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Out of work and desperate, Winn Busby accepts the only job available to her … professional liar! Simple enough, until she meets a former political journalist determined to sniff out the truth about what she’s up to. Charming, witty, and filled with sizzling passion, The Stand In, another great romantic comedy from author Rosanna Leo.

Failed actress Winn Busby is at the end
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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published February 9th 2015 by Liquid Silver Books
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Jessica Cale
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
Sexy Romantic Comedy at its Best

Winn Busby is out of work actress who takes an unusual job as a bridesmaid-for-hire for Toronto’s friendless brides. Patrick Lincoln is a political journalist attempting to salvage his career after being wrongly accused of sleeping with his boss’s wife. Against his better judgment, he accepts an assignment from Player magazine to investigate Winn’s agency. As he accompanies Winn to dress fittings, weddings, and even a raunchy bachelorette party, sparks begin to fl
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Cocktails and Books
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

Yet again another great read by Rosanna Leo. Leo never disappoints in bringing us a unique story with a plot unlike any other we have ever heard before. For this she remains one of my favorite authors ever.


Broke, heartbroken and unemployed, Wynn Busby needs a new direction and purpose to her life. First though she needs a new job. With bills to pay, at this point, any job will do, this out of work actress can't be picky. A strange help want
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Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I was excited when I saw Rosanna had a new contemporary romance out because I'm already a fan of her Gemini Island series. As with everything else I have read from RL, the Stand In is a fun romantic story with great chemistry between the main characters. Winn was a likable heroine and Patrick was the charming, sexy alpha hero. Their romance was a bit of a slow build, but it was made all the more believable for it. I think my only complaint would be Winn forgiving Amber and socialising with her a ...more
Tami Lund
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous-romance
Such a fun read. Patrick and Winn have the right amount of chemistry to keep the pages turning, and turning, and turning. The situations they fall into are so funny, and they are so endearing... and so hot! It really is a solid, warm-fuzzy read, with the perfect sprinkling of spice.

I admit, I'm a sucker for a handsome, confident guy with a great sense of humor. Like Patrick. He's the perfect book boyfriend, and I'm so glad he and Winn hook up, because they both deserve the happily ever after tha
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Akeisha -Til' The Last Page BB
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I met Rosanna at a signing in May and was very happy to give one of her books a go. I chose to read The Stand In because of it uniqueness.
I was very happy that I chose this book as the characters were hilarious, full of life and refreshing.
Winn Busby was going through a rough time in her life and willing try anything to get a job, that’s where the whole stand in bridesmaid comes in.
Patrick a report that is facing a scandal is trying out a new j
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t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a light CR with a twist
I adore Rosanna Leo and was so happy she gave me an ARC to review for my honest opinion. Her Gemini Island Shifter series is one of my all time favorite shifter stories. I think this is her first time trying her hand at contemporary romance and it was a great start.

I loved the premise of Stand-In, so original and refreshing. The thought of a down on your luck actress finding her niche as a stand in bridesmaid for those women who are too busy to have friends is unique and a bit sad. I don't know
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Elle Rush
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! It was an interesting premise - a woman who was a professional bridesmaid, and the reporter assigned to her story. I love weddings, and this one gave me all the weddings I could hope for (and one I really hope ends badly). Winn was a great heroine, brave, flawed and working on it. And Patrick was a good guy in desperate need of catching a good break. Recommended for laughs and hot nookie.
The BookChick
My Rating: 3☆

I love Rosanna Leo and her paranormal romances are among my favorites. I was excited to read her first foray into the contemporary romance genre. The Stand-In was a cute and uncomplicated read that had many moments of sexy and and almost equal amount of laughter.

The characters, Winn Busby and Patrick Lincoln were well-matched and their chemistry together was very potent. The story has Winn, a down-on-her luck actress looking for work. Fortunately for her, her sister Enid has found
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Roberta Pearce
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You’ve gotta love an h who drinks Guinness.

And a tough, alpha H who can still blush.

Oh, my, oh, my! This was a fun read. Ms. Leo could have done the whole thing as the Big Mis, but she neatly averted that trap – the H and h learn the surface essentials of each other in short order. She’s a bridesmaid for hire; he’s a disgraced reporter investigating the agency for which she works. As their relationship develops, there are no wild leaps to stupid conclusions or moronic posturing to create false c
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Tracey

**Warm, funny and romantic**

Winn has a bad history with men, she's out of work too, surely she's due some good luck....

Patrick is an out of work journalist, his a man anyone could fall in love with his charming, funny and sexy.

Winn has a chance of a new job as a Stand-in bridesmaid, it's good money and you get to keep the dresses! How can you turn that down!

Patrick and Win are thrown together when Patrick is asked to do an article on a Stand-In Bridesmaids. He is tasked with following her aroun
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Heather
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading stories about characters that I could bump into in "real" life and I really love stories that are told from both characters POV. I like seeing things unfold through the eyes of both of the main characters. This book delivers on both counts. Winn is a struggling actress who is in need of a job and answer an ad in the paper to be a "stand in bridesmaid". She gets to work on her acting skills while receiving a good paycheck that she desperately needs. Patrick is a well known columni ...more
The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great read from a reliable author guaranteed to give you a story with heart and laughs.

The characters were well developed and the chemistry between the two main characters wasn't forced, they just naturally clicked. I loved both Winn and Patrick. Both slightly damaged in their own ways, but they were both genuinely nice people.

