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- File Size : 8103 KB
- Publication Date : July 26, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 360 pages
- Publisher : Bubble Books Ltd; 1st Edition (July 26, 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DLKD3TL
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #209,130 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Phoebe Drinkwater is a twenty-six-year-old, English actress who has made a successful career working as an extra on movies filmed in the Manchester area. She lives with her divorced, older sister, Beth, and her six-year-old, twin nephews, Callum and Mack. “Auntie Peepee” helps her sister with childcare, and the two siblings share expenses. In the process, their already strong love for each other has grown into an extremely tight, family bond.
When Phoebe gets a job on Grantley’s film, her initial encounter with the spoiled, cranky star is anything but friendly. She accidentally bangs into him while talking on her cell phone, and Grantley’s first words to her are, “Could you watch where you’re going instead of looking at your damn cell?” From that unpromising start rolls out a barrage of clever zingers and counter-zingers between them, which creates the most hilarious Meet Cute I’ve read in years. And every subsequent comic scene with these two feisty protagonists is equally full of fire and fun.
Phoebe is a strong, compassionate and loyal heroine, and Grantley is a terrific version of the classic, sexy, alpha-male hero, so treasured by romance fans. Phoebe’s precocious, little nephews contribute greatly to the general, comic mayhem. And Grantley’s African-American bodyguard, driver, and best friend, Barney, and his foul-mouthed agent, Marcia Silva, with her “thirty smokes a day growl,” add tremendously to the joyful absurdity as well.
I absolutely adored the first half of the book, with its endless witty banter between Phoebe and Grantley during their enemy phase. I was constantly laughing out loud. Midway through the book, after the two protagonists have become friends, the emphasis of the story switches over to Grantley’s family melodrama. The story becomes a bit soap opera-ish at that point, which is not generally a flip in tone from light to dark in a romantic comedy that I’m a big fan of. However, Phoebe and Grantley are such sympathetic protagonists, they make even a slide into non-comic melodrama enjoyable.
The romance in this book is “slow burn,” with the first kiss not occurring until 40% of the book, and the first sex scene not until 67% of the book. I have no problem with slow burn. I actually like it. However, what did bother me a bit is that we are told they have sex, but we are shown nothing beyond a few initial kisses and a few references to outward physical signs of sexual excitement. I experienced this blanking out of sex scenes as a jarringly puritanical inconsistency because otherwise, throughout this book, Phoebe’s thoughts and conversations about sex are very blunt and free-spirited.
Avoiding even mildly graphic descriptions of sex is a standard way to handle sex in young adult (YA) romance novels if they are so-called, "sex positive" books. (Which basically means the teen heroine is presented by the author as being sexually active minus gratuitous, morality-play-style “slut-shaming” by other characters in a banal attempt to, presumably, make it clear to impressionable teen readers that premarital sex is a Very Bad Thing.) In contrast, the usual approach to sex in adult romance novels is either for the author to offer explicit sex scenes, or to include no premarital sex at all, and even if the characters are married before the end of the book, to keep the bedroom door firmly closed. Debbie Macomber’s romance novels and Hallmark movies are classic examples of this G-rated approach.
I admit freely that, as a jaded romance reader, I can easily become bored of clinically graphic descriptions in romance-novel sex scenes. But I definitely enjoy a romantic and passionate sex scene when it is very well done, and I thought these attractive, lovable protagonists deserved an openly passionate portrayal of their lovemaking. To me, putting it all offstage represents a missed opportunity.
In addition, this book is an odd amalgam of a G-rated avoidance of sex and a PG-13 use of a massive amount of cussing. Frankly, I have almost never read a romance novel with as much foul language, including frequent F-bombs, as this book contains. When authors go the G-rated route, they almost invariably eliminate foul language as well, because the vast majority of romance readers who don't like graphic sex also don't like swearing. So the question here might be: “Who is the intended audience for this book?”
I am not grading this book down for either its YA approach to sex or its profuse profanity, however, because few romance authors I read these days write sex scenes well, anyway, and in my opinion, the scenes that are the most chock-full of obscenity are actually among the most riotously funny in the book.
I rate this book as follows:
Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 4 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Romantic Comedy Plot: 5 stars
Family Melodrama Plot: 3 stars
Setting: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 rounded to 5 stars
"My problem was, Grantley had the power to ruin me. He had the power to melt the ice around my heart and leave me broken beyond repair."
