Doing It for Love

Doing It for Love

by Cassie Mae

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ISBN-13: 9781101885772
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: All About Love , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 765,057
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cassie Mae is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun. Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House and founded CookieLynn Publishing Services. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is (mainly because it changes depending on the day). Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge-watch Once Upon A Time and The Flash. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree. You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Luke Bryan to her on her Facebook page.

Read an Excerpt

AUGUST

Not pregnant.

Praise Jesus.

I chuck the negative test in the bathroom trash with a shimmy and a shake. Pregnant at twenty-two was not what I pictured when I did my aptitude test seven years ago. Those results said I’d be some sort of performance artist. I pictured myself famous, in all the Broadway plays, living in my penthouse suite with my best friend, Theresa, and having weekend nookies with Chase Crawford. Kids were on the bucket list under: hell yes . . . when I’m married. Obviously, I was a dreamer at fifteen. Now that I’m more a realist, I’ve learned to be happy with whatever life has to offer me.

But I am happy that it decided not to offer me a baby right now.

I start the water on the shower because I feel like I peed all over myself when I attempted to aim on the stick. Aunt Flo is fourteen days late, and I’ve been avoiding Landon and his semen. Not that he’s noticed.

If sex was a three-course meal, Landon and I would be the peas and carrots. We’re good together, but we’re still the vegetables. Basically we do it when there’s a commercial on, when there is no food in the fridge, or it’s someone’s birthday. It’s okay . . . that’s what happens when you move past the honeymoon stage.

We used to be strawberries and whipped cream. Luxurious dessert, grinding on each other on public dance floors, car sex, kitchen sex, against the wall sex, balcony sex—which was an epic fail, by the way—and the always disastrous shower sex. Disaster because our bathtub is made for one person only, and so lying down ended with a faucet to the butthole and standing up made for slippery recoveries. But we were strawberries and whipped cream, so we’d laugh it off, not let it break the mood, jump into bed, and keep at it.

I refuse to think we’ve become raisin bran—the sex you have only because you have needs to take care of—despite what Theresa says. She’s permanently the palate cleanser between courses in her own sex life, and she’s not budging anytime soon. But she just hasn’t found her Landon yet.

Anyway, back to Landon not noticing the lack of sex. It’s because we’re so busy all the time. He works all day at a call center then he goes and films all night. He’s a director-in-training—got an award for his last movie and a grant to make the one he’s working on now. So he comes home smelling like sweaty socks—which he loves to leave on the floor in the living room. That’s what peas and carrots do, though.

It’s funny, for so long I wanted to know the story after the happy ending. What happens to the couple once they find each other, consummate their relationship, and get past their demons? Now that I’m in that story, I get why no one talks about it. I’m in love, so it pretty much trumps all the other crap. At least, it has so far. Despite Landon’s dirty laundry—literal—and his late nights—also literal—he makes me laugh. I’ve never had so much fun with another person. Even being vegetables, sex—when we have it—is fun. Probably why I wish we had it more.

Better check the effectiveness of my birth control first, though.

A hand whips back the shower curtain, and I scream like a banshee and chuck my washcloth at the attacker.

“Sweet mother,” I say, holding my heart. “What the hell?”

Landon slowly peels the washcloth from the bill of his The Nightmare Before Christmas hat. He’s wearing his matching graphic tee, a red stain on the upper right sleeve. Probably from the pizza he had to gobble between his job and his shoot this afternoon.

“Liz,” he says, holding the pregnancy test between two fingers. “What is this?”

“It’s a negative pee test. Don’t worry.”

“Did you think you were pregnant?” He chokes on the word.

“Yes, but I’m not.” I lean forward and kiss his shocked lips. “So don’t worry.”

He lets out this large breath, chucking the test back in the trash. “Fine, but you must promise on your precious iPod that you will tell me next time you think you are.”

I hold my hand to the square. “I vow to dispose of all my late-period secrets.” I drop my arm. “Now may I shower?”

“How long you going to be?”

“Normal.”

“So till the hot water is out.”

I put a finger to my nose, and he pulls his cap off. His shirt goes next.

“Joining me?” I ask, my lady nethers perking up. It’s not even my birthday. What a sexy surprise.

“Yeah, I won’t have time in the morning.”

