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How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas…not run into her detestable former costar, How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas…not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard…and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life. It's a paparazzi free-for-all as two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright…and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.


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How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas…not run into her detestable former costar, How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas…not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard…and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life. It's a paparazzi free-for-all as two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright…and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.

30 review for What I Did for Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    I have officially placed Susan Elizabeth Phillips on my favorite author’s pedestal. I love her writing style, her plots are always creative and she works her magic with the development of her characters. SEP also dares to give you supporting characters that could possibly steal the show but instead strengthens the plot and keeps the reader engaged. Georgie York and Bramwell Shepard really do love to hate each other. Their lives were spinning in the same circle for a while as young TV stars. Bram I have officially placed Susan Elizabeth Phillips on my favorite author’s pedestal. I love her writing style, her plots are always creative and she works her magic with the development of her characters. SEP also dares to give you supporting characters that could possibly steal the show but instead strengthens the plot and keeps the reader engaged. Georgie York and Bramwell Shepard really do love to hate each other. Their lives were spinning in the same circle for a while as young TV stars. Bramwell was a reckless, self-absorbed and self-satisfying guy. Georgie was the one that everyone fell in love with, the one that made all the right choices. But she made one decision that involved Bramwell that she was ashamed of and something she would struggle to let go of. Bramwell ~ could be a real prick, a trait that followed him from his younger days when he put Georgie’s heart through the ringer. But he was a prick that I quickly fell in love with. He was super sexy and slowly but surely his sweetness surfaced. Georgie ~ she was rather sassy and a bit feisty. She was always the good girl, the one that never rocked the boat. But life has changed her. She has come to be a flirtatious and passionate woman living her life satisfying her needs instead of everyone else. Following different paths within their movie careers, Georgie and Bram live their lives without having to spend any time together. But being a star and living in Hollywood isn’t as easy as it appears. When Georgie’s life is in a little bit of a downward spiral she decides to escape for a few months. Her escape begins with a trip to Las Vegas only to have it end with her married to Bram. Once she gets past the utter shock of it she immediately goes into damage control mode. They’d remain married putting on the show of their lives. The plan was supposed to be simple. Both Georgie and Bram had the “script” they would go by while remaining married but their outside worlds started to leak through the cracks that were in their plan. They each had their own intentions and their own goals. But things started to change. Georgie was seeing things in Bram that weren’t there before and Bram didn’t know what the hell to do with this sexy and desirable woman. They both struggled with this unexpected place they were finding themselves in. Was it love or was it lust? What side would they land on? What I Did for Love was such a wonderful read. SEP has the knack for adding in fantastic supporting characters. In this one I loved Chaz and Aaron. Chaz was Bram’s housekeeper who was always a bit grumpy and lacked a sense of humor. She was paired with Georgie’s PA Aaron who lacked the typical hot guy persona. These two were very different yet so perfect for each other. They went on a bit of a journey themselves and I really enjoyed it. Then we have Paul and Laura who offered up that side romance that rounded out the story perfectly. Oh and the Epilogue was perfect. ❤

