Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Exposure - Morgan Locklear & Jennifer Locklear

So what's a publicist to do? Publicist Shaunna Noble is no stranger to the ego-filled dysfunction of Hollywood's elite, but is she ready for her two biggest clients to turn into her worst nightmare?Kyle Petersen and Michelle Cooper are Hollywood royalty, everyone's favorite celebrity couple, but while on location filming their new summer blockbuster, Kyle ambushes his wife with divorce papers and orders Shaunna to destroy Michelle in the media. Unwilling to comply, Shaunna spectacularly and publicly quits her job, humiliating Kyle in the process.David Quinn, a struggling actor cast alongside the A-listers, is caught in the crossfire. When pictures surface of David and Michelle out on the town, media and fans rush to crown them Hollywood's new hot couple. Kyle explodes, tensions boil over, and everyone's lives and careers are thrown into jeopardy.So what's a publicist to do? Especially when Shaunna finds herself falling in love with the sexy and talented David. Can she put out fires on the set while keeping the flames burning in the bedroom?Love, lies and passion. What happens when the naked truth is exposed?

Welcome to the inner workings of Hollywood and the celebrity life. Where what you see isn't necessarily as important as the spin put on it. When Hollywood's “It” couple split up, it is up to their publicist, Shaunna, to find the right spin for the media and ensure everyone comes out of it on top.

The entire book plays out almost like a Soap Opera. As I read it, I even pictured some of my favorite actors playing the parts in my head. As with every Soap, there is the villain, the victim, and the hero. They're just not necessarily the people we think they are at first. Kyle is that person who seems perfect to outsiders, but to those who know him he's an egotistical sociopath with an entitlement disorder. Which for reasons of their own, whether it's loyalty or love, Michelle and Shaunna have enabled it for years. With every page and every chapter I fervently wished for everything to blow up in Kyle's face. He is by far the least likable character I have ever read.

Michelle is perfect. Her every action is exactly what any woman wants their break up and subsequent humiliation to be like. Never let him see you cry. Never let him get the upper hand. And above all... Revenge is always sweet. Shaunna's character is every girl's best friend.

Here is where I had issues... the chapters kept going back and forth between the characters... Kyle... Michelle... Shaunna... David. They all received equal time as the “main character” throughout the book, therefore making it difficult to decide at times who the story was really about. Is it about Shaunna and David? Is it about Kyle and Michelle and her getting over his low blow? Is it about the movie that they are filming that it all centers around? There is no clear definition. However, that being said, and me being the type of reader I am, I substituted the characters for some of Hollywood's favorites and let it play out in my head like a Telenovela.

And being Hispanic, I can tell you that we love our telenovelas, so of course, I devoured Exposure. I could not put it down. Morgan and Jennifer Locklear wrote a compelling story that had me engrossed in the lives of these characters from the very first page clear through the very end. I cannot wait to read more by the authors. Although this seems to be the only book written by these authors, I hope to it won't be long before we are treated to more.  

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