I’m sorry to say that this was a complete miss for me. I usually enjoy Taylor Holloway’s books so I was looking forward to reading this, but… it sort of went from bad to worse. I really don’t know what happened and I’m pretty bummed about it. However – and keep this in mind – this touched on a lot of my personal ick subplots and isn’t actually poorly written. I’m sure plenty of people will love it, I just don’t happen to be one of them.
The story follows Lucy, a woman working on a movie production. When she gets fed up with her job, she impersonates an actress and somehow finds herself as the new star. The only problem? Her little act means that she has to pretend to be a princess working as an actress, and she can’t tell her hunky leading man (who she has real life chemistry with) that it’s all an act. As Lucy and Peter work on the movie, their attraction gets more difficult to fight and they find themselves in a very messy situation.
Let’s start with what I liked. I’ve read several books in this Lone Star Lovers series and enjoyed them, so it was nice to see everything come full circle as Lucy and Peter work on filming Admit You Want Me. Holloway has done a great job navigating this series through a variety of tropes while still connecting the characters together. Where this started to fall apart for me is the deception. Fake relationship romances are hugely popular right now, but they work because both parties are in on the act. This felt pretty slimy since the woman Peter is falling for is completely fabricated and the book lingers on that for a long time. I could’ve gotten past that if they connected on an emotional level, but the relationship was primarily sexual with a few things that I found to be uncomfortable to read (the reason why things escalate the first time, the vast difference in experience level, the surprise inclusion of BDSM). I’m going to chalk this one up to an isolated miss for me because it won’t stop me from reading Holloway’s future books but it was definitely disappointing. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Peter Prince is the sexy king of action movies, and he’s head over heels in love with me. At least, his character is in the movie we’re filming. It’s a good thing I know the difference between fantasy and reality…
He’s hot, funny, smart, and confident. A bit arrogant, but I can deal with that. And for the next several weeks, our full-time job is falling in love on camera.
Being paid to flirt with, tease, kiss, and ultimate be seduced by Peter Prince is hardly a chore. For a professional like me, it should be nothing.
Except I totally lied about who I am to get this part.
After a string of disastrously bad luck, I thought it would be a great idea to impersonate royalty at an audition. Impossibly, it worked.
Only now I’m stuck pretending I’m a freakin’ Swedish princess who knows what she’s doing on a major motion picture opposite real Hollywood royalty.
The truth is something entirely different. I’m broke. I’m a fraud. I’m barely even an actress. And I’m falling for my costar who’s going to hate me when he figures out what I’ve done…