Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.
What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life.
It's a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie's nonsupporting cast doesn't help. There's Bram's punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie's own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband's new wife, who can't get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world. As for Georgie's leading man, Bram's giving the performance of his life, but he's never cared about anyone except himself, and it's not exactly clear why.
Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.
©2009 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Literally could not stop listening to this fabulous and entertaining story. Once again, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has created characters who can make you laugh and then cry within minutes. Her romantic comedy is unmatched because the heroine is someone you love and understand. When she hurts, the reader hurts. One of the best things about Ms. Phillips' books is there is always a happy ending and you feel so good when the end comes, although, I always want more when it is over!
I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.
The book kept me interested from beginning to end and my hats off to the narrator. Anna Fields is a hard act to follow and I missed her. The humor seems to be missing that I am used to finding in SEP books. I enjoyed the book and hope that in her next release the author finds her sense of humor again.
Always engaging books, and this one is no exception. I agree that Anna Fields narration was the best - and in fact, this book is dedicated to her. Her death was a real loss for audio book listeners.
I am combining this review with Glitter Baby to save myself the aggravation of repeating myself.
Seriously, when is SEP going to stop ripping off the headlines? I am (and after this book might change that to a "was") a fan of SEP ever since
Ain't She Sweet, but after reading this I don't know what I feel anymore. She released this about the same time she re-released "Glitter Baby" and I mistakenly (BIG TIME) downloaded both of them at the same time.
I don't want to admit to my age, but I'll admit to my Hollywood curiosity when I say SEP totally RIPPED OFF Hollywood scandals for Glitter Baby. Look up Clark Gable/Loretta Young's secret daughter if you don't belive me. And she came dangerously close to ripping off Lana Turner's scandal when she wrote about Glitter Baby's stepfather Alexi. I was waiting for the climatic stab scene, but SEP went in another direction. A sucky direction at that. I was left with a feeling of "That's it?!?!?!!"
Now she has blantantly ripped off the Brangelina vs Jennifer Aniston scandal for What I Did For Love. If I wanted to read about that crap, I'd pick up a tabloid. She obviously has a certain opinion of the Brangelina scandal and used the book to voice it.
She rushed the end because she didn't know where to go with it. Did she seriously think what the hero did to win the heroine was romantic?!? The video? How stupid was that? It's pretty damn sad when the hottest scene in the whole book was between the father and the ex-publicist in the front seat of a car. I could have cared less about Georgie and whats his name. I wanted more of the dad and the publicist.
I'm disgusted. I wish I could get my credits back and read something else.
SEP needs to get back to what she does best. And she needs to find a different narrator. No offense to the current reader, but she just can't capture the true character. Her voice never changes.
All business but contemporary fun!
I enjoyed the journey between the two characters, particularly Georgie's discovery of her true self and Bram's new character. The story unfolds beautifully from their teenage past to the now complicate lives. Their hatred was founded in their early success with Georgie the responsible one and Bram the spoiled young celebrity. Now their career struggles are identical in the post- hit tv show world (a novelty for a SEP book :) where they are trying to establish themselves as series actors.
I give the story 2 stars because its obvious where the "inspiration" came from. Besides that, the underlying plot is entertaining as always.
I really enjoyed this "book". There was more going on in the story besides the main characters. It makes you think the frog can turn in to a prince. Well worth the credit.
I loved this book and couldn't stop listening to it. I used the time to clean parts of my house that haven't been clean in years! I was saddened when I heard the dedication to Anna Fields and following some research learned that she had passed away. Ms. Fields brought so much life to SEP's books, but Julia Gibson is a worthy succesor.
This isn't going to win any Pulitzers or change any lives, but I found it to be enjoyable enough. I agree with some other sentiments that it wasn't exactly like I was just dying to hear what happened next, but I also wasn't reluctant to hear more. It definitely made my commute more enjoyable, and that is what counts.
This is the second book that I have really, really not like from Ms. Phillips - I have all her books, and I have enjoyed all of them up until these last two. My favorites have been Aint She Sweet and Natural Born Charmer. I bought Glitter Baby and actually hated it. Now this one which has almost no plot or depth to it at all. Even the sex seemed sleezy. I hope this is now what her future books will be like.
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