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Can an average girl survive Hollywood?

Ally Valenti doesn’t belong in Hollywood. She definitely wouldn’t be stupid enough to fall for a movie star. Particularly not a Hollywood heartthrob like Jacob Swan.

It doesn’t help that there’s a lot more to Jacob than his on-screen good guy, all-American persona. But Ally is in LA with a job to do. She’s in town to pursue her dreams
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Published November 10th 2016 by BWrite
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Aug 27, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Heartthrob (Hollywood Hearts, #1) by Belinda Williams Ally Valenti doesn’t belong in Hollywood. Not like her friend and actress, Lena Lyons. Lena’s convinced Ally to pursue her dreams of fashion design, starting with some gowns for the awards season. Which Ally will get around to creating as soon as she can stop looking at Jacob Swan, Lena’s latest co-star. Not that she’s staring. Ally’s skeptical of anything celebrity and it’s not like she’d be pathetic enough to fall for a Hollywood heartthrob ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

4 deliciously famous Hollywood stars. I've read several books by Belinda Williams and have pretty much loved them all. This is a bit lighter than her other books but is no less charming, romantic or clever. Both the heroine and hero are beyond likable and yet are also more than meets the eye. I'm a sucker for a hero that's genuinely a great guy but has a many layers to him which is why I loved Jake. Ally was real, sweet, loyal and hilarious.

Kissing Jake was like falling into the most exquisite
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Heartthrob is the first book in the Hollywood Heart series and my first Belinda Williams book. I can definitely say it will not be my last one either.
Heartthrob is Ally and Jake’s story. I fell in love with them both from the very beginning of the book and did not want their story to end. Ally moved to Hollywood to be with her best friend and take a chance on her dream job of being a designer. I loved the fact that even though she was in Hollywood surrounded by stars and money it
This was a fun read from start to finish. I'd not read a Belinda Williams book before this, but I will be going back and seeing about getting her other titles. Filled with plenty of snappy and witty banter, and the chemistry between Jake and Ally is pretty hot.

Ally is finally getting the chance to see what Hollywood life is all about once her longtime friend Lena calls needing outfits designed for the upcoming awards season (Ally wanted to head to fashion school but had to put that dream on paus
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet tale of a 31 year old woman, Allegra Valenti, who gave up her dreams to help her family and now has the opportunity to achieve her dreams in Hollywood of all places, but not as an actress, as a designer, and who Better to show off her talent than her best friend, and hot Hollywood actress Lena Lyons.

Lena brings Ally out to LA to design dresses for her and spend 6 months attempting to live her dream, Ally accepts because she's always there for her family and friends and Lena's g
Didn't connect with characters. Was getting over the h's constant self doubt. If you didn't know the heroine was Italian from the first chapter, it's okay because it's repeated in every chapter after.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot: 3.5/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 3.5/5 (1st POV from the Heroine's POV)
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

I was quite suprised at how well the story is written when its written in 1st POV and strictly from the heroine's point of view.
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heartthrob, Hollywood Hearts 1, Belinda Williams

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction 

My first book from Belinda, and though I didn't know if I'd like her writing style its from one of my favourite tropes, Film/Rock star, I do love the fabulous escapism from a read in those settings. 

So Ally, what a great character.  A tiny but curvy package, she's a loyal friend, adores her extensive family and has finally got a chance at her dream career.
She gave up her coveted
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Belinda Williams has authored another entertaining and impassioned novel with Heartthrob, the first book from her brand new series, Hollywood Hearts. It is a compelling read, replete with an engaging plot, well-defined characters and a complicated romance. This story takes place in Hollywood, and the famous people that live there are so much more than their publicity and press.

Ally Valenti has always wanted to be a fashion designer. When her father got sick, she gave up her dream to help her fam
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC is received through Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest opinion*
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ 5 Bambi STARS!
Heartthrob is a delicious and delightful read that I had a massive fun reading. It have a wonderful romance, outrageous humor that you will love and also super amazing and lovable characters!