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This was discussed earlier in Celeste's review, but I think it is fair to say that What I Did for Love is the author's commentary on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In fact, it was extremely difficult for me to picture anyone but Jennifer Aniston and Brangelina while reading this book. The similarities are obvious ... Lance's (Brad Pitt's) interest in architecture. The fact that he leaves his wife while filming a movie with St. Jade (Jolie), a do-gooder that travels worldwide to This was discussed earlier in Celeste's review, but I think it is fair to say that What I Did for Love is the author's commentary on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In fact, it was extremely difficult for me to picture anyone but Jennifer Aniston and Brangelina while reading this book. The similarities are obvious ... Lance's (Brad Pitt's) interest in architecture. The fact that he leaves his wife while filming a movie with St. Jade (Jolie), a do-gooder that travels worldwide to help the less fortunate and who has no qualms about stealing another woman's husband. Even the physical description of Jade fits Jolie - tattoos, pouty lips and all. And then there is Georgie (Aniston) who became "America's Sweetheart" on a popular sitcom where she was forced to sign a contract NOT to cut her hair or change her hairstyle. Now she is filming a series of bad romantic comedies. Sound familiar? While Georgie is trying to create a public image that she is over Lance and her disastrous marriage, she has the misfortune of running into Bram Shephard (John Mayer?). As a teenager/young adult, Bram co-starred on Georgie's sitcom for several years. There is bad blood between them because Bram was a playboy, a jerk and downright cruel to Georgie. In fact, a sex tape was released of Bram that ultimately ended up being the reason for cancelling Georgie's sitcom. Bram and Georgie somehow end up in Las Vegas together. End up at a party together. Get drunk. Get married. And when the paparrazi find out and start hounding them for a statement the next morning, Georgie and Bram decided it would boost both of their careers if they stayed married for one year. I am disappointed to say that I had a very hard time forcing myself to finish this book. I didn't find myself invested in the characters or really caring what happened to them. There were a few scenes that kept my interest - Georgie and Bram visiting a posh erotic boutique with peepholes in the dressing rooms was HOT! SEP is an auto-buy for me. I love her writing style and enjoy her sassy sense of humor. She is the queen of metaphors. For instance ... "grape lollipop eyes" ... "gumdrop green eyes" ... "caramel brown eyes that slid over her like hot fudge on a sundae" ... all of these are from previous SEP books that I really enjoyed. But in this book ... well ... surfers bobbing on the ocean waters like fetuses in amniotic fluid was just too much for me. I think I need to go back and re-read Match Me If You Can or This Heart of Mine to remind myself why I love SEP's books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    While I did enjoy this one, it just didn't hit the high notes that her previous books did. What was missing? I have no idea. Maybe the fact that I just finished two really good suspense books ... this one was just too different ... maybe. My mind was still on the other books and the fact that I was dying to read the conclusion to the Trilogy ... (BTW, thank you Sharon for Book 3.) Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and wh While I did enjoy this one, it just didn't hit the high notes that her previous books did. What was missing? I have no idea. Maybe the fact that I just finished two really good suspense books ... this one was just too different ... maybe. My mind was still on the other books and the fact that I was dying to read the conclusion to the Trilogy ... (BTW, thank you Sharon for Book 3.) Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises. It's kinda pathetic really but when the hero in a book is blonde or has light coloured hair, I don't like him as much as my heroes with dark hair!! But there were no easy answers, and eventually she dozed off to the sound of the brass wind-bells. "Ever since we woke up in Vegas, we've been on this crazy Ferris wheel ride." Loved the banter between Georgie and Bram. Most of it is set in LA. I visited there recently so it was nice to see references to the places I visited ... and the places I should have visited. Should have gone to The Ivy one day to see if I could spot a celebrity. Still a great read by a fabulous author. Something happens in the book between Bram and Georgie and I think that coloured my feeling for him and no matter how much he tried to redeem himself, he never quite made it for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Review to come.. My favorite quote: “As for your back rubs... Study an anatomy book, pal, because what you've been rubbing isn't my back.” Review to come.. My favorite quote: “As for your back rubs... Study an anatomy book, pal, because what you've been rubbing isn't my back.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    If writing this craptastic novel is what Ms. Phillips does 'for love' then I can only hope she is more motivated in the future by hatred. I am normally a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips but this book was a total bomb. I found myself skipping pages, hoping that the end would be better. She added a couple side plots that were a lot more interesting than the shallow, self-involved main characters, who had lots of unconvincing sex, no chemistry with one another, and nothing to make me intereste If writing this craptastic novel is what Ms. Phillips does 'for love' then I can only hope she is more motivated in the future by hatred. I am normally a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips but this book was a total bomb. I found myself skipping pages, hoping that the end would be better. She added a couple side plots that were a lot more interesting than the shallow, self-involved main characters, who had lots of unconvincing sex, no chemistry with one another, and nothing to make me interested in them at all. Unfortunatly, she didn't wrap up the side plots very well at the end. I've rarely seen an established author go this far downhill with a novel. I can only hope she takes a vacation and starts fresh for the next one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    I’ve given 5 stars to most all of SEP’s books. More than one of her books has landed on that shelf entitled "If you could only keep one." This is my first disappointment and it was a big one. Forget all the Brad/Ang/Jen Hollywood stuff that I could have lived without. Lord knows the Eddie/Liz/Debbie thing was much worse as there were babies involved and Taylor was tragically, really grieving for Mike Todd. (BTW Debbie was baby-sitting Liz’s kids while Liz was being "consoled" by Eddie; how’s I’ve given 5 stars to most all of SEP’s books. More than one of her books has landed on that shelf entitled "If you could only keep one." This is my first disappointment and it was a big one. Forget all the Brad/Ang/Jen Hollywood stuff that I could have lived without. Lord knows the Eddie/Liz/Debbie thing was much worse as there were babies involved and Taylor was tragically, really grieving for Mike Todd. (BTW Debbie was baby-sitting Liz’s kids while Liz was being "consoled" by Eddie; how’s that for a pair of stones?) Obviously, I’ve pick up a rare Hollywood rag and an occasional biography. And I won’t mention that any current tinsel-town drama is definately not why I pick up a SEP hardcover book. Why I clutch it to my bosom with glee, assured - despite the cost - that I'm in for a superior read. Yup, forget all that. Let’s concentration on what’s important: How Bram treats Georgie. (view spoiler)[WIDFL’s hero, Bram, initiates the heroine, Georgie, to sex. The awful deflowering scene aftermath is just too, too cruel. I thought I was going to be physically ill. (hide spoiler)] I was so upset by this that I actually set the book down for more than a week before I could bring myself to pick it back up again. I only did so b/c I knew - just knew - how great SEP was at the groveling scene that would surly come from one or both parties. If anyone could get me past my upset, it would be her. But what did I get? (view spoiler)[Repeated attempts by Georgie to have both of them acknowledge their love and Bram continuing to reject her. Repeatedly. Or did I repeat that already? (hide spoiler)] Yuk! So, what did I do to get over it? Why, I re-read several of SEP's other books. Pick one, any one, but not this one. IMHO. P. S. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars was because of the interesting secondary characters. P.P.S. I’m envious of all the people who gave this book 4 & 5 stars. I know how they feel after a good SEP read. *sigh* Revised March 31, 2011

