Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Primetime Princess by Lindy DeKoven (Review)

About the Book

High heels, hijinks, and head honchos in Hollywood

Alexa Ross has risen to the top of the Hollywood boys’ club. As the vice president of comedy development at Hawkeye Broadcasting System, Alexa has put her early years working as an assistant to Jerry Kellner, her sex-crazed former boss, behind her.

However, nepotism lands Jerry a plum spot at HBS…reporting to Alexa! Soon Jerry’s malicious behavior is destroying everything good in Alexa’s life, from the young student she tutors to the romance she thought she’d never find. Can Alexa win the battle for ratings and break through the glass ceiling, even if it destroys her—and everything she loves?

Sharp, witty, and heartwarming, Primetime Princess is an unforgettable sneak peek into the exclusive behind-the-scenes drama that occurs over the course of one TV development season.



My Review

Alexa Ross is one tough cookie and she intends to make it to the top of the heap at the HBS TV Network.  She's on her way to a major promotion until her former boss is given a position working for her.  The guy is a real sleaze and takes every opportunity to undermine her success.  It just makes Alexa more determined than ever to succeed.

Along the way Alexa volunteers to tutor a student and falls in love with a teacher.  It's difficult to juggle a high pressure career with a romance with someone not in the business.  It's more than just a bumpy ride for Alexa and Gordon.

Although the book started off a bit slow, it picked up right away and kept on going.  With the author's background in network TV, she is obviously writing with from her own personal knowledge and experience in the field.  She describes everything in a way that makes the reader feel as if they are right there on the studio floor.

She also points out how difficult it is for women to crack into the Hollywood "Boys Club", although I do believe it's that way in many other types of business too.

Readers will feel strongly for Alexa and cheer her on, but it's not an easy road.  I would love to read a sequel to this book.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author

Lindy DeKoven is a seasoned television executive, producer and author. As Executive Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for NBC Entertainment and NBC Productions, DeKoven oversaw projects such as the Emmy award-winning "Merlin," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Odyssey," "Serving In Silence," as well as "A Woman of Independent Means," "The 60's," "Noah's Ark," "The Temptations," and "Crime & Punishment," and many more.

DeKoven has served as a television executive at Disney and Warner Brothers and was Executive Producer of a CBS sitcom and numerous comedy and drama pilots under a deal at CBS/Paramount. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission on the Status of Women, which she chaired for several years, and to the California Film Commission, where she continues to serve.

DeKoven sat on the Board of the Governor and First Lady's Women's Conference of California, the Koreh LA Literacy Group, the Museum of Television Executive Roundtable, The AFI Second Decade Council, The AFI Women's Directing Workshop Advisory Committee, Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the Women in Film Executive Committee. She is currently featured in the documentary film "Miss Representation" and recently released her debut fiction novel, PRIMETIME PRINCESS.


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