First of all, I must say that the heroine is what made me fell in love with this book. Allegra Valenti or Ally is what exactly I would want in a heroine and I just LOVE her! She is super talented, humbl
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ally Valenti is from a big Italian family, and gave up her fashion design dream when her father passed away, to help her mother out. Now she's been given the opportunity to stay with her movie star best friend in Hollywood, in order to design her gowns for the awards season. Very quickly, it's apparent that she doesn't belong in Hollywood, but Lena talks her into taking her shot. Ally decides she's tired of being labeled the boring one, so she decides to take this opportunity to do things she wo ...more
Angel Hatfield
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Allegra/Ally was going to her friend Lena’s in L A. Ally was to design two gowns for Lena; one for the Golden Globe Awards ceremony and the other for the Academy Awards ceremony. Ally had been ready to move to NYC to take a course in fashion designing but her father had gotten sick and then passed away and Ally stayed with her family and had managed the family restaurant for the past five years. Ally and Lena had met and became best friends the last two years of H S. Lena’s mother had passed awa ...more
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book by the author for review via Netgalley

I love William's series which follow the same group of friends through their lives. The story is filled with regular drama, Hollywood drama and of course, romance. It is a tight story but manages to achieve conflict, mystery and a decent exploration of who the characters are. Being the first we are only seeing things from Ally's point of view but William's does a good job in establishing the players without havin
Wit & Wonder Books
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
***   ARC provided by the author for an honest review  ***

Heartthrob is the first book in the Hollywood Hearts series by Belinda Williams.

Ally Valenti has always dreamed of being a fashion clothing designer. However, when her father got sick and then passed, she put her dreams on hold in order to be the rock and dependable person in her rather large Italian family. She is now thirty-one years old and her oldest friend, Lena Lyons, has invited her to Hollywood in order to be able to begin to meet
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review.

3.5 stars

This is one of those books, that you figure out what is going on but its a great story that you just want to read more about the characters in the story. The author did a great job of having Lena and Ally as friends. I think that stood out a lot during the whole story. I love seeing friendships in books that last for years. You never see that much anymore and I think their dynamics fill the book more than anything. I always liked the underd
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Ally moves to LA from Providence, she is unprepared for how different the culture is. Luckily, she has her best friend (and movie star) Lena to help her find her way.

Jacob is starring in a new movie with Lena. From the time that Ally and Jacob meet, sparks are flying. Ally doesn't want to let herself fall in love with a movie star, afraid he will break her heart when reality hits. Not to mention, she is not sure how much she can handle the public scrutiny or the celebrity life. Jacob wants
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

This is my first book by Belinda Williams and I will definitely be hunting up her other books after I post this review. Heartthrob was such a fun, lighthearted read! I couldn't put it down! I loved her writing style and the scenes between all the characters kept me engaged. The dialogue was snappy. Some scenes made me laugh out loud. I liked that Ally's character grew as the novel progressed. And I think I found me a new book boyfriend in Jake. In fact, I was a little
Isha Coleman
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

ARC Review: Heartthrob (Hollywood Hearts) by Belinda Williams

It's stories like Heartthrob that keep the fantasy alive and well for the ordinary people of the world. Heartthrob is the stuff diaries are made of. Ms. Williams take the glitzy Hollywood style of living and contrasts it with the dreams of a small town girl determined to make her dreams a reality. Like a fish out of water Ally has to learn to adapt to the big city or risk losing out on a successful career and true love. Heartthrob is m
Spunky N Sassy
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Ally Valenti comes to Hollywood to help her friend Lena Lyons get through her divorce and make her gowns for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. When she meets Jacob "Jake" Swan Hollywood's hottest actor she knows that she may lose her heart to him. How does she know what is real and what is "Hollywood"? I loved this story and how the characters developed. Belinda Williams had me intrigued from beginning to end. I can't wait to
Erika Shannon
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Acr given via netgalley for an honest review.

I loved the story and meeting Ally. Ally is a strong woman who is finding her feet after leaving home.

Jacob is a Hollywood heartthrob and co-star to Ally best friend Lena.