“Oh.” Calm down, girls, it’s just one of those “saving water” things, and not because I’m naked, he’s naked, and we’re going to be wet and slippery.

His cold hand splays across my stomach when he steps in, and I refuse to let my nethers get their hopes up again.

“You okay?” he asks, scruff tickling my neck.

“Yeah, why?”

“Paint me paranoid,” he says, backing me into his chilled body. I move the water so he warms up. “But I think something’s wrong. And I’m not letting you out of this shower till you tell me.”

 

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Doing It for Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AshleyMillard More than 1 year ago
If you are an avid (or even just occasional) romance reader, you are familiar with the basic outline the vast majority of these stories will follow: boy meets girl, boy and girl start a relationship, boy and girl are presented with a potentially relationship-ending obstacle, boy and girl get their happy ever after. And then the story ends. Maybe you get an epilogue that flashes forward to a brief moment in time a few years down the road if you’re lucky. This always begs the question “What happens after the happy ending?”. I’ve heard it stated more than a few times that the plot stops there because stable relationships are boring, predictable and unlikely to hold readers’ interest. Who wants to read about a couple arguing over washing clothes when you can read about them having hot sex on top of the washing machine? Well, someone forgot to give Cassie Mae that memo because she has taken that belief and thrown it right out the window. Doing It for Love perfectly captures the evolution of a relationship as it progresses into post-commitment territory where the dynamics aren’t quite as shiny or glamorous. Where the minutiae of daily living overtake spontaneity. Where the struggle isn’t to get together but to hold on tightly to the reasons to stay together. Liz and Landon’s story is so incredibly relatable and this is due in large part to the authenticity of Cassie Mae’s writing. Her characters are real. It thrills me to read about a heroine who gorges on chocolate and (gasp!) actually gains weight. It thrills me even more that the hero loves her regardless. Her storyline is real. She proves that concerns over money and job security and keeping romance alive can be just as tension filled and captivating as concerns over first impressions , first dates and first kisses. Her message is real. The book is generously sprinkled with scenes of such spot-on poignancy that hit straight to the heart of what it means to love after the luster wears off (I’m talking to you, spilled pasta scene where Landon just holds Liz in the midst of the macaroni). A fresh perspective on romance, this is the kind of story to which I can relate 100%. This is the kind of story that I want to read. And this is a story that I will undoubtedly return to for a re-read when I need a reminder that my own happy ever after is a work in progress.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book. Good read. I could not put it down. Every time I say OK, one more chapter I end up reading 4 more. I laughed and teared up. Made me miss my boyfriend even more. Because we live long distance. Landon is sooooooo dreamy! I fell in love with the characters. Liz is amazing! They went through so much together. Made it feel real to me. Because people do go through stuff like that in a relationship on a daily basis. Thank you for this good book Cassie.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Liz and Landon have been together the better part of 4 years. She refers to them as peas and carrots. They go well together, but there is not a lot of excitement. They are busy, sometimes ships in the night. Then suddenly, they are laying it on the line and he proposes. The excitement is back and it it makes Liz want to find a way to keep it! She wants to be strawberries and whip cream instead of peas and carrots. And they have it, at least for now. The she says to him how about we wait until our wedding night? The bet is on. Whoever does not give in gets the honeymoon they have dreamed of. Liz is pleased even though she wants to jump Landon. Then they are busy trying to pay for the wedding, survive the in-laws, and not get evicted. Such an amazingly great story! I have not laughed, and cried so much for a book in a while. I was truly impressed and that is not so simple to do. I found the characters sincere and their quest was for the same thing we all want - to be happy we have found the right someone and have the happy after the buildup. I have to say I cannot wait for the next installment in the All About Love series. The author has really brought her A game to these books, so be prepared to enjoy with plenty of chocolate and tissues. ***This ARC provided by Netgalley.com and its publisher for an honest review only.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read. It is a little different from other books. It is not a book about two people meeting and falling in love. They are already in love. Lizzie and Landon are engaged. After being a couple for a number of years now, they live together and seem really happy. After having just so-so sex on the night they get engaged, Lizzie wants more. She wants to feel those sparks they used to have when they first met. She wants to spice up the bedroom and get those butterfly feelings again. So she proposes to Landon they not have sex until their wedding night, which is five months away. Whoever succumbs first, gets to choose their honeymoon destination. Lucas, being an aspiring director, wants to go to the Sundance Film Festival and Lizzie wants to go to the Bahamas. They both agree. After all that’s not too long to wait…right! Wrong. It is fun to see their back and forth, trying to entice the other into surrendering first. They are an adorable couple and you can really feel that they truly care for each other. This is a sweet light hearted fun book.
