Hollywood It Girl, Francesca Leon, has just landed the biggest role of her career…one that could clinch an Oscar nomination and open doors. If she’s going to move her career to the next level and work with top directors, she has to nail this part — and keep her sexy, but unreliable leading man from screwing everything up.
Bad boy Calder Fox is the son of Hollywood royalty and fresh out of rehab after his best friend’s death sent him on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. While his fans still love him and the paparazzi stalk him, he’s never taken life, or anything about his career, seriously. He may be charming and drop-dead gorgeous, but if he doesn’t stay sober, he could ruin Frankie’s future and expose her long-hidden family secret to the voracious media.
Behind the scenes
Things heat up during filming and have the potential to become hotter, deeper, and much more real. But can Frankie trust Calder with her secret? Or is he doomed to sabotage his own happiness yet again?
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No, I wasn’t swooning. At all. I was pissed. Pissed that I’d been blindsided by this question while on press line. Pissed that Calder was going to undoubtedly ruin the project that was supposed to be huge for me.
And pissed that on some basic level, I was enjoying being pressed up against this man, even though I didn’t even like him.
Missy’s giggle cut through my inner turmoil. She was looking at Calder like he was the most charmin man in the world before she responded. Somehow I was able to suppress an eye roll. “True, Calder. Though after seeing your interview on The Diane Gayle Show last week, I’m sure you’d be the first to admit that you’ve had your share of struggles.”
Calder’s jovial tone from a moment ago turned serious. “I won’t deny that. But I’m ready to put that part of my life behind me and move forward in a more positive direction. This project with Francesca is the first step. One I’m excited to take with this beautiful woman.” He squeezed me into his side a bit and the smell of him almost made my knees go weak.
Missy moved her microphone into my face, which was now frozen in that same fake smile that had
formed when she’d first mentioned Calder’s name. “What about you, Francesca? Do you feel the same?”
I inhaled a deep breath and took a lesson straight out of PR 101: the non-committal answer. “I’m so excited about this project and I’m sure Calder is going to do everything in his power to make it a great experience for us both.”
“Now you two have worked together before, haven’t you?” Missy’s toothy grin and her annoying questions were beginning to grate on me.
I smiled anyway and responded, “We have. It was a long time ago though.”
“When we were both teenagers. You could tell even then that this girl had special talent,” Calder interjected.
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