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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780061768767
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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, and Georgie's nonsupporting cast doesn't help. There's Bram's punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie's own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband's new wife, who can't get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world—the bitch. As for Georgie's leading man, Bram's giving the performance of his life, but he's never cared about anyone except himself, and it's not exactly clear why.

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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  • “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.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “Gibson’s lovely soprano voice catches the rhythm of the witty banter and sizzling sexual tension. She deftly handles both genders, including a rich cast of secondary characters, such as a curmudgeonly young housekeeper. Gibson’s reading celebrates the stubborn, sparring protagonists, who eventually discover the best in themselves and each other.”  

    Booklist

  • “Phillips is one of the few authors who can make the impossible seem plausible. Her characters are a combination of wise, innocent, vulnerable, strong, sassy, and sweet, with snappy dialog and personal growth.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Julia Gibson subtly portrays the growing attraction between the hero and heroine. Gibson is equally adroit breathing life into the cadre of wacky supporting characters, including Bram’s goth housekeeper and Georgie’s nerdy personal assistant.” 

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  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Audie Award Finalist
  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 2/16/2014

    " Susan Elizabeth Phillips is such an entertaining storyteller. I love the tie-ins from characters in her previous books. She tells a complete compelling story that was very difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 2/12/2014

    " loved this book!...started at 10p on a worknight and stayed up until 3 that morning...didn't want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samadrita | 1/29/2014

    " And once again Susan Elizabeth Philips delivers her trademark irresistible concoction of a pair of lovable leads, a scrumptious story, charming repartee and endearing supporting characters. The only difference this novel has from other standard SEP fare is that this is her take on the Jennifer Anniston-Brangelina scandal. Right from the onset she provides us with clues which are enough to make you comprehend that her Georgie York is Anniston and Jade Gentry is Angelina Jolie- the do-gooder bombshell beauty who may go all over the world for the sake of charity but has no qualms about stealing another woman's husband. This book is mainly about the novel version of Anniston finding her own forever after and the happy ending that the author designates for her is too delicious to pass up on. The only con-it could've been cut short in length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda I | 1/20/2014

    " Another sweet and sappy chick-lit story by the ever fiendishly-funny Phillips. Georgie York, a famous actress, finds herself the center of a media-storm after her high-profile divorce. But, a night in Vegas with her former co-star, Bram Shepard, of whom she hates to his very marrow, turns into a nightmare of epic proportions. Both have to live with each other and, predictably, their mutual loathing simmers into a boiling hot love affair. Great plot, great story, great characters, very predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/15/2014

    " Have yet to find one of her books that I don't love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/12/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. I loved Georgie, but I wish Bram's character had been more developed. Overall it was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/6/2014

    " I fell in love with the characters in this book immediately. I love how the hollywood actors/actresses reflect some of our very own actors/actresses we have today. The love/hate relationship is great, and made me switch sides with characters as the story went along. The friends, father, and house personnel were great side characters as well! I loved the story all the way and will read it again someday I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Wulfekuhl | 1/1/2014

    " Georgie and Bram, Sitcom co stars who find themselves in a fake marriage to save their careers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 10/16/2013

    " This was better than I had thought it might be! Its a great story that shows you'r never to old for to "come of age"!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolan | 9/23/2013

    " I haven't really read many books about actors and actresses, but I can def. say that this book was very good! I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enia | 11/30/2012

    " love the fluff...a great beach book...goes great w/ a couple of frozens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patria | 10/22/2012

    " Pretty good book. Would read from this author again. Teen actress/America's sweetheart who has just gotten divorced from her super famous husband who ran off with humanitarian actress, she reunites with former costar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 9/12/2012

    " The hero and heroine weren't much different than previous SEP h/h's, but the story was well told and kept me glued to the pages. Slightly flawed, but overall good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tams | 5/20/2012

    " I loved this title I am hoping that I get to read more by her soon as I very much enjoyed this story and her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Maurek | 3/21/2012

    " Really good fun-read. I could see this Hollywood tell-all was different because the characters were quite believable. I found myself wanting to see episodes of Skip and Scooter....you'll see :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/8/2012

    " As always, another good book by SEP! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/22/2012

    " I really liked this book! I thought the story line was great and the ending is spectacular!! I felt like Georgie was a great example of a real, down-to-earth movie star! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 8/7/2011

    " This book had it all. It was funny, made the best mental pictures and the two main characters had such awesome chemistry. And even though the author went typical and had them married with kids in the epilogue, I didn't mind cause I loved these two characters so much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 7/16/2011

    " This was a really... boring book. I didnt find it very interesting. The beginning just dragged, but then i suppose the middle and end got better. I dont know how i made it through this. This was pretty sucky, all it walked about was the wanting sexual intercourse.. so yeah, it was all bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice Hogan | 7/1/2011

    " Never read this author before and really enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arily | 5/23/2011

    " Even if sometimes it was a bit predictable for me, I really enjoyed this book.
    It has become a guilty pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juanita | 5/21/2011

    " Again, I find myself unable to recall much about this book, even know that I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 5/14/2011

    " This was my first SEP book, i was disappointed. Nothing intrigued me, but I will say it was a fun read at times. But is did not live up the expectations I had for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale | 4/27/2011

    " What I did for love? I read What I Did For Love! It's totally amazing. Sarcastic, funny, insightful. I love Susan Elizabeth Philips! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 4/12/2011

    " I started this book today, and I'm already more than half way through. It's one of those books you just can't put down.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 4/11/2011

    " Entertaining. Kind of silly and improbable, but improved as it went along. Will read others by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tarfah | 3/23/2011

    " For a Susan Elizabeth Philips book, this was very disappointing... Not at all her usual standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?Meagan? | 3/19/2011

    " I disagree with the people who say this isn't SEP's best. With the exception of one weird metaphor (surfers bobbing in the waves like fetuses in amniotic fluid) I found that I couldn't put it down. But I am that way with all her books. I loved the side plots, they made the story for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/9/2011

    " Not as good as all her others. More crisis for the main character to overcome than the other books. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author whose books are published all over the world. She is also the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.