EliCastro More than 1 year ago
“… how do people do it? How do they build a life?” When I started Reading this book, I just did it because, come on, IS Cassie Mae. And I really like her writing. But I’ll leave that aside, so I can talk to you in business way. It costed me a LOT to write this, I just didn’t know how to review it, I knew it was an awesome books, but didn’t know how to start. But here it goes… Sometimes you open a book, sometimes you open your whole heart. And to this book I opened my hear, my soul, my eyes, my being. I started as just one more book, not thinking that it would make me want things, because, come on, we know books are just books, but I really love happy endings. I don’t know if I’m one of the most stupid people or the must lucky ones, because I still believe in happy endings, I think we all deserve some happiness in live, or at least, we deserve a book that give us that. I need to say that just minutes ago I read this “it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to escape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily" that wrote Ada Frost and it just is what I think. So, when I read this books was like “Oh, how sweet, how nice, WOW.” These two really love each other, like REALLY, and is just one of those love when you say “YES I WANT THAT”, because to me, it happened. I’m not the kind of girl who thinks in marriage, or having kids, but getting to know Liz and Landon, just made me crave it. YES, it is the kind of sweet you want for yourself, if live assures me that I’ll have a Landon, I’ll marry. Obviously I’m in love with lots of bookboyfriends, and I’m adding more, but Landon will always have an amazing space in my heart. PLUS, he LOVES Tim Burton, so do I, so… we’re like soulmate, right? RIGHT? “I want to make people smiles. I want to tell an epic story… with laugher. I want to change the way people view the world. I want life to stop being so damn dramatic all the time…” THAT, THIS BOOK DID THAT TO ME. It made me forget all awful reality and crave something I really don’t think much about, because they’re so perfecto together, that you really want something like that. “Creating funny stuff looks like serious work.” And this book was as sweet as was funny, I just smiled and felt all the same. I cried a little, ok a lot, because Landon says things that just make you fall for Landon, but mostly for LOVE itself. And just because… “I love you. Because I can’t picture my life without you. I don’t want to.” I don’t really think I can say much more, just that this was a 5stars reading for me.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This is a Charmingly Sweet lighthearted story that was full of fun romance with a realistic edge. This is somewhat different than most books you read in that in this story when you start reading they are already in love and at the beginning they become engaged. These two met in college drama class and have been living together for about four years now and Lizzie feels like their sex life is missing the wow factor the butterflies are long gone and it's more like they are peas and carrots instead of Strawberries and whipped cream. So she decides, that they need to refrain from sex so that their wedding night it will be amazing and more passionate. Then to sweeten the deal they decide that whoever gives up first loses and the other one gets to chose the honeymoon destination. But without sex their problems start to takeover. If you have been in a relationship for a long time you will be able to relate to everyone of this story's problems. But there is so much Sweetness and Charm still to get them to the HEA. Loved all the little signs they had and really loved how sweet Landon is in their relationship. " I didn't just fall in Love with him, I chose to fall in love every day. And even more Exhilarating, he chooses me every day too." Loved the double squeeze of the hands from Landon that meant that he loved her, and her responding back with one squeeze to mean she loved him too. What will be your favorites part in this story? You will have to read to find out. Lizzie and Landon forever! Love the sweet and oh so realistic life and romance that this story entails. Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AshleyBodette More than 1 year ago
Well, Cassie Mae does it again, but in a brand new way! This is a story of what happens after the boy gets the girl…which is something you don’t see very often, and it’s brilliantly done. As Cassie always does, this story made me laugh out loud, and cry, and speak out loud to the characters as if they were standing in front of me…and at one point, I wanted to throw my iPad, because I was so furious with one of the secondary characters. Liz and Landon are an adorable couple. They’ve been together for four years, and living together for most of that time as well. So, although they aren’t married (yet) they have moved beyond the honeymoon phase of their relationship. It was very refreshing to read something so real, and so honest. They struggle with things that I think almost all couples go through, and it was a great reminder (for me) that in the end, our lives are what we make of them. I know that age old saying, “You can’t help who you love.” But honestly? Love is an action, and it’s something we have to choose to do every day. Although I LOVE reading dual point of view, I am actually really happy that this one was written all from Liz’s POV. (Well, with one tiny bit from Landon.) This was really her story, and I can’t imagine it being told any other way. Just go read it! I promise you won’t regret it!
