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Playing with Her Heart

Caught Up in Love, Book 4
Series: Caught Up in Love, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (413 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-three-year-old rising theater star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she's happy, pretending her long-distance crushes add up to something real, pretending she's not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. Cast in her first Broadway show, she desperately needs to keep her façade intact, but that's before she comes face to face with her devastating new boss....

Hotshot director Davis Milo knows the first rule of directing: Never fall for your leading lady. Captivated by Jill's raw talent, he fights his feelings, but watching Jill on-stage with another man is more than his jealous streak can take. Keeping things professional isn't an option. He wants all of her. Soon the ingénue and her director are staying late in the empty theatre, their private rehearsals spiraling into new, forbidden territory. Caught up between fiction and reality, Jill struggles to find the truth in all their staged kisses. But how can she be sure that what she feels is real, and not a part of the play? And when two people spend their lives pretending, what happens after the final curtain falls?

©2013 Lauren Blakely (P)2014 Tantor

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Love the book and the audio made me love it more

If you could sum up Playing with Her Heart in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, romantic and perfect

What other book might you compare Playing with Her Heart to and why?

Bad romeo, because of the theater component

What does Todd Haberkorn and Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Love their performances, the did great for the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me love more Davis Milo

Any additional comments?

This is my fav book by Lauren, she always give me great new books and book boyfriends but I never forget about Davis Milo

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Still loving Lauren Blakely's books.

Jill is an actress who just got her first role in a Broadway production: in the chorus and understudy for the lead actress who is notoriously unreliable. Acting has been her life since high school and she attributes it (and Patrick Carlson, who she fancies herself in love with) to how she was able to start living again. Despite living her life and finding happiness, though, she carries a weight around in the form of memories and letters kept in a locked wooden box on her nightstand.

Davis is a sought after director for both Broadway performances and movies. He loves what he does but has two rules: first, no dating actresses; second, no dating actresses. After a bad experience with an Madelyn Blane, an actress who was more concerned with her career than with their relationship, he has sworn off of them.

When he sees Jill audition he desperately wants her as the lead for the musical. Unfortunately, the financial backers demand Alexis Carbone as the lead under the threat of cancelling his contract if he doesn't agree. Alexis is an established and much-loved actress and will draw people to the musical. Fortunately for both Davis and Jill, Alexis is flaky and gives Jill her chance to emerge on the Broadway scene as the lead in Crash the Moon.

Despite being convinced she's in love with Patrick (the male lead in the show) and has been for years, Jill is drawn to Davis. Though Davis explicitly tells Jill he doesn't date actresses, he finds himself breaking his own rules. When Davis finally tells Jill how he feels, his words are reminiscent of the last letter she received and she freaks out and runs. With the help of Davis, Jill is able to put that tragedy behind her and be utterly and truly happy for the first time in six years. The story has minimal drama (if you don't count the thespian variety) and is quite light and sweet. This book can be read as a stand-alone if desired. The book features a HEA ending with no cliffhanger.

Todd Haberkorn and Emily Durante do a great job of narrating the story, especially Todd. I very much enjoyed his voice.

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I loved this book!

This is a definite 5 star book. Jill is a struggling actress who has lived her life fantasizing about her favorite actor. She finally gets the opportunity to work with him. She thinks she is living her dream until she starts to fall for Davis, her director. The only problem is that she doesn't know if his feelings are true or if he's just helping her become a better actress. This is a must read love story!

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Where did they find the female narrator?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book maybe if they were looking for some brain candy reading... the audio book? No. The narration was too bad.

What didn’t you like about Todd Haberkorn and Emily Durante ’s performance?

The female narrator ruined this one for me. The male was alright although his female voices were grating. It wasn't a case of "oh this narration isn't be best but I can get past it.." it was a case of "Oh my ears! My poor ears!"

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Good, Fun and Aaargh Story!

This is a good story and I did enjoy it up until the last 90 minutes, then had to skip past about 30 minutes or so of overly repetitive self blame and doubt. If you like Lauren Blakely as I do, you will like this story a lot. If you haven't read her stories before and don't mind steamy stories, you will like this book. If you love overblown angst, you will worship this story.

