Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy – Max Monroe

Reviews by Yael Waknin


Do people say they hate someone’s guts so that they can still fall stupidly, head-over-heels in love with the other parts?

Asking for a friend.

Okay, fine. I’m not asking for a friend.

I’m asking for me—and I’m begging you to tell me that the practice of falling in love with your should-be-enemy is common.

Please tell me that I’m not the only person to track down a guy—who used to be Hollywood’s baddest bad boy before he left LA for good—at his off-the-grid cabin in Alaska, show up unannounced, and find him gloriously naked.

This probably happens all the time…right?

Tell me I’m not alone in my stupidity—that I’m not the only woman who would fall for gorgeous blue eyes and a sexy devilish smirk, even if they belong to a broody, mysterious jerk.

Please. Please. Please. Tell me I’m not alone in this.

For the love of everything, I need all the supportive girl power I can get if I’m going to convince Luca Weaver to come back to Hollywood—otherwise known as the place he hates so much that he ghosted Oscar-level success and escaped to no-man’s-land for the last eight years just to avoid it.

Yeah, don’t worry—that smoke you’re smelling isn’t your house catching fire as you read this…it’s just my career and what was previously known as my heart going up in flames.

Gah. Is it just me, or am I totally, completely, and utterly screwed?

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My review

I listened to this on audiobook. Max Monroe is a couple of authors. I have already read a few of their books – and I liked most of them, so after reading this blurb, I decided to give it a try.


Luca is an actor who ran away from Hollywood life eight years ago and isolated himself somewhere in a cabin in Alaska.

Billie wants to be a producer in Hollywood, and in the meantime, she is an assistant producer for one of the big producers.

In a very dishonest and unusual way, Billie offers that Luca will play a role in a movie that, by all accounts, is the best movie that is going to come out at the box office and record-breaking level.

The problem is that Billie does not know Luca at all, even though she claims she does. Now she needs to locate him and convince him to take the job.

Let’s go back and remember that Luca is off the radar, and he is in a cabin in Alaska with no way to contact him – This is definitely an interesting story!

So Luca himself, despite the tough and protective start, was actually an interesting and good character. You are getting into a situation where you’re the bad boy of Hollywood. You do women, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll every night and day and suddenly become a loner in a cabin in the Alaska Mountains for a good few years. It can certainly show a complex and interesting character.

Because I’ve listened to the audiobook, I must point out that the southern accent of narrator Noelle Bridges was excellent! It was a pleasure to hear her, and she really added color to the character.

On the other hand, Billie was stubborn on a level that exhausted me a bit.

The book itself was 46 chapters and 9 hours of listening, which is a long way, and part of the book (mostly towards the end) was a bit unnecessary drag, and that’s what mostly made me more upset about Billie’s stubbornness; it didn’t really add to the book. Yes, it gave Luca more good points, but everything he did gave him enough until we got to that part.

Despite everything, the story itself is beautiful and original. Not fully smeared sex scenes just to fill the pages, and it definitely also raises the value of the book in my eyes.


Let’s talk for a second about the cover… What’s the connection? There is mostly a shirtless man on the book cover in this genre. But usually, there is something in the background or the clothing or an object related to the story. This time it was just a man is lying on a white bed. That’s it. That’s too bad…


But of course on the book itself I – recommend 😊

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