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Beautiful Secret

(Dirty Hollywood #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Hollywood is dirty and no one knows that better than Julia Harris. Sitting atop the ever-changing throne, she’s currently Tinseltown’s golden girl. And she’s just signed on to play the biggest role of her life.

Meeting celebrities is par for the course in Aiden Morrissey’s job. As a production assistant he’s met his fair share, but it’s this latest encounter that steals his
Published December 5th 2019
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Dri ✰
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: December 5, 2019
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Hollywood Love Story | First in a Series

Emotionally raw, captivating, and realistic! What a book. Claire Raye has ensnared my heart and I don't think it's going anywhere. What an unexpected GIFT this story is. I went into thinking it would be another Hollywood romance with rich snobs running around and finding love, but it was anything but! This is an emotional and beautifully written story that takes into perspective what Hollywood can
Halle Reads
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
4/5 Stars


Julia is working on a new movie as the lead actress while also trying to live a life as normally as possible while being in such a public and hectic industry. Aiden is a production assistant who aspires to one day have a bigger role working in film with screen writing, what he is not expecting is for Hollywood's latest IT girl to capture his heart and bring him into a lifestyle he may not be ready for

Julia and Aiden's story was a raw, real and heartbreaking look into what it must be
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could rate this more than 5 stars I would, Beautiful Secret deserves a million stars.

Beautiful Secret provides insight into the not some glamorous life that comes with being under the eye of Hollywood and the downsides to fame. Julia is Hollywood’s current it girl, but that means that her every move is on public display. The good, the bad and the ugly. Aiden is behind the scenes, a production assistant, not use to the fame. Will he be able to handle the pressure of Hollywood to make things
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
There really is not enough to say about this novel. Claire Raye has provided an emotionally charged, captivating narrative that will resonate with readers long after the final sentence is read. The characters are beautifully crafted and relatable in a way that will leave readers pulling for them the whole way through. Raye has flawlessly delivered a message of empathy and self-worth through her characters that ultimately provides an altruistic aspect to the entire storyline. Loved the ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I went into this book blind. It's the first book by these authors, and I have to say, I didn't expect what I got. It was full of drama, raw emotion and angst... Which if you know me, it is what I look for in a good romance, so I was disappointed. As the title states, it is a Hollywood romance, and that's not normally a trope I read. This book, however, wasn't like most Hollywood romance I have read before and I am glad it wasn't...

Julia Harris is a famous Hollywood star, she is in the eye of
Stacie R.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia Harris is a well-known actress. She is currently Hollywood’s golden girl, and while her life is spent mostly in the public eye, she is more down to earth than people know. Aiden Morrissey is a production assistant, he’s spent time around celebrities, but none have caught his eye quite like Julia Harris. There is something about her that he can’t ignore. As the two get closer, their feelings become harder to deny. They decide that it’s best to keep their relationship secret, however best ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of drama, angst, and an undeniable attraction and chemistry. Aiden and Julia are an unlikely match because of the different lives that they lead. They endure alot of unfavorable obstacles and they have to fight so they can keep standing. I hoped so hard for these two because they are without a doubt made for each other. My heart ached for them. You will want to devour this in one sitting because you NEED to know how Aiden and Julia end up. I can't wait for the next book in the ...more
World Of Books 65
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Claire Raye book always gives you the swoon factor and Beautiful Secret is no exception. It is a truly beautiful read that makes you 'sigh' and brings that secret little smile to your face.

I love a love story and this is that. Set in the world of Hollywood. We go behind the scenes of the false Hollywood; the bright lights, the red carpets and the glittery parties to a love story that is set against the odds - where the papparizzi rule and a co-star who thinks everything resolves around him!

Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy I received an Arc copy This is my third book by Claire Raye. And even this one didn't fail to pull me right into it. I read it in one sitting and finished it in like 2-3 hours. I loved it It showed the reality of Hollywood, the paparazzi and other medias. It showed how they can do anything to just get a scoop and how the news they share is soo wrong and completely different from the truth most of the time. Most importantly it shows that famous people can be normal too. They can want ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by these authors and I'm really glad that I won this ARC .
Thank you again Claire Raye

This book is an amazing and emotional story about the absolutely NOT so glamorous world of Hollywood.
This story describes the battle that the celebrities take every day to stay sane in the craziness of their constant invasion of their privacy by paparazzi, people magazines and TV shows.
You can also call it, what you see and hear in the news is never what the reality in fact is.
This is
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my second book that I read by Claire Raye and once again I wasn’t disappointed. Julia is the movie star, and for that reason unattainable. Aiden can’t think of a reason why Julia would even take a second glance at him. What he doesn’t know is that Julia is not what he sees in the spotlight, behind the cameras. Julia sometimes forgets that she’s the Oscar winning actress. I loved their relationship; how it blossoms. It’s romantic, You’ll definitely be rooting for them as ...more
Carly Wilson
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Beautiful Secret’ is the latest sweet romance by Claire Raye, and I was lucky enough to be given an advance reader copy.

The book is about Julia Harris, a famous American actress who travels to London in order to star in her latest film ‘Darkness Falling’. What she does not expect is to bump into production assistant Aiden Morrissey, and have her world changed.

I loved the initial meet cute moment of Julia and Aiden’s first encounter, it was a brief meeting of little conversation, but an instant
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why have I not read this author duo before?? Have I been living under a rock? When I was offered a chance to Beautiful Secret, I didn’t really know what I was going to get from the book and the authors.

I was blown away with this story. It hooked its claws into me and I just couldn’t put down this book once I started reading. It is a beautifully written love story set in the Movie industry.

We meet Julia and Aiden and get to experience their journey and what a sweet romantic journey. Now it
All Booked Out
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really love finding new authors, so when Claire Raye contacted me to see if I wanted to read Beautiful Secret I jumped at the chance. I’m not usually a fan of Hollywood romances but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Julia is Hollywood’s current golden girl, but is the exact opposite of the stereotypical actress, maintaining her down to earth attitude and need for anonymity. She is kind, humble and very relatable. Aiden is a production assistant who is used to being in the background, but is also
N. Biggs
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Beautiful Secret (Dirty Hollywood Book 1)
Author: Claire Raye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5 ++

Not gonna lie; when I first started Beautiful Secret I thought it’d be cliché: Hollywood actress has a love affair with a servile production assistant? Sounds like you’ve heard that before, right? WRONG!! Beautiful Secret is not what you’d expect. It is everything and more. From the opening line I was hooked and invested in Aiden and Julia’s story. I rooted for
Sian’s Reading Adventure
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Secret by Claire Raye
Dirty Hollywood #1

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Beautiful Secrets, and for that I’m very grateful. Release Date is 05/12/19!

This book was really good, it sucked me in from the get go. It’s full of love, drama, glitz and glam and a secret love that the main characters try to keep hidden.

Julia is an actress who has recently won and Oscar, who is in high demand for a lot of movies, but when when she signs on to her latest movie the last thing she expects is
Emma (Emlovesreading)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I’ll admit, Hollywood & rock star tropes aren’t on the top of my priority list when it comes to romance. I prefer sports or bully. But the truth is I’ve read that many of my preferred trope that I’m starting to get a bit bored of it. So when the chance came to read something out of my normal preference I couldn’t wait.
But this was so different to the other Hollywood romance books I’ve read because this book is more real, it shows us not just the glamorous side but the ugly side to it
Luz Dukes
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Secret by Claire Raye was incredible! The relationship of Aiden and Julia was electric! I genuinely enjoyed every second of it. I laughed, and cried so much (in a good way!) Aiden and Julia’s relationship helped put into to perspective how often we as fans (of anything really,) take for granted how much these celebrities give of themselves-to us, to the medias. Everything from Beautiful Secret was so eloquently written. I found myself going through this emotional rollercoaster with ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest; I was a little nervous before I started Beautiful Secret by Claire Raye. I was nervous because the story is about a Hollywood starlet and the lowly producer assistant. I was worried because this type of trope seems to be very popular lately, and after reading Claire Raye's last book, I wanted this one to do well too.
I need not have worried.
Claire Raye has a way of taking a story and making it less about the goings-on around the characters and all about the two people
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book! Claire Raye does such a phenomenal job of showcasing the ups and downs of falling in love in Hollywood, what kind of toll having a relationship in the spotlight can really do to people. This is a beautifully written and absolutely captivating look into the lives of a Hollywood starlet and a production assistant, two people who try to fight their feelings but eventually give in to the love that's developing (as they should've, because they make one incredible couple). Watching this ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful secret is a wonderfully written, heart wrenching book. It really pulls you in and shows you the cost of being in the limelight and how hard it is for people and their relationships.

