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Isn't She Lovely

Isn't She Lovely

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by Lauren Layne
The rules are clear—until they’re broken. The first book in Lauren Layne’s Redemption series gives a 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


The rules are clear—until they’re broken. The first book in Lauren Layne’s Redemption series gives a 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?

BONUS: Includes an excerpt from Lauren Layne's Broken.

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Praise for Isn’t She Lovely

“Fresh and authentic, Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely packs intelligence, wit, and an addictive romance into one fantastic read! I loved the bold characters, the slow-building yet steamy romance, and the raw and painful edge of self-discovery. I couldn’t put it down!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack

“A fresh new voice in the New Adult genre . . . I loved this book! Such a fun read from start to finish. You won’t want to put it down!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

Isn’t She Lovely is full of complex characters you want to root for—and a hero that will make you swoon.”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“These two characters have chemistry, and the readers can feel it.”The Romance Reviews

“[The] perfect combination of irreverent and serious . . . I adored this book.”Penny Dreadful Book Reviews

“If you’re looking to escape with a quick and entertaining New Adult contemporary romance with real romance, humor, a touch of angst, a strong girl and a totally swoony guy, this is the book for you.”Kimberly Faye Reads

“Perfect, and a satisfying ending.”Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews

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Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is a New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Isn't She Lovely 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
BJsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A refreshingly sweet & funny New Adult Romance LAUREN LAYNE - ISN’T SHE LOVELY - 5 ¿¿¿¿¿ • 240 pages • release date - 28 October - 2013 • New Adult Romance MY THOUGHTS Stephanie is a film student in NYC - ever since she left her hometown, and all that happened there, she hides behind this tough Goth-persona. She wears black clothes, black boots, black nail polish. On her way to a summer screenwriting class she runs into Ethan - well, runs into - as in crashes into - Ethan. A pretty hot preppy-looking student. They start talking and insulting each other with the obvious prejudices about their looks. As it turns out they both were headed to the same class. And, they end up as partners for the summer screenwriting project. Ethan only took this class because he didn't want to intern at his Dad's firm again this summer - because he doesn't want to run into people who would remind him of a few horrible events he witnessed these last weeks. Like his girlfriend and his best friend having sex - with each other! Stephanie is kind of homeless for the summer - she needs a place to stay. She's moving in with Ethan, because they start their own little project within the school project. They decide to write their own version of the Pygmalion theme. The Pretty Woman - She's All That kind of thing where a guy 'creates' a woman he then falls in love with. Ethan wants Stephanie to pose as his girlfriend. After he makes her get a make-over, of course. No goth on Park Avenue! He wants his mom to stop wanting to get him back together with his ex Olivia. And he thinks Stephanie is the perfect choice, because he and she SO don't fit together. There's no danger of them falling in love for real. At least he thinks so at first, but there are lots of sparks flying between those two. Will there be a fairy tale ending for Stephanie and Ethan? Or does he only use her to get back at his ex? I'm not telling you, of course ¿ I don't want to spoil your reading pleasure ¿ ♥ but YES - of course there will be a HAPPY END ♥ ____________________________________________________________ I ENJOYED THE BOOK A LOT I REALLY LOVED IT! I couldn't stop reading - I finished it in one afternoon. It was sooo funny and cute and romantic and moving. Ethan is sooo cute - he seems to be this superficial Wasp-ish Park Avenue/Hampton's boy - but he's much deeper than that. He has lots of pain stuffed deep inside and only with Stephanie he can finally start to open up. And Stephanie - this tough goth girl ¿ She's just a cute sad and broken Cheerleader deep inside. She never talked with anybody about what happened back home. But she trusts Ethan. Those 2 are sooo adorable together - so funny!!! They want each other, but they know that it doesn't seem possible for such different personas to end up together... but on the way to their HEA - there are MOMENTS - pheww - sexy kissing moments ♥ The only thing I didn't like about it?? IT WAS TOO SHORT!! I would've loved to read a real full length novel with lots more details and maybe lots more erotic scenes ;) - it wasn't a novella or anything really short - but I would've loved to spend more time with Ethan and Stephanie :) If you like fresh, sweet and funny Romances - this is the book for you!!! GO GET IT! ¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still up at 3am on a work day finishing this book! It was worth it.
