Source: provided through NetGalley
Date read: September 24, 2017
1. Acting Lessons - Kindle
2. Baking Lessons
3. Marriage Lessons
Katie Allen (aka Katie Ruggle)
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An aspiring actress navigates the gig of a lifetime...and an illicit desire she never saw coming in the first book of a brand-new series from Katie Ruggle writing as Katie Allen.Thoughts on Acting Lessons: I should think this goes without saying, but I obviously expected to like this book when I picked it up. I mean, that's why I picked up, right? What I didn't expect is that Topher's off-the-wall observations would have me laughing out loud as she took her normal personality and dialed it up to a factor of ten. Ditzy Topher was strangely endearing. She was a blunt, motor-mouthed, insanely upbeat hurricane who gave (almost) everyone around her a reason to smile.
It's an offer she can't refuse. Two weeks of work for enough cash to quit her day job and focus on auditions is a dream come true for struggling actress Topher. All she has to do is play girlfriend to a wealthy friend, helping him secure his trust fund. Then she meets her friend's sinfully handsome, firmly off-limits uncle, and all bets are off.
Not only is Uncle James surprisingly younger than imagined, he's charismatic and hot as hell. And there's something about the wounded veteran's hungry stare that has her thinking the feeling is mutual.
Topher's determined to ignore Uncle Sexy, but the forbidden temptation is too much to handle, especially after James flashes his dominant side. But surrendering to temptation is easier said than done when the plot thickens. Even if Topher can manage to fool everyone involved, she's not sure she can fool her own heart—or the man she's definitely not supposed to be falling for.
The smiles started with Jamie. Although he was treated to Ditzy Topher first, he caught enough glimpses of the other her to figure out she wasn't as air-headed as she was pretending to be. Watching him unbend in the face of her unflaggingly optimistic spirit was fun. Topher made him laugh. She made him burn. She brought out the bossy side in him without even trying. Let me just say Topher REALLY LIKED that bossy side, so this was a win for everyone.
There's a little age play (nothing to shocking in my opinion, but I routinely read about aliens getting down and dirty in pretty creative ways on distant planets, so your mileage may vary) and plenty of steam between the sheets. Or in the bathroom. Or the study. These two don't limit themselves much.
Anyway. Fun and sexy with a small side of intrigue as the various guests who show up at the house reveal their reasons for being there. You know, that makes it sound way more mysterious than it really is. There are just a whole bunch of folks and they all have weird reasons for being there. Mostly of the non-sinister variety, too! Bottom line: I liked it A LOT and will definitely grab the next in the series.