Title: Wardrobe Malfunction
Author: Samantha Towle
Release Date: 18th February, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designer
From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new standalone romantic comedy.
Vaughn West, Hollywood heartthrob, has been at the top of his game for years. He thinks he’s untouchable—until a betrayal brings him spiraling down. Now, everyone pities him, and if there’s one thing Vaughn hates, it’s pity.
After a few months of working his way through every available actress, pop star, model, and waitress in California, Vaughn needs to get his life back on track and focus on what he does best—making hit movies.
Charlotte Michaels is in love. Just not with one person.
And the list goes on.
Sadly, Charly’s limited bank account doesn’t allow her those luxuries, and the closest she gets are lucky finds in charity shops and working closely with some of those names in her job as a wardrobe assistant.
Now, Charly has landed the mother of all jobs—working on the new Vaughn West movie. Excited doesn’t even cut it.
Only things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that Vaughn is actually a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.
So, why do their clothes keep falling off whenever they’re around each other? And why can’t Charly keep her mind in the closet and off Vaughn?
Getting mixed up with a smart-mouthed, fashion-obsessed wardrobe assistant is the last thing Vaughn needs.
Getting mixed up with an arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, jumped-up actor who has a lack of respect for fashion is the last thing Charly needs.
Things are about to get hot, dirty, and messy in Hollywood. Very messy. Especially if Charly’s closely guarded secret falls out of her closet.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
How could I not fall for the heroine in this fast-paced story! Charlotte Michaels, also known as Charly, is offered the job of a lifetime by her bestie and can’t believe her luck. Who wouldn’t when the guy you’re going to work for is the man of your dreams! What I liked about this seamstress was not only her professionalism, but also her no-nonsense character. One thing is working for Vaughn West, Hollywood actor extraordinaire, another is putting up with him! Yep, I was in for a surprise or three in this romcom-cum-contemporary romance standalone read in one sitting. The carrot and the stick approach used throughout the story was very cleverly done; however, I have to confess my suspicions were correct.
“There’s just something you need to know. Something I need to tell you before we go any further. It’s important.”
The reader is thrown head first into a scenario where Vaughan discovers the worst. The revelation is harsh, wounding and in this instance, I felt sorry for him. Nevertheless, I had trouble investing in Vaughan and more than once, was given the impression this was exactly what Ms Towle wanted to portray. All said and done, he comes across as a total twat. Regardless of him being a difficult person to work for, both Charly and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. It didn’t take either of us long to realise he’s not who we thought he was. Her not being a gossiper I liked a hell of lot and I couldn’t have been more enthused by the way she held her cards close to her chest. Even when the going get tough, she tries her hardest to keep her cool.
“I want to apologise. For earlier. I was an ass.”
Yeah, you were. A monumental one.”
Folk fed off Vaughn’s juicy and scandalous reputation and in parenthesis, couldn’t be ignored. Plenty of backstabbing, jealousy and devious goings on are rife in surroundings easily envisaged and well-defined. And to top the lot, Vaughn’s personal life is one big malfunction. Here, I really thought his behaviour a tad childish. Seeing as he’d proved to be a more than capable actor, his philandering actions spoke louder than words. Not surprisingly, he’s thrown into the limelight and his acting career… well, whether he listens to someone’s important advice remains to be seen. All I asked for of him was to get his act together…pun intended, of course! I have to say Vaughn is more forthcoming with his past which made me like him a little bit more! Okay, he is kinda gorgeous and as the story unraveled, he showed me that he was kind, caring and quite the romantic.
“Personal life?” “What a fucking joke that is! I don’t have a personal life because everyone in the world is fucking privy to what goes on.”
Charly tries her best to please. She’s an haute couture freak without the means for her expensive tastes but extremely innovative and extremely good at her job. She doesn’t have a good start though. In one perfectly envisaged scenario she slips-up provoking a belly-achingly laugh-out-loud moment. Since what happens is brought up time and time again, she’ll have no choice but to live it down! Hence the name Pins is hers for keeps! I have to say the way she handled Vaughn gained my respect, and I can’t argue that the build-up for their relationship to flower is not without interesting setbacks on both parts.
“God…you are…you’re just mean! I can’t believe I thought you were hot!”
These guys are HAWT together! There’s most definitely no malfunctions in the bedroom or wherever they happen to have the urge to… you know what! In fact, if anything, I found the sex scenes not above board but I quite honestly felt some of them unnecessary since their connection on a heartfelt level was much more becoming. When the banter flows freely is when I’m at my happiest and the author gave me just that. It’s sassy, quirky, utterly witty and superb for such a strong-minded couple, and I have to add that Vaughn’s gran had me in fits. Present tense narration and told from the two protagonists’ point of view is without a doubt, my preference so no complaints there. The secondary character development is unarguably good; the plot not a new one but very enjoyable. I had some editing issues, but that being said, I would recommend this read to lovers of this kind of genre. Bravo Ms Towle!
SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and standalones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
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