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kajol

    Hehe... I am going to start of with my almost common line, "Oh. My. God! I loved it!!!" This book was amazing. The beginning was a bit boring, but still interesting enough to keep me reading. The story got deliciously exciting and let me just tell you that even though the lead characters were a bit twisted, I couldn't hep but love them. Bramwell Shepard, the oh-so-gorgeous actor with those beautiful lavender eyes, amazing body and a mouth that makes you think dirty, he's not only the Hollywood ba Hehe... I am going to start of with my almost common line, "Oh. My. God! I loved it!!!" This book was amazing. The beginning was a bit boring, but still interesting enough to keep me reading. The story got deliciously exciting and let me just tell you that even though the lead characters were a bit twisted, I couldn't hep but love them. Bramwell Shepard, the oh-so-gorgeous actor with those beautiful lavender eyes, amazing body and a mouth that makes you think dirty, he's not only the Hollywood bad boy but has layers to him that add glamor to his personality. With his snarky comments and a made-up cocky attitude, boy he's walking-talking danger to good women with weak hearts. Georgie York, once the costar of a favorite television sitcom, has a sweet, smart-mouth, charming and yet funny personality, is now a heartbroken divorcee of that two-timing, spineless jerk of a husband Lance and is suffering from paparazzi attacks into her not-so-personal life. Where Lance is codling up with his new wife Jade, a successful actress who has not only managed to snare Georgie's unfaithful husband behind her back, is also pregnant with his child. This book kinda seemed to remind me of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's divorce, how Brad met Angelina on a movie set in which they both worked together and after which they got married. Like Brad had an extra marital affair, just like it says happened with Lance and Jade. Anyway, that just might be my imagination running away. I loved the plot, it made me laugh and scowl, inciting other such emotions and looks with every new page. Lance was one of those characters who I absolutely hated. Like, really.. and couldn't help but think- What a douche?! It was really nice reading about the improvement of Georgie's relationship with her dad. It was touching how Paul overcame his sorrows and reconciled with is daughter and found his new love. This book is about love, friendship, second chance and trust. A good read, an excellent story and a truly wonderful concept.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    I’ve read everything by this author, and will without a doubt be first in line to buy her next book. I think this book would have been better titled ‘Ripped from the Headlines!’ The direct similarities to so many true Hollywood tales were abundant! And as someone who doesn’t follow celebrity BS, I wasn’t that entertained. While ‘What I Did For Love’ was a decent read, it wasn’t SEP’s typical great read. The core story is about two young Hollywood TV child stars that grew up to hate each other, a I’ve read everything by this author, and will without a doubt be first in line to buy her next book. I think this book would have been better titled ‘Ripped from the Headlines!’ The direct similarities to so many true Hollywood tales were abundant! And as someone who doesn’t follow celebrity BS, I wasn’t that entertained. While ‘What I Did For Love’ was a decent read, it wasn’t SEP’s typical great read. The core story is about two young Hollywood TV child stars that grew up to hate each other, and later who fall in love while pretending their impromptu drunken Las Vegas marriage isn’t really a sham. Unfortunately the story does not come together until the end, and by that point I really didn’t care what happens to these two nut cases. The story centers on a lot of negative issues, which was a buzz kill to read: their hate for each other, their lagging careers, their broken family life, and (last but not least) their identity crisis. And its not just Bram and Georgie with all the negative issues, it seams everyone had some huge issue that this story needed to resolve: homelessness, weight gain, being able to stand up for yourself, grief…etc. And yes, the book solves everyone’s problems. It is interesting that my two least favorite books by SEP stars a Hollywood hero with an identity crisis. Breathing Room (which was a lot better than WIDFL) being the other. I wanted to really like this one, but without likable characters and some humor added here and there, it just wasn’t meant to happen. The only reason I gave it 3-stars as it did come together in the end for a decent ending. If you have not read SEP, do not start here. In fact, read everything else first.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amber’s reading

