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Peek Inside Blackmailed by the Hero

Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. She’s going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex, no-fraternization rules be damned. But when a case of drunken directions lands her in bed with her brother's off-limits best friend, instead, Vicky’s busted. To protect her from herself, Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him—and only him—and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart...and Dante’s on course to do just that.

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The wrong bed. The wrong guy. 

Party planner Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. Not only does she intend to land her dream promotion, she’s going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex. Preferably with the hunky actor she just met at a work function, no-fraternization rules be damned. Fortunately, his drunken directions included a right that should have been a left, landing her in bed with her brother’s extra-hot, extra-off-limits best friend instead of the unemployment line.

And, oh, he feels good. Too good.

Bad boy Dante Palladino’s forbidden fantasies are about to come true…until Vicky realizes who she’s feeling up. And to find out she risked her job for sex with some loser? Not on his watch. Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him—and only him—and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart…and Dante’s on course to do just that.


"Julie Particka out did herself with this book." --Angela, Goodreads

"Loved this one! The chemistry between Vicky and Dante was amazing. The story was very well done and grabbed my attention immediately. Couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this one!" --Bette Hansen, Goodreads

"The two of them together is a powerful combination, and definitely made for a great romantic tale. Can't wait for more by Julie Particka!" --Thoughts at One in the Morning

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753167
Series: Gone Hollywood, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 11, 2015
Page Count: 219
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: blackmail, older brother's best friend

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By Claire July 28, 2015

3.5 - "Don't knock the vaj - those things can take a pounding and come back for more." Stars!

I really enjoyed Blackmailed by the Hero, being the second book in Julie Particka’s Gone Hollywood series we are now given Vicky Stone’s story, she is the younger sister of Actor Evan Stone (book one).

Dante ...more

By Mandy July 31, 2015

Vicky's best friend convinces her she needs to have a wild night of no strings sex. She's been divorced for two years and is more focused on her career, she's a waitress trying to work her way up to event planner. On the night she's looking for a little fun. she's working as a waitress at a party wi ...more

By Janey August 10, 2015

3.5 "Does this mean i'm special?" stars

Having met Evan Stone in the first in this series, this story follows the trials and tribulations of his sister, Vicky Stone.

Not wanting any handouts from her family, Vicky finds herself a year on from divorcing her husband, and attempting to make a life for he ...more

By Devika July 27, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.. ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? August 10, 2015

There are a lot of things to like about this story. Unfortunately, none of them are or relate to, leading lady, Vicky Stone.

Full review will be up with the sun. ...more

By Deborah June 13, 2017

Vicky and Dante have known each other for years.  Dante is Evan, Vicky's brother's, best friend. They first met a bit before Vicky was to be married and there were sparks then.  Evan didn't want that event ruined, so she was warned to stay away as well as Dante.

Now, it's five years later and Vicky i ...more

By Angela August 06, 2015

Vicky is no stranger to Hollywood and definitely no stranger to the alluring Dante. Vicky is in the process of rebuilding her life after becoming a divorce woman. The last thing she wants is a new man to consume her, and Dante is the man who has that very power. Vicky is looking to hook-up with some ...more

By Bette July 31, 2015

Vicky Stone just needs one night to really let loose and have a little fun. When she meets a bad boy actor at a party she's working, she decides tonight is that night! When she sneaks into his room and his bed later that night, she's in for a little surprise!!

Dante has secretly lusted after Vicky fo ...more

By Irene August 10, 2015

3.5 stars

Blackmailed By The Hero was a quick, fun and enjoyable read.

I liked both Dante and Vicky, their love story was entertaining and held my interest from start to end.

Looking forward to reading more from Julie Particka in the near future.

