Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne

October 28, 2013
240 pages

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?

Lauren Layne is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for charming and witty romances. This book was just one of those easy reads. Despite the overdone pygmalion plotline (at least it was self-aware enough to acknowledge that more than once), it still seemed like a fresh story with likable characters who had chemistry in spades. I could have done without the hokey ending that was almost cringe-worthy, but it didn't stop me from finishing the book looking forward to the next one from Lauren Layne.

Isn't She Lovely: 4/5 Stars
Cover: 4/5 Stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

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