    3.5 stars. Top notch writing by one of the best authors in romance. But.... I feel like I need to beg forgiveness for rating a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips anything under 4 stars, but I just didn’t love Georgia and Bram. Bram never redeemed himself and I never felt their connection. But as with many books by SEP, there were 2 bonus love stories with side characters, and in this case, I found them more interesting than the main one. Lots of laughs from one in particular. Still a highly enterta 3.5 stars. Top notch writing by one of the best authors in romance. But.... I feel like I need to beg forgiveness for rating a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips anything under 4 stars, but I just didn’t love Georgia and Bram. Bram never redeemed himself and I never felt their connection. But as with many books by SEP, there were 2 bonus love stories with side characters, and in this case, I found them more interesting than the main one. Lots of laughs from one in particular. Still a highly entertaining book, just not my favorite.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Wayne Allen

    What a heart-aching/warming, emotional ride! I smiled and scowled; I laughed and I cried...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Not quite up to my favorite SEPs’ standard, but still I liked it as all her stories, characters and atmospheres enthral - irrespective. ‘Skip and Scooter’ is a nice touch with a fascinating world and story of their own. All the secondary characters are well drawn, with the ubiquitous older strong female character/s also thrown in (thankfully not the H’s ex!). Secondary romances also checked out. As for the h/H themselves, they start out strong but lose momentum midway. The 3rd act could have been e Not quite up to my favorite SEPs’ standard, but still I liked it as all her stories, characters and atmospheres enthral - irrespective. ‘Skip and Scooter’ is a nice touch with a fascinating world and story of their own. All the secondary characters are well drawn, with the ubiquitous older strong female character/s also thrown in (thankfully not the H’s ex!). Secondary romances also checked out. As for the h/H themselves, they start out strong but lose momentum midway. The 3rd act could have been executed better. The h’s unexpected turnabout, anger and need for revenge didn’t do anything for me. Otherwise I loved her throughout. As for the H, his precipitous enlightenment of love is quite eyerolling-ly ridiculous. I liked and rooted for most of his d-b moves, as that’s what makes for a good angsty romance. A bad boy doesn’t develop a halo overnight and if he does it should be slightly tarnished, slightly off kilter. and he was perfect that ways! The Jen-Jolie-Brad analogy was unambiguous, and alternately amusing and annoying. Although I felt that descriptively, the h’s ex fitted more into Tom Cruise mould. So was the author batting for all the dumped Hollywood women? Chaz and Paul, the h’s father are my favorite sec characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what to say? Well, I'll start by saying, I think she fashioned this book (in the beginning at least) after Brad Pit, Jennifer Aniston, and Angalina Jolie! You'll understand if/when you read it! Trust me! If you follow celebrities even a little you'll see the similarities, no problem. I only gave three stars because, while I enjoyed the book, it didn't really grip me and make me feel as if I HAD to continue reading. When I read a book, it generally takes me a day to two days t Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what to say? Well, I'll start by saying, I think she fashioned this book (in the beginning at least) after Brad Pit, Jennifer Aniston, and Angalina Jolie! You'll understand if/when you read it! Trust me! If you follow celebrities even a little you'll see the similarities, no problem. I only gave three stars because, while I enjoyed the book, it didn't really grip me and make me feel as if I HAD to continue reading. When I read a book, it generally takes me a day to two days to finish reading it. This book took me almost an entire week. Which in my world, is an eternity! My husband even mentioned, "you're still reading that book?" lol. Which says a lot for him to notice something like that! Having said that, I am glad I read it, and of course remain a big fan of SEP's. It just wasn't one of my favorites for this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    da AL

    a fun story about the complexity of hetero life. as usual, Julia Gibson does a fab narration

