Review: Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne

Title: Isn't She Lovely
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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The rules are clear—until they're broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she's pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn't exactly Ethan Price's type, either. He's probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund... or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie's a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan's brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan's privileged world, the "acting" begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating "them." And Stephanie faces a question she's too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?


"You accused me of being Pygmalion…of falling for my own creation, or whatever."
I swallow. Nod.
His eyes clash with mine again as he stands to tower over me. "You may be right, but that's not the whole story."
"No?" My voice is pathetic. Barely a whisper. 
He leans in slightly, bracing his arms on the table. "I may be the Pygmalion in the story, but you're the statues. All that black shit you hide behind? That's just your version of ivory. You have the chance to come alive, Stephanie, and you're choosing to be a lifeless piece of rock."

My Review:

"Who knew that pretending you're not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?"

Stephanie Kendrick is film student at NYU. She's damaged, loves to wear black, and has no social life. 

Ethan Price is the rich, prep boy that has somehow managed to weasel his way into Stephanie's film class despite his lack of film-making knowledge.

They're paired off to complete a project that quickly becomes their reality.

From the start, they both have an attraction to one another. Clearly they're from opposite ends of the world, so they keep these feelings buried. They create an idea for their project that mirrors their actual life. Both go into it knowing things wont end well. 
I really loved both of the main characters. They both have this facade that is suppose to keep them sheltered in these separate worlds. Yet, Stephanie and Ethan are a lot alike. Stephanie's sarcasm and wittiness was absolutely fantastic. Her rant at the beginning of the story was such a greta hook and it made me eager to continue on.

This was one of the cutest NA stories I have ever read. There's not a lot of steaminess like the usual NA books. This is more of the cutesy, flirting romance.
It was an adorable and sweet story that will make its way onto your favorites.

*An eCopy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review/opinion.

My Rating: 4.5 Kisses

About the Author
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever Yours) and Random House (Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

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