What I Did for Love: A Novel
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What I Did for Love: A Novel (Wynette, Texas #5)

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How did this happen?

Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.

What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former cost...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tammy
This was discussed earlier in Celeste's review, but I think it is fair to say that What I Did for Love is the author's commentary on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In fact, it was extremely difficult for me to picture anyone but Jennifer Aniston and Brangelina while reading this book.

The similarities are obvious ... Lance's (Brad Pitt's) interest in architecture. The fact that he leaves his wife while filming a movie with St. Jade (Jolie), a do-gooder that travels worldwide to...more
Kajol
Hehe... I am going to start of with my almost common line, "Oh. My. God! I loved it!!!"

This book was amazing. The beginning was a bit boring, but still interesting enough to keep me reading. The story got deliciously exciting and let me just tell you that even though the lead characters were a bit twisted, I couldn't hep but love them.

Bramwell Shepard, the oh-so-gorgeous actor with those beautiful lavender eyes, amazing body and a mouth that makes you think dirty, he's not only the Hollywood ba...more
Michelle
If writing this craptastic novel is what Ms. Phillips does 'for love' then I can only hope she is more motivated in the future by hatred.
I am normally a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips but this book was a total bomb. I found myself skipping pages, hoping that the end would be better. She added a couple side plots that were a lot more interesting than the shallow, self-involved main characters, who had lots of unconvincing sex, no chemistry with one another, and nothing to make me intereste...more
Celeste
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what to say? Well, I'll start by saying, I think she fashioned this book (in the beginning at least) after Brad Pit, Jennifer Aniston, and Angalina Jolie! You'll understand if/when you read it! Trust me! If you follow celebrities even a little you'll see the similarities, no problem.

I only gave three stars because, while I enjoyed the book, it didn't really grip me and make me feel as if I HAD to continue reading. When I read a book, it generally takes me a day to two days t...more
♡Karlyn P♡
I’ve read everything by this author, and will without a doubt be first in line to buy her next book. I think this book would have been better titled ‘Ripped from the Headlines!’ The direct similarities to so many true Hollywood tales were abundant! And as someone who doesn’t follow celebrity BS, I wasn’t that entertained.

While ‘What I Did For Love’ was a decent read, it wasn’t SEP’s typical great read. The core story is about two young Hollywood TV child stars that grew up to hate each other, a...more
Lisa Kay
I’ve given 5 stars to most all of SEP’s books. More than one of her books has landed on that shelf entitled "If you could only keep one." This is my first disappointment and it was a big one.

Forget all the Brad/Ang/Jen Hollywood stuff that I could have lived without. Lord knows the Eddie/Liz/Debbie thing was much worse as there were babies involved and Taylor was tragically, really grieving for Mike Todd. (BTW Debbie was baby-sitting Liz’s kids while Liz was being "consoled" by Eddie; how’s tha...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Ooooh this was a disaster!



So I wanted to read something good, ok? I’m in a foul mood – most of the books I’ve read lately were a big disappointment - so I chose something to lift my mood up: SEP. I was having high expectations, of course, but I was sure SEP won’t let me down.

Oh hell… she let me down so badly..

