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
Another good one from SEP. quite convoluted and some of the characters a little far fetched but all-in-all an entertaining romance.
All business but contemporary fun!
Yes, I would cut most of the scenes with her mom! She is such an unlikable character and a good third of the book is about her which is disappointing because Fleur is a solid woman and I wanted to know more about her and Jake, who could have also been more intricate than he was presented.
I was disappointed in the quality of the recording, couldn't get into the story. Music kept interrupting out of the blue and kept me sidetracked from what was happening in the book. Plus the story was very scattered....
I have loved almost every SEP book I've read - and I've read almost all of them. One exception is Glitter Baby. While I was happy that I read/listened to it, the narration was annoying and made me not enjoy the listen. The narrator whines a lot - or at least draws out her words so that they sound whiney. I realize that she has very big shoes to fill in the narration; Anna Fields was arguably just the best, specially for SEP banter. A SEP fan will enjoy the book, but may have to get beyond the narrator to truly enjoy this book.
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.......
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