Phoebe Drinkwater makes a living as an extra. She doesn't earn the big bucks but she's happy. She loves her sister and nephews and enjoys living with them. She's not really looking for commitment - just focused on earning money to help her divorcee sister out. She's thrilled to get a role in the next big action film and even has three lines of dialogue. What she's not so thrilled about is bumping into the lead actor by accident and putting up with his rudeness. So she gives back as good as she gets.
"I inhaled deeply and felt my heart miss a couple of beats. It had f*cking snuck up on me, so damn stealthily even I'd been surprised."
Grantley James is a Hollywood action hero but is known for being taciturn and broody. When he gets off on the wrong foot with an extra on set, he's flabbergasted by her mouthiness. So why can't he get her out of his head?
This was such a fabulous, funny story! I loved everything about it. Phoebe was a brilliant heroine - sassy, capable, down-to-earth, thoughtful, and protective. Grantley had a heart of gold under his boorishness. He was serious but had a fun-loving streak. I loved the dialogue and banter between them. I loved their chemistry. I adored that Grantley didn't give a fig what other people thought and how he very nicely pushed his presence and help onto Phoebe and her family. I loved Phoebe's relationship with her sister and nephews - their closeness and dynamic.
I've only read one previous novel by this author and I intend to read a whole lot more!
Phoebe's internal dialogue had me laughing from page one! Her upfront, take-me-or-leave-me attitude was refreshing. I liked that she put Grantley in his place immediately. The way she got along with and seemed to charm almost everyone was also a plus for me. The British slang/humor cracked me up a lot, too.
Where Phoebe was a sweetheart, the Grantley we first meet is somewhat a jerk - self-professed, too. However, as the story unfolds, we understand a little more of his past, and realise that his attitude is part of his armour. As the relationship between him and Phoebe develops, he matures and his character definitely improves for the better.
I loved the different characters and the pivotal moments that cemented character growth, as well as the blossoming romance between Phoebe & Grantley. The author clearly has a gift for blending serious emotion and humor into an intriguing package.
Though I loved so much of this book, Phoebe's nephews were the real show-stealers. I loved the way the author portrayed them - mischievous but impossible not to love.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book as one that you will find extremely hard to put down.
Top reviews from other countries
Warning: sore sides, snorting, laughs of the LOL variety with accompanying tears are a serious side effect of reading this story. Yet, as loyal readers of Nikki’s can attest, there is always an emotional punch or two for good measure.
Seriously, I was belly-laughing from the beginning. Bottom burps will do that to a gal! *snorts*
There is a fairytale-esque quality to this book. I mean, who didn’t secretly harbour dreams of meeting a movie star and being swept of their feet? Pfft *waves hand*, I wasn’t asking you! *whistles*
Only Grantley and Phoebe’s first meeting doesn’t exactly herald the start of an epic romance *smirks*
Appearances can be deceiving, and there is most definitely more to our leading man, Mr James, than his action-hero persona. Not many people know the real Grantley (undoubtably single figures), and that’s just the way he likes it. Inside is someone that just wants to be loved, but it’s trusting someone enough to try. Could the infuriating, but no less captivating, Miss Drinkwater, be the one to settle his soul?
Phoebe loves her job as an extra. Acting is all she’s ever wanted to do. Unlike many of her fellow counterparts, she’s happy with her lot. She’s content to live with her sister and twin nephews going from job to job. Her world, however, is about to be turned upside down thanks to the one and only American movie star, Grantley James *snorts*
With a host of colourful secondary characters including Grantley’s foul-mouthed agent, Marcia, and Phoebe’s scene-stealing twin nephews, Do You Do Extras? is a treat from start to finish. I can honestly say I didn’t want it to end.
For me, there were two stand out scenes which still cause spontaneous bouts of laughter when I think of them.
“I think it’s a handle for close combat.”
One - I have two words for you: en garde! *sniggers*
Sorry, sorry! *waves hand* All will become clear once you’ve read it.
Second - AGT *cue belly-laughing*
No, no - I can’t say anymore. My lips are sealed.
Oh jeez, I’ve been rambling a bit, haven’t I? Okay, shutting up.
Oi! No need to be sarcy...
P.S. I wanna be Marcia when I grow up #lifegoals Hmm, some may say I’m already heading in that direction... you’ve been warned.