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    At one point, I put this down with the intent never to pick it up again. I'd even started my scathing review where I castigated Bram in my accustomed, semi-florid manner. But I wanted to be extra-special scathing about what a complete waste he is and figured that evidence was only a chapter or two away so I picked it up again. And didn't put it down until I'd stayed up way too late and finished it. So, uh, yeah. The thing is, I fell for Georgie almost immediately because she's so sweet and kind an At one point, I put this down with the intent never to pick it up again. I'd even started my scathing review where I castigated Bram in my accustomed, semi-florid manner. But I wanted to be extra-special scathing about what a complete waste he is and figured that evidence was only a chapter or two away so I picked it up again. And didn't put it down until I'd stayed up way too late and finished it. So, uh, yeah. The thing is, I fell for Georgie almost immediately because she's so sweet and kind and vulnerable. And in the first fifth of the book, or so, we see Bram not only pass on opportunities to help, but take actions that exacerbate her pain. Worse, we get a flashback of a truly horrid event in their past where he's every woman's worst nightmare of an initial crush, (view spoiler)[literally taking her (freely-offered) virginity and walking away without a backwards glance (hide spoiler)] . His behavior in the present seems on the same continuum, so I was waiting for some indication he wasn't the hardened user he was then. And SEP manipulates things (by giving us little from his PoV and what little we see are his worst backslidey moments) so that we seem to get confirmation that he's still the same guy. So he was a creep, and SEP makes it look like he still is one, and it was so bad I nearly gave him up as irredeemable. He wasn't irredeemable, of course. Indeed, he stands near the end of a character makeover that has been years in the making. Once that became apparent, it was a really fun ride as he becomes instrumental in helping Georgie grow and discover who she wants to be and begin taking steps to get there. And she reciprocates by helping him the last few steps towards humanization. So this ends up my favorite kind of romance where you can see how each is good for the other and where their strengths fit their respective weaknesses and bond to become better than they could be apart. If SEP hadn't played games up front, this may have made a full five stars. Certainly, it was that good by the end. Unfortunately, I can't forget how very disappointed I was and how close I came to missing it all, so I'm actually having a hard time assigning the four stars I'm going to give it. A note about Steamy: There are two explicit sex scenes and one with a secondary couple. It feels like there are more because we get a lot of them initiating passionate embraces but then drawing the shades. So this is the middle of my steam tolerance, but edging to the upper ranges there. I really liked the progression of the intimacy with Georgie and that this is where she started her journey of being able to go for what she likes. It was an interesting way to show a growth in personal empowerment; particularly with such a strong companion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anzu The Great Destroyer