This book looks at the relationship of Julia (the starlet) and Aiden (a production assistant) and what they must do to be together when faced with the storm of the media. Julia and Aiden are perfect for each other, they really seem to understand each other and their relationship is often relatable when you’
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire Raye - oh how you make my heart happy!! This author totally blew me away by this book about real aspects of fame and their lives that none of us think about. She’s a very relatable author who makes you hot and steamy and then sweet and swoony all at the same time.

Her writing drugs you and makes you devour every word. Truly an amazing and awespiring book you will fall in love with.

Julia and Aiden. Such tough, judgemental lives. When they meet, the sparks fly!! Their forced to have a
Nicki -
This is the story of Aiden, the lowly production assistant, and Julia, Hollywood’s golden girl.

Aiden and Julia get off on the wrong foot but are able to get past it and soon realize their feelings for each other. They attempt to keep their relationship a secret but when they are outed, will they be able to stay strong in the spotlight or will they crumble.

They have great chemistry, even in the beginning when things weren’t going so great with them, and I just wanted to see them flourish
Samantha Turbyfill
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

I love Julia Harris! She is kind and does not let being famous change her. She never acts like she is more than anyone else like some people think a famous actress would...cough cough looking at you Aiden!

Aiden is a production assistant who would never think he would end up romancing the likes of Julia Harris. These two are so sweet together you can just feel impending doom and heartbreak as the reality of the cons of fame start to swarm.

At the end of the day no matter who you are you figure
Melissa Gloria - Meli’s Books and Coffee
Wow. What a story. This story is emotional, heartbreaking and just beautiful. I love Aiden and Julia. Julia the hot superstar actress that everyone wants to know who's she with and dating. Aiden is behind the scenes with production. Not wanting anyone to interfere with their relationship they try to keep it a secret at first. Can these two make it work in the real world? I love how this story captured my attention from the beginning. I was emotionally invested with Aiden and Julia and rooting ...more
Marta is Reading
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Secret was a very engaging, well written book with lots of great chemistry between Julia and Aiden. The main characters, especially Julia, had great depth and it felt very much like you really got to know and understand their motivations. I enjoyed the depth to the story and the fact that the authors chose to comment on more serious topics as well. I flew through this one and it left me wanting to read more!
The Lusty Literarians
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Secret is a truly swoon worthy romance novel. Julia is a famous Hollywood actress yet still very down to earth and relatable. Aiden is a production assistant on her latest movie. They had instant chemistry that was completely believable. You can't help but feel bad for them when reading this book. I think it is very true to life for what actors experience. Constant media and outside pressure takes a huge toll on personal relationships. I was rooting for them the entire time! This story ...more
Zianna A.S
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
okay wow. this book, this book was just so beautifully written. I absolutely LOVED the characters! I can't say anything more because knowing me my big mouth will end up spoiling the whole damn book. can't wait for the next one!
Brit *My Little Book Nook*
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC Review

Beautiful Secret is such a gem! Not only are the main characters together, but the messages of female empowerment that are laced throughout the plot had my feminist heart SINGING, while the gritty undertones of celebrity gave me chills. Hollywood isn’t all glitz and glam; it’s harsh, it’s cruel, and it’s realistically shocking. Beautiful Secret illustrates that perfectly.

Neither Aiden nor Julia are your typical lead characters. Both have understated, slightly self-deprecating
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