Alex_Margaret More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The story could be slightly predictable, but the reader can't help but enjoy the banter. I actually really enjoyed this book. It had everything I look for in books: romance, humor, swoon-worthy-ness, and the characters. Just perfect characters. Stephanie Kendrick reminded myself in many ways and it was refreshing. She would wear dark clothes and colours, and always wore combat boots. When Ethan meets her, they despise each other. Then he proposes an offer to Stephanie that she can't refuse. The story line was similar to books and movies I've read/seen before. I liked knowing the story. And even though the story could be slightly predictable, the reader can't help but enjoy the banter between Ethan and Stephanie. Stephanie was a strong and guarded character. She had her reasons for being the way she was and we learn of them as the story goes on. I'm not gonna lie, the story dragged on in some of her scenes because her life story could be so predictable. It seemed that, while reading, I'd already read this and knew exactly why she was guarded before we even got a hint of it. Ethan was more open, golden-boy type. However, don't let his image fool you, he could be pretty bad-ass especially in the end. That made me bust out laughing (fellow readers, you know what I'm talking about). The story could drag on slightly in the beginning, but once the reader gets into the story, you simply can't put the story down. The story sort of calls to you, not letting you get one thing done. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy New Adult romance and humor filled story lines. Rating: 6.7/10 Parental Rating: 16+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN!!! Perfect love story! I wish there was a sequel because I completely fell in love with these characters and their story! You won't regret buying this book. Worth every penny!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally don't read romance but this book kept me reading because I had to know how it ended. I loved the aspect of reading both characters perspectives. Great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love couldn't put it down, finished in two days!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I enjoyed this book. The story was fun and the snappy dialogue was refreshing. It took a long time to get the hero and heroine together but it was worth it. They had a great connection. I laughed out loud several times and even teared up a few times. The only reason I rated this book only 4 stars is because I thought the hero was overly harsh with the insults and I felt the heroine let him off the hook too easily after all the crappy things he says to her. Will read again.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Hard. just do it rspnd to Echo
Anonymous 7 months ago
I am willing to f*** you. And trust me i will do it hard
Anonymous 7 months ago
I mean it. I need someone to f*** me here and now. Please. Some one jut f*** me soon. And hard. F*** me really hard. As hard as you want to. I will do anything. As long as you f*** me HARD first. So any guy who wants to f*** me... get over here and shove ur d*** into me right now. Ad shov it hard!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a book that was hard to put down. I practically completed it in one sitting. The main characters were scarred but had a lot to offer each other. The story was edgy, raw, and humorous. I enjoyed it! LA-TXNn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks up to Katie,"Hey."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bites her lip "I bet" she says looking him up and down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He carries katie to his room. He lays her on his bed. "This'll be fun."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the $and time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.
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Very witty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book same but different
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Raye-RayeJ More than 1 year ago
Ms. Layne is exceptionally gifted with dialog. I loved the easy banter between the two characters. While the story line was recycled, it was a refreshing take. I zipped through the book and wished it was longer, but definitely worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book while I was on the phone enjoying one of those indefinite holds that we all know and hate. When I got to the quote below, I started laughing out loud and, of course, that is when they took me off of hold. As a result, my insurance company now thinks I’m crazy. This really isn’t an original story, just a re-imagining similar to Grease. However, the writing style and sarcastic banter make up for the lack of originality. The narrative was so entertaining that I wanted to highlight and quote everything. All of the little nicknames that Ethan had for Stephanie cracked me up. It’s not just dry wit and sarcastic humor, there are surprisingly flowery descriptions. Towards the middle of the book, things got a little too slow for my taste. The banter stopped being able to carry the story and, to be honest, I almost stopped reading. All in all, I’m not sorry I read this book because there are some great quotes. But I knew what was going to happen nearly every step of the way so it was hard to stay interested. As reviewed on KayFrayBooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story but i had to skip over 2 of the chaptrs because of sex.