Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be. An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?
©2009 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
mother, wife, artist
The novel starts off great, i love the throw back to old hollywood, the last few hours of the book begin to feel like the story shifts too much to the psyche of the male lead character and the female lead becomes a typical desperate lady left in the lurch for my tastes. Overall i enjoyed this book, i have listened to it twice. But again, the shift in the story in the last few hours just lost my interest.
I've bought several SEP books and love them for their wit and romance. Five hours of listening and I haven't encountered either. It's not necessarily bad, but it's not good either. It is NOTHING like the previous books in the so-called series (I have no idea why it's even listed as part of the series) and it's nothin like her Stars Series either.
There is NO humor like most of her books. Plus, the book randomly stops to play some 70's porn like music.
The narrator wasn't bad.
Cut out the first two hours of back story and add the humor we're use to seeing in SEP books.
Don't waste the credit. I saw some bad reviews and thought it couldn't be that bad, but yes, it IS THAT bad. And I'm only half way through it. Hopefully it will improve.
Story, and the performance..of the reader was captivating. Kept my interest the entire time.
Really enjoyed this book!
This was one of those books that I was sorry to see end. It started a bit slow and got better and better. I laughed out loud in parts which is not easy to make me do. It was entertaining and I now look forward to reading other books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Hope they are as entertaining as this one was!
No problems with the narrator, but the story....
Dialogue was unrealistic - cringe-creating at it's best; throw the ipod across the room at it's worst. Characters were boring! There were several times I wanted to just listen to the news and give up on the book, but I struggled through. The ending - not worth it.
This is NOT indicative of SEP's other books. This one was a 3 on a scale of 10; the others were all 8+.
I have really enjoyed SEP books, but this one let me down. Full of weak female characters that need to get a clue. Depressing relationships filled with constant loss, this much tragedy in one book is not believeable. I tried, but couldn't finish it.......
I missed the humor I have come to expect from Ms. Phillips's books. The story line is good but it is a bit of a downer. The title sounds fun but the book, unfortunately, is not. I went back and read some of the other reviews and I agree with most of them. If you have listened to many of her books and are a fan of her work, you will probably be disappointed in this book. Not that there is anything wrong with it. It is actually a good story, very well written. It's just that when I pick up one of her books - I'm looking for FUN - not melancholy.
The narrator had big shoes to fill. While she did a good job with this book, no one is Anna Fields! That lady will be missed by all of us for many years!
When she brought herself back to build her company
Just like Anna Fields, Julia brings the book to life! Fabulous job!
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This is one of the best SEP books I have read. This is not all flowery like some of the others, but I loved it. I cried and laughed. I thought the ending was a little weird but overall great book.
If you like Jackie Collins, you will like this (I dont).
I you like Susan Phillips when she is funny and light, this book will be a sad dissapointment.
Unless you skip at least the first seven chapters you will find yourself in a quagmire of misery listening to this story. I would save your money for other Phillips books.
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