5 Stars

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?


★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★


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I loved this book! Honestly it had me addicted from the first page, I just love this authors style of writing, she writes NA like a boss!

Stephanie Kendrick is a soon to be senior at NYU and now summer’s here she decides that rather than go home and face her demons, she will take a summer class in Classic Film Narratives. She is slightly erring on the side of Goth, with her dark hair, dark clothes and dark moods and a typical example of an ex popular princess turned tortured soul.

Ethan Price is a Preppy Frat Boy, who comes from the upper elite of Manhattan. After a recent break up from his childhood sweatheart, he decides he wants a summer off interning at his fathers company and elects to join the film buffs instead.

When the two are paired together for a project, they decide to recreate the classic story of Pygmalion, and Ethan decides that this bizarre pairing could work to his advantage. He will offer her a much needed place to stay for the summer, and in return Stephanie become his fake girlfriend. However, like in the film, in order to do that, he needs to give her a makeover in order to please his families social circle.

“One month.
You lose the boots, and the attitude, and do your best to convince my parents that we’re crazy in love or something.”

As summer progresses, they both become confused as to what is real and what is pretend. Not only that, but how compatible can they be if they are from completely different worlds?

The banter and chemistry between these two ticked all my boxes and I had a huge smile on my face throughout the whole entire book. I highlighted so many funny moments.

I really fell in love with both of the characters, especially Ethan <3 data-blogger-escaped-br=””>
Although the steam level was fairly low, it didn’t bother me in the slightest because it was such a feel good, butterflies type of book. I have already read the third book in this series Crushed, which I loved, so now I will be diving straight onto the second, Broken.

This is a standalone, told in dual POV

About the Author

Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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