Title: Collateral Damage
Author: Elisabeth Grace
Series: Limelight #3
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Hollywood It Girl, Francesca Leon, has just landed the biggest role of her career…one that could clinch an Oscar nomination and open doors. If she’s going to move her career to the next level and work with top directors, she has to nail this part — and keep her sexy, but unreliable leading man from screwing everything up.
Bad boy Calder Fox is the son of Hollywood royalty and fresh out of rehab after his best friend’s death sent him on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. While his fans still love him and the paparazzi stalk him, he’s never taken life, or anything about his career, seriously. He may be charming and drop-dead gorgeous, but if he doesn’t stay sober, he could ruin Frankie’s future and expose her long-hidden family secret to the voracious media.
Behind the scenes
Things heat up during filming and have the potential to become hotter, deeper, and much more real. But can Frankie trust Calder with her secret? Or is he doomed to sabotage his own happiness yet again?
Elisabeth Grace has once again outdone herself with Collateral Damage. This is unquestionably my favorite book in the Limelight series so far! I knew in Picture Perfect that Calder had a story that I wanted to hear and I was anxious to see where Elisabeth would take his journey. I never could have imagined the heartache he would face or the battle he would be waging within himself. Collateral Damage took me by complete surprise and I was constantly shocked as his story unfolded. The sun-kissed California boy is so much more than just a hunky actor and exploring the complexity of his character was an emotional journey. Elisabeth Grace did not let me down. She made me laugh, caused my heart to break, and even had me shedding some tears of both pain and elation. Calder is definitely my favorite of her characters to date and I’m already missing him.
“She continued peppering kisses across my face. Her touch, her concern was soothing. Soon the pain inside began to ease, bit-by-bit. My heart rate slowed and I took in the kindness and compassion she was showing me.”
The best part of this story for me was the authenticity of Calder and Frankie’s relationship. While their connection was obvious and electric, things between them were not smooth sailing. The stark contrast in their upbringings and the way they handled life in the spotlight before meeting each other gave these two an incredible dynamic. They constantly learned from one another, offering each other support and an alternative view with which to consider their struggles. The character growth in this story was exquisite and the best part of this book. Elisabeth Grace colored Calder and Frankie’s story with lighthearted moments of fun, instances of overwhelming emotion, and heated exchanges of sexual tension. Their connection felt deep and genuine, built on years of baggage and held together by the shared challenges of life in the limelight.
“Each touch of her lips giving me a tiny piece of myself back. Each caress depositing a tiny sliver of hope that one day I would find a way to forgive myself.”
We get to see a few of our favorites from the first two books in the series and the nostalgia I felt was instant, alerting me to how attached to this series I’ve become. Elisabeth Grace also introduces a few new characters with the potential to be next in line for their own book in the series and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m already totally intrigued by them. Elisabeth’s writing continues to grow as she perfects her craft, dragging me deeper and deeper into the world she creates with her words. Her voice is fresh, honest, emotive, and fun, always making my heart simultaneously break and burst. I adored the storyline, which gave us so much more than the usual young Hollywood vibe. This story had a weight and significance that shined throughout the story. Caught up in the pace and promise of Frankie and Calder’s journey, I couldn’t have anticipated a more perfect ending to this book. Collateral Damage definitely gave me all the feels and is undoubtedly my favorite book in this series!
Calder’s story is an emotional rollercoaster. He sparks a lot of raw emotion in Collateral Damage. How would you compare writing this character to your others?
It’ll make me sound a little off, but I felt very protective of him while I was writing and I really wanted to just push through and get to the end so that he could have his happy ending.
Calder happens to be my favorite of your Limelight series men. If you HAD to choose, which of the Limelight men would be your favorite?
Oh, that’s SO hard!! I’m going to plead the fifth. They each have some element about them that I adore and it probably depends which day you ask me. 😉
What was your favorite scene in Collateral Damage to write?
Probably the interaction near the end between Calder & Frankie’s mom. I don’t know why, but that felt like a really important scene when I was writing it and I enjoyed it immensely and wanted to do it justice.
Frankie was such a fun character to read. She was easy to connect with and her character really grew over the course of the story. What would you say if your favorite thing about her?
I loved how loyal she was to her mother and that she didn’t see her issues as an anchor dragging her down, but rather was compassionate and protective of those people in her life with issues.
What was the hardest scene in Collateral Damage to write?
Definately when Frankie finds Calder at the beach house and they have sex. I don’t want to give too much away, but it was uncomfortable to get into his head space in that scene and write his character more how he was before the accident vs. after.
What are your writing must haves? Are there things you need to have/surround yourself with when you write?
Not really. I kind-of squeeze the writing in whenever and wherever I can. I’m very nomadic in my writing. Children who aren’t screaming around me usually helps! LOL
We meet several new characters in Collateral Damage with the potential to be next in line for their own book in the Limelight series. Any chance we’ll be seeing any of them soon? Any hints as to who might be up next?
I can honestly say that I’m not sure who I’ll write next. I can confirm though that Hendrix and Jess will get a book, as well as Amber and Deshawn. 🙂
Are you planning on writing any novellas or bonus scenes in the future for the Limelight couples we’ve already met? We’d love to see them enjoying their happily ever afters and maybe a Limelight baby or two! 😉
Mason and Ellie will get another full length book to end the series. There are characters whose story I think will be better told in a novella rather than a full length novel, but I’ll have to see what happens when I start writing them. I do have a couple of ideas for bonus material for Limelight fans, but I’d have to wait until a few more books in the series are out to make it happen. But, no hints as to what they are! 😉
If Frankie and Calder each had to describe the other in one word, what would it be?
Frankie would describe Calder as more-than-meets-the-eye, and Calder would describe Frankie as everything-that-matters. See what I did there with the hyphens? One word is so hard!!
If Collateral Damage had a theme song that best personified Calder’s story, what would it be?
Oh, that’s hard. I’d have to say probably either Bridge Burning by the Foo Fighters or Hotel California by The Eagles. I had Bridge Burning be the song on the radio when the accident with Akoni happened because I thought it was the perfect song for what would be the climax to Calder’s fall from grace. Then there’s Hotel California which is about the excess in American culture and materialism and that overindulgence is a lot of what lead Calder to that point of being in the car with Akoni in the first place. Can I pick both? 😉
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