Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen: Review

July 12, 2013 Reviews 0

9781622660896_500All’s fair in acting and amore…

Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.

As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

In the second of Cindi Madsen’s Accidentally in Love series, we meet Brynn. She’s an aspiring actress with a love of drama that stretches back to her high school drama club days. Still working at her family bait shop, Brynn has been trying to erase the not-so-happy memories of her teenage years – having been teased and picked on for her so-called “geekery”, and being rejected so cruelly by her high school crush Sawyer.

It’s years on from school, and Brynn is taking part in the local theatre’s latest production. As it turns out, her high school years come back to revisit in a big way. Sawyer’s back in town and he is directing the play – and he’s her neighbour.

A playwright, Sawyer is desperate to get back to NY. Only in town for a short time to help out his mother and aunt, Sawyer is reluctantly taking on the directorship of the play. He’s learnt the hard way that getting involved with actresses is not such a great idea. However there is something about this girl in the play that captivates him, and suddenly, this trip home doesn’t seem so bad after all.

When he doesn’t recognise her, and assumes she is someone she is not, Brynn decides to play along and pretend. But the more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction grows and the harder it becomes for Brynn to admit her little white lie. Neither thinks their relationship is permanent, but as you know in romance-land, things are never quite that simple.

I liked Brynn. Everyone has been like her at some point, whether they care to admit it or not. When people have a crack at you for long enough about being a little different, it’s not surprising she is wanting to be someone else for a little while. She was really sweet and deserves her happiness. Sawyer was a little harder to connect with, but still a nice character to read. They had a lovely chemistry – the book concentrates more so on the build-up to them getting together, so it is a little on the behind-closed-doors end of the spectrum.

The supporting characters were good. I might have to return to the first in this series, Falling for Her Fiance, so I can learn a little bit more about Dani and Wes, and how they got together.

All in all, this was a quick and fun read. I look forward to seeing what else Ms Madsen has in store for this group.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Release Date: 10 June 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon – iBookstore – Nook – Kobo

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC in return for an honest review.

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