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Narrated by: Ann Etter
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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From a young age, Cobie Galloway made a career of playing the girl-next-door on the silver screen. Only, she's not a teenager anymore. Ready to challenge herself artistically and earn the part she's always dreamed of, she's forced to face the realization that in order to win the roles afforded to edgier actresses, she might first have to audition by playing someone edgier in her day-to-day life.

Pop star Lila Wilder built a multimedia empire by always having her finger on the pulse of what's hot. However, as she struggles to produce her next smash hit record, she's finding it hard to keep her name in the public eye, and a string of tumultuous relationships with Hollywood boy toys no longer captivates anyone's attention.

Both women tentatively agree to a headline-grabbing fauxmance, with two simple rules: Always stick to the script, and never forget that on the stage of public perception, nothing is real. Can two women find love in a world of carefully crafted illusions, or will a successful charade mean the potential for something more gets left on the cutting-room floor?

©2018 Rachel Spangler (P)2019 Rachel L. Spangler

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Gah, narration!

Lila’s one of the main characters, has a lot of dialogue. The voice Ann Etter chose for that character was unbearable. The other parts were okay but it was work to get past such irritating narration

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A Crackling Drama about Love and Social Media

Highly recommended. The wonderful narration by Ms. Etter keeps the action moving.

The premise is droll - two women entertainers accept their scheming managers plan to have them stage a wild public relations campaign: the two will live together VERY publicly while attracting as much media attention as possible. The (straight) cynical pop music star is creating her latest album; the (lesbian) actress wants to crash her teen ingenue image to fight for a dramatic role she feels only she can bring to life.

The opening sequence with the managers is high-level farce, but the story opens up as the two women examine how this live-action drama fits self-interest and self-awareness. Two women who barely know each other discover even a penthouse can provide insufficient personal space. And both carry baggage from previous, less public, relationships.

Along the way there are warm moments and huge arguments, a lot of female-empowerment and a few side trips regarding celebrity and its coverage in new media, ageism, heterosexism, the horror of conversion therapy and one ringing soliloquy about the value of books. Hear hear!

A very good story. It would make a terrific movie, but I won't hold my breath. DR. .

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I was predisposed to hating one character

I often enjoy the alt celebrity romance, especially because it usually involves people needing to overcome their own need for vanity in order to gain happyness
I also, however, have a certain prejudice against people like the pop star. I get that she has a past, but so does everyone. I get that her intense drive to be a celebrity instead of an artist is rooted in a need to protect herself but it still gets to me. nothing good came from clinging to vanity and pride.
Even with all that, I did end up really enjoying the story. I think that's mostly to do with the actress who is who I secretly wish my celebrity crushes are in real life. Just in the industry to be an artist and down to earth.
The narrator did fine for the most part. But her voice for the singer was just annoying, high pitched, like Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory but constant.

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Great Story

loved this book. I was actually my first by Rachel Spangler and I totally enjoyed listening to it read by Ann Etter. i will be looking for more by both of them

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A must read!

I loved everything about this book! The story was awesome and the characters were interesting. The narrator did a great job with the different voices for the characters.

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Story was great! Voice for Lila, not so great

I did Enjoy the story as well as the pace and flow... but the voice choice for Lila nearly ruined the whole book for me. I almost stopped listening numerous times because the voice was just like nails on a chalkboard for me. I don't know if she was going for Miss Piggy, Mikey Mouse, or a Michael Jackson, but whatever it was, was just not a good choice. Had I not been reading it for a book club I would have thrown in the towel. I recommend just reading the story for yourself, don't audible it. Sorry.

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Ice Queen she is not but guarded

When you believe the truth of someone you thought you could trust. Family members can hurt but to find a someone to bring back from the darkness is rare. The story takes you in and you feel like you have feelings for the characters.

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Lila's voice...

The story was pretty good but occasionally Lila's voice errs on the side of Miss Piggy

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Awesome Book

Really liked performer. One of the best single readers I have heard. Story was strong, and that helped.

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Loved this book

Just like her other books this one is well written, great story line, great well developed characters
the narration was excellent most of the times I just didn’t like the babyish voice Ann Etter gave to one of the two main characters, other than that, loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-19

Sweet

I loved it! I started reading it yesterday and finished today . Couldn't put it down until I finished it.

Amazing fake relationship, celebrity romance with a great melting the ice queen component. Loved it.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-19-19

Great book, uneven reading performance

The reader spoiled this for me, the voice she chose for lila was awful...to my ears. This writer is great, and I think this story was also good, but the reader made it hard to tell... Such a shame. The sample didn't really reveal this, or I wasn't focusing when I heard it... Not sure which.

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  • TomL
  • 02-09-19

unputdownable

A great read. After starting in, I could not put it down until it was finished. I even read the "credits".