Act Like You Love Me

Act Like You Love Me

by Cindi Madsen


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What would you do for a second chance at your first crush?Brynn McAdams isn't the awkward geek she was in high school--she's grown up and confident, or at least she tries to be. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be the glamorous girl she knows he'd want, not the shy girl he doesn't even recognize. Good thing she's an excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the poised and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she's off-limits. The few glimpses he gets of the goofy, carefree Brynn just makes her feel...familiar. Like home.

As Brynn's lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

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ISBN-13: 9781499305937
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Act Like You Love Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
PAS2012 More than 1 year ago
Cindi Madsen's Act Like You Love Me had me from the word go! This was an excellent read and I finished it in one night (ok, stayed up way past my bedtime reading!) Brynn and Sawyer are very well written and totally believable characters, who had a great sexual chemistry between them. Who doesn't remember in vivid, excrutiating detail their first brush-off? Brynn handles it beautifully. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Ms Madsen is definitely on my 'To Buy' list from now on.
Pinkspo0n More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book in the course of just a few hours. I'm such a sucker for a well written contemporary romance, and this definitely falls into the category of a well written novel. I love the Southern flair in this novel. The fishing, the friendly neighbors, the meddling mothers. The atmosphere reminded me of home, making it a very comfortable setting that I enjoyed immensely. Brynn and Sawyer are a sweet couple. I enjoyed the acting aspect of the relationship, even though there were several times I wanted to reach through the pages and shake Brynn until she came clean about who she was. As someone that would love to hide parts of my past, I could easily relate to Brynn and her desire to keep her embarrassing high school experiences under wraps. The most inspiring part of the book (for me) was when Brynn talked through all of her relationship problems with the person she least expected to ever share them with. (Trying so hard to keep out any spoilers!) This conversation was inspiring to me because it shows that people can't be judged by who they once were. If you like contemporary romance, this is a must read for the summer! Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
I love it when there is a story in a story or in this case a play called “The Importance of Being Earnest”. To be honest, I haven’t seen it but I got enough from the book to know some of it. In it things are built upon some lies. But as in this story, lies always get out of control and it is hard to dig out of the hole that you put yourself in! Brynn has crushed on Sawyer since high school. She was considered different then. She was in drama club. She dressed differently. She just didn’t quite fit in with the popular people. She tried to ask Sawyer to prom and was rejected. Then even worse, when she went on stage in high school, someone stepped on her skirt and everyone saw her in her underwear! (That happened to me once, except my chair flipped and I was wearing a dress and it flipped over my head! SO SO EMBARRASING) She was called McFlasher after that. She never really got over all that, including him.  She had a better control on her looks and was always smiling now. Then Sawyer came back to town. He came back to fix up his parents dream home, sell it, and go back home to New York. He also got set up to direct a play that Brynn was in. Sawyer doesn’t remember her and Brynn likes it that way.  So Brynn lets him believe things about her that aren’t true and it just kept getting worse and worse. . She goes hot and cold on him a lot depending if the conversation hits her past in anyway. Now that they both like each other, Brynn doesn’t know how to tell him the truth about her. Then Sawyer has/had some issues of his own and so he doesn’t see anything. He had one ex-crazy actress girlfriend who tried to hang on to him hard. He also lost his dad to ALS when he was young which he still hangs onto. Put all that together and you have a catastrophe. Mix it with a lot of humor and quirkiness and you have a cute love story. What will happen when it all comes to light?  How will it all come to light? You will have to read it to find out. But it is so cute and definitely would be a great romantic comedy on the big screen!
