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The Role of a Lifetime

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There's more to life than playing make believe. Sandra Moyer has a good reason to distrust actors. She was once married to one who left her and her child. However, she's desperate for publicity to help her struggling preschool. Hollywood playboy Ben Capshaw's request to access her classes to prepare for a role is an offer she can't refuse. Sandra second guesses herself on...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Samhain Publishing (first published May 27th 2008)
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Sandra knows just how charming, selfish, and deceitful actors are. After all, she was married to one... She found out the hard way just how little their words mean, how little they actually want to work for a normal life, and how often they break their promises.

She has worked hard to put her failed marriage and her broken heart behind her and focus on her precious daughter and the preschool she opened. Sure, start up costs ran a little higher than she anticipated and enrollment is not quite as...more
Another fun a lighthearted romance from Jennifer Shirk. This was a sweet and enjoyable book with wonderful characters. Quirky situations and great romance sucked me into the story while keeping a good pace. Sandra is a good blend of uptight and strong mixed with a longing for love. Ben is sweet and lovable and overly confident in an endearing way. They mesh and interact well with each other. I was rooting for them the whole time. It's nice to see a contemporary novel that is a sweet romance with...more
Kristin's Review:

I read a lot of paranormal novels, and I needed a little break from that, so I picked The Role of a Lifetime out of my TBR pile. It was such a breath of fresh air! Shirk's writing is witty, the dialogue is believable, and the characters feel real. This is a fast-paced, fun, clean romance, and a touching story.
I really liked the author's voice. Funny and cute and romantic.
Cute! I don't know why, but I do enjoy plots that involve the normal girl falling for the Hollywood star. I liked Ben and Sandra, if I suspend belief I can even believe they'll live HEA. I'd have an easier time buying it if the story had taken place over a longer time period, I have my doubts about a two-week courtship. It was a cute story though, I liked the setting and characters. I thought Sandra overreacted at the end. But, I guess you have to have some conflict in a story. I also wanted to...more
I'm glad I won this on Goodreads because I really enjoyed this heart-warming, romantic, and breath-taking book. A story about an actor Ben and Sandra, a divorced mother that owns a preschool falling for each other with some confusions in between.

I finished this book in like two days, which I have never done before. I just didn't want to stop reading. A short read, but really enjoyable book. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the dialogues, it was cute, but too much of the "um's and uh's"...more
This book could have been promising. An actor and a preschool teacher with an ex-husband actor falling for each other. But the story did not give enough unique opportunities for characters' depth, as well as the rise and resolution of conflict. I was looking for some great, sexy and witty banter too between the main characters and found it wasn't that special.

When two characters with amazing potential meet in a book, I was just really expecting explosive or mismatched chemistry.
This book was like being wrapped in a warm hug...I couldn't quit smiling while reading it.

The romance that blooms between divorced mom Sandra and visiting actor Ben feels very natural and believable. Their witty banter (which I loved) and strong voices carry much of the story. I wasn't sure, even right up till the end, which way Jennifer would go with the plot, but I wasn't disappointed.

All in all, a very fun, easy read and a great story.
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I read a lot of paranormal novels, and I needed a little break from that, so I picked The Role of a Lifetime out of my TBR pile. It was such a breath of fresh air! Shirk's writing is witty, the dialogue is believable, and the characters feel real. This is a fast-paced, fun, clean romance, and a touching story.
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I thought Jennifer Shirk did a fine job with the story and the relationships. I will have to read her other books now. It was a fun read.
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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA...more
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“Wait a minute,” Sandra said, sounding skeptical. “You were really stuck?”

Things were starting to get worse.

Her mouth dropped open and she began to laugh—the kind of laugh that would have been music to his ears if she were laughing with him and not at him.

Things were definitely worse.”
“You know, typically a nickname is shorter than the given name.”

“Is it?” he asked in mock seriousness. “Oh. Well, tell you what, you can call me…”

She waited several beats, thinking of more than a few unkind examples. “I can call you what?” she finally asked.

“That’s it.” He shot her his bone-melting smile. “You can just call me. Anytime.”

She rolled her eyes, refusing to give in to the smile that threatened. “That sounds like a line from one of your movies.”

He shot her a triumphant look. “Ah, ha! I knew you were a fan.”
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