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Act Like We're in Love [Kindle Edition]

Christi Barth , Caroline Crowe
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When two people make beautiful music together onstage, can their love survive once the curtain falls? Linnea Larson is willing to do anything to keep her family's Minneapolis dinner theatre from going under. Anything, that is, besides accepting a date from the Hollywood hunk her father hired to inject a dose of star power into their production of Guys & Dolls. It's a toss up whether his greatest claim to fame is playing a superhero on screen, or a super stud off screen. Neither fact convinces her he's got what it takes to share her stage. And thanks to a life long pact with her best friend, she never dates actors.

Luke Powell has fame, fortune, and an endless string of women, but also a lingering dissatisfaction with his picture perfect life. Looking for a change, he escapes to his theatrical roots. What he finds are wary cast mates, a nervous best friend convinced the show will ruin Luke's career, and an adorable costar who stubbornly refuses to go out with him. Suddenly singing and dancing aren't the only challenges he'll tackle over the summer. Far from the spotlights of Hollywood, can he find happiness in the footlights of a tiny theatre?

Despite Luke dragging her into his daily paparazzi nightmare, Linnea can't deny her mounting attraction to his irresistible charm. And even if she's crazy enough to chance getting involved, their fling would have a guaranteed expiration date. He's leaving at the end of the run, and she's tied to her family's theatre. Why risk the inevitable heartbreak? Their job is to act like they're in love, but will they decide it's worth the leap to fall in love for real?

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When a Hollywood star invades the small town where a young actress lives, their relationship rivals any Tony Award-winning comedy portrayed on a Broadway stage. There's great dialogue, a fun storyline and characters that readers will want to visit again and again. ~ RT Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books) (October 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9O9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Contemporary Romance February 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Linnea Larson has an appreciation for the stage and theatrical arts. What she doesn't appreciate are Hollywood hunks who storm into small towns and think they have the talent to sing and act on stage. Living above her family owned theater is Linnea's idea of heaven and she can hardly contain her excitement as preparations begin for the theater's next production of Guys and Dolls. Except Linnea discovers her new leading man is none other than Luke Powell, famous movie star and utterly gorgeous man. Linnea initially dislikes him, yet can't help but melt every time he's around. He can't seem to ignore the sparks they make either, and the first time they sing together proves their attraction is irresistible. But Linnea's life is on the small stage and Luke's is on the big screen. Once the show's run is over, will they stick around for a second run....or will the curtains close on their relationship forever?

It's the contemporary romances that have a lot of heart that thrill you the most. The ones with the quirky, loving characters that all romance readers can relate to. Act Like We're In Love by Christi Barth is one of those novels. A light hearted journey in the backstage of a theater romance, this novel is a fun, sexy and fabulous.

Act Like We're In Love has two characters who create enough steam to knock your socks off. The sparks between Linnea and Luke are undeniably sexy and powerful. The pages certainly sizzle with their steamy kisses and playful games of seduction. After the heat dies down, this is what you will get with Christi Barth's's not a dramatic novel with villains and disaster, but a simple story that explains how two individuals meet underneath the bright lights of the stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review posted at Everybody Needs a Little Romance December 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Act Like We're in Love by Christi Barth
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Act Like We're In Love by Christi Barth is such a fun read. Linnea and Luke are the perfect match for each other but every time things seem to be going their way something happens to knock things off course.

Linnea loves the theater more than anything and she is concerned when her father brings in a ringer for their production of Guys and Dolls to drive up ticket sales. Times are tough all over and Linnea's family theater is suffering like everything else. She has some ideas to help revenue but her father doesn't want to hear her ideas, he has everything under control.

After taking some time off to care for his mother, things have been "off" for Luke since he came back to the acting world. It doesn't hold the appeal it once did for him. He doesn't know what's wrong and wants time to figure out what is bothering him. He gets his best friend/business manager to book him a stint working at a local theater so he can get back to his roots.

The characters are complex and interesting. Linnea is a diehard theater actress trying to save her family's business. She and her best friend have a pact that they won't date actors and she is determined to stick to it, even though Luke is very tempting. She loves her family but feels like her father doesn't trust her with the theater and won't listen to her ideas. Luke comes across as a playboy, love `em and leave `em type but there is definitely more to him than meets the eye. The chemistry between Luke and Linnea is instant and the sexual tension is evident from the beginning.

The supporting characters are a hoot. I love Ingrid and Wes too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, sweet & funny contemporary romance! March 25, 2011
Act Like We're in Love is a wonderful contemporary romance. It is sweet, it is fresh, it is funny and very importantly: it is very well written!

The story is set in Minneapolis showing the life of a local (musical) theatre company whose routine is quite shaken up by an international movie star being cast in their latest production.

Linnea is the heroine, whose parents own the theatre. The theatre is going through some difficult times and to save its precarious financial situation the director of the company (Linnea's father) casts Luke a world famous action movie star to play the lead in their new production of Guys and Dolls. Most of the company is simply surprised and excited to finally meet and work with such a celebrity, but Linnea is quite hostile. First of all she is a bit hurt that her parents instead of discussing the theatre's situation with her chose to remedy it this way, secondly she truly fears that even if Luke is a good movie actor he won't be able to be a good stage actor and will endanger their production.

All characters, be it main or supporting are well created and interesting, Christi Barth gives them flesh and some characteristics even if they just pass through a scene. But the main four characters: Linnea, Luke, Wes (Luke's manager and good friend, also romantical hero for Ingrid) and Ingrid (dancer of the company, best friend of Linnea) are truly well developed (I even resented Wes and Ingrid some of their showtime, I would have loved to see more of Luke and Linnea, but that is just a personal preference :-p), fresh and three dimensonal.

Luke is so much more than a cardboard Hollywood movie star, and Linnea shows endearing vulnerability besides being a gorgeous and talented actress/singer.
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More About the Author

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi lives in Maryland with her husband.

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