seduces him as an impulsive reaction to an argument with her sister. Later she meets Ryan and falls hopelessly in love. Ryan is exactly right for her. He loves and wants to protect her, but refuses to let her call the shots all the time.

Austin’s encounter with Isabella makes him look deeply at his relationship with Caitlyn and his own flippant life. Could she be the one to spend his life with?

Daughters of Hollywood is a nice romance. It deals with love and the complications which can arise from anger, willfulness and the freedom of a single life. Unfortunately I found the beginning of the story to be slightly predictable. The punch of the consequences of impulsive actions on behalf of all the characters, arrived too near the end and then seemed to rush towards a conclusion.

However, this is a well written book and very pleasant to read. The characters, even the minor ones, are well thought out and very true to life. Both Caitlyn and Isabella are so like twins I have met in the past. The author obviously has experience with young women of this age as their reactions and inner thoughts were on the mark throughout the book.

The style of writing makes this a very easy book to read. The characters moved smoothly through the story and despite my previous comments, I would enjoy reading more of Ms. Royer-Derr’s work.