Review: Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne

September 4, 2014 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 2 Comments

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Review: Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren LayneIsn't She Lovely
by Lauren Layne
Series: Redemption #0.5
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 28, 2013 by Flirt
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

"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?

Sterling Legend is at the top of the entertainment industry. His fast rise to success due to his talent and to his last name. But Sterling wants to find success on his own. He is on the path to producing his first film, without his famous father as the star, when the ex-love of his life re-enters his world. Rhiannon Bliss left seven years before without a word. Sterling has no need to forgive, but his desire for Rhiannon is overwhelming. Can two broken hearts use the heat of their attraction to find their way back to love?


I sort of wave my hand up and down in his direction. “It’s just that I think you forgot to change out of your country-club uniform.”

That was the sentence that made me realize I was going to like ISN’T SHE LOVELYI love good banter between the characters when they don’t even know each other, so they are stereotyping one another—makes things very interesting. The characters are always bickering and can’t stand each other.

We have Ethan, son of a prestigious and very rich family who got his heart broken by his girlfriend when she cheated on him with his best friend.

We have Stephanie, daughter of a man who got married six-months after Stephanie’s mom dies of cancer. She also went through a somewhat traumatic experience, which has caused her to drop the girly girl identity and do a complete 360°, turning into a girl that wears all black, including the combat boots and heavy eyeliner.

When the two completely different people bump into one another, an undeniable chemistry arises. They get assigned as partners for a college project and it consists of creating a screenplay, which they decide would be Pygmalion inspired. Not only that, they decide to base it on themselves.

“Think about how much better our screenplay will be if we can base it on real life experience.”

I found myself enjoying this story quite a lot. I was smiling and giggling like a school-girl. It was fun. I would get frustrated at times with the characters, which is why I am giving it 4 stars, but the rest was a good story that I really enjoyed reading. I love how Ethan really loves Stephanie for her and not the girly girl he had created for their project, even if he didn’t want to admit it to anyone, let alone himself.

If you want to find out more about this lovely story of love, forgiveness, finding oneself and redemption, buy the book and start reading!

Other titles in the series that can be read as standalone:
(Click on the cover for my review of Broken)


About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

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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