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Author: E.M. Tippetts
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Everyone needs a safe space.
For Lizzie Warner, that space has always been in front of the camera on her hit show, or on stage to a sold out concert arena. Since before she can remember, she’s been a star, but that may be about to change.
She’s nineteen. Her show has been cancelled and now she’s going to play the lead in a new prime time drama series, but is the world ready to take her seriously, or will she be typecast as the cute tween queen forever?
Her network has decided to be aggressive and has invested millions of dollars in an ad campaign for her show, money she’s not sure she can earn back. Her co-star can’t stand her, and the writing for the show turns out to be poor at best. The only reason Lizzie didn’t walk away from the job offer to begin with is because she’s broke, the victim of a decade of bad money management.
Then there’s Devon, the personal trainer at her gym. Arrogant and abrasive, he’s the last guy she should ever find attractive, but she has a hopeless crush on him anyway, and he doesn’t seem entirely disinterested either. In fact, sometimes he’s downright sweet to her. If only he weren’t an untamable bad boy who uses and dumps women like they’re nothing. Though Lizzie’s friends warn her to stay away, he’s the only person who can create what she needs: a safe space. But is there any way she can break him of his years' long habit of being a user?
Love songs on the radio that were hits when this was written
(that also speak to the themes of the book)
Peace by OAR
Raging Fire by Phillip Phillps
Sleeping with a Friend by Neon Trees
All of Me by John Legend
Let Her Go by Passenger
Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
Songs that speak to Lizzie’s career crisis-
Am I Wrong? by Nico and Vinz
(specifically, what they have to say about the inspiration for that song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMdY5OJY0ms)
Nolita Fairytale by Vanessa Carlton
(Okay, I just have to find a Vanessa Carlton song whenever I’m asked to put together a playlist. I love her! Anything on her Heroes and Thieves album got played many times while I wrote this.)
[Devon] plops two boxes of Pie Pops on the hood between us.
“No way,” I tell him. “One box.”
“There are two. Deal with it.”
“Put one away.”
“We don’t have to eat both.” He tears one open and tosses me a Pie Pop.
I scowl at him as I tug the wrapper off and he scowls right back as he does the same to his. “Kyra will pay?” I ask. “You’ll make her do the same workout we’ll need to do to burn these off?”
“Yeah, okay. In that case, we should eat both boxes and really make her suffer.” Each box holds two Pie Pops.
“That’s a pretty good justification,” I say.
“I know, right?” he says, biting into his ice cream.
“Since we were going to eat both boxes anyway.”
– This gives you some idea of what Pie Pops taste like. Devon’s a personal trainer and Lizzie’s an actress, and even they can’t resist gorging on them when Lizzie’s roommate saddles them with a couple of boxes.
“Punch her,” comes my roommate’s voice, “and pay big time. You cannot afford to mark that face.”
– This line is spoken by Kyra, and it’s just so Kyra. So mouthy and at the same time so aware of how ridiculous fame can be, that a scratch on a famous person’s face can cost thousands of dollars in damages.
[Devon’s] smile is pure kindness, and it lessens my pain more than I’d expect. His whole demeanor says, “You can be yourself around me, Lizzie. I like the real you, even if you’re nuts.”
In that moment, I don’t have a crush on him anymore. I’m completely and utterly in love.
– I think this is something everyone can relate to. The desire to have someone who accepts us for who we are. And if they’re a gorgeous member of the opposite sex, that doesn’t hurt either.
“I’m done running from this because I love you and I know I can trust you with anything, even my heart… if you want it. Honestly, it’s yours whether you do or not.”
– This is spoken by Devon, and it was not easy to get him there. My challenge with this book was getting a bad boy to realistically give his heart to our heroine.
2 winners will receive a prize pack that includes: a signed paperback of the book, one pen of the winner's choice from EM's Etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/EMTippettsBookDesign), and coupons for free Pie Pops.
Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction as Emily Mah and sweet romance as E.M. Tippetts. A lifelong New Mexican, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, though she's been known to spend years at a time in the UK, her second home. Aside from being a writer, she's been a lawyer and jeweler, and is currently a stay at home mother, polymer clay artist, book designer/formatter, and owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.