Monday, December 23, 2013

Kayla the Bibliophile's Tour Stop: Alice Clayton's The Redhead Plays Her Hand

The Redhead Plays Her Hand ~ A Review by Sassy Sara

So, we start off where The Redhead Revealed left off, with a strong relationship between Jack and Grace (or Gracie and George as they are more commonly known) being challenged with Jacks new stardom and Grace staring in a new TV series.  This book had my stomach in knots from the very beginning.  Grace, who had found a healthy way to drop the weight she gained after being dumped by Hollywood for not having ‘it’, is being asked to lose an additional 15 pounds so that she fits into what viewers of the TV show might consider sexy.  

There are many scenes in the book in which the media and bloggers have their say about Jack, about Graceandabout the rumors that there might be something more than friendship behind all the time they spend together.  As a woman who has always struggled with body image issues, I could relate with the frustration she faces with eating ‘cucumbers and air’ to attain what might look like a healthy body but it was not something she could maintain for the long run.  

Jack’s inability to handle what new stardom hands him does not help.  He can’t even hold the hand of the woman he loves without the possibility that it will be tweeted, analyzed, blogged, and plastered all over tabloid magazines.  There were so many times I looked at their relationship throughout this series and wondered what it would feel like to have that kind of pressure.  A new relationship is a lot of work for everyone.  Add to that the harsh eyes of these vultures that disguise themselves as fans and rip Grace apart at every possible opportunity and I spent many hours on the verge of tears.  

How can we, as women, possibly look ourselves in the mirror and not feel that something is lacking or could use improvement when that is all the media ever really tells us.  Bad bikini pics of actresses on a beach, best and worst dressed red carpet looks, snapping photos of actors just trying to get some coffee; they are all part of the vicious cycle that has become an industry of self image destruction.  

“Pick your path. You don’t get to decide how the public reacts.  You only get to decide how you react.  True, very true. Victim? Warrior? Pick. Your. Path.”

I learned long ago that all of what those magazines show can end up being twisted to whatever story they want to sell and Alice did a great job of getting her readers to look beyond the glitz and glamour to see the people beneath.  I find it amazing that not one person in all of the interviews and blog posts took a second to realize that if this hot, talented, swoon worthy actor found something hot about all of Grace’s curves that maybe, just maybe, she was a wonderful person regardless of what size she wore.  Maybe Jack wanted more, than some vapid shell that could look good for pictures but nothing more than that and found that in this curvy redhead.  Let’s be honest.  She wore a size 8.  Not fat by any standard.  I think that this story really revealed more about what our society full of sheeple tend to see as beauty when they look at a magazine.

All of that being said, there were still MANY sexy times for Gracie and Sweet Nuts.  I love how Alice writes; it makes you feel like Jack is actually craving Grace with every ounce of his heart.

“I just spent two weeks in the desert with a bunch of guys, and if I’m not inside you immediately, I can’t be held responsible for what I might do otherwise, you hear me?”

Well done, Alice!!

Much Love,

Let’s start with a little foreplay…

What would you say is the most embarrassing thing you have done or had done to you?
The great thing about getting older is you no longer care about looking stupid. In fact, you crave it. But when I was about 14, exactly the age when what you care about MOST is being too cool for school, I came out of the girls rest room with my cheerleading skirt tucked into my spankies. And walked right through the senior locker bay amid cat calls and applause. I thought I just looked super cute that day…no.
Craziest Fan moment? 
I haven’t had any “crazy” fan moments, although signing boobs at Book Bash in Orlando last summer was pretty memorable! Mostly people are just incredible sweet and kind, and that’s the best.
Pick one!

Favorite book and/or author? 
The Stand, Stephen King.
Import or Muscle car?
I HATE muscle cars. Can I have an old Range Rover?
Favorite song and/or musician?
Hands down U2. Today, tomorrow, always. The Edge, he does things to me.
White, Dark or Milk Chocolate?
Sam or Dean Winchester?
Christ on a crutch did you hit my sweet spot here. Dean. Mother. Fucking. Dean.

Commando, Boxers or Briefs?
Boxer/Brief combo.
Damon or Stephan Salvatore?
I don’t know these people???
Wine or Mixed drink?
Mixed drink. Bloody Mary or verrrrry Dirty Martini.
Coke or Pepsi?
Biker boy or Rocker dude?
Do you believe in vampires?
I am married to Edward Cullen…so YES. Dur

If you could have a super power what power would you pick?
The power to marry Edward Cullen.
What would you do with your super power if you had it?
See previous response.
Would you abuse your super power? How?
I would break that 107 year old virgin.
Enough foreplay, let’s get it on!

Tell us about your 1st time!
You’d have to ask Mr. Alice about that one…
Screamer, moaner or silent?
Moaner ;)
Whips or chains?
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Bloody Mary.

Do you ever leave home without panties on?
I have been known…
Have you ever had sex while at work (any job)? If so, where?
Not that I’m aware of
What is the strangest place you ever had sex?
Elementary school playground?
What turns you on more, reading a sexual story, watching a porn or listening to sex?
Reading a sexual story while watching porn and listening to sex.
What profession do you find the most arousing sexually?
Nuclear Physicist.

 Does size matter?
Width yes, length not as much.
Do you or have you ever had a “cop” fantasy?
Oh hell yes
Do you or have you ever had a “Delivery Guy” or “Service Man” fantasy?
Oh hell yes
If you were on a bus and got a glimpse up a pantiless girl’s skirt would you keep looking?
Of course!
What is the strangest sexual experience you’ve had?
I can’t answer that…
Funniest sexual experience you've ever had?
Ask Mr. Alice about what happens when I sneeze

Most embarrassing sexual experience?
Ask Mr. Alice about what happens when I sneeze
Dominant or Submissive?
A fantasy you haven't fulfilled yet?
So far so good
Your stand on sex toys?
I’ll stand up for them
Siiiigh, that was fantastic…
How about some pillow talk?

What would you do if you could be a guy for a day?
One thing.
How would you describe yourself so that someone could pick you out?
That super loud gorgeous girl
What's the last thought in your head that involved someone you like?
I miss the girls I was on a Disney vacation with!

What is a question you want me to ask you?
What’s for dinner
What is a question you refuse to answer?
I’ll let you know
Any tats or piercings? If so, where?
No and No
Biggest turn on?
Dreamy eyes
Biggest turn off?
Stinky boy
Pet peeve?
Parents that feed their kids nothing but junk food.
So tell us something nobody knows about you?
Not many know, but I secretly dream of writing a one woman show
What did you think while reading these questions?
These are hilarious
Thank you for answering my naughty questions. Was it as good for you as it was for me?
*smokes e cigarette*

Did you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?
What’s for dinner?

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