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review 2015-01-19 11:52
What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Audiobook Review
What I Did for Love - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Julia Gibson

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my favorite chick lit author. I do not read much chick lit because it gets predictive and boring but I usually fly through Phillips books. My favorites are her books from the Chicago Stars series but I also enjoy the Wynette-Texas series. I do not find her standalones as catchy and enjoyable but they tend to be okay. “What I Did For Love” is a standalone and also the first book by Phillips I heard as an audiobook. The book was good. It was not outstanding or noteworthy but I enjoyed it.

 

The story is simple: Georgie York and Bramwell Shepard worked as teenagers as stars of a television show together and now hate each other. Hate that turns to love. The ingredients in chick lit books are always the same. While these ingredients always work well together in Phillips’ other series, I usually find something to be desired for in her standalones. The main characters are alright and the story flows easily, but everything is so predictable.

 

And I wonder if I have never noticed this before when I was reading the books instead of listening to an audiobook or if there are just more in this book, but there were so many sex scenes that had no purpose at all. Maybe it just irritated me because I was driving to work while I listened to it. I also did not like the change of narrator in this book. Almost the whole book was written from Georgie’s point of view but in between there were short parts from Bramwell’s point of view. These parts were so short, not even a chapter long, that it made no sense why the change of view was even there. It was inconsistent. Additionally, I got a little confused since the production company of the audiobook did not pause after the end of a chapter. They just continued on even though there was a change of scenery or people talking.

 

All in all, it was fun listening to the audiobook but it is certainly not my favorite Phillips book.

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review 2014-08-24 00:00
What I Did for Love: A Novel
What I Did for Love: A Novel - Susan Elizabeth Phillips I read "It Had to Be You," which strangely I didn't love, but it still made me a fan. Phillips write great characters and that kept me coming back for me.

I enjoyed this story, with all of its supporting characters more than "It Had to Be You," but the hero kept it from being a 4 or 5 star read. Bram was VERY hard to like for most of the book. He spends a lot of the book hiding who he has become from our heroine, and while reading you sort of know that there is more too him than he is letting on, but at the same time, you can't see it and so you don't like him. He's a total ass to Georgie, especially in the beginning. Though Georgie is REALLY down on her luck at the beginning, she still manages to hold her own with Bram, which makes her more likeable. If she behaved like a woe-is-me doormat this book wouldn't have been anywhere near as enjoyable. And of course there is my favorite trope-- the accidental marriage. I love it when characters that hate each other are forced to hang out together.

I also don't normally like secondary romances in my romances, but Phillips does them well. There is a secondary romance between Paul, Georgie's father, and Georgie's agent. There's another between the housekeeper, Chaz and Georgie's assistant. That one I wished had had it's whole book. I thought Chaz was a really interesting character. Phillips does a really good job painting her supporting characters even though they don't have that much time on the page.

Part of the reason that this book worked for me was that I enjoy the "movie star" trope and dsince this was between two movie stars, it was entertaining. Others commented that this seems to be based somewhat on the Brad Bitt/Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston situation, I agree and that worked for me too.
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review 2014-02-14 00:00
What I Did for Love: A Novel
What I Did for Love: A Novel - Susan Elizabeth Phillips A pesar de que lo mal que me cayo el personaje de Bram ya que la escena de la primera vez con Georgie me resulto demasiado chocante como para dejarla de lado , cuanto mas leo libros de Susan ELizabeth Phillips ,mas me convenzo que es autora de romance como hay pocas . Todos los libros son diferentes y , hasta donde yo lei al menos ( ymas alla de que hay un par de sus novelas que me causaron un profundo desagrado) , ninguna trama se parece a la otra .

Esta en particular seguramente basada en el escandalo que fue la separacion de Brad Pitt y Jennifer Aniston (con una cuasi ANgelina Jolie incluida) , pero con una final feliz para la esque-Aniston .

MUy entretenido .
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review 2014-01-18 00:30
What I Did for Love
What I Did for Love: A Novel - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

SEP's books are usually a hit or a miss for me. What I Did for Love is the first one of hers that landed somewhere in between. The story surrounding the main characters in was interesting, as were some of the side characters, but what almost killed the story for me were the hero and heroine.

 

Georgie would have been an okay heroine if she wasn't paired up with such an ass. It was interesting to watch her slowly take control of her life and transform from a doormat into a person who stands up for herself. But it was painful to watch this transformation because the hero, Bram, was such an awful person.

Bram was horrible to Georgie when they worked with each other on a popular sitcom called "Skip and Scooter". Then when he pops back into her life, with plans to use her to clean up his image, he is once again just an awful person. The only difference is that this time Georgie isn't a 15 year old girl with rose tinted glasses. She knows he's an ass when she agrees to maintain a fake marriage with him, but we see her slowly start to fall for him anyway.

 

As Georgie slowly starts to change her life, we see Bram maneuvering his way to a huge break for his career that will put him back on the map. While there are a couple of moments that hint at Bram developing feelings for Georgie, he is just such an incorrigible ass that when he does figure it out, you wish Georgie would find someone else. Bram doesn't even go through all that much to make-up for the way he's acted.

Like I said, the story was interesting in a kind of train-wreck way. And I liked the premise of it. But Bram really just killed this book for me.

 

Side Note: What I Did for Love must have been written during all the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston drama because hints of that are written all over the characters in this one.

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review 2013-07-28 00:00
What I Did for Love: A Novel - Susan Elizabeth Phillips 3.5!
I have some mixed feelings about this one. Well, here goes.

In the beginning, I was kind of put off by how mean Bram was to Georgie. He knew that Georgie saw him as a douche bag, so he tried his best to play that role for her. But later when the mystery was revealed, I was like ok, that works. Anyways, this story was decent but not my favorite of the authors.
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