I liked both readers and they captured the tone and tenor of the story. Will I continue to read Lauren's books... Hell yes. Do I wish that she would reduce some of the angst... Yup!

On a serious note, this story touches on a serious topic of which I will not disclose (never give spoilers). Much of the self doubt stems from this topic and millions of people suffer from it which then impacts everyone in their circle. I, for one, have been impacted by said topic and appreciate Lauren's willingness to both tackle it and to provide good advice for dealing with it.

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Couldn’t finish

I just get through this one. The story itself wasn’t great, but I probably could have stuck with it if there had been better narration. The female voice was just terrible. The male sounded like a cross between Regis Philbin and Donald Trump. Not exactly what I need to be picturing for a steamy romantic scene lol

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I almost stop listening. But I always finish.

ok because she whines way to much. shut up and say what on her mind. why do she always have to go to the edge before she realize she could win .

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Hard to get past most of Emily Durante's narration

I'm about 3/4 into this book and I'm struggling. I've listened to Todd Haberkorn before, he's believable and does more than just a good job with female voices. However, the female narrator is so affected I feel like I'm listening to a bad impression of a Marilyn Monroe wanna be. Not all of Emily Durante's narration is that same giggly, breathy or over the top characterization so it is clear she can deliver a better product.

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It was okay

I didn't hate it, but I didn't really get into the story line. It just wasn't as attention-grabbing to me as most of the other books in the series.
The narrators did a good job, but I just couldn't get into the story to be entertained from beginning to end.

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I just don’t understand...

I’ve read plenty of Ms. Blakley’s books that l really enjoyed, like Trophy Husband, fun book, fabulous narrator. The moving trilogy about the couple who were recovering sex addics, No Regrets, read by Erin Mallon who narrated this story with so much heart and passion. But then comes along a book like this and it’s like it was written by someone else. It would certainly be wonderful if we all could find our sexual and emotional soul mates the way Jill and Davis were supposed to be, they were panting all over each other from the get go. Really taking the time to know each other would have made more sense but All they could think or talk about was sex, or having sex where anyone could find them, at work, at a restaurant, in a limo, at a gala etc.. And I’m thinking, what the fuck, if this man really cares for Jill he wouldn’t place her in these precarious positions where anyone could find them. I have to say, If a guy asked me to masterbate in a public place, I would leave him in a heartbeat. This isn’t romance to me, call it what it is, just lust. And yes, the narrator did a poor job with this, and the other books she read in this series.

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 05-09-17

A steamy and emotional ride


You are in for a Steamy & Emotional Ride!

Davis Milo is the ideal Man! If he was a Biscuit he would be a Cookie, Hard and sometimes a bit tough to break on the outside but take off the top and there is a sweet, soft, lickable centre!

You Will Fall In Love With Jill, I did, she is Wonderful You are routing for her the whole way through, i shed a tear for her, was her cheerleader, and shouted Go Girl when., Well You know When!

Jill is not a sniveller for no reason, she doesn't run or whinge for no reason, neither character does, it is all done for the story, nothing is drawn out, everything is just right. Nothing in it which had me wanting to chuck the kindle at the wall, as just when i am normally at the point when i think they are going to get half a book out of this now, i was like, well goodness me...it is being sorted.....well done Lauren....this was like all the Rom-com's i enjoyed when i was younger with the 'boom box in the rain' moments and they don't make them like they used to do.... encompassed into a book. I can see this on the screen. I can see the takeaway moment in my head right now on the screen. Rom-com with an 18* rating on it ;-) seriously steamy!!!! my car steamed up reading this waiting yesterday. A HOT-TOTTIE-TY-HOT Read

Male and female narrators for the parts. I loved Emily's narration, she knocked it out of the park. Todd, I enjoyed overall, he did over egg it on occasion for me and my view for Davis would have been a deeper voice maybe. But that is the publishers choice.

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  • Cindy
  • 04-22-16

Improving each time

Just love that there's such a balance of naughtiness but with a good storyline, insecurities battling with trust etc - Another well done to Lauren.
❣, Cindy xx