Thank you Entangled Brazen via Netgalley for the advance ...more

By Bec June 30, 2017

Vicky Stone has decided she doesn't need a man to make her happy, but her best friend has thrown her a challenge to find a man and get laid. Except somehow, Vicky ends up in the wrong room only to discover her brother's best friend, Dante Palladino is on the receiving end of her attention. So, when ...more

By Mariah March 29, 2020

Dante and Vicky were a fun pair and I really liked this book. Dante sounded so sexy with his Dwayne Johnson wrestling to actor back ground. He also saved a few damsels on set as well which makes him even more attractive. Vicky is picking up to pieces of what her Ex left behind from the divorce. With ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) August 17, 2015

This story for once was different in the fact that the woman, Vicky Stone, didn’t want to be saved or taken care of by a knight in shining armor. It rested on her wanting to do so alone yet almost to solo. And at a risk to her safety. Vicky was a totally different than most LA types though. She cou ...more

By Penny August 16, 2015

3.5 Dreamy Alpha ex-Fighter Stars

This story is really about how sometimes big brothers mess up. Bad.

Vicky has been dependant and leaned on people all her life, whether at home her mother, her brother (a famous actor) and later on with her husband. She never lived by herself until she finally gets di ...more

By Becky August 23, 2015

Darn it, I completely spaced out and haven't yet read book one in this series, Tempting Her Fake Fiancé . I have no excuse--I own it, for pete's sake; fortunately, it didn't matter at all where book two in the series is concerned. I really enjoyed the author's voice here and the snippets we saw o ...more

By Adria's Musings September 24, 2015

Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

Recently divorced party planner Vicky Stone is trying to work her way up to her dream promotion without capitalizing on her Hollywood connections. Along t ...more

By Sheri January 19, 2016

Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.

Sneaking into the wrong bed mixed with a little second chance romance...the promise of laughter and steamy fun ...more

By Angela October 11, 2015

Holy Hotness! Blackmailed by the Hero is one smoking hot book. Never before has a wrong turned lead to such a perfect ending.

About two years ago, Vicky’s life got turned upside down- her husband wanted out. Instead of wailing in self-pity Vicky put her big gal pants on and decided to make something ...more

By Amber August 02, 2015

Stubborn is as stubborn does.. and Vicky Stone is as stubborn as it gets. Determined to make a go of life, ON HER OWN, following a painful divorce - she is working as a low paid entertainment waitress just hoping for the chance to move up to party planner.
Dante Palladino is a former professional wr ...more

By Tanya July 25, 2015

Rating 3.5 to 4 stars

Vicky is post divorce and slowly hoping to work her way up in the party planning business in LA. Currently, she is at the bottom rung, waitress. The book opens with her serving at a party filled with people she recognizes as friends or associates of her brother (at movie star). ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) August 02, 2015

Vicky Stone is recently divorced and finally living her life on her own terms, she is ready to get over her ex-husband, by indulging in a guilt free one night stand. So when a hunky actor offers her just that she is all to eager to take him up on his offer. He gives her all of his room details and t ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) August 27, 2015

3.5 Stars

Vicky Stone is on a quest to do something out of the ordinary for her in celebration of her divorce: indulge in a one-night stand and she has just the perfect person in mind. Due to a mistake, she finds herself in the wrong bed, with her brother's best friend.

Five years ago, Dante Palladin ...more

By Jen August 09, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Blackmailed by the Hero is the second book in the Gone Hollywood series by author Julie Particka and turns the spotlight on Vicky Stone, who was briefly introduce ...more

By Melanie August 12, 2015

At first I thought this story was going to be about a couple of young guys trying to get one woman, but I was wrong. Vicky is just coming off of a bad divorce where her ex used her and cheated on her. It is hard for Vicky to get over these things and she just wants to work and make a way for herself ...more

By April August 09, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****

Vicky is getting over a divorce, one that was very stressful and extremely painful. She is also learning to be more independent. She is working as a waitress and putting her money back so she can open her own business someday. At ...more

By Jessica August 06, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

I read Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, the first book in the Gone Hollywood series, last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was driving me nuts waiting on the next book in the series, but it was worth the wait to read Vicky and D ...more

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Julie Particka

About the author

Julie Particka

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor's degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love--writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all. She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she's pretty sure there's no way it can fail...except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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