Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she’s hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them.
Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she’s coached on Julian’s obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger.
In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target, the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.
I saw this book on Net Galley and as soon as I saw it was by Theresa Weir, I knew it was a must read for me. I read her under this name and under the name Anne Frasier. Her book, Cool Shade, was one of my favorite romance reads of the year, when I read it a couple of years ago. Cool Shade won the Rita award for romantic suspense, so you know this author definitely is a good romance writer!
Ellie is a former child star who due to circumstances out of her control, is on the edge of becoming homeless. After posting an ad for actress work, several girls from the nearby university hire her to break a guys heart. He’s been a womanizer and they want him to hurt like he hurt them. Ellie doesn’t want to do it but she is so broke, she pretty much has to. And when she actually meets Julian it gets even harder to do, but since she has signed a contract, she has to go through with it. Falling In love wasn’t supposed to happen. Julian falling in love was even more of a long shot.
This was an extremely fast read, and I know this because it had me turning the pages pretty much non-stop. It was a good romance with a different premise. I enjoyed the characters of Ellie and Julian, and actually Julian’s back story was very compelling, even more so then Ellie’s. I’ll leave that for the reader to find out. You might want to have some tissues ready..just saying.(and this doesn’t have anything to do with the end of the book!)
I wholeheartedly recommend this to adult romance readers. Keep in mind it has some very hot sex scenes, but nothing too out there.I thought it was everything a book by Theresa Weir/Anne Frasier should be-GOOD.