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The Stand-In
The Stand-In | Lily Chu
HOW TO UPEND YOUR LIFE: Get fired by gross, handsy boss Fail to do laundry (again) Be mistaken for famous Chinese actress Fall head-first into glitzy new world Gracie Reed is doing just fine. Sure, she was fired by her overly "friendly" boss, and yes she still hasn't gotten her mother into the nursing home of their dreams, but she's healthy, she's (somewhat) happy, and she's (mostly) holding it all together. But when a mysterious SUV pulls up beside her, revealing Chinese cinema's golden couple Wei Fangli and Sam Yao, Gracie's world is turned on its head. The famous actress has a proposition: due to their uncanny resemblance, Fangli wants Gracie to be her stand-in. The catch? Gracie will have to be escorted by Sam, the most attractiveand infuriatingman Gracie's ever met. If it means getting the money she needs for her mother, Gracie's in. Soon Gracie moves into a world of luxury she never knew existed. But resisting Sam, and playing the role of an elegant movie star, proves more difficult than she ever imaginedespecially when she learns the real reason Fangli so desperately needs her help. In the end all the lists in the world won't be able to help Gracie keep up this elaborate ruse without losing herself...and her heart.
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I read this book for #LittensLoveRomance and it one of two books we read in September. It was my least favorite of the two. I struggled to get into it at first. Mainly because I didn't like Sam one of the main characters. Thankfully, the story got better as it went along and I ended up liking Sam. 3.5 ⭐️
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StayCurious Did you like the audio version? 1w
TheSpineView @StayCurious Yes. I think if I had read the first couple of chapters vs. Listening, I might have struggled more. BTW, I also had the print version and listened/read together. My favorite way to be immersed in a book. 1w
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#LittensLoveRomance September Read Discussion (the second). Thanks to those of you who read The Stand-In - our second pick for the month of September. Here are some discussion questions - feel free to add your own down below!

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slategreyskies I really appreciated the way the book talked about mental health and depression, how it acknowledged that there‘s still a stigma in some places, and then it challenged that stigma. I know that it‘s becoming more acceptable to ask for mental health support if you need it, but I think there‘s still a long way to go on that issue. Every little reminder that gets out to people helps further the dialogue and make it more acceptable to ask for help. 2w
TheSpineView I had suspected that they were sisters. Therefore that reveal was no surprise. It worked as a plot device but INRL not sure that it would be so easy. If people/fans found out about the swap and the reason... well some would understand and some would be angry. I can easily imagine the social media storm. People can be so ugly and I have no doubt that ugliness would shine. 1w
peanutnine I had a feeling they were sisters after Fangli mentioned she didn't know her mother. @TheSpineView I agree that the swap seemed too easy to pull off in the end. Especially once Gracie and Sam start dating for real, people are gonna catch on or suspect. Social media can be brutal and I can see so many conspiracies arising. 1w
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Thank you Misty for this surprise package! I love it all, and can't wait to read this book! 💗
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Pigpen_Reads That's a cute bookmark! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! 💗 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pigpen_Reads I had some made and I‘m going to try to send them as I write letters 💗 I‘m so behind !! 2w
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Finished this one last night. I thought I was going to have to bail on it because I was struggling to get into it. However, once I got about 7 chapters in, I was invested.

I really liked all the main characters in this book. I wish Gracie had a little more self confidence throughout the whole book, but I‘m glad where she ended up.

This romance book dealt with some serious issues as well, like depression, anxiety and sexual harassment.

StayCurious It was a bit slow at first but I agree, I got into it and stayed invested 2w
Andrew65 Sounds interesting, well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Just loved this book. Thanks @StayCurious for hosting the buddy read!

StayCurious So glad you liked it! 2w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.39-41 (end) - what a great ending to the story! I feel like things were wrapped up well (although I‘d love to see a story with Fangli and Chen). I loved the romantic ending for Sam and Gracie and I loved that her dream of an app came true. I was left very satisfied and smiley.

TheSpineView Great ending! Enjoyed this one. 2w
BarkingMadRun I loved this romance and I feel the same way about Chen, hopefully there will be a second book! 2w
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OriginalCyn620 Yes, I was very happy with the ending, and this book gave me all the feels! 💕 2w
peanutnine Oooh yes sequel please 👀 2w
TheAromaofBooks I enjoyed this one a lot. In the author Q&A at the back of my book the author did say she would love to write a sequel about Fangli, so maybe someday!! I felt like some of the concluding drama - mostly having Gracie just bail out of there so abruptly - was a little much, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 2w
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance: I really liked this cute rom-com that was light and funny while also touching on serious issues. I thought it handled the topic of depression really well and the main character was really relatable. It had a great ending and made me hope that we will see Fangli‘s book in the future. We‘ll discuss more on the 25th!

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I really enjoyed this #littensloveromance read. It was a very cute body double premise that only had me yelling at the characters sometimes lol. I liked that it touched on serious issues like sexual abuse, mental health, fame, and cultural identity while still being a cute romance. I also really want to download the eppy app asap, it sounds amazing
Thanks @StayCurious for hosting this buddy read!

StayCurious I NEED EPPY in my life! 2w
Kerrbearlib I want the eppy app sooo much! 2w
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I read this as a buddy read with #littensloveromance. This book will make you laugh, scream at the book (I totally did at one point so you know…) and surprise you. And at the end you‘ll have a new book boyfriend. Truly enjoyed this one. #bookspin @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks

StayCurious I really liked it as well! 2w
TheAromaofBooks This one has been really fun!! 2w
peanutnine I also screamed at the book 😂 I really liked it though! 2w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.37-38: K, so I totally knew it was Mei who called the tabloid, but I didn‘t suspect the other bombshell that was dropped - about Fangli. Did anyone else see that coming? I love that Sam used his influence to help get Eppy off the ground - he totally ❤️ Gracie - now she just has to get in contact with him. Since I‘m so close to finishing, I‘m going to do that now, and I‘ll post tomorrow! Happy reading!

BarkingMadRun Omg I about lost my mind, I never saw that coming! Insane! 2w
TheSpineView I already finished. So no spoilers for those that haven't. Just let me say that Sam ending up being the nicest guy.💗💗💗 2w
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KristiAhlers I