The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.
“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”
Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?
As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.
But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?
Review: I was so surprised how much I liked this book. At first I thought it was going to be over the top and full of romance tropes but it was totally the opposite of my my preconceived notions. It is a story on how two worlds collide but both worlds realizing that they can mesh together and create a whole new world. Stephanie is a bitter and hurt Film student who feels alone in the world after her boyfriend cheated on her and she is still dealing with the death of her mother and her father’s marriage 6 months later. She changed her whole look and added metaphorical armor in the hopes to become invisible. Ethan’s perfect life has been turned upside down when two of long time friend betray him. He comes from money and really has not had to deal with any suffering in his silver spooned life.
Ethan and Stephanie find themselves in a summer class on screen writing. Little do they know a summer class that was meant as a distraction for both of them will change their lives. The two of them have to write a screen play together. Ethan cons Stephanie into becoming her pretend girlfriend to get his parents of his back. The two of them slowly fall in love without really realizing it. The love they have together is sweet love. Will they believe in this love? Or have they both become too cynical?
The author does a great job at creating characters that are relevant and current. They are not cookie cutter characters even if they could have been. She created a story around two characters that are very different in social status and appearance but at the core are a lot more similar than anyone would realize. The moral of the story is that people are a lot more than they appear. That we should give everyone a chance no matter what.
I will definitely be reading more from this author. I have recently become a huge fan of New Adult novels. A definite 5 star book that I will reread when I get the chance to. Great chemistry and believable love story.