Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hello Hollywood by Janice Thompson ~ review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733469

A copy of this book was provided by Revell for review.

About the book:
Athena Pappas is the head writer on 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 scripting 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 the characters discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.

My take on this book:
Having enjoyed the first book in Janice Thompson's Backstage Pass series I was anxious to read this one. I must say I think this book just might be better than the first one, with returning characters from the first book as well as a few new ones, I found this book to be laugh out loud funny.
Athena Pappas has a pretty full life with her family and friends and even though the ratings have lagged a bit she still feels pretty secure in her job as head writer for the popular sit com Stars Collide. But when the producers decide to hire a comedian, Stephen Cosse to help bolster the ratings she suddenly wonders what will happen if he is a better writer, will her job be in jeopardy? When she meets him she feels an attraction, and soon not only is Stephen worming his way into her heart but so has his eleven year old daughter Brooke.Will they figure out that some of the best things in life don't follow a script, or will they guard their hearts against love? 

This was a sweet, funny story. It was easy to imagine the Athena's Greek family. I could easily understand why Stephen's daughter Brooke was drawn to the Pappas family, they are so warm and welcoming. I always love when a dog is included in a story and the introduction of Zeus, the Greek Domestic Dog was totally funny! It was great to see how Brooke and Zeus connected. The Greek food mentioned in this story really had my mouth watering, it sounded delicious!
If you enjoy reading contemporary christian romance with a great flare for humor then you certainly need to read this book, and while it is the second book in the series I feel like it could be read as a stand alone work, although I highly recommend reading the first book in the series as well. 

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review*

rating 5/5

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. nice review, brenda!! i agree that the family was the best part.

  2. Sweet! SO glad you enjoyed Athena's story. I had such a blast writing it! :)


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