Can these two very mismatch pair find love and a happily ever after or will the Hollywood life style get in the way and pull these two apart.

I loved the story and the story line and recommend it to people who love a good romance.
Christine Mize
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun, light-hearted, laugh-out-loud funny, Heartthrob is truly a blast to read. I loved the peak behind the scenes of the rich and famous. But more so, I loved watching Ally chase and realize her dream of design. I adored the depth of friendship between Ally and Bella and loved the sparks that flew between Ally and Jake. I highly recommend Heartthrob - it is the perfect way to get lost in a story and forget reality for a while.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Ms Williams and it won't be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and quickly was drawn into the story, reading well into the early hours of the morning. It was an added bonus that the author was an Australian. I am always looking for good Australian authors to support, being Australian myself. ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Heartthrob is the first in a new series by Sydney author Belinda Williams. The City Love series was a four book series following a group of friends as they found their HEAs, I think Hollywood Hearts will become a series that follows a similar formula and is set in Hollywood.

Ally Valenti is a single Italian woman managing the family restaurant when her high school best friend, a hot property Hollywood star, invites her to stay for six months and have a shot at following her dreams. Ally once drea
Tales Of A Bookbug
A really great find from a new-to-me author!This book had a really good romance woven in with a compelling mystery.The best part about it were the friendships and the familial relationships!
The plot isn't really unique or something that we haven't seen before, but where this book wins is in the execution and its characters.

Ally Valenti is a down-to-earth girl who manages her family's restaurant.She is a talented designer and had a scholarship to study fashion design, which she had to give up whe
4 Stars, 3 Flames
Why would anyone willingly choose to live the Hollywood life, besides the money? That is what Ally keeps asking herself as she boards a plane to Hollywood to live with her movie star best friend Lena. Ally has this amazing opportunity to finally work on her dream and passion but she desperately wants to stay out of the lime light. Crazy fans, constant media coverage, America's heartthrob's current lover and a blooming career that is taking off-seems surreal.

I will admit I fell
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Lets talk about surprises – well I had one …. When I read Heartthrob by Belinda Williams. The plot sounded interesting but I am a very visual person and I need a cover to speak to me which in case of this book – IT DID NOT … In fact when I read the Blurb I thought this book had a 50:50 chance ending up as a DNF because judging from the cover and adding the blurb it felt like it would be one of those “Fluffy, cotton candy romances” …

Hence my surprise … when I found the story having an unusual POV
Mel B.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ending was awful.

The book was great and then we get to the ending. I'm sorry, but J was a complete jerk, a monster! He said awful things to Ally, and yes forgiving him had to happen for their HEA, but it came to quickly!!! There was no real concrete resolution. Apologizing and then having Ally reach out to mend things is not the right way to go about things. Jake was at fault, and a much much grander gesture should have occurred to bring Ally back. I loved Jake through the book, but his crazy br
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first book of Ms. Belinda Williams that I've read and i'm interested in her works. i might check on her other books. Heartthrob is not just merely a love comes with a lesson and can be an inspiration. Setting aside the characters and looking deeper into it, it shows that being true and believing to others and most especially yourself will bring you to wherever your heart desires. Jacob learned to be true to his self and face his doubts and guilts. Ally learned to believe in her sel ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hollywood Love Story

This is the first book I have read by the author and I truly enjoyed it. It follows the adventure of Allegra/Ally on her journey from manager of her family Italian restaurant in Rhodes Island to an up and coming designer thanks to the help of her best friend Lena Lyons, Hollywood’s hot upcoming stars. On the journey, she falls for former football player/Hollywood heartthrob Jacob Swan. After a lot of ups and downs, their stories ends HEA. I can wait the read the other books i
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Belinda Williams is a marketing copywriter who fell in love with romance and writes romantic comedy as well as romantic suspense featuring good guys. She’s occasionally tempted by bad boys, but prefers to write strong women characters and men with big hearts.

When she’s not writing, Belinda is a music lover who sings lead vocals in cover bands, and her eclectic taste forms the foundation for many o

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