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No More Pretending Alluring screen actress Lauren Langham excels at the roles she plays both on and off camera She's so good at pretending in fact that no one watching her popular rom coms or dazzling red carpet appearances would assume she was anything but charming outgoingand straight While preparing to shoot a new film in a small Texas town Lauren wonders what she would be like if her own life had followed a different script Then she meets Harper Ward a waitress at the local diner whose natural beauty leaves her speechless Harper mistakes Lauren's reaction for being stuck up and takes an instant dislike to her Like Lauren Harper isn't exactly what she seems—and also wonders what her life would be like if family obligations hadn't turned her world upside down When the film's lecherous director hires Harper to work as his assistant she and Lauren find themselves fighting a powerful attraction that uickly escalates into an overwhelming passion But where can they go from here As predicted DNF Once the page flipping happened it was doomed It started off a 5 in the beginning then the middle of it devolved to a 3 Then Nope Sorry Try again I must be honest this book was not on my radar at all Therefore it was such a pleasant surprise how much I really enjoyed this Then to find out this is a debut novel I'm even impressed The book is not perfect the storyline is not a brand new idea but boy for a traditional girl meets girl romance this book really worked for meI don't know what it is but something about romances that involve a movie star falling in love with a girl next door type are some of my favorites I normally prefer my romances to involve a mystery plot or take place on another world but for a traditional type of romance I enjoy this storyline This story is about Lauren a mostly closeted actress filming on location in a small Texas town She meets and is instantly attracted to a waitress named Harper Harper mistakes Lauren's shyness believing she is stuck up and conceited It is not a good first impression or second or even third The time they spend together the feelings develop Can a relationship between two different people actually work out or were they doomed from the beginning?What really surprised me about this book was how emotionally invested I became in the characters I mean to the point that they have a fight and it literally made me choke up I just really responded well to how Hawkins writes I absolutely believed in the romantic connection these two characters hadAs I said before this is not a perfect book I wish the intimate scenes would have been a little steamy Some were even the fade to black kind I personally like explicit sex scenes because I believe the intimacy shows a stronger connection The difference in this book I already believed the connection so I actually didn't mind as much as I normally would I think Hawkins has room to grow as a new writer but honestly I am pretty impressed were she is already They way she writes is believable and I thought contained good dialog For me she successfully showed the romantic connection and that's what I look for in a romance authorFor me personally this book really worked I am hopefully readers will be pleasantly surprised at how good this debut novel is Without a doubt I will read the next book Hawkins writes An ARC was given to me by Bella for a honest review “Nobody teaches us or tells us whom to love It just finds you” The romance was very sweet Nothing earth shattering but adorable nonetheless The leads were likable and authentic especially Lauren was uite a refreshing character because usually actors in fiction are shown to be self assured and cocky so her awkward and shy personality was very endearing and fit really well with Harper's girl next door character Although the tell not show bothered me a few times it was still an enjoyable read Nicely done for a debut novel Solid writing with good dialogue a nice bunch of secondary characters including Chester the dog a well described settingBut I had some issues with conflicts between the main characters as well as their reasons for certain behaviors The author has created conflicts in a way that make her protagonist actress Lauren Langham uite neurotic and fickle which are not likable characteristics On the other side her other protagonist waitress Harper Ward is a bit unnaturally selfless person who is practically destroying her life and career by not at all trying to change the situation in which she found herself Again not very likable characteristic in my book although I believe that the author wanted to achieve just the opposite I understand that this was done to justify some plot developments and to inject a little bit of needed drama but it could have been done better and been convincing Lack of experience I believeRegardless of my objections this is a good first novel I liked it and will certainly read the author's next book325 starsJuly 22 2017A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher

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