Dear Dwayne, With Love
Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to...more
Imagine the witch who gives Snow White the apple. Make her more than six feet tall. Braid the hairs growing from the mole. Give her the personality of Miss Gulch, the mean lady on the bike who yells at Dorothy’s aunt and uncle about little Toto. Boom. My boss. Joan the Crone.
Where are the real gigs, you know? Like tampon or feminine deodorant commercials? The residuals on those can be nuts—I knew a woman in LA who bought a house in the Hollywood Hills just from the residuals she ...more
I don't even know how to describe this, it really was so unique and just downright fun. I know I keep sa ...more
Dani Steele is a hilarious and truly genuine character that had me rolling throughout the book. She's relatable and someone I'd love to hang out with. She isn't exactly where she'd like to be in her life, but an opportunity to compete in an event could give her the chance not only meet her idol but also get a walk-on roll in his movie. That idol is none other than Dwayne "The Rock" J ...more
Here it is November and I’ve finished it, but it doesn’t come out until January. So I want to add it to my favorites of 2017, but it doesn’t even come out until next year…WHAT DO I DO?!? (2018 just got it’s first favorite!)
Dani is not only infatuated with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but she’s used him as a muse as a sort of therapy, addressing all of her pre-pubescent journal entries to him. Her life has been turned upside down after she returns to Oregon, ...more
I laughed and I laughed.
Ok, but seriously, after a bit of a wobbly start for me, I really enjoyed this. It's just as fun as the cover suggests!
Dani is an aspiring actress and reluctant health insurance professional, stuck in Portland as the least successful daughter of "Mommy". She's obsessed with the Rock and sees him as the "perfect man", a useful stand-in for the father that abandoned them and the less-than-perfect semi-boyfriend she's got because she has no other ...more
I am in a real Eliza Gordon mood, I am so happy I found out about her through doing a promo post on this book. Because she sure can write!
I am still a bit tired, but I do want to write a review, so I will do a good/not-so-good review (though it will mostly be a good review).
Say hello to Danielle, a girl with a job she doesn't like, a relationship that is mostly just for the (terrible) sex, a big fondness of delici ...more
I recommend this one for readers who enjoy light romance with a lot of humor.
So! I’m not going to lie, I was weary. I very much felt this could go either way, and here’s why. I am just not going to like any story where the idea is “find yourself through weight loss” or, worse, “find validation through weight loss.” I am absolutely not cool with fat shaming, and I know a weight loss story can go there pretty quickly. Thank goodness, Dear Dwayne, With Love is absolutely not like that. Her weight ...more
I received an advance copy of the book for review purpos ...more
Danielle, the main character and narrator of the book, was a relatable and humorous character. Her struggles with finding acting roles as she gets older, familial expectations, and co-workers/bosses made for laug ...more
Dani, Danielle Steele-with an e, has been obsessed with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ever since she was a young girl. She starts training for a competition who’s prize is a chance to meet and work with The Rock.
“So you need to make a commitment, right here, right now. Everyone has a story. You just have to decide how you want the next chapter to be written.”
Dani observes and records everything and the only thing she do ...more
Eliza Gordon writes hilarious dialogue, and reading the interactions between characte ...more
Did you ever feel like talking to someone and revealing your dark deepest secrets? Then realized you didn’t feel you could trust a person, but you could write it on a secret blog or diary? In “Dear Dwayne With Love”, by Eliza Gordon, Dani Steele with an “e” does exactly that. In this novel that is fiction, Dani has been writing to a Celebrity Idol, that we shall leave unnamed for now. Dani is 30 years old has been writing to her idol for many ...more
A trifecta of funny, family, and fitness - the best one being "funny". I enjoyed this romantic romp, with its endearing quirky characters and plot. Danielle Steele (with an 'e') has been a life long fan-girl of Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. So much so she started writing, but never mailing, then blogging, but never publishing letters to DJ. Spilling all her deepest darkest secrets. ...more
I admit, I was unsure about the incorporation of one of my favourite wrestlers of all time, Dwayne Johnson otherwise known as the Rock who I have loved for many many many many years.
The man is good on the mic what can I say, and Eliza Gordon? Well she's good with a pen (or keyboard). This story brings in the wit, and touching nature of her previous novels and amps it up to eleve ...more
Dani Steele is a donut-loving, insurance-company-day-jobbing, struggling actress who worships at the altar of The Rock. Throw in a quirky family, a mediocre boyfriend and some pretty major daddy issues.... oh, and being named after the famous romance novelist... and we have a protagonist who is more than ready for some big life changes.
In other books, sometimes this Bridget-Jonesesque genre can come acro ...more
Although a touch out of my normal reading routine, it was compelling, and very difficult to put down. It reminded me of a mature Sophie Kinsella, or maybe Ca ...more
When not lost in a writing project, Eliza is a copy editor, mom, wife, bibliophile, Superman freak, and the proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Ha ...more