    Ooooh this was a disaster! So I wanted to read something good, ok? I’m in a foul mood – most of the books I’ve read lately were a big disappointment - so I chose something to lift my mood up: SEP. I was having high expectations, of course, but I was sure SEP won’t let me down. Oh hell… she let me down so badly.. I hated the book (even though the summary sounded very good); I hated the characters, hated the story and hated the non-existent humor. Booohooo but I’m not in the mood for drama when it c Ooooh this was a disaster! So I wanted to read something good, ok? I’m in a foul mood – most of the books I’ve read lately were a big disappointment - so I chose something to lift my mood up: SEP. I was having high expectations, of course, but I was sure SEP won’t let me down. Oh hell… she let me down so badly.. I hated the book (even though the summary sounded very good); I hated the characters, hated the story and hated the non-existent humor. Booohooo but I’m not in the mood for drama when it comes to my SEP books. Sooo, I ended up reading the first quarter of the book (meh), skimmed the middle and tried my best to read the last chapters (I didn’t get sh*t from them) and failed. So dnf’d it when I was 85% through. The conclusion? The first one star book coming from an author I love so much. It’s painful but I hate being biased (from time to time). The next one will be about Ted (finally!!!) so I’m going to stab a blind dude in the kidney (not joking) if it sucks.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    I liked the anticipation and emotions I felt while reading this book. STORY BRIEF: Georgie and Bram starred in a TV sitcom for eight years. Bram was unreliable due to drugs, alcohol and sex. Georgie initially liked Bram but he hurt her during his bad boy days. Now they dislike/hate each other. Georgie is a good girl. Everyone loves her. She married Lance an A list movie star. Lance had an affair, divorced Georgie and married Jade (think Angelina Jolie). Georgie is tired of everyone feeling sorry f I liked the anticipation and emotions I felt while reading this book. STORY BRIEF: Georgie and Bram starred in a TV sitcom for eight years. Bram was unreliable due to drugs, alcohol and sex. Georgie initially liked Bram but he hurt her during his bad boy days. Now they dislike/hate each other. Georgie is a good girl. Everyone loves her. She married Lance an A list movie star. Lance had an affair, divorced Georgie and married Jade (think Angelina Jolie). Georgie is tired of everyone feeling sorry for her and believes that if she gets married, the tabloids will leave her alone. Bram and Georgie accidentally show up at the same party in Las Vegas. Someone drugs their drinks, and they wake up the next morning shocked to find they are married. They decide to stay married for awhile; each has their own reasons. REVIEWER’S OPINION: I love this author’s talent. She doesn’t churn out books as fast as I would like, because she writes quality which takes time. Georgie and Bram insult and lie to each other. The conversations are clever and entertaining. I loved the character development. There are several characters who change, grow, become better, or become different by the end of the story. Whenever I put the book down to do something else, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. It’s a little longer than most romance novels, and I enjoyed every minute. REVIEWER’S COMMENT TO OTHER REVIEWERS: I noticed some reviewers complained that it was too much like the Jen/Brad/Angie saga, but I say who cares what it was like. It was entertaining. There are only a limited number of story lines out there for romance novels. Every story I’ve read has already been told by someone else. The key is the author’s voice, and this author’s voice is one of the best. Some reviewers said they didn’t like Georgie and Bram. I didn’t think about that as I was reading the book, but I agree that some of their early actions were not likeable. However, by the end of the book they both had gone through changes from who they were eight years earlier. I liked the people they became and many of the things they did for others. The best part of the book was all the changes that various characters went through, not just Georgie and Bram, but others as well. In addition, the period of dislike created some interesting conflict and entertaining dialogue. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Julia Gibson did an excellent job. But for some undefinable reason I think I preferred reading this instead of listening to it. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 401 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 7. Setting: Los Angeles area, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mexico. Copyright: 2009. Genre: contemporary romance. OTHER BOOKS: For a list of my reviews of other Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, see my 5 star review of “It Had To Be You.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the few romance authors I read, and I usually love her books, but this one? Meh. One of her strong suits is humor. I didn't even smile as I trudged through this story with characters based on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Even the sex scenes are blah. Only one character, Chaz, was remotely interesting. The book reads like it was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than from the heart. Phillips can do, and has done, much much better Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the few romance authors I read, and I usually love her books, but this one? Meh. One of her strong suits is humor. I didn't even smile as I trudged through this story with characters based on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Even the sex scenes are blah. Only one character, Chaz, was remotely interesting. The book reads like it was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than from the heart. Phillips can do, and has done, much much better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I am a very big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and really love her work. I have read all her books, but this one just doesn't work. It is sort of like buying a pair of shoes and one of them is a half size smaller than the other; so even though you love the shoes...you can't enjoy wearing them. Ok, this is a dumb analogy but that is what came to mind and how it feels reading this book. The characters, Bram and Georgie, just don't work for me. And it is so obviously the story of Anniston/Pit/Joli I am a very big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and really love her work. I have read all her books, but this one just doesn't work. It is sort of like buying a pair of shoes and one of them is a half size smaller than the other; so even though you love the shoes...you can't enjoy wearing them. Ok, this is a dumb analogy but that is what came to mind and how it feels reading this book. The characters, Bram and Georgie, just don't work for me. And it is so obviously the story of Anniston/Pit/Jolie, which I am absolutly sick of hearing about! Susan, what were you thinking?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Seline