The writing from start to finish was so effortless. The prose was on point, fluid & made the whole crazy journey relatable, unbelievably funny & heartachingly sad in all the right places. Nikki delivers humour so damn well. You know you are lost to a book when you realise you have genuinely belly laughed well into the early hours of the morning, even needing to force your face into a pillow in a vain attempt to suffocate the squeals & snickering that you can’t even control. Yup this was me at 2am lol. But I’ll be damned if it stopped with peels of laughter, because no sooner as the giggles subsided I found myself wiping snot & drool on the corner of the quilt as my eyes leaked & my heart broke.. I was a wreck that couldn’t get enough.
Today.. I haven’t stopped grinning & laughing to myself today. I feel like this book came into my life, just when I needed something to laugh at without restraint. To be happy. To smile. To simply enjoy getting lost in a beautifully imperfect world belonging to someone else.
I have to give huge plaudits for the American / English banter which was so bloody hilarious, for the main characters who will eternally own a piece of my heart. And OMG why aren’t these my friends in real life! Not even kidding btw, and for the secondary characters, especially two little terrors who owned my soul, they all add even more colour &. more vibrancy if it was possible to an already magnificent story.
To finish, my life would be complete if some movie genie read this book & knew it needed to be on the big screen. Notting Hill, Four Weddings & A Funeral, Love Actually ~ This my friends in my humble opinion is just as special & would give all of these a damn good run for their box office money.
10 Laugh Till You Cry Stars
By Nikki Ashton
5* review by Emerald Book Reviews
‘“Do you need glasses? Grantley snapped, closing the gap between him and Declan.
“I-I don’t think so,” Declan stammered, looking a little perplexed. “Why?”
“I just thought you might,” Grantley replied, flicking some dandruff off Declan’s shoulder. “Seeing as you kind of look at Phoebe’s chest more than her face.”’
I adore author Nikki Ashton’s writing, the woman can literally turn her hand to any genre but the one she seems to excel at the most, is romantic comedy. Her comedic timing and fabulously executed plot and characterisation skills give life to her books. And ‘Do You Do Extras?’ is no different. Nikki manages to bring about a wonderful balance, by extracting laughter in every other scene, as well as having the underlying romantic and sexual tension between her two main protagonists.
The dialogue is vivacious and remarkably witty, particularly when it comes to the bantering back and forth between our movie extra heroine Phoebe and film star hero Grantley. But underneath all of the bickering, a friendship blooms and it isn’t long before a genuine romance and story with extreme heart unfurls before your eyes.
‘Nothing could be better than this moment, not a damn film role, a prestigious award, or even millions of dollars. Being here with Phoebe, tasting like cherries and smelling like wild flowers, was my nirvana.’
Do You Do Extras is an absolutely amazing movie star romance, one that I loved from start to finish. It was a heart-warming, amusing, sexy, passionate and charming rom-com, with an array of engaging and highly humorous characters.
There are some absolutely hilarious, completely laugh out loud and frighten the dog moments in this book. Interspersed beautifully throughout some quite heavy moments.
There are some amazing side characters in this book! Marcia; the over the top manager. She reminds me of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. And Barnaby, Beth and Poppy, the guiding hands throughout. All played amazing roles!
I love that Phoebe just doesn’t give a toss, she’s the typical northern bird in some ways. Shes only half bothered that he’s the star, she’s still not gonna take any rubbish off him. She speaks first and then thinks after, the d!ck moment haha and has absolutely no filter. Shes great!
D!ck, as he is affectionately known, was also fab. Despite being a bit of a grumpuss at first I quickly warmed to his quirky way and with Barnaby there to temper him it was a match made in heaven.
What a great story!
Nikki Ashton does it again, combining characters that everyone loves (or hates when it comes to Sue-Ann) with laugh out loud humour.
This is the love story of a well-known actor and an extra. A match made in heaven? You wouldn't think so, but as it unfolds, Nikki Ashton convinces readers that anything (even the far-fetched) is possible. Additionally, with some side splitting scenes (let's just say A.G.T.) this firmly embeds itself in the comedy category too!
Most definitely a winner, the first of the 'An American in the UK' series leaves you wanting more. Having already read the second book, Pelvic Flaws I can assure you that they are true standalones and can be enjoyed separately but why would you want to?