Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Playing with Her Heart by Lauren Blakely

~ Synopsis ~
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?

~ Our Review ~
4.5 Star Review by Heather
This book was good. It was a little slow in some spots for me, but it had a really good story line.  I did love the characters in this book.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happened to Jill to make her hide herself away from everyone she loves.  You will also fall in love with Davis and understand why he doesn’t fall for actresses.
“That moment when everything can change, when time freezes, and you either collide or not.”
Jill is struggling to overcome heartache.  She was devastated when she was a teen and never dealt with it.  She believes that she isn't worthy of love.  So when she starts to fall for her director, Davis, she wants to let him in, but is scared and doesn’t know how to.  She is scared because she doesn't know if he is acting or really has feelings for her.  Will she open her heart with the possible risk of it being broken again?  Or does she push him away?
“But then she transforms. Love changes her. Love without bounds. Love without reason.  She becomes his, and that changes her.”
Davis has a strict policy; do not fall for an actress.  He can't help but fall for Jill, since he saw her in a play years ago.  When she auditions for the play he is directing he wants her to be the lead lady.  She has an innocence about her that draws him to her.  Will he prove that his love is real and he isn’t acting?  Can he finally find love with an actress? 
“The first rule of directing is you do not fall for an actress.  The second rule of directing is you do not fall for an actress.”
This book is good and it is the third in a series. This book can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading them all.  Trophy Husband even ties in with this series.  Lauren Blakely is an amazing author and knows how to write a great story.
~ About the Author ~
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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