Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!
Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.
He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ’Pride & Prejudice.’
Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.
Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’.. and break all the rules.
Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?
Find out in the hot, hilarious new romance from Katie McCoy!
‘What woman in the world could resist Mr. Darcy?’
The answer seems to be no one, especially when Jax Hawthorne, British native and Hollywood movie star, sets to star as the swoon-worthy, honest, and self-assured character in the newest remake of Pride and Prejudice, and regardless of his playboy ways and the fact that Penny Pollack hasn’t seen Jax for 15 years, Penny is quick to fall under Jax’s spell, agreeing to be in a fake ‘relationship’ with him in order to help snag a role that would make his childhood dreams come true.
But when Penny finds it difficult to determine what’s fake and what’s real when it comes to her and Jax’s feelings for one another, Penny’s stellar performance as devoted girlfriend will either result in she and Jax riding off into the Hollywood sunset or going back to the uptight and predictable girl she was before she took a risk and stepped outside her carefully placed boundaries.
Penny and Jax’s story is an entertaining romantic comedy that illustrates just how easy it is to get wrapped up in a fake relationship, especially when there are actual feelings building underneath their performances. And while Heartthrob uses several common conventions of the genre – friends-to-lovers, fake relationship, and Hollywood bad boy turned doting boyfriend, Katie McCoy puts her own spin on these romance attributes, creating a story filled with both angst and humor and constructing a hero and heroine who may have much different lifestyles as well as varying beliefs about love and commitment, but they share a connection that allows Penny to take risks and Jax to feel like there is someone final in his corner who believes in him and supports him no matter what choices he makes.
The third book in Katie McCoy’s All-Stars series is a steamy and sweet story that proves just how contrived Hollywood romances and relationships can be while also demonstrating how appealing finding someone genuine…someone authentic who can be so much more than a temporary solution to an image issue.
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