ISN’T SHE LOVELY: Flirt New Adult Romance
By Lauren Layne
On sale: October 28, 2013
Published by Flirt
The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.
“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”
Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?
As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.
But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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Genre: NA Contemporary
So.... this book had potential and I like it but there were parts that fell flat for me.
For Stephanie she is a bitter girl with emotional baggage which causes her to turn dark and broody.
To make it more real Ethan uses Stephanie as a shield from his matchmaking family and to protect his heart from what he thought was supposed to be his life.
Stephanie is the perfect cover because there is no chance that he can fall for her plus she has a huge chip on her shoulder.
But once their make belief becomes real their feelings get tested and they find out what is worth fighting for Love or Lifestyle."I guess. I mean I walked in on him exploring someone else's vagina, and I can't say I was exactly understanding."
It was a cute story but very predictable."I did want you. I still do. I was scared and small-minded. Stupid."
3 Cute Thumbs Up!