Review: What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


What I Did for Love
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Published: 2009
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Wynette Texas #5
Rating: C –

Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s books are usually a hit or a miss for me. What I Did for Love teeters on the edge of a miss. The plot was interesting, as were some of the side characters, but what killed the story for me was the relationship between the hero and heroine.

Georgie York was once an actress on one of America’s favorite sitcoms. While still loved by the public, her personal life is going through the media grinder after her divorce. To save face, she agrees to a fake marriage with her detestable former co-star from the show, Bram Shepard.

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 the 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 begins to change her life, Bram is maneuvering to get himself back on the map as an actor. While there are a couple of moments that hint at Bram developing feelings for Georgie, he is such an incorrigible ass that when he does figure it out, you wish Georgie would find someone else. 

All in all, I liked the premise of the book and watching Georgie go through her personal transformation. However, Bram just killed so much about this story and never truly redeemed himself.

This wasn’t the worst Phillips book I’ve read, but it’s not one I would recommend to someone new to the author. If you’re looking to give Phillips a shot I would suggest starting with Ain’t She Sweet.

Side Note: What I Did for Love must have been inspired by 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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