Emma_Ayala More than 1 year ago
I started this book late in the evening thinking I could get some reading done while I waited in the car at the train station for my stepdad, with my mom. That way I could kill time and get ahead with some reading. But basically, I kept reading and reading all the way home and well into the night and didn't stop until I finished at 1am. I had to get up super early for work the next day. So yeah, thanks a lot for the nice bags, Cindi.  But really I loved this! Very cute! Brynn was always so very careful around Sawyer and Sawyer was just confused! He wasn't sure what was up with her attitude and figured she was just some prima donna. I couldn't blame him because Brynn was all over the place! Especially since she was trying to be strong and confident but then he would slip past her armor and when she noticed she'd usually try to stop. She was afraid of liking him again and didn't want to see just how Sawyer truly was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! I loved this book! It got me hooked from the first minute. Thanks to “Act like you love me” I didn’t get a lot of sleep for two nights because I just couldn’t put it down anymore. I loved Brynn. She got really tangled up in all the lies she spun to get around with Sawyer. Normally I don’t like the plot about someone pretending to be someone else just to impress and gain the love of another person. This book showed that there is still something good to tell about those kind of stories. Even though I of course didn’t like how Brynn handled things, I still liked her. I could totally get why Sawyer had the hots for her. :D Moreover the whole book was so funny. Poor Brynn and her High School trauma but the way she handled things and talked about is was just so funny! Have I mentioned that I loved it? Not to forget Sawyer… hot, sexy Sawyer. The two of them had great chemistry. Another thing I want to add is that I didn’t read the first book in the series. However I had no problem following the story or the characters at all. You can read this book first if you like. You won’t have a problem with not understanding something. I will definitely read the first book, too! This book was just right in every way. I loved everything about it!! Great job Cindi Madsen!
Jen_McConnel More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW: This was a charming love story to get lost in. Madsen breathes new life in the “hometown sweeties meet up years later” in this tale; her heroine HATES the guy, and he doesn’t remember her at all. Despite her awkward, humiliating high school years, Brynn has grown into a rather quiet, happy adult…until Sawyer comes back to town and starts hitting on her. She’s drawn to him, but she can’t forget the way he broke her heart in high school, so Brynn does something utterly out of character; she lies. A lot. But despite the lies, the feelings she and Sawyer are experiencing might just be the real thing. I also really loved the role of theater in this story; I grew up in community theater, and Madsen captures the heightened drama, emotion, and crushability of the scene perfectly. All in all, this is a sweet, satisfying read; not too spicy, but perfect for a lazy day at the beach.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Once again, Madsen delivers a witty and sweet romance! I really enjoyed getting to know Brynn and Sawyer. Act Like You Love Me made me laugh and swoon. The perfect recipe for a light-hearted contemporary romance! Unlike Dani and Wes, Brynn and Sawyer were not friends. Well...they didn't start out that way. They knew each other in high school. Or I should say that Brynn had a huge crush on Sawyer, but he didn't really know who she was in high school. Now, Sawyer's back in town acting as the director for the local town theater production and fixing up his father's lake house to sell. Brynn is an actress, so their paths cross once again. But, Sawyer doesn't recognize Brynn and she doesn't point out who she is either. See...Sawyer is flirting with her and giving her the attention she always wanted, so she's not quite willing to give up the truth. As they spend more time together, the truth becomes harder for Brynn to hide. Also, Sawyer is planning to go back to New York, so their time together is limited.  As you can imagine, once the truth comes out...feelings are hurt and trust is tested. However, the fact remains that Brynn and Sawyer have fallen for each other. So, I think it came down to the simple matter of, was Sawyer willing to throw away his forever over a white lie. Because, I really think that Brynn was just scared to tell him who she was. She had been hurt by him in high school. Granted, he didn't know it, but still. In my mind, the score was even. I did enjoy watching them fall in love. They are a sweet couple.  Overall, I really enjoyed Act Like You Love Me. Like most of the Bliss books I've read, I had a smile on my face the entire time  I read this. I look forward to seeing who the next book is about. I have my fingers crossed that it will be the hunky cop! If you enjoy quick, sweet romances, definitely check this one out! Quote: "And I randomly break into song, and often quote lines from classic literature and plays in normal conversations."  "I need more culture in my life. Plus, I think it's adorable when you do that." Another brush of his thumb, and her breath grew shallow.-Loc 2915 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOTE: Thanks to Entangled for letting me read this amazing book! The only other book I've read by Cindi Madsen is All The Broken Pieces. It was so good, that I just had to request to read this one too. To tell you the truth, I'm glad I did, because it definitely didn't disappoint. Act Like You Love Me is a very light read, full of romance, memories and realistic characters. It had me laughing and crying. There were places I felt extremely overjoyed, and scenes that literally made my heart clench. In other words, it was amazing. Yeah I know that the story wasn't super unique. There was boy meet girl and they developed an attraction that morphed into love. Nothing new, I know. But it was written and thought out in such a sweet way, it definitely deserves the praise. I couldn't not feel sympathetic with both Sawyer and Brynn. They'd both had their fair share of complicated high-school lives that had marred them for life. But when they meet again as adults, fate demands a do-over. That do-over, even though there were absolutely no adult scenes, got my blood boiling. I never new that simple kissing can do that to a person, but it did! And I liked it! Which makes me think I should go back and read the other Cindi Madsen books in the Accidentally in Love series. Oh, and on a minor scale, you'd be surprised by what a mother would do to keep her son close to her! Just get to read the book and you'll see exactly what I mean.