I hated the book (even though the summary sounded very good); I hated the characters, hated the story and hated the non-existent humor. Booohooo but I’m not in the mood for drama when it co...more
Lana
Feb 13, 2009 Lana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe
I am a very big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and really love her work. I have read all her books, but this one just doesn't work. It is sort of like buying a pair of shoes and one of them is a half size smaller than the other; so even though you love the shoes...you can't enjoy wearing them. Ok, this is a dumb analogy but that is what came to mind and how it feels reading this book. The characters, Bram and Georgie, just don't work for me. And it is so obviously the story of Anniston/Pit/Joli...more
Crystal
This book wasn't brilliant. while it was characteristic Susan Elizabeth Phillips, it wasn't her best. so why couldn't I put it down? it's almost embarrassing--it's been awhile since I stayed up late finishing a book--why was this the one? I just didn't want to put it down. some of her similes, metaphores, and other descriptions are awkward (like early in the book when she says surfers in the ocean float "like fetuses in amniotic fluid"--so weird!) but somehow the overall book caused me to suspen...more
Marilyn
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the few romance authors I read, and I usually love her books, but this one? Meh. One of her strong suits is humor. I didn't even smile as I trudged through this story with characters based on Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Even the sex scenes are blah. Only one character, Chaz, was remotely interesting. The book reads like it was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than from the heart. Phillips can do, and has done, much much better...more
İlkim
Birbirlerinden nefret eden aynı dizi oyuncularının önce arkadaş, daha sonra da birbirlerine aşık bir çift olmasını anlatan, komik diyalogları ve eğlenceli kurgusuyla müthiş bir kitap daha. Hiç sıkmadan akıp giden bir üslubu da var. Kesinlikle tavsiye edilir.
Rachel
This book is pretty much a spin-off of Jennifer Aniston's real life story. A funny-face, sitcom-princess marries and then is dumped by the best looking actor in Hollywood. He leaves her for an actress famous for her unusual beauty and dedication to world humanitarian works. The story begins after the divorce, when Georgie (the heroine) accidentally gets drugged by a groupie in LV and wakes up married to her former sitcom costar - a man she detests and who treats her really, really badly.

The book...more
Ian
As a young TV star, Georgie's first love was her co-star Bram. Back then he was completely self absorbed and after he took her virginity he walked out on her, leaving her alone and humiliated.

Fast forward 10 years and Georgie's husband has left her for a saint, she's had three box office flops and is looking a little frayed around the edges. She runs away from Hollywood only to run into Bram and after a drunken tryst finds herself wedded to him.

He's still the bad boy she loathes but she's desp...more
Beth F.
After you’ve read a few, reading another Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel is like experiencing déjà vu. Even if the beginning of this one didn't smack of the Jenn/Brad/Angelina kerfuffle from a few years ago, the characters’ personalities and the nature of their conversations often follow a comfortable, well-traveled path that is reminiscent of earlier SEP characters.

So if I ever decided to sit down and read everything she’d ever written one right after another I’d probably be annoyed. Fortunatel...more
Jessica B
Wow! I really loved this book!

Another SEP book down and I can't seem to get enough! However, I was only able to give this four stars because I have read some of her more recent books and they were so much more in depth, so much more emotion was written in her words. While I loved this one I really feel like her later work really captures everything she is capable of as a writer.

Georgie's husband has left her for another woman and she just can't set herself right. Until she crosses paths, again,...more
Tam
Bought this at Costco. And I waited quite awhile to actually grab it. I love love LOVED the cover.

It is classic Susan Elizabeth Phillips writing, so all in all it was a decent read BUT not my favourtie, probably one of my least favourite of her works.

Someone reviewed this book and said it tells the story of Brad, Angelina and Jen Aniston. I think they were spot on the money. And that is partly why I disliked the book. I use to follow all that celebrity gossip stuff, daily, and I was so into it....more
Jane Stewart
I loved the anticipation and emotions I felt while reading this book.

STORY BRIEF:
Georgie and Bram starred in a TV sitcom for eight years. Bram was unreliable due to drugs, alcohol and sex. The TV show was cancelled because Bram was in a sex tape which someone made public. Georgie initially liked Bram but he hurt her during his bad boy days. Now they dislike/hate each other. Georgie is a good girl. Everyone loves her. She married Lance an A list movie star. Lance had an affair, divorced Georgie a...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Unabridged audiobook version - a review written for the 1/15/10 Speaking of Audiobooks column:

Disappointment in more ways than one is the best description of my thoughts on the audio version of What I Did for Love. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has rarely failed to thoroughly entertain me but I didn’t perceive all that much magic between Georgie and Bram and greatly missed her customary laughs. After finding myself actually a bit irritated while listening, I finally gave up at the halfway point on na...more
Michael
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Crista
So I am one of those people who love celebrities....I subscribe to People magazine, am usually on top of all the latest gossip, and am a sucker for famous hollywood love triangles...for all these reasons, this was a great book!