gaele More than 1 year ago
In a relationship since a university drama class, Liz and Landon are soon to be married. But Liz worries that their long-term relationship has gotten a bit boring, and comes up with a plan to spice things up by removing all of the spice from their relationship. Liz was cute and fun, and Landon was just a doll. These two are well-suited and this lighthearted romance is packed with simple enjoyable moments. A touch on the ‘cutesy’ side of things, you soon find yourself lost in the story and enjoying this couple. Anyone in a long term relationship is aware of the ebb and flow, not everything is easy. Liz really isn’t looking for easy, but she doesn’t want to fall into the trap of together because it has become a habit. So, with a bet and honeymoon destination on the line, she sets the rules. No below-the-neck affection or play until the wedding night. Cassie Mae took a romance on the edge of happy ever after and tosses it all into the air: Logan retreats to keep his chances for winning high, and both characters are frustrated as their insecurities start to breed. Liz doesn’t understand Logan’s remove, and he didn’t (to be fair) give her the reassurance verbally that she needed. It becomes a test of wills and confidence in the relationship, and shows how these two work together, eventually, to bond with a relationship stronger than ever. A fun and lighthearted read that will have you willing these two together. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 heartwarming stars So much love for this book, Doing It for Love was such a good read. Elizabeth Fanning’s life looks pretty perfect, judging by the diamond ring on her finger. Her fiancé, Landon, is sweet, handsome, and hilarious. The trouble is, before they’ve even tied the knot, their sex life has gone from mind-blowing to “meh”—and Liz isn’t ready to be part of an old married couple. After a cathartic call to her best friend, Liz comes up with a brilliant idea. She and Landon may never be able to re-create the magic of their first time, but how amazing would their wedding night be if everything below the neck was off-limits until then? And let the games begin! Could they last five months with no sex? Lizzie and Landon were both likable and very relatable characters, loved them both! From the first page I fell in love with Lizzie, I loved her passion, her determination and how she loved Landon unconditionally, all she wanted was for him to go after his dreams and she was be happy. Sure she had her moments of immaturity but don't we all? Then we have Landon, O.M.G did he make me swoon! The way he loved Lizzie, there are no words... the things he would say and the little things he did just made my heart melt. I shed a few happy and emotional tears :) Overall Doing It for Love was a funny, entertaining, sweet, heartwarming and very romantic read. Loved the all the characters, they all added to my enjoyment. Great start to the All About Love series. Looking forward to reading No Interest in Love, Jace and Shaylene's story next :)
Kelly-BookCrushin More than 1 year ago
Doing It For Love was an amazingly fun read. It was a fast-paced, romantic and hilarious. I couldn’t put this one down, the writing was smooth and I was so invested right off the bat that it kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the night. Then I got caught laughing out loud on public transit the next morning because I just had to finish this love story and of course it’s really funny so laughing is inevitable. We meet Landon & Lizzie in a pivotal point in their relationship, engagement, and Lizzie feels as though the mature parts of her life are getting boring and lacking in that special something. She concocts a crazy plan to help bring back the exciting by not having any sexy times until their upcoming wedding night. Well of course the funny ensues with Landon and Lizzie getting to know each other on a new level, meanwhile staying apart physically also introduces some really plausible issues in their relationship. They both lean heavily on their friends during these next few rough months and we get to discover exactly what’s going on for them. Of course some things have been misunderstood and you really get to know and explore many relationship woes that I am sure readers will easily connect with. I know that I caught a real case of the feels while reading this book. You just knew no matter what, that Landon and Lizzie loved each other deeply, but sometimes pet peeves and life stresses can really start to drive a wedge in your life and it will force to mind some serious doubt. However, as time draws closer, you know that while you, as a reader, are eagerly awaiting their wedding night as much as they are that you’ve found a great story! Doing It For Love was so fresh and enjoyable. Overall fun and ultimately full of love, all the aspects of love and what comes after the ‘falling’ stage. It was a perfect new adult book where it’s more about the struggles of life and less about finding that one true love, but still brought the all the romance and love. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet read that has you laughing out loud but is so real and relatable.