Although it quickly became obvious what the dramatic event component of the story would be, it was handled well. Used enough to add a bit of tension but it didn’t
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Cameron Lincoln
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful romance book filled with engaging characters and a great set up - a struggling actress applies to be a professional 'stand-in' bridesmaid, and is tailed by a disgraced reporter looking for a story. It's romance heaven and the story never skips a romantic, humorous, erotic or dramatic beat, and you're going to get plenty of all four.

Rosanna Leo is one of the most naturally gifted writers of romance working today, a born storyteller with an ear for natural dialogue and a skill
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Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
Rosanna Leo is best known for her paranormal romances, but with this book she proves (again?) that she can rock a contemporary romance as well. What she gives us here isn't a steaming hot affair involving super sexy preternatural creatures, but the the passionate budding romance of two damaged, but not broken, normal humans who prove that they can be every bit as sexy as their supernatural counterparts. As they work their way through their issues to find a way to come together they learn more ab ...more
Parker Kincade
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow.
SN the Viking
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
MsRomanticReads

This review is part of the Quote-tastic Monday Meme hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup: ARC Review + Quote-Tastic (9): Shithead Mike and Suddenly Gay Dennis – The Stand-In by Rosanna Leo

The Wedding Date meets How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days meets 27 Dresses. If you enjoy romantic comedies, then this is the story for you. Despite The Stand-In having very predictable dramatic moments, the romantic journey of this couple was both realistic and uplifting with a few comedic moments. If you want
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Debbie Hanson
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Arc received in exchange for honest review.

This is my first story from Rosanna Leo and I wasn't disappointed. This was a fun, yet emotional story with very loveable characters.

Poor Winn Busby, is down on life at the moment. she was dumped and left at the alter by a cheating fiancé, has no job and can't even pick one up in theatre. So when her sister shows her an add for a "Stand in bridesmaid" job she sees an opportunity. She no longer believes in love so being a professional liar standing in
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
*I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.


I have read most of Rosanna Leo’s paranormal books so I was intrigued to see how her Contemporary work would compare. The Stand In is a little bit of romance, a bit of humor, a lot of sexual tension and then some off the charts sexy times!

Patrick Lincoln is an out of work political news reporter who asks a friend to help him get back on his feet. The friend owns a men’s magazine and asks Patrick to find out what is going on wit
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J luvs books
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book is a fun, sexy, light read. It's one of those books that make you feel good while reading it.

Winn has had the tendency to fall hard and fast in love, but always with the wrong kind of men. Her last relationship scared her and now she doesn't believe in happily ever after. Ironically she gets a job as a professional bridesmaid. She is the stand in if a bride doesn't have any friends or just wants a professional bride
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Brooke Lynn
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rosanna Leo did it again! She has given us a romance that warms our heart and makes us believe true love conquers all.

After reading many of Rosanna Leo's steamy and sultry paranormal novels I was excited to learn that Rosanna's new release would be a contemporary romance-my all time favourite genre.

What I enjoy most about reading Rosanna Leo's novels is she has a knack for bringing the characters alive, particularly by making the heroine a believable and realistic women. The Stand-In was no ex
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Suzan
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance fans
I was lucky enough to win an arc of this book and I loved it! The characters were brilliant! I loved Winn and Patrick, I also loved Winn's grandfather and her crazy brides Elena and Sunshine! I thought they were so funny and lovable.

Jake I could have slapped though for betraying Patrick's trust and hurting Winn in the process, I also could've slapped Patrick's family for how they treated him and looked down on Winn.

Winn and Patrick were good together, they had great chemistry! They were meant to
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Fran Lucero
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book was a fun read. Loved Winn from the start. Her family made the book have some really fun moments especially Gramps and his habit of pinching the ladies in the home. Patrick's family were snobs and made me wonder how a guy as nice as Patrick could have been raised by them. Lots of things happening in this story and kept me turning pages. The twist at the end was a great surprise and I loved it.
Dawn
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Stand In

I love the title of this book and I really did enjoy the book, the only thing I didn't care for was the ending. I would have liked to see them get married and have all of the bride's that she was a fake bridesmaid for be her real bridesmaids.
Luv My Books' Reviews
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story, I loved The Stand In! It was a very entertaining, smart and smooth read that made me laugh out loud, sigh and get really drawn in to the plights and issues that plagued Patrick and Winn. I loved them. Such a warm and funny, flirty, five star read!
Ashley
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fun read!

This book was an easy read for me. Winn is sweet and smart. Patrick is just yummy and an all around good guy. The plot was ( no spoilers here) was well paced and believable and the love scenes were smoking but yet sweet. I loved this book!
Tess Delacour
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. The characters were complex and the story well crafted. Very satisfying ending.
angelblue
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quick, fun read! Loved Winn and Patrick! ♡

Full review coming soon.
Ann
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, funny novella. It was a joy to read with a different plot line, which kept my interest. The chemistry and banter between the main characters was endearing. The fact the main character, Winn Busby is paid to be a professional bridesmaid is both pathetic and gutsy. Patrick is the reporter set on trashing her well paid gig. Despite the unexpected circumstances of dealing with their pasts, they learn what true friendship means. I enjoyed the good flow of dialogue and the ease of rea ...more
Beanimous
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF 90%.

Was unable to connect with the two main lead characters.

It isn't a badly written book, the dialogues isn't bad and plots aren't cliche and rather interesting. But my inability to connect with the characters made it hard for me to finish the book.
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