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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 of her rope. With no money and no prospects, she accepts the one job she never thought she’d see on her résumé. Professional bridesmaid. It should be easy. If only the idea of weddings and vows didn't give Winn a case of the hives. Her role becomes more challenging when she's told a reporter will shadow her work for a men's magazine article.
Working for Player Magazine is Patrick Lincoln's worst nightmare. A former political journalist, he used to write thoughtful columns for one of Toronto's most respected papers. That is, until he was blackballed for allegedly sleeping with the boss's wife. Overnight, Patrick becomes the city's most reviled bad boy. And now he's forced to write a seedy expose on, of all things, a bridesmaid.
Patrick begrudgingly accompanies Winn to a series of strange weddings. As they are forced to work together, he learns there is more to the stand-in bridesmaid than puffy dresses and pretty speeches. She, in turn, begins to question whether or not Patrick actually deserves the derision of his peers. As much as they fight their attraction, it begins to threaten their work and their sanity.
For so long, Winn has felt second-best. A stand-in. She finally meets a man who believes in her value. But can she let go of the past and accept him?
The romantic journey of this couple was both realistic and uplifting with a few comedic moments.
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The romantic journey of this couple was both realistic and uplifting with a few comedic moments. How do two cynical people overcome the bad examples set by their families and forge their own path in the rough and tumble love arena?
Winifred, or Winn as she preferred to be called, didn’t believe in love, romance or even marriage, not after witnessing her parents’ marriage fall apart and the betrayal from her ex-fiance. At times she appeared to tackle her problems head on, but the little peeks of vulnerability depending on the situation made her an endearing character. I liked the idea of a woman who hated the idea of attending weddings only to become a professional bridesmaid, and it was a role that really suited her. It may have started as a means to an end, but I also got the impression she was a bit of a people-pleaser. Her ex had made her feel worthless, but through her job, she got to make others feel special and in return they loved her for it.
I really liked the hero, Patrick. Like Winn, he also had his fair share of crazy in the family, pretentious, self-important individuals who let their son’s rebelliousness cloud their judgement of his character. What I really liked about him was that he wasn’t one of those sleazy types of journalists in need of a character makeover. Also, he took the bitter pill of betrayal from a friend and handled it rather gracefully. Once he met Winn, I thought he was flirty, charming, he could make her laugh, and his concern for her was genuine at all times.
The comedy parts, especially some of the weddings she dragged him to were very cute, perhaps a little cheesy, but there was a definite appeal there. It was fun seeing him thrown completely out of his comfort zone, and mixing with people he probably never would have in his previous job. I loved the maturity with which they handled their lust and budding relationship, also their awareness of their judgements of one another whenever we were privy to their thoughts. They pretty much handled their problems on their own problems without overblown angst to hype up the tension. They built one another up and supported each other. The few sex scenes were very steamy and felt natural in progression to their emotional state.
She was definitely a bigger woman than me; I thought Amber, Stacey and Mike sort of came away smelling like roses. I wouldn’t have been that nice after all the pain they’d caused. The ending was especially sweet with a brief glimpse into their lives a month later. They still had that special magic which warmed me to my toes.
I would definitely pluck this book out to read again whenever I want a sweet romance and a few laughs to take me away for a few hours.