BLOG POST: Playing with Her Heart by Lauren Blakely

When you’re acting the role of a lifetime, how can you know if love is real—or all just a part of the show?

Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending her long-distance crushes add up to something real, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. Cast in her first Broadway show, she desperately needs to keep her façade intact, but that’s before she comes face to face with her devastating new boss…

Hot-shot director Davis Milo knows the first rule of directing: never fall for your leading lady. Captivated by Jill’s raw talent, he fights his feelings, but watching Jill on-stage with another man is more than his jealous streak can take. Keeping things professional isn’t an option. He wants all of her.

Soon the ingénue and her director are staying late in the empty theatre, their private rehearsals spiraling into new, forbidden territory. Caught up between fiction and reality, Jill struggles to find the truth in all their staged kisses. But how can she be sure that what she feels is real, and not a part of the play? And when two people spend their lives pretending, what happens after the final curtain falls?


I am a big ole’ Broadway nerd! I love musical theater and the romance of the song and dance. I was giddy with anticipation as I started to read. OH how I was not disappointed! This book was sizzling hot and I just could not put it down. If you are a hopeless romantic sap like myself, then you are going to absolutely love Playing with Her Heart.

Davis Milo is the “it” director on Broadway, known to discover starlets with a ton of achilades to his credit. So when Jill McCormick gets her chance to audition for him, she is a ball of nerves. Davis is immediately taken my Jill and wants to cast her in the lead, but the suits of the show want a well known start to lead the way. So instead Jill is cast as the understudy. There is an attraction between Davis and Jill but he has been burned before by actresses and so he tries to stay away. Jill is also attracted to Davis but the all time crush and hopefully soon boyfriend is Patrick Carlson is the lead and so now is her chance to get his attention and hopefully make this crush a reality!

The pull between them was frustrating at times but that’s what keeps you glued to the page! Five Huge Stars for Playing with Her Heart!

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

AMAZON UK
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