ObsessionwithBooksSC More than 1 year ago
Reviews: 4 ½ out 5 Stars Cindi Madsen first came to my attention when I stumbled across her Young Adult novel, All the Broken Pieces. I didn’t realise Act Like You Love Me was a part of a series but it didn’t feel like a second book to me and I don’t think I missed out on anything by not reading the first book, Falling for her Fiancé although I will be grabbing a copy sometime very soon. From the onset, I found myself really liking our main heroine Brynn McAdams, a lover of drama and working with her brother in her parents bait shop; her quirky habits were endearing and notions about true romance really sweet; but her school years were tough and as a result she is quite wary. When her high school crush and the boy who shattered her heart, Sawyer Dodd returns to town to renovate his parents old home and take over directing the local production he never expected to meet and slowly fall for Brynn; he has no idea they went to school together and believes certain things about her that just aren’t true and she doesn’t fix up the lies, she goes with the flow to save her heart and to not remember her humiliating senior years of school knowing he is only in town for a few short weeks. I really loved reading about Sawyer, he was smart and charming and I appreciated the way he trusted Brynn despite her evasiveness; they had some really cute moments together. Madsen’s engaging writing and believable dialogue captured me instantly; I loved the chemistry and banter between Brynn and Sawyer and the way their romance developed. You could see from the onset of the book Sawyer had been hurt so when Brynn’s revelation came out it really hit a sore spot and caused a great deal of pain; I liked the way everything was dealt with and how the characters came together. The plot is humorous and fun with a great cast of characters, it is a light-hearted read that kept me engrossed from the first to the very last page; you couldn’t help but hope for love and a HEA for this wonderful pair. Overall, a really cute, entertaining and quirky read. I highly recommend Act Like You Love Me to all fans of contemporary romance and adorable relationships. Thank-you kindly to Entangled Bliss for the opportunity to read and review Act Like You Love Me.
JDerucki More than 1 year ago
For as much as the first book in Cindi Madsen's Accidentally in Love series is a friends-to-lovers story, Act Like You Love Me is the opposite.  Brynn McAdams may have worshipped Sawyer Raines in high school, but they're hardly friends. As a matter of fact, when Sawyer returns home from NYC to help with the play Brynn's starring in, he doesn't recognize her AT ALL. Still aching a little bit from his past rejection, Brynn decides to play it cool, hide her true identity and be who she thinks Sawyer wants her to be. I mean, she is a talented actress after all. The problem is it doesn't stop with one or two little untruths...pretty soon it's snowballed into something so big there's no going back. For either of them. I always love Cindi Madsen's quick, witty writing style, and she uses it to her advantage to convey each character's personality through thoughts and words. I feel like I can connect with them and always have a clear understanding of emotions and motives. The nature of this story screams anxiety, and man did I have it. I knew Brynn was getting in too deep in a lot ways; the further involved she & Sawyer got, the more I wanted her to come clean.  The suspense and build up to that ultimate moment of truth kept me on edge and when it hit, it was just as tumultuous and rewarding as I expected. By that I mean totally ripped my heart out, stomped on it then wrapped it up in a shiny gold box. I was glad to see this book included characters from the first book while focusing on a new main couple. I loved Dani and Wes from Falling For Her Fiancé, so I was ecstatic to see them again and enjoyed the way their story entwined with Brynn & Sawyer's. It was fun to piece together the ties between the main characters - Brynn's brother Paul is the jilted guy who loaned Dani & Wes the ring for their fake engagement. That was an AHA! moment for me. I know, I know, it's silly but sometimes when you're reading it's the little things. While this may be a very sweet romance series, it's not without hot moments. Act Like You Love Me gives you a lot of chemistry between characters and totally gratifying sexual tension. Another thing I give Madsen kudos for is her ability to write tender love scenes- the kissing! - but never leave you feeling unfulfilled. Her use of suggestive language gets the point across nicely without graphic details.