    I tried with this but I can’t stand the H

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This book wasn't brilliant. while it was characteristic Susan Elizabeth Phillips, it wasn't her best. so why couldn't I put it down? it's almost embarrassing--it's been awhile since I stayed up late finishing a book--why was this the one? I just didn't want to put it down. some of her similes, metaphores, and other descriptions are awkward (like early in the book when she says surfers in the ocean float "like fetuses in amniotic fluid"--so weird!) but somehow the overall book caused me to suspen This book wasn't brilliant. while it was characteristic Susan Elizabeth Phillips, it wasn't her best. so why couldn't I put it down? it's almost embarrassing--it's been awhile since I stayed up late finishing a book--why was this the one? I just didn't want to put it down. some of her similes, metaphores, and other descriptions are awkward (like early in the book when she says surfers in the ocean float "like fetuses in amniotic fluid"--so weird!) but somehow the overall book caused me to suspend disbelief and just keep reading and enjoying. (I was, however, both distracted and annoyed by SEP's attempts to comment on the whole Brad/ Angelina/ Jennifer situation via her plot. the characters for Jade and Lance were annoying in their lack of real or developed character, which is unusual for an SEP book. one of her usual writing habits, love it or hate it, is her overdeveloped supporting characters/ cast. She should stick to her usual stories, and stay out of "real world" celeb gossip. it reminded me of Make Him Look Good and that author's attempt to comment on J-Lo and Marc Anthony. yuck.) you won't feel smarter or a better person for reading this book, but I bet you'll enjoy it a lot. (and isn't it always fun to figure out which of the characters in the current story are characters from previous novels of hers?)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    As a young TV star, Georgie's first love was her co-star Bram. Back then he was completely self absorbed and after he took her virginity he walked out on her, leaving her alone and humiliated. Fast forward 10 years and Georgie's husband has left her for a saint, she's had three box office flops and is looking a little frayed around the edges. She runs away from Hollywood only to run into Bram and after a drunken tryst finds herself wedded to him. He's still the bad boy she loathes but she's desp As a young TV star, Georgie's first love was her co-star Bram. Back then he was completely self absorbed and after he took her virginity he walked out on her, leaving her alone and humiliated. Fast forward 10 years and Georgie's husband has left her for a saint, she's had three box office flops and is looking a little frayed around the edges. She runs away from Hollywood only to run into Bram and after a drunken tryst finds herself wedded to him. He's still the bad boy she loathes but she's desperate for some good publicity so they continue the charade, but as she gets to know him she discovers a passion and a compassion that she sorely needs. What I Did for Love isn't my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, but of the half dozen or so I've read I think it's the most balanced. What I often find with SEP is the supporting characters are much more interesting than her protagonists and it's true with this one as well. For me the real stars in this book are Bram's cranky house keeper and Georgie's dowdy agent.

  22. 5 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    When I first read this a year ago it pissed me off. SEP puts her heroines through hell - frequently at the hands of the hero. And I couldn’t take disastrous pathetic Georgie or dickhead Bram. But I went into the reread with a little more patience and had a much better time. Yes, she has a formula. And yes that formula works for me. SEP is a wonder. ****Original review below**** Mean hero. Sissy heroine. Controlling father. The trifecta of death. When I first read this a year ago it pissed me off. SEP puts her heroines through hell - frequently at the hands of the hero. And I couldn’t take disastrous pathetic Georgie or dickhead Bram. But I went into the reread with a little more patience and had a much better time. Yes, she has a formula. And yes that formula works for me. SEP is a wonder. ****Original review below**** Mean hero. Sissy heroine. Controlling father. The trifecta of death.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    I would say this is more of 3.5 star review, simply because it's a little forgettable as I think back on it after reading it a few months ago for the first time? But while reading, I was all in- I do remember that. The heroine is definitely prejudiced toward the hero, and for good reason,- not the typical SEP. Sometimes that feels a little too predictable- but I read it in one afternoon/evening- so yeah. All in. I would say this is more of 3.5 star review, simply because it's a little forgettable as I think back on it after reading it a few months ago for the first time? But while reading, I was all in- I do remember that. The heroine is definitely prejudiced toward the hero, and for good reason,- not the typical SEP. Sometimes that feels a little too predictable- but I read it in one afternoon/evening- so yeah. All in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Loved this! I love how this author is able to make you hate the hero at first but totally fall in love with him by the end of the book. Loved the epilogue for this one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    Another addicting and easy to read romance story. I wasn't expecting a lot of it, it didn't disappoint me but it didn't pleasantly surprise me either. It was alright, fun and entertaining. The story follows Georgie. She's an actress and when she was young she used to play in a very famous tv show. Now 8 years later everyone still sees as the teenage girl she played on the show, but now her career is going nowhere. Moreover after her diverse with her husband she's left in a bad position without ha Another addicting and easy to read romance story. I wasn't expecting a lot of it, it didn't disappoint me but it didn't pleasantly surprise me either. It was alright, fun and entertaining. The story follows Georgie. She's an actress and when she was young she used to play in a very famous tv show. Now 8 years later everyone still sees as the teenage girl she played on the show, but now her career is going nowhere. Moreover after her diverse with her husband she's left in a bad position without having too many options. Bram is the bad boy sort of character. They used to play the main characters on that tv show, but the show was cancelled after the many scandals he was involved in. Years later he has almost no money and his career is almost non existing. Because of their complicated history they hate and can't stand each other. However after they were drugged one night, they find out that they have gotten married. Another scandal is the last thing Georgie wants, so she and Bram make a deal and deiced to stay married. The premise definitely doesn't sound that original and it wasn't, but the book was entertaining. Georgie was snarky and a really fun character to read about. She and Bram were constantly arguing. I love the from hate to love trope and I also love the fake dating (in this case fake marriage). Here it was a really fun combination between the two. Also I liked how we got to learn more about the time they played together on the show through her flashbacks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    Definitely not my favorite SEP.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    When SEP makes an H a jerk, they never fundamentally change This guy was consistently cruel, the h needed real therapy, and the best thing for her would be to change her identity, move to Estonia, found a sanctuary for those really cute silky-haired goats, and create a life there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    4 Stars - Terrific feelgood romance Book #4 in the great (more or less stand-alone) SEP series Wynette, Texas Series . Books to love and reread. I "saved" this fourth part because it isn’t my favorite SEP romance narrator (Anna Fields) in this audiobook edition. In any case, I alternated between the paperback and listened to some audiobook sections (with narrator Julia Gibson), and I’m satisfied and happy. — Good enough! 🍁🍁🍁🍁 What I Did For Love is about two famous movie stars in LA-Hollywood, Geo 4 Stars - Terrific feelgood romance Book #4 in the great (more or less stand-alone) SEP series Wynette, Texas Series . Books to love and reread. I "saved" this fourth part because it isn’t my favorite SEP romance narrator (Anna Fields) in this audiobook edition. In any case, I alternated between the paperback and listened to some audiobook sections (with narrator Julia Gibson), and I’m satisfied and happy. — Good enough! 🍁🍁🍁🍁 What I Did For Love is about two famous movie stars in LA-Hollywood, Georgie York and Bramwell Shepard, both once huge teenage stars in a very popular TV sitcom. She played a cute and funny poor teen girl and he was the rich good looking dream guy. Her character loved the character he played but Georgie hated the person Bram was back then. She still does, he still looks down at her -a enemies to lovers plot- and then these two meet in Las Vegas and a hilarious fun and romantic drama starts. Some here on GR refers to the Jennifer Aniston - Brad Pitt - Angelina Jolie love-drama back then. Who knows? Maybe Ms. Phillips had that talked about RL drama in here mind writing this story. Nevertheless, this was .... Read (in parts listening to) November 7, 2020 🍂

