Book DescriptionRelease date: February 26, 2013 | Series: StargazerHe said . . . She said.
Publicist Wendy Mann has always competed hotly with her rival Daniel Blackstone, but this time they’re headed for a collision. Wendy’s job is on the line if she doesn’t save the image of a spoiled young starlet who’s posting provocative pictures of herself all over the Internet in a snarky attempt at revenge on her former boyfriend. Daniel is representing the ex, a onetime teen heartthrob who never grew up. With the feuding Hollywood pair scheduled to appear on the same Las Vegas awards show, Daniel and Wendy are determined to do whatever it takes to defend their own clients.
Unfortunately, the chemistry between Wendy and Daniel is even more explosive than that of their Hollywood stars. L-O-V-E was always a four-letter word for these two ultra-competitors; they never counted on the scorching heat that erupts between them. But Wendy’s high-gloss exterior hides a dark past—one that’s lurking behind the bright Vegas lights. Their careers are on the line, and so is Wendy’s life. . . .
About the Author
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult and new adult romance novels in 2013, with many more of her teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her on the web at Jennifer-Echols.com.
Wendy is almost fired after one of her PR clients commits suicide after battling drugs. As the go-to girl for difficult stars that are going off the rails and rehab their reputations as well as get them cleaned up. The rival firm in New York has been stealing their clients and Wendy has a special dislike for Daniel, who runs the firm. They have been almost arch-enemies since college when Daniel stole a prestigious award right out from under her. Of course, the two have chemistry and then some.
In Wendy’s attempt to save her career, she takes on a hard-to-handle singer known for tweeting pics of her unmentionables. While Daniel is repping her boyfriend, and actor known for his partying and temper. The two have a memorable meet in Las Vegas where stars are to host an MTV-like awards show where they concoct a plan to publicly reunite the stars and save everyone’s careers. It almost goes according to plan, except the fake wedding Daniel and Wendy propose actually ends up with them getting married.
I adore anything Jennifer Echols writes and her new adult series is the perfect essence of chick lit populated by somewhat darker characters than is typical of the genre. There is plenty of humor involved as well. I really wanted to SWOON when Wendy and Daniel finally had that AH-HA where they realized they were in love and lust. I really can’t wait until Playing Dirty is released in October, 2013 to get the scoop on Sarah.