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ARC Review: Hollywood Underworld by Lindy Hudis

Nick Savage was supposed to be the next sexy Hollywood heartthrob, until he turned up dead!

His personal manager, Dani Foxx, is a seductive former actress with spunk, guts and a take-no-prisoners attitude. She lives in the Woodland Hills section of the San Fernando Valley with her teenage daughter. They must survive and protect each other in the world’s most glamorous and sin-filled city. Then an unidentified body discovered under the Santa Monica pier is found to belong to the up and coming young actor.

Dani’s partner, the dashing and charismatic A.J. Tarentella, is the son of a mob boss, raised in a ruthless crime family. He now is the proud owner of the Tarantella Agency, a Private Investigation Company located in the heart of Beverly Hills. He used his father’s work ethic, connections and family ties to build his powerful business empire, and now he is always there to help those in need.

When another gorgeous nubile actress on the brink of getting her breakout role mysteriously vanishes as the body of a beautiful young girl is discovered in Runyon Canyon park in the Hollywood Hills, Dani realizes this is no coincidence. Who is targeting young Hollywood stars? And more importantly, how can Dani stop them before the next body surfaces?

Together, A..J. and Dani find themselves tangled in a web of organized crime, Hollywood secrets, and a vengeful faded movie star with a lethal vendetta.

This story takes you on a deep dive to the seedy underbelly of Tinseltown. The glitz and glamour are just a façade and the reality is much uglier. The story centers around Dani, her bestie AJ and Dani’s teenage daughter, Dale, but also gives POV from various minor characters. The drastically different and slightly disjointed flow from one characters’ POV is reminiscent of some favorite 90’s movies, like Go and Pulp Fiction. I liked Dani immediately and was drawn into the story from the beginning.

I would have liked a bit more character development because there wasn’t a lot of depth there despite great potential. A bit of well-placed dialogue giving us some more meaningful interaction amongst characters would have taken this to another level. I received an ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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