Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Susan Elizabeth Phillips - What I Did for Love

How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.
What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life.
It's a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie's nonsupporting cast doesn't help. There's Bram's punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie's own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband's new wife, who can't get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world--the bitch. As for Georgie's leading man, Bram's giving the performance of his life, but he's never cared about anyone except himself, and it's not exactly clear why.
Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.

Comment: This is the fifth installment in the Wynette, Texas series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I've been trying to go through her backlist and so far it has been a good experience.

This is the story of Georgie York and Bram Shepard. They are both actors and used to co-star in a sitcom 8 years ago but the show was cancelled because of Bram's erratic behavior. Georgie and Bram never really liked each other but now they meet again at a very bad moment for Georgie, because her famous ex has just announced his new girlfriend's pregnancy when he and Georgie never got to be parents.
Georgie thinks she needs something to make the public not feel pity for her anymore and somehow she finds Bram again at a party in Vegas and they end up married. Now Georgie has to manage her public, private and personal life with a lot more challenges. But what if some mistakes are actually good omens?

Well, I'm always glad I'm going to start a book by this author and this was no exception. There's something about the way ms Phillips tells a story that makes you want to keep reading. I don't always feel the characters are acting they way they should but with time I can't help but want to see them achieve their goals or to find happiness. I guess this is what makes her books so successful, this idea the reader ends up with that makes it all have meaning.

The plot isn't super imaginative, it's all about Hollywood people and how actors really must feel compared with the idea we have of them. I'm usually not very fond of Hollywood set plots but of course, the presence of beloved characters helped. I suppose this is where the book can be included in the series because it definitely doesn't come close to Texas in any page... I ended up happy with the way things developed but in terms of relationships, this wasn't my favorite. Still, it does not mean it's not appealing or captivating.

The main romance had its highs and lows, I especially liked how we can focus on the idea that is always possible to turn into better people but at the same time the steps they took towards happiness weren't very credible in some parts. I mean, do people really manage to deceive or to act like that fo so long in a believable way?
OF course I liked they got their HEA and that the epilogue shows how good things can be if two people really decide to love each other and cherish the one another.

The secondary characters were funny sidekicks, I liked the idea we have two extra romances, always as a second focus point but still there. Some scenes were wonderful and the dialogue - even if not very realistic all the time - great and addictive.

All in all, this was a good story, one I felt amazing to read and, honestly, it only took me one day to read which speaks for itself. the author obviously takes care about what to tell and how and the result can be very special. The characters' personality bring it all to life, though, and in that, we always have preferences, both in the characters themselves and in the situations they are in.
I hope the author continues to present good plots and I'm looking for to read more.
Grade: 8/10

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