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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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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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it was ok

I enjoyed the story but it did not leave me wanting more. I picked it because in a review it said the jelousy was cute. call me less of a woman but I love a strong manly man that is sweet kind and a bit possessive. I was looking forward to read something like that and it had some but for some reason I was still not blown away.

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Emily Durante is awful; Todd Haberkorn is great

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Durante killed the story. She made the love scenes sound like excerpts from a cookbook and turned the character into a whiney wimp. A better narrator for the Jill parts could have saved the audiobook.

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  • Bewaji
  • Atlanta, GA. USA
  • 12-09-14

The Narrator for Davis Hit it Right on the Head...

Would you listen to Playing with Her Heart again? Why?

Yes. Just to listen to the that breathy voice of the narrator for Davis Milo, especially when he is doing unspeakable things to Jill in public places.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing with Her Heart?

When Davis pull his jealous act after Jill went out with Patrick.

What about Todd Haberkorn and Emily Durante ’s performance did you like?

The lovemaking voice of Todd Haberkorn

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When I knew what happened to Jill with her High Scoll boyfriend.

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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