When you’re acting the role of a lifetime, how can you know if love is real—or all just a part of the show?
Twenty-three year old rising theatre 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…
Hot-shot 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?
Playing With Her Heart was an absolutely lovely read! It was heartwarming with a small twist of angst. I love the storyline and that we get a little hint of Chris (Jill's brother). Blakely is a wonderful writer, every book of hers that I've read, I've gotten lost in. Though this was a bit slower at the beginning, once you do, then WOW! It's funny, sexy, and gives you a happy ending ;)
Davis~ StudMuffin! He is ultra Alpha, without being controlling. He gets what he wants without being a jerk! He's sensual with a "holy-heck-dirty-talking-mouth!" He's caring, and while being a bit broken from his past, he doesn't let that hinder his future. I loved every bit of him, because that's what he gives us in the book!
(Davis, if you're ever in Indy...)
I liked Jill's character too. She was kind of a contradiction, but for a good reason. She seems strong, but is hiding an inner weakness. This would usually annoy me, but once I found out why, I wanted to give her a big hug. I can't personally relate to her plight, but could definitely understand it.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It's everything you could want with a romance! It will make you smile, laugh, and maybe cry but when you reach 100% you'll regret nothing!
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Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.
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