ROMANCE THEMED MONTH!
My library is currently running a three month long Crime Fiction event and I am hating it 😛 I don’t like crime, murder, or mystery stories and I gotta say after two months worth of crime content, I am done.
So ROMANCE MONTH! Look forward to lots of Smut Lovers Reading Group features, a loved up Long Lost Review, and an amorous Anticipated Arrival. Hopefully you enjoy the posts and aren’t as opposed to romance as I am to crime. I mean, who can say no to happy endings?
by Katie Allen.
Blurb: An aspiring actress navigates the gig of a lifetime…and an illicit desire she never saw coming in the first book of a brand-new series from Katie Ruggle writing as Katie Allen.
It’s an offer she can’t refuse. Two weeks of work for enough cash to quit her day job and focus on auditions is a dream come true for struggling actress Topher. All she has to do is play girlfriend to a wealthy friend, helping him secure his trust fund. Then she meets her friend’s sinfully handsome, firmly off-limits uncle, and all bets are off.
Not only is Uncle James surprisingly younger than imagined, he’s charismatic and hot as hell. And there’s something about the wounded veteran’s hungry stare that has her thinking the feeling is mutual.
Topher’s determined to ignore Uncle Sexy, but the forbidden temptation is too much to handle, especially after James flashes his dominant side. But surrendering to temptation is easier said than done when the plot thickens. Even if Topher can manage to fool everyone involved, she’s not sure she can fool her own heart—or the man she’s definitely not supposed to be falling for.
Series: Off Guard #1.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Acting Lessons is a really entertaining book. The premise of the book was really fun – Topher acting as a ditsy ‘bad’ fake girlfriend for her friend but falling for the hot Uncle. The characters that littered the book were funny, with each of them bringing more to the story as it slowly got more and more complicated.
I really enjoyed this book and devoured it in one sitting. However there were a few things that niggled with me. We don’t know Topher well enough before she begins her ‘bad girlfriend’ act which then makes it really difficult to differentiate when her more genuine moments with James. Add to this the more kinkier elements of the story (fast forward to the Smut Level) and you really kind of lose Topher as a character. This is never more evident than when Topher’s Mother and Step Father pop in for a visit and don’t notice anything different with Topher’s behaviour.
When you combine this uncertain character with James (who has pretty much 0% character development) and then add the increasingly difficult to follow plot/new characters then it all starts to detract from the enjoyment of the plot of the book. Don’t get me wrong, while reading the book I enjoyed the hell out of it! It wasn’t until afterwards that I started to poke holes in the book.
However, at the end of the day I enjoyed Acting Lessons. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout the novel. While it may not be my favourite Katie Allen novel, I nonetheless found it an enjoyable, funny, and entertaining read!
Smut Level: If you’ve checked out any of my previous Katie Allen posts then you would know that Allen is not shy about anything, with the sexual content being varied and not often represented within romance and erotica genre. Acting Lessons is no exception, the sexual relationship between Topher and James explores the Dd/lg dynamic.
Dd/lg or Daddy Dom and Little Girl, sees the two character enact a ‘Daddy’ or caregiver role to Topher’s little girl mentality. I haven’t encountered this kink within other books I’ve read but am aware of it, so it was quite interesting to see it represented.