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is pretty much a spin-off of Jennifer Aniston's real life story. A funny-face, sitcom-princess marries and then is dumped by the best looking actor in Hollywood. He leaves her for an actress famous for her unusual beauty and dedication to world humanitarian works. The story begins after the divorce, when Georgie (the heroine) accidentally gets drugged by a groupie in LV and wakes up married to her former sitcom costar - a man she detests and who treats her really, really badly. The book This book is pretty much a spin-off of Jennifer Aniston's real life story. A funny-face, sitcom-princess marries and then is dumped by the best looking actor in Hollywood. He leaves her for an actress famous for her unusual beauty and dedication to world humanitarian works. The story begins after the divorce, when Georgie (the heroine) accidentally gets drugged by a groupie in LV and wakes up married to her former sitcom costar - a man she detests and who treats her really, really badly. The book does have all the elements I love about SEP - the quirky characters, funny situations, and witty dialogue. While I did enjoy reading it, at the end of the day it left a bad taste in my mouth. First - I never liked the hero Bram. For the first half of the book he is just despicable. And while small clues show that perhaps he isn't what he seems, his underlying motivations are still entirely selfish and self-centered. At the end of the book he does redeem himself, but even that seemed like a case of `now that I've really figured out what I want, I really want to get what I want.' Second - My favorite character in the entire book was Chaz, Bram's housekeeper. She way overshadows either Georgie or Bram. Third - I kept thinking that I've read this book before. The dialogue especially seemed so similar to other SEP books that sometimes I could even place it. The ending reminded me of `Match me if you can.' While the premise was original, a good lot of the execution felt recycled. Fourth - One of the reasons I like SEP is because her books are focused on humor and characters and fun. The sex, while present, isn't usually heavy-handed. That didn't seem true in this book. The hero and heroine were married, but absolutely hated each other. Their sexual relationship was like a fling or a recreational event (which they both openly admit), and not an outcome of genuine feelings for each other. Yuck. So overall why I enjoyed the hilarity and absurdity of this book, too much of it just didn't work for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Didka

    read for 2 days, very interesting!

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