SEP ranks as one of my top 3 authors....along with Judith McNaught and Lisa Kleypas. What sets SEP apart from ALL other authors is her unique and signature humor. I can't describe it, but you know when you are reading a SEP book because her use of humor is so distinct.......more
Sara ♥
September 19-20, 2012

Oh man.... This book pretty dang good! See my review below...

February 26, 2009

WARNING: This book is a steamy romance novel!!!

It was SO SO SO SO SO SO CUTE though! I REALLY loved it. I couldn't put it down! Like, I tried, but my earphones had fused to my ears!

I don't read a lot of modern romances, but this one was awesome. Okay, so the premise is that Georgie (who was basically Jennifer Aniston, except she was a teen star on a hit sitcom)... recently divorced from her ex-husb...more
Amy Sanders
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Holly
The hero and heroine weren't much different than previous SEP h/h's, but the story was well told and kept me glued to the pages. Slightly flawed, but overall good.
Patti
Every once in a while, I need a break from the serial killers and the zombies, so I pick up a piece of fluff. This was one of the better pieces of fluff I've read in years.

The characters weren't cardboard cutouts. They were richly drawn and well spoken. The plot, while typical for a romance, wasn't the usual cookie cutter boy-meets-girl, hate-at-first-sight, OMG-we're-in-love! shit. It was intricate, but not too out there.

I loved the character of Georgie and Bram wasn't so bad. The secondary cha...more
Janelle
Like everyone else, it did feel like a fan-fiction of real life events of the whole Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie debacle, but to me it didn't ruin the story. It went off on it's own from that familiar story line and I really did like it.

I haven't read a contemporary romance for a little while so perhaps it was a little refreshing to read something that wasn't that deep. It was a light read with interesting, somewhat shallow, fun characters.

I liked how Bram was so determined to make...more
Michelle Robinson
I don't know what I think about this book. I thought I would give this author another chance after hating the last book of hers that I had read.

I hated Bram for so long that it was hard to get myself to a place of trying to understand who he was.

I am not really familiar with the author, so I did not realize that this book was part of a series, and I have to say, that it does amazingly well as a stand alone. It is it's own book and I did not feel like I was playing catch up at all.

I found Georg...more
Cam
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Samantha
SEP books are usually a hit or a miss for me. This is the first one of hers that landed somewhere in between. The story surrounding the main characters in this book were interesting, as were some of the side characters. But what almost killed this book for me were the hero and heroine. 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 hersel...more
Tina
I had some reservations about this book. I had heard some fairly negative reviews and thought..."uh oh!" But I tend not to let reviews interfere when I really like an author's work, I like to judge for myself. No, my real trepidation was for the premise of the book. I like celebrity gossip as much as the next person, but I am not a slavish follower and tend to get really fed up with glaring, ridiculous headlines and the umpteenth cover with the same people on it. And I am sick unto death of anyt...more
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Georgie York es uno de los iconos de la televisión norteamericana. Todo gracias a su participación en la aclamada serie “Skip y Scooter”. Durante toda su adolescencia, Georgina fue un gran ejemplo para todos los actores juveniles. Era puntual a sus llamaos, se aprendía todo su libreto y jamás protagonizo ningún escándalo.

Muy al contrario que ella, Bramwell Shepard fue un actor juvenil insoportable. Todo el éxito que obtuvo por “Skip y Scooter”, le echo a la borda con tantos excesos. Alcohol, dr...more
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“She loved Bram in a clear-eyed way she’d never loved her ex-husband, no rose-colored glasses or mindless giddiness, no Cinderella fantasies or false certainty that he’d put her life in order. What she felt for Bram was messy, honest, and soul-deep. He felt like…part of her, the best and the worst. Like someone she wanted to struggle through life with; share triumphs and catastrophes; share holidays, birthdays, every days” 23 likes
“As for your back rubs... Study an anatomy book, pal, because what you've been rubbing isn't my back.” 6 likes
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