Published by Macmillan on December 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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CAN THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME...Lacey Clark's dreams of Hollywood stardom didn't turn out quite the way she planned. Instead, her life is more of the daytime-drama variety: One of her actor ex-boyfriends fathered a child with another?woman, and now, long story short, Lacey is the adopted single mother of his son. She takes little Henry with her to South Carolina to escape the film business but winds up working at a small movie studio,?determined?to do a good job both on set and at "home." Only problem is she ends up sharing a house with movie star Beau Wilder, who is no role model for Henry--and only spells trouble for Lacey...LEAD TO A HAPPY ENDING?Beau is arguably the most gorgeous man on the planet--and a known ladies' man. His wealthy Lowcountry pedigree is rivaled only by his bad-boy charm, a combination that proves irresistible for Lacey. And he adores Henry! If they weren't both on a movie set, their lives would seem too good to be true...unless the chemistry--not to mention the burning attraction--between them is real, and Hollywood's golden boy is actually falling for this sassy single mom? When it comes to love, sometimes you just have to throw out the script..."Filled with wit and Southern charm. Delightful!"--New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde on Sweet Talk Me?
This one just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like Beau at all; he ran really hot and cold for me. I liked Lacey better, but she just needed more of a backbone. He shows up at the door of the lighthouse she’s subletting in the middle of the night, a complete stranger, and insists on coming inside. She says no, because, again, stranger, and her child is asleep upstairs, but after about two minutes of “I’m coming in”, “No, you’re not.”, she gives up and opens the door for him because… I don’t know why. And “they’re Southern and that’s how it goes” doesn’t work from me. Lacey is a really good mom, and I just can’t see her letting this stranger into her home with her sleeping child in the middle of the night because Southern hospitality says she has to. I am not, however, Southern, so maybe I’m wrong about that.
Beau was great with Henry, Lacey’s son, completely winning him over immediately. I liked how they interacted, and when it was the three of them it was great. But, man. Beau and Lacey together did nothing for me. I fully understand that Lacey wouldn’t want a bunch of drinking and smoking and whatnot around Henry. But for her to be so uptight about the one night Beau brought some guys over for poker, especially since they waited to start until after Henry went to bed seemed ridiculous. She sat there in a chair three feet away, knitting and giving them the stink eye every time they opened a beer. And they each had two beers. That’s it. Two beers each. Since she did decide to open the door to a complete stranger that first night and let him in, and decide they should both live there in the lighthouse, she can’t expect him to come home every night and sit in his room silently until the morning. But, on the other hand, since he knows how Lacey feels about it, showing up with 3 loud friends and heavily implying that he’s going to keep them there late playing poker and getting completely drunk and smoking cigars by the dozen specifically because he’s upset that she…. I don’t know, asked him if he was going to be home for dinner or something, is a little passive-aggressive and just silly. Not endearing.
Beau, who’s an actor, heard some gossip about Lacey from when she was an actress, and weirdly decides that she’s a jinx on movie sets, and gets upset any time she’s on the set. Which is often, because she’s nannying for the director’s six-year-old twins. Apparently, on this set, “jinx” translates to “giving script suggestions that markedly improves the story.” It also means that’s the reason his aforementioned poker game didn’t go very well. Because Lacey was sitting nearby and she’s a jinx.
They decided to do everything except have actual intercourse, for reasons I didn’t understand, then finally sleep together right after saying “I love you”, then immediately decide to break up because of his career. She wants to stay in Indigo Beach and he travels around on movie sets. Apparently no actor on earth is able to make a relationship work while making movies. Except for…. well, most actors in Hollywood. Which is exactly what they end up deciding to do at the end of the book, so that whole discussion was pretty much for nothing.
I didn’t hate this book, but I just didn’t buy Beau and Lacey together. There was no real connection between them when Henry wasn’t around to be a buffer. Unfortunately, this was just a miss for me.