Movie Star is the highly anticipated second instalment in the 21st Century Courtesan Series by Pamela DuMond. I can’t get enough of this series, and characters! Ms. DuMond won me over with the first book, and earned herself a spot on my ‘must-read’ list. As this book picks up right where the first book left off, and has quite a few recurring characters, I really recommend reading book #1 before starting on this one- as the first book gives all the important backstory and character introductions, which you should know in order to fully appreciate this brilliant book! As with the first book, this one made quite an impression. It’s got originality in spades, while being complex, funny, HOT, sexy, erotic, suspenseful, mysterious, and intriguing- which is the perfect recipe for an addictive read.
As we discover in book one, Evelyn Berlinger (Evie) is an empath who had quite a tumultuous childhood, especially one particularly tragic event which changes her life forever. Because of this tragedy she suppressed her empathic abilities- shutting them down and just tried to get on with her life. But on reaching adulthood, she was left with no choice but to take on the financial responsibility for her family, which put a heavy strain on her, and her finances. So, when an opportunity arises that would enable her to earn a lot of money- Evie accepts. And that’s how she started working for the ‘Ma Maison Agency’, as a high priced escort- using her empathic abilities to provide a unique experience for her wealthy clientele, who willingly pay her costly fee to help ‘heal’ whatever has ‘broken’ them and is ‘holding them back’. But her ‘job’ hasn’t been without its problems, and Evie now wants out. She’s down to the last few clientele, and we get a front row seat to it all.
In this book Evie flies out to Los Angeles, to work with A-List actor and Oscar contender, Jake Keller. Jake should be using the Oscar opportunity to catapult his career to dizzying heights- but instead he’s become closed off, shut everyone out, and retreated from the world. His ‘team’ is concerned for him and his career- and as a last resort, Evie is called in to ‘help’ him find and deal with his issue. But this won’t be such a simple task. There is a lot playing out under the surface- with secrets, guilt, hidden agendas, and Hollywood politics, all coming into play. Then, add in a crisis back home, an on-going ‘stalker’ issue, and a unexpected work situation….. and this story really takes off!!!
I loved Evie from the moment I met her in book #1, she’s a fantastic character- wonderfully complex, unique, endearing, interesting, and entirely memorable- I have loved every second of her story and have become completely invested in her and the outcome. I loved meeting Jake this time round, his story was unexpected, but really well done. I also love all the secondary, characters, who really added their own ‘stamp’ to the story. There are a few characters who stand out and intrigue me, and I hope we will get to know much more about them in the next book/s.
Now I really can’t wait for the next exciting instalment, “Beloved”, to be released- soon, I hope!!!! SQUEEEEE Bring on book #3!!!
Thank you, Ms. DuMond!
Reviewed by @angelahayes