Friday, May 10, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen

Expected Publication: June 10, 2013
By: Entangled Bliss

What would you do for a second chance with your first crush?

Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s
grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush,
the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes
back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to
be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an
excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved
with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even
though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about
the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.

As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But
what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

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“Cut, cut cut!” Sawyer stood. “Was that supposed to be more passionate? Because
it sucked.”

“This is supposed to be the eighteen hundreds,” Brynn said. “It can’t be too
passionate or it would seem inappropriate for the time.”

The next instant Sawyer was charging up the steps to the stage. “I’m not saying
it’s got to be a kiss with tongue, I’m saying you’ve got to look at each other like
you’re in love so the audience will want it to work out. Our modern audience.”
Sawyer shook his head. “Take it again, from before the proposal.”

It was impossible to concentrate with Sawyer standing right there, so close she
could hear every shift of his body and feel his gaze on her like a weight. All her
lines were swimming together.

Leo knelt, told her she was an angel. She said her line, trying to peer into his soul
like she wanted to be with him, and then Leo kissed her. And it was sloppier than

She did her best to not jerk back, though it was her first instinct.

“Okay, that was just…” Sawyer moved in front of her. He looked at the playbook,
then lowered it by his side and stared into her eyes. The air thickened around
them and she could feel every thump of her heart. “What a perfect angel you are,
Cecily.” He said it so tenderly, his smile close-lipped but full of joy.

“You dear romantic boy,” she said, all out of instinct because thoughts were
getting fuzzy.

He leaned in and kissed her, a soft kiss with his lips barely parted. The pressure
of his lips increased for a delicious moment, and then they were gone. A quick,
simple kiss, but when his mouth left hers, she felt its absence so strongly that she
couldn’t think about anything else for a couple seconds. Her breath was stuck
somewhere in her lungs and her lips still tingled, living the sensation over and
over again. Heat wound through her body, her hands itched to reach out and
touch him. And then she remembered she was supposed to. She ran her fingers
through his hair and felt the whisper of his breath on her wrist as he exhaled.

“Wow, that was good,” Wendy said from the front, breaking Brynn from her

Brynn stepped back and swallowed, but her throat wasn’t working right. Sawyer’s
eyes never left hers, and one corner of his mouth curved up in a smug, self-
satisfied way.

“It was all right, I suppose,” Brynn said, working to keep her voice steady. She
crossed her arms and shrugged. “For a first-timer, anyway.”

That only made Sawyer’s smile grow wider.

Brynn couldn’t help but watch Sawyer as he jumped off the stage. Funny how
she’d dreamed of kissing him all the time in high school, but her fantasy wasn’t
even close to the real thing. Her heart felt like it’d just been wrung out and
shoved back in her

And her scene with Leo was better. She was sure it had nothing to do with the fact
that she closed her eyes and pretended it was Sawyer kissing her again.

Nope. Nothing at all.


Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising,
and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person.
Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always
find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or
super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She
lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her
husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces
and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her Fiancé and the
women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.


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