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The Role of a Lifetime [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Shirk
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Book Description

There’s more to life than playing make believe.

Sandra Moyer has a good reason to distrust actors. She was once married to one who left her and her child. However, she’s desperate for publicity to help her struggling preschool. Hollywood playboy Ben Capshaw’s request to access her classes to prepare for a role is an offer she can’t refuse.

Sandra second guesses herself on that decision until she sees Ben in action with the children. Her apprehension turns to wonder, and then to feelings she’d thought were closed off forever. Yet how can she trust that what she’s seeing is real?

As a boy, Ben learned that acting was the answer to everything. The role he’s up for now will enhance his career and, he’s sure, secure his happiness. But spending time with Sandra and her daughter stirs up emotions that—for once—aren’t pretend.

Ben’s ready for a lifetime role as husband and father—if he can convince Sandra not to typecast him.

Editorial Reviews


"You'll be laughing out loud one minute and then your heart goes out the very next. If you only have time to read one book this summer, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME is a must read!"
5 Blue Ribbons ----Chrissy at Romance Junkies

Product Details

  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 27, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CN45KA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a sweet romantic tale! May 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sandra knows just how charming, selfish, and deceitful actors are. After all, she was married to one... She found out the hard way just how little their words mean, how little they actually want to work for a normal life, and how often they break their promises.

She has worked hard to put her failed marriage and her broken heart behind her and focus on her precious daughter and the preschool she opened. Sure, start up costs ran a little higher than she anticipated and enrollment is not quite as high as she needs them to be, but she's resolved to make things work and succeed.

She has things as under control as much as possible until Ben Capshaw enters her life. Ben Capshaw the actor!! He's invading her preschool with the intentions of researching and snagging the role that will boost his career to the next level - Hello Oscar!!!!

With Ben being the great actor he is, however, how can Sandra know if what he does and what he says are sincere or his fine tuned acting skills? Despite her reservations, Sandra finds herself falling for the beautiful specimen that is Ben Capshaw.

As for Ben - he's never met anyone quite like Sandra, who switches roles herself - going from Ice Queen to Enchanting Princess - in the blink of an eye. She's captivating, strong, beautiful, and comes with the most wonderful little girl he's ever come across. He doesn't quite understand her lack of excitement with his movie star status, and instead of turning him off, that just fuels his fire. Sandra is a challenge that he gladly accepts until his agent reminds him that ANY sort of bad publicity will ruin his chances for his well earned red carpet walk.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Role of a Lifetime August 13, 2008
By M. Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Sandra has pieced her life back together after her divorce. Along with her sister, she started her own preschool, so she could spend more time with her four-year-old daughter. Her ex is an actor and wants nothing to do with his little girl. When Sandra's sister takes it upon herself to invite a sexy actor to do research at her school, it is all that Sandra can do, to not fall for him.

Ben is living a carefree life, but he is looking for something more, at least professionally. He is up for a role that could bring him an Oscar. But he has never really been around kids. The solution is easy enough. Spend two weeks at a preschool to learn how to talk to kids. Quickly Ben finds himself falling for the closed up Sandra, and her little girl.

The Role Of A Life Time has some good times, bad times, and lots of sweet romance. It had good writing but I do wish that it had delved into the character's lives a bit more, for instance it would have been nice for Steve, the ex, to show up even if it had been a disaster. Other than that The Role Of A Life Time was great fun to read.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story - PG13 May 13, 2014
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This is a cute, PG13, story. I write this with a caveat: I know there is a wide spectrum of what constitutes PG13. This references French kissing, and roving hands (without details), and tucking shirts in post kissing. It's a pretty fast read at just over 200 pages. I enjoyed the egomaniac H getting his comeuppance. I wish I had cared a little more about the H and h. It was a nice distraction; I liked Jennifer Shirk's book *Fiance by Fate* better, but I will read another of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hero of a Lifetime June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love a good romantic comedy--and this book tops the charts! How can you not become engrossed in a book which starts with a (handsome, broad-shouldered) man stuck in a covered playground slide and a brave Mama bear heroine who "saves" the children from him? And then, he walks through the door of her preschool...trouble abounds in a sweet and tender setting. A must-read from a wonderful author!
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More About the Author

Jennifer Shirk is the award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest for her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.
She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she's not writing or working on her tan, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.
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