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Book 5 of 7 in the Wynette, Texas Series

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Starred Review. Phillips (It Had to Be You) makes old Hollywood gossip new again in this over-the-top, hot-under-the-sheets rom-com. Sitcom Skip and Scooter co-stars Georgie York, who like her character exudes spunky charm, and Bram Shepard, whose upbringing couldn't be more different from the nice boy he plays, hate each other even before Bram's offscreen sexual escapades lead to the sitcom's cancellation. Flash forward eight years: his career has cratered, and her biggest accomplishment has been briefly marrying hunky star Lance Marks, who abandons her for sex-goddess-turned-international-do-gooder Jade Gentry. So when Bram and Georgie wake up from a Vegas bender and find themselves married to each other, they make the most of it: Georgie aims to undo the damage Lance has done to her heart and her public image, while Bram is gunning for a second chance at life, love and stardom. It's a blast to watch the hate-each-other-yet-made-for-each-other couple as they duck paparazzi or spar before falling into bed. In this massively entertaining romp, redemption is always possible, and even a fake Hollywood couple trapped in a pretend marriage might find true love. (Feb.)
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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 as 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wynette, Texas (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061351512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061351518
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is pretty much a spin-off of Jennifer Aniston's real life story. A funny-face, sitcom-princess marries and then is dumped by the best looking actor in Hollywood. He leaves her for an actress famous for her unusual beauty and dedication to world humanitarian works. The story begins after the divorce, when Georgie (the heroine) accidentally gets drugged by a groupie in LV and wakes up married to her former sitcom costar - a man she detests and who treats her really, really badly.

The book does have all the elements I love about SEP - the quirky characters, funny situations, and witty dialogue. While I did enjoy reading it, at the end of the day it left a bad taste in my mouth.

First - I never liked the hero Bram. For the first half of the book he is just despicable. And while small clues show that perhaps he isn't what he seems, his underlying motivations are still entirely selfish and self-centered. At the end of the book he does redeem himself, but even that seemed like a case of `now that I've really figured out what I want, I really want to get what I want.'

Second - My favorite character in the entire book was Chaz, Bram's housekeeper. She way overshadows either Georgie or Bram.

Third - I kept thinking that I've read this book before. The dialogue especially seemed so similar to other SEP books that sometimes I could even place it. The ending reminded me of `Match me if you can.' While the premise was original, a good lot of the execution felt recycled.

Fourth - One of the reasons I like SEP is because her books are focused on humor and characters and fun. The sex, while present, isn't usually heavy-handed. That didn't seem true in this book. The hero and heroine were married, but absolutely hated each other.
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***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS***

I love SEP and I own many of her previous books. What I love the most about her novels is that they can make you laugh and cry. Okay, I've never cried before but I have felt very emotionally attached/touched. Anywho, What I did for Love worked and didn't really work for me on many levels.

Worked:
First, you can depend on humor. There were a few points in the book where I found myself grinning or laughing like a crazy woman.

Second, she brought up some real issues that she hasn't really in the past such as drugs, prostitution, weight problems, etc. It made her characters more flawed and human and relatable.

Didn't Work:
First, I couldn't NOT think of Georgie York as Jennifer Aniston.
Georgie's ex-husband, a gorgeous blonde movie star, leaves her for another woman. Who coincidentally happens to be his costar in a movie and she is also an accomplished, talented, sexy brunette who does charity work and promotes global causes!! AND she was pregnant!

Secondly, I have to say this...very few sex scenes! Of course, they get it on in the book, but there's really only one scene that I can recall that was "descriptive." The rest of the sex scenes were more just like...oh...and they slept together. I think it was because of this that...

Thirdly, I kind of found it hard to believe that they fell so in love. They wasn't a strong emotional connection. As young costars, they had their beef with each other. On Georgie's part, rightfully so. Bram's, not so much. But they DID separate for years. They DID hate each other their entire acquaintance. But forced intimacy made them realize they loved each other? There was delightful and witty arguing (which I LOVE)...
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So I am one of those people who love celebrities....I subscribe to People magazine, am usually on top of all the latest gossip, and am a sucker for famous hollywood love triangles...for all these reasons, this was a great book!

SEP ranks as one of my top 3 authors....along with Judith McNaught and Lisa Kleypas. What sets SEP apart from ALL other authors is her unique and signature humor. I can't describe it, but you know when you are reading a SEP book because her use of humor is so distinct....fans know exactly what I'm talking about!

This book, while maybe not QUITE as good as some of her "gems" like Heaven, Texas, Nobody's Baby But Mine, and It Had To Be You, is still penned by the resident genius Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and for that reason is a must read...maybe not a must buy, but great all the same.

What I Did For Love contains one of the sexiest and most erotic love scenes I think I've ever read...I can't believe other reviewers have yet to comment on it! It takes place in a erotic toy/negligee shop called "Provocative". This part of the book is so original, steamy, and fun, that you'd be well served to read the WHOLE book just to get this chapter. It is great fun!

I get what the others are saying about the love story/emotional chemistry being lacking between Georgie and Bram, but I did understand their hang-ups and motivations. This book contains THREE love stories (another signature SEP find). I enjoyed all the secondary characters, but the relationships did feel a bit rushed....maybe just TWO romances in one book would've been more doable.

Overall, worth the wait. The best part about waiting for a SEP new release to come out is revisiting some of her "oldies but goodies" that never fail..I haven't decided if What I Did For Love will constitute one of those, but if it doesn't I have plenty others to pick from....I love that Glitter Baby!
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