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I adore Cassie Mae's writing. She creates such fun, relatable characters with wit and wisdom, and Doing it for Love is no exception. I immediately loved Liz and Landon and could relate to their bet. Every bride wants her wedding night to be special, especially if she's been living with her husband-to-be. Watching them try to break the other, nearly succumbing to temptation, was hilarious, and the moments with Landon's family were laugh-out-loud funny. There were so many great scenes -- from Liz's compensating for lack of sex by overindulging on chocolate and not fitting into "the" wedding dress, to Landon's best friend raiding their refrigerator for things to be used as special effects in Landon's zombie comedy film. Plot On the surface it's about who is going to cave first, Liz or Landon, with the prize being either a tropical honeymoon or one spent in frigid Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. But in reality, it was more of a character-driven story, and that's fine because the characters are outstanding. What was missing for me, though, was a deeper level of conflict. The love between Liz and Landon is unique and I can understand the author didn't want to totally rock that boat, but when I read the the blurb, I expected more...fireworks or something. At no point did I ever believe that Liz was going to lose Landon. Characters Every character in this story shines. Liz and Landon are so well-developed, they felt real, like the kind of people I'd totally want to hang out with. Liz's best friend, Theresa, is equally interesting, and I'm hoping we get her story next! Landon's parents and sister are fun and completely well-rounded, and believably flawed. The rest of the cast feels as if they truly exist outside the story and aren't just there to serve a purpose, and that is the mark of brilliant characters. Top Five Things I Love About Doing it for Love 1. Liz and Landon. Their relationship comes across as so authentic and real, I never doubted these two belonged together. 2. The bet. I love that they tried to see who could go longer without sex, like Seinfeld's "The Contest" taken to its extreme! So many great moments came out of this. 3. Zombie comedy. The movie is only a minor subplot, but I learned enough about it to know I'd go see it in a heartbeat if it was real. 4. Landon's parents. They are the in-laws you love to hate. 5. The ending. It's everything I'd hoped it'd be and more. Bottom Line Doing it For Love is a wonderfully funny, engaging contemporary romance with infinitely likeable characters. Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
CLPetit1956 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of YA books and was completely surprised that I really enjoyed reading this one. It is a beautiful love story with humor and just the right amount of sexy thrown in.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This was my first encounter with this authors work and I must admit that it left a great first impression. It was a refreshing to read something a little out of the norm for a change, the story line was very inventive, and did a excellent job at holding my interest the whole way through. The characters were very relatable and their situation was believable. I loved the playful banter between them, they had me laughing quite a few times! Overall this was a very enjoyable and engaging read, and fantastic NetGalley find! Highly recommend this book you will not be disappointed! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Loveswept Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
booksbysarahrobinson More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wondered what comes after an HEA, what makes relationships cement after all the love and feelings have been explored, then this is the book you want to read. Cassie Mae does an amazing - and adorable- job of painting a realistic story of life after love, life in love. The book is very real, with down to earth everyday characters you can relate with. If you're already in a relationship, this book will make you smile and (double) squeeze your partner. If you're single, this book will make you want to find that other half. Amazing job, Cassie- I absolutely loved it!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
One of the cutest books I've read in a long time! The humor filled pages of this book had me laughing out loud at several points and snickering throughout. The chemistry between Liz and Landon truly jumped from the pages and the way they handled life's everyday trials was evidence of their commitment to each other. The storyline of this book was fresh, new, and completely entertaining. While most romance stories have the H/h meeting and falling in love, this one has them having been together for four years. While their sex life is "nice", it seems to be missing that passionate spark that was there in the beginning. So when Landon proposes and their is a wedding in the future, Liz devises a plan that will put the sex on hold until the wedding night. Five very long months away!! This is a fabulous read that I highly recommend to everyone!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Don't know what to say without giving too much of the story away. Doing It for Love by Cassie Mae is a riotous story. When the sparks have past and the thrill is gone, don't give up but soldier on. This story had me laughing so hard. With Liz and Landon's story, Ms. Mae has come up with an original and innovative read. It leaves a lasting impression. The interpretation revolves around the reader's own perception. The sexiest stories don't have to be the most obvious ones. I received an ARC of Doing it for Love in exchange for an honest review.