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?
And here's a brief little snippet from PLAYING WITH HER HEART that Lauren hasn't shared before!
"He rakes me over with his eyes, making me feel like I’m the only one
he’s ever wanted like this. I don’t know how he does this to me, how
he makes me feel charged all over. But I’ve never been this turned on.
I didn’t know it was possible to be this turned on, but this man makes
me feel like my body belongs to him, like he can bring me places I
never thought I could be. Like he can take me way past this reckless
longing into some sort of altered state of bliss."