pinklover_23 More than 1 year ago
I was a little hesitant about reading this book, because I have been in a New Adult zone for the past year and was afraid my mind was not going to give it the fair chance it deserved. I’m so glad I did! This was quite an enjoyable book! So ladies how many of you haven’t told a little white lie about yourself, or omitted the truth when either dating or getting to know a guy? Come on fess up we all have done it…I know I have it’s what intrigued me about this book so much because Brynn just does what we all wish we could do or have done at some point in our lives! Brynn is an actress and also a self-proclaimed weirdo who quotes lines from plays and love Love and epically tragic love stories. But in high school Brynn was the weird theater geek girl who had a humongous crush on the star of the football team, Sawyer Reins who did know she was alive. Until one day she decides to ask him out in a rare form of bravery and he shattered all her hopes in the span of seconds. The what happens later in high school only adds insult to injury. Flash forward to a few years later and a make over, Brynn out of college and running her families bait and tackle shop with her brother is staring in the locale play in her town when their director has to quite and is replaced by none other than.. you guessed it Sawyer Reins. Only he has no clue who she is. But Byrnn still feels the hurt and resentment from all those years ago. Despite her best efforts though she can’t help but be still attracted to him, I mean he was her crush for a reason, and it doesn’t help that he is showing her more interest than a professional one either. Deciding not to tell him who she really is she decided to one little white lie go, whats the big deal right? But when hearts get involved and the more lies get tangle then what? When the story unfolds of what happened to Brynn in highschool I was very shocked. I couldn’t imagine something like that happening to me in high-school, even though my high-school experience was very normal, I felt so very bad for Brynn. Then people KEPT bringing it up! I was screaming shut up for her! Cindi did a great job at make me feel Brynn’s pain and the reasons behind her actions, I connected way more with Brynn than I did with Sawyer, even though I understood his actions as well. Brynn is read-between-the-lines funny (the kind I love) and I couldn’t wait to hear what came out of her mouth! Sawyer was a little hard for me connect with, I would have like to hear more of his side, even though it alternated it was more from Brynn’s side. I love Cindi’s writing style and after reading this I am definitely going to go and read about Wes and Danni’s story!
WendyBook-Scents More than 1 year ago
Brynn McAdams is different than the geeky girl she was in high school - a time that she hates to think about since it was so horrible for her. Sawyer Raines was the guy she crushed on back then and it's shocking for her to see him again after all this time. However, he doesn't recognize her or remember her and she doesn't want to remind him. But they start hanging out more and her white lies are going to catch up to her sometime, right? First of all, I absolutely, completely loved Brynn. She is super quirky and simply hilarious. She has a passion for theater, classic literature and acting -- it's so strong you can see it in everything she does. She is the definition of a hopeless romantic and I loved the way she gushed about the perfect romance and the fact that she collects kissing figurines. I feel like I would love to be her friend in real life and I think we'd really get along! One of the first things that happened that made me think, yes, this character is awesome is when she reenacts a fish love story with rubber fishing lures when she's bored at work. Because how hilarious and awesome is that. AND, she has pet birds named Lancelot and Guinevere. "It was harder to convince herself she wasn't still an awkward nerd when she was talking to her birds. Birds named for one of her favorite couples -- hey, if they couldn't be together in the stories, at least they could be together in her living room in feathered form, right?" - pg. 19 Yeah, we totally could have been BFFs because I had a fish I named Darnay back in the day because I loved Tale of Two Cities that much. Anyway, high school was pretty awful for her. She was a drama geek, nerdy and made fun of. Not to mention her crush, Sawyer Raines, crushed her heart. As a result, she thinks she needs to tone down who she is when she sees Sawyer again. She doesn't want to scare him by quoting plays or Shakespeare or being too excited about romantic things. (Which, by the way, her bubbliness about those things and little things in life made me feel excited too! Seriously I love this girl). So, yes, Sawyer Raines, comes back into town. Living in NYC as a screenwriter, he comes back to town to help fix up the lake house for his mom. Gosh, Sawyer. He is a perfect combination of handsome jock but with a sensitive side; brooding but also funny and fun. I loved him. (Brynn's crush is totally justified). He's had some hard things happen in his past and it makes him wary of staying. Despite his wariness, he comes to really enjoy being with Brynn. And he meshes with her so well! Their interactions were perfect! He also had a few adorable quirks. I mean, who really likes grape soda? Anyway, I really enjoyed their story. Yes, it's a little typical and you pretty much know what will happen but I still loved reading it because of the characters! Read this if you want a cute love story with incredible characters!
