Synopsis from Goodreads
Once upon a time, Cora Landers was America’s Sweetheart and destined to be the Next Big Thing in Hollywood—but that was before her sex tape ruined her image and eliminated her contracts. These days, instead of being an A-lister, she’s divorce attorney to the A-listers. So when her ex—and fellow sex tape star—Jack shows up, needing her expertise, she wants nothing to do with it.
Jack McArthur might have costarred in that sex tape, but he didn’t share Cora’s fate—instead of tanking his career, the tape skyrocketed it. Now, as one of Hollywood’s most buzzed about new directors, Jack has everything to lose—especially when he wakes up after a friend’s bachelor party gone wrong to find that he’s apparently married a woman he’s never met before…and now can’t find. Desperate, he goes to the only person who he knows can help—Cora.
Cora reluctantly agrees to help Jack—both because he’s offering an absurd amount of money and because she loves seeing him at a disadvantage for once. Neither of them anticipate the very real problem of their being unable to keep their hands off each other—or that Jack’s accidental marriage might be anything but accidental. With both her heart and career on the line—again—Cora has to decide if she’s going to take the high road or leave Jack hanging in the wind the same way he left her twelve years ago.
I loved the support system Cora and Brooklyn provided in Prom Queen. so I jumped at the chance to get to know them both better.
Cora is the central character in Ties That Bind. having been a Hollywood A Lister from a very young age, Cora’s world exploded following the release of a sex tape, overnight tanking her career and painting her in an unfavourable light where her relationships were concerned. However, there was a lot more to the scandal that appearances would suggest. Re-inventing herself as a highly successful lawyer, Cora, understandably, loathes all of the hoopla that surrounds Hollywood, distancing herself from the anonymity and keeping a low profile over the past ten years has worked very well for her, even if she is feeling the twinges of boredom. However, all aspects of her carefully woven life threaten to come unravelled when Jack makes a reappearance in her life.
Jack was the co-star (conspirator) in the infamous tape that tanked Cora’s career, and thanks to the double standard we have in society, skyrocketed Jack’s career. Transitioning from actor to director, Jack has maintained a squeaky clean public persona apart from the one incident but following a bachelor weekend in Vegas, his whole world is threatened. The only person he can trust to help him is Cora.
Although Cora and Jack’s previous interaction was of a rather delicate nature, and they have had no contact following the release of the tape, there is no denying the sparks that erupt between them from the moment they are reunited. They connect on so many levels, and it is obvious that what is happening between Jack and Cora is the real deal. Unfortunately, the past and Cora’s emotional barriers alongside her perception of life in the public eye create some pretty hefty obstacles to pursuing a lasting relationship.
I adored Jack and the way in which he was able to help Cora work through her issues in order to put them firmly on the path to their happily ever after ♥