Act Like You Love Me
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Publish Date: 10 June 2013
What would you do for a second chance with your first crush?
Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an excellent actress.
After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.
As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?
I thought this was a wonderful read, it was a great introduction to Cindi Madsen's writing for me! It's fun and cute, and if there's a lesson to be learnt- always be yourself!
Seriously, haven't we all wished we could meet our high school crushes again and they fall for us! Sawyer was Brynn's high school crush, when she meets him again years later she's determined he won't remember the drama geek from school. Unfortunately Brynn gets wrapped up in her lies after some bad advice from her brother.
I loved Brynn so much, she was so, so likable and relatable! I felt a real kinship with Brynn, she's a complete romantic, she was a bit of a geek in her own world at school and she's just fab! I also loved that she had a Jane Austen style prom dress...I would so have done that if I'd had a prom!!
Sawyer was also great! He comes home from New York to renovate the lake house that his father hadn't a chance to do before he died. He's very friendly and crazy about Brynn from the start, even though he thinks she's the 'actress-type' he wants to avoid. It's not long before he sees the real Brynn, no matter how hard she tries to hide her real self, and then he's falling fast. After a bad break-up, Sawyer hates lying, so it hurts even more when he finds out that Brynn was lying to him.
I loved their connection, they have a great sexual chemistry but they don't jump into bed straight away. So they get a real closeness that was just so sweet.
Cindi Madsen does a great job of building the relationship and chemistry between the characters without them even having sex. I enjoyed the quirkiness of Brynn so much, and there was lots of humour throughout the book as well. This is just a really heart-warming and fun romance!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest review. Thank you!