Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. But then she comes face to face with her new director — sexy, sophisticated, jealous, all-alpha, dirty-talking Davis Milo. He tries to resist the actress he’s cast, but the attraction between them is too powerful, and soon their private rehearsals spiral into new, forbidden territory. The connection, the chemistry is undeniable, and it hits them anywhere, and everywhere — in the theater, on the piano, in the limo, in the restaurant…But the tragedy in Jill’s past stands between them. Davis has walls too, so they can either face their fears together, or risk the most intense love, sex and passion either has ever felt…
This book was allllll sorts of hot!! O-M-G!!! I read this book in one sitting, I was completely Team Davis and I was honestly sad when it ended. I loved that it was a standalone but part of a series if that makes sense. These books make me happy because they give me what I want but then they also give you a little glimpse here and there of he characters you followed in the other books.
Now I love New York City, the theater… I am a Jersey girl, and have spent many days taking the train into Manhattan for a fun day in “The City”, my best friend Mel is a HUGE theater snob so I am hoping she reads this because this book would make her happy!!! Jill is a great character, she is beautiful and an aspiring actress. She makes me smile, and yet makes me sad. I am a world of contradictions today..LOL She is somewhat broken, and she uses all of that on stage. The sadness I feel is that her pain is really deep andI felt so bad for her!! It was as if she acts so much that Jill can’t tell the difference between her actual emotions and her characters emotions. She has shut herself down completely, made it so she doesn’t have to feel. I was hurting when we learned why that was, because I can’t imagine the depth of the guilt she was carrying, I was just heartbroken!
Davis, OH MY Davis!! Schmexy.. YES YES YES YES!! Holy hell was he a fun character. He meets Jill because he is her Director. I enjoyed everything about him. He cracked me up, heated me up, and yeah kept me heated..lol. I swear I was going to combust at one point. Best part was all of it was very believable. I felt the connection between him and Jill. It didn’t feel fake or rushed, the schmexual scenes weren’t rushed or randomly place just to have them in the book. It was great to actually have chemistry, real and genuine chemistry!! I can’t even TELL you how freaking hot some of it was. I didn’t have a hard time reading on that is for sure. All I will say is “bite down” ummm yes Lauren I had to bite down because HOLY SHIT!!
Together they have to overcome a lot of issues because they both have baggage. Jill more than anyone!! She is truly fighting within herself, yet she isn’t weak and all “fix me and make me better”. She finds strength from him but isn’t that what most of us do from our significant other? Overall I really enjoyed this book, it isn’t too long which is great if you want a good read, with steam and some fun. If you have read any of Lauren Blakely’s other books you know we loved them, but this one just found a new spot for me!!!
Links for the rest of the series
Caught Up In Us –> Amazon
Pretending He’s Mine–> Amazon
About the Author
Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in TROPHY HUSBAND, she thinks life should be filled with hot men, cool clothes, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.