Unidentified Redhead | Redhead Revealed | Redhead Plays Her Hand
October 15, 2013 | November 25, 2013 | December 17, 2013
From the Publisher
I've been pleasure reading Alice Clayton's Redhead Series over the weekend and it was time well spent! I know a bunch of you have read George and Nuts Girl's love story as THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD and REDHEAD REVEALED were previously published in 2010, but I can't help but fangirl and share my brief two cents about this wonderful romcom. As this post is without a blurb, I'll let Grace Sheridan sum it up for those of you who have yet to try/read the series:
A boy and a girl meet, fall in love, and hide their romance because of boy's fan club. Gil breaks his heart because she's an idiot. Boy and girl get back together. Boy and girl have sex, have sex, have more of the sex. Girl gets TV show; boy drinks. Girl gets famous over sixteen pounds. Boy drinks more; girl lets boy leave one night knowing this can't possibly be the end. Girl sweeps up glass. Boy doesn't come back.... then boy got in trouble, girl helped boy heal and they lived happily ever after.
And in the interim, girl kicks ass. Is girl enjoying it? She's trying to.
That pretty much sums up Redhead series. It was such a joy to read and even if the premise is about celebrity romance, it was still relatable, organic and hella funny. Redhead's focal point was on the schmaltz, as Gracie and Jack Hamilton puts it, and boy was the schmaltz sweeping, romantic, sexy, heartbreaking and very entertaining. One would think that dating a gorgeous celebrity would be easy and a modern fairy tale come true but it's no cake walk and IMO, AClayton's depiction of celebrity romance is more or less accurate.
THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD is the funnest in the trilogy. Basically it's your boy-meets-girl story and it was told in a witty flirty way. Gracie and Jack's chemistry is undeniable and the banter was snappy and very engaging. I love the pace and the tone of THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD, AClayton painted Gracie and Jack's budding relationship as something very easy going. Two people falling in love and going with the flow without thinking where their attraction would lead and what being in a relationship would entail. Jack and Grace's "honeymoon stage" will make you heady and giddy, THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD is pumped with pheromones and happy hormones it would be impossible for anybody not be swept by Jack and Grace's whirlwind romance.
REDHEAD REVEALED is what I call "Gracie's Moment", this sequel is full of longing as Jack and Grace work their relationship via long distance amidst their respective budding careers. Basically REDHEAD REVEALED is about balance, Jack, especially Grace, stumbled but soon found their way but not without a glitch. Before The Unidentified Redhead ended, Grace and Jack have defined their relationship and with Jack's star on the rise, Grace was shoved into the spotlight herself. As she's relatively unknown and much older than Jack, Grace's insecurities surfaced, caught up with her and gave her a meltdown. Some people would find this annoying but as AClayton really set the stage perfectly from every angle, Grace's "moment" was justified. People are quick to judge her and have labeled her all sorts of ugly names pertaining to her age (she's older than Jack by 9 years) and how everyone feels Jack could do "better" and Grace cracked under pressure. REDHEAD REVEALED was full of heart and Grace really bared her soul in this one. Her struggle to feel worthy of Jack was more of a testament to her insecurities than Jack's love. As for Jack, this boy is so lovable! The way he consoled, reassured and affirmed his feelings for Grace was knee-buckling and panty-melting!
THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND is the most brutal of the three IMO and this is Jack's book. The price of fame finally caught up with Jack Hamilton, movie star and current IT boy of Hollywood, and he didn't handle it gracefully. Jack's meltdown was typical Young Hollywood: booze, partying, bad crowds and drugs with paparazzi on his heels, documenting his actions at every turn. From a fan's POV, I would usually get annoyed with all the Justin Biebers out there because I always find this kind of celebrity stupid and ungrateful. Jack gave me another perspective on why some people act out at the peak of their fame. I can only imagine how annoying and frustrating it would be to be followed and be blinded by flashbulbs on a regular basis, to read hurtful lies and inaccuracies about you on the web, your privacy invaded and your every move carefully planned and calculated to the point where you feel like a puppet. These are Jack's grievances and though we all expect our hero to know and do better, his meltdown is nonetheless justified. I'm no celebrity but I think we've all been through something similar, albeit on a smaller scale, and it's safe to surmise that we'd probably lose our minds too if we're thrust into that kind of attention. I know I'd go ballistic if my privacy is invaded, heck I lose it when people walk into my room unannounced, what more on this level, right?!
Anyway, THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND is wrenching. While Jack's struggles with his fame, Grace's star is on the rise. This imbalance had both parties feeling isolated but for different reasons. Now it's Grace's turn to be the adult and be Jack's stronghold. It wasn't easy, it was scary and just as frustrating without guarantees that things will work out. The threat of uncertainty was throbbing and even after Jack bottomed out, it was still a struggle. The resolution wasn't melodramatic, given these two's sense of humor and connection, it wasn't much of a challenge but it was honest and heartfelt. And of course, it ended happily so all's well in Grace and Jack's paradise.
Anyway, I'm sure you've all read different versions of my feedback before so I'll end it here. Alice Clayton's Redhead series is for everyone regardless if you like to read romance or fantasy. It has so many elements about it that would appeal to anybody even if it's a celebrity romance trope because we've all felt what these two have gone through at some point in varying levels. If you've been in love, been in a relationship with someone older/younger than you, been in a long distance relationship, been insecure in a relationship, you can definitely identify with Grace and Jack. If you love to laugh and love to escape in sexed-up, buoyant, feel-good romances, enjoy fairy-tales and happy endings; if you are, have been or felt any of the ones I mentioned above, then Alice Clayton's Redhead is definitely the series for you.