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How did this happen?

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

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  • Adrian
  • Fairborn, OH, USA
  • 05-11-09

Enjoyable

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

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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  • Cynthia
  • Ridgeway, VA, USA
  • 02-24-09

What happened?

I just finished listening to Natural Born Charmer and actually laughed out loud several times. Imagine my surprise when I downloaded "What I Did For Love." What Happened? I realize that part of the problem was not having Anna Fields/Kate Fleming narrate, but there was no humor in this story. It's like two different people wrote this and "Natural Born Charmer." I have heard that her older books have more humor in them and will probably stick to those and not bother with any new titles.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Round Rock TX
  • 02-20-09

A sour note

I always enjoyed the sharp wit of Phillips' books. Unfortunately this has a decidedly mean streak to the writing. It is hard to warm up to the characters as a result. The narrator's sing-song reading is difficult to listen to for long periods. While no one can replace Anna Fields, there are many narrators that could have made this a better listening experience.

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-28-17

I liked the anticipation and emotions I felt.

STORY BRIEF:
Georgie and Bram starred in a TV sitcom for eight years. Bram was unreliable due to drugs, alcohol and sex. Georgie initially liked Bram but he hurt her during his bad boy days. Now they dislike/hate each other. Georgie is a good girl. Everyone loves her. She married Lance an A list movie star. Lance had an affair, divorced Georgie and married Jade (think Angelina Jolie). Georgie is tired of everyone feeling sorry for her and believes that if she gets married, the tabloids will leave her alone. Bram and Georgie accidentally show up at the same party in Las Vegas. Someone drugs their drinks, and they wake up the next morning shocked to find they are married. They decide to stay married for awhile; each has their own reasons.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I love this author’s talent. She doesn’t churn out books as fast as I would like, because she writes quality which takes time. Georgie and Bram insult and lie to each other. The conversations are clever and entertaining. I loved the character development. There are several characters who change, grow, become better, or become different by the end of the story. Whenever I put the book down to do something else, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. It’s a little longer than most romance novels, and I enjoyed every minute.

REVIEWER’S COMMENT TO OTHER REVIEWERS:
I noticed some reviewers complained that it was too much like the Jen/Brad/Angie saga, but I say who cares what it was like. It was entertaining. There are only a limited number of story lines out there for romance novels. Every story I’ve read has already been told by someone else. The key is the author’s voice, and this author’s voice is one of the best. Some reviewers said they didn’t like Georgie and Bram. I didn’t think about that as I was reading the book, but I agree that some of their early actions were not likeable. However, by the end of the book they both had gone through changes from who they were eight years earlier. I liked the people they became and many of the things they did for others. The best part of the book was all the changes that various characters went through, not just Georgie and Bram, but others as well. In addition, the period of dislike created some interesting conflict and entertaining dialogue.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Julia Gibson did an excellent job. But for some undefinable reason I think I preferred reading this instead of listening to it.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 401 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 7. Setting: Los Angeles area, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mexico. Copyright: 2009. Genre: contemporary romance.

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Where is the real SEP?

If you want an extremely insipid reading along with s very juvenile story, just hang in. It's there. Return in gas soon as I finish this. Hopping for MUCH better next book.

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Read this one over and over!!

Borrowed the library copy of this book and just had to add it to my collection by this extremely talented author. The characters and story hold your interest to the end! Ms Gibsons narration always bring s the books to life.

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What I Did For Love

I don't know what all the complaints are about!! One reviewer said how awful it was that SEP ripped off the headlines to make this story. Where do you think writers get their ideas for their books? SEP took an interesting idea and turned it into an entertaining story for us to enjoy. I read so many negative reviews that I had to listen to it twice to see what I had missed. All I heard was a very entertaining story that was well paced with some twists and surprises along the way. In fact, I had a hard time turning it off so I could get some sleep! There was plenty of humor and even a few tears involved. As for the narrator, I thought Julia Gibson's narration was very well done. She differentiated between the male characters just fine. Anna Fields was a great narrator and she will be greatly missed, but I will be happy to listen to Julia Gibson anytime. Keep up the good work, SEP!!

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The narrator ruined the book

So spoiled by Anna Fields. Hard to listen to the narrator. She was awful. Read the book instead of listen

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Great book!

I finished in 2 days! Maybe a little unrealistic but I love romantic happy endings!