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. You get a hot guy Sawyer that does stuff to help his mom and aunt. He just didn't notice what was in from of him when he was in high school but he did have a lot going on at home to keep his mind else where. Then there is Brynn who was not popular in high school and dressed weird but now she has turned into a fiery actress in her local town and helps her brother Run the family bait shop. Things start with white lies between them because she don't want to ruin her chance of being with him if he remembers her from school. Can he get over the lies and see what's in front of him now...... Can't wait for the next book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Act Like You Love Me is the story of an outcast drama geek finally getting her guy. Let’s face it, high school SUCKED! No one knows that better than Brynn McAdams and Sawyer Raines, but for very different reasons. Brynn is a “head in the clouds” kind of girl. In high school, she marched to the beat of her own drummer. She had a serious, serious crush on Sawyer, but he never noticed her. In fact, she actually got up the nerve to ask him to prom. Sawyer’s response was to shake his head and walk away. Sawyer might have been a jock, had the looks, the girl, and the popularity, but things in his life were far from perfect. These two are given a second chance to discover and re-discover each other when Sawyer returns to his hometown to direct a local play. When Brynn discovers that Sawyer is the director and doesn’t remember her, she pretends to be someone else. The more time they spend together, the more they fall for each other. Just when things are looking really good for these two, Brynn’s deception comes to light. They are going to have to do some soul searching to put the past in the past and leave it there. They are also going to have to figure out what’s more important, pride and safety or taking a leap of faith and having everything you’ve dreamed of. I LOVED the first book in the series, Falling for Her Fiancé. I mean seriously, no one can compete with Wes and Dani. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Act Like You Love Me. I will admit, it took me some time to get into it. Not Wes. But I found myself liking Brynn and Sawyer a lot and understanding where they each were coming from. There were definitely times I wanted to jump into the book and pull them each aside and ask what the heck they were doing. But I found my heart breaking right along with them. I mean seriously, my chest was aching. Cindi Madsen continues to write characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Source: Personal Purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered Cindi Madsen and LOVE her stories! They are funny, witty, dramatic and sexy!! Can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Act Like You Love Me was a perfect summer romance. From the very beginning, its easy to tell that Brynn and Sawyer will make a great couple if Brynn could get over their secret past. I absolutely adored reading about them and have officially resolved to read everything that Cindi Madsen ever rights—it was that good! I really enjoyed the characters. Brynn actually reminded me of one of my friends, and while I was a little put off by her lies I did forgive her since she kind of got herself stuck in a hole. As great as Brynn was though, she was a bit dense and insecure. I would have loved to see her be more confident in herself,  but her refusal to be herself did make for an entertaining story. Sawyer was also great. He was the perfect hero for Brynn—sweet and charming, but also somewhat tortured and reluctant to commit. He was exactly what the story needed. The plot really centered around the love story, so there wasn’t a ton of action involved. It was just a sweet, romantic story about a girl who refused to fall in love and a boy who really wanted to, but was a bit reluctant. Given the “lying” situation, there were plenty of funny scenes where I really loved seeing how Brynn was going to deal with her circumstances.  Reading about Sawyer and Brynn was an absolute joy and I can’t wait to dive into more of Madsen’s stories. Act Like You Love Me is a wonderful contemporary love story for summer and extremely hard to put down. 
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
What a great read, full of witty humour, a geeky heroine and a sexy high school crush. Great to see how the geeky girl gets her sexy man. Loved this book and highly recommend it
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We've all had a crush on someone in our life and Brynn is no exception. She was awkward in her high school days and of course found herself crushing on the football player who didn't even look her way. So when she finally got the nerve to talk to him and ask him to prom she's crushed when he blows her off. Almost a decade later and not only is Sawyer back in town but he's now the director of the play she's in. He has no idea who she is and not wanting to be that girl anymore she decides to pretend to be someone else. Pretty soon Brynn finds herself caught in her web of lies. I really liked Falling For Her Fiancee and was really excited to start this one but I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the story. I found Brynn's character really immature. Instead of confessing who she is, she plays along that she's some actress from Los Angeles. She then decides to practice her flirting on Sawyer. Meanwhile, she's cursing him in her head for the way he ignored her in high school. I just felt like she held her grudge against him a bit too long. Not only that but she ran so hot and cold when it came to him that I just couldn't keep track. I did like Sawyer's character though. It wasn't that he was outright rude to Brynn as a teen. He just didn't pay her any mind. At the time his father was dying and he was dealing with a lot of stuff at home that he sort of wasn't really that into all the high school stuff. I liked that they lived in a small town. So everyone knows everyone. It was hard for Brynn to keep her secret around Sawyer but somehow she managed to keep her real life separate. If Brynn didn't hold such a grudge against Sawyer throughout the entire book, I think I would've enjoyed this story a bit much but I just wasn't a fan of the main character.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
4 Stage-worthy Stars! In the world Cindi Madsen has created in Act Like You Love Me, is what every hopeless romantic girl dreams of; getting the unattainable guy. For Brynn McAdams, as much as she dreamed of being with Mr. Popular high school football player, Sawyer Raines, she never really thought it would be a reality, especially after he moved away to New York. But fate has other things in mind when he shows up, back in their hometown to direct the play she is the lead in. “Oh woe is me” does not even begin to describe Brynn’s feelings and anxiety of Sawyer showing up and disturbing her sliver of peace in the theatre. Thankfully for Brynn, Sawyer doesn’t recognize her from high school and she desperately wants to keep it that way. She never wants him to remember her being one of the biggest “drama dorks” in high school or the one event that sealed her high school fate. But that gets difficult when Sawyer keeps pushing to be near her and the “acting” on Brynn’s part begins to crack as they spend more time together. But an act can’t continue forever and Brynn is discovering that the curtain is about to close. Oh Brynn and Sawyer…what a wonderful contrast these two are to each other. Brynn, being weird, and bubbly, and open. A true classical literature romantic. Sawyer being immersed in the theatres on the outskirts of the stage, taking control, going after what he wants, and a complete commitment-phobe. I wanted to scream at Brynn to just be herself and not worry about what anyone thinks, especially Sawyer. And I wanted to smack Sawyer upside the head…in a good way. I adored their interactions, their relationship, and their desire for one another.  Cindi’s writing is brilliant and she really captures the differences in Brynn’s and Sawyer’s voices each time we get insight into their minds. I highly recommend this book to anyone who ever had a crush in high school and wishes for the chance to do things differently. And for everyone else who got that chance ever. (I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This book had some cute moments–in particular, I loved the scene where Brynn and Sawyer “meet” for the first time (he thinks–of course it’s meet again, in reality)–and Brynn’s web of lies results in some funny situations. As a whole, though, I just couldn’t really connect with the two main characters. They spent way too much time inside their heads, and what was going on in there didn’t always make sense, at least not to this reader. Brynn’s refusal to get over her high school years in particular began to drive me crazy. More than once in the novel her assumptions about her past were proved wrong, yet she continued to cling to them. Even when given a darn good reason for Sawyer’s “rejection” of her in high school, she still felt angry about it. It was frustrating. Sawyer too was a little over-the-top with his anti-actress stance, though he at least was more willing to put aside his preconceived notions in favor of the possibility of a different reality than Brynn was. Living in a small town myself, it also seemed odd to me that Brynn’s and Sawyer’s mothers could know each other well yet not realize that their children had gone to high school together. How had that never come up? Cindi Madsen is a new-to-me author, and while this book didn’t quite do it for me, her writing intrigued me enough that I’m definitely willing to give another of her books a try in the hopes that it was just this particular heroine’s story. The first book in the series, Falling for her Fiance, sounds cute (plus, I really do like the friends-to-lovers troupe), as does the next, Cinderella Screwed Me Over (with that title it has to be entertaining, right?). In a nutshell: this story has an interesting premise and some cute moments, but the characters fell flat for me. Three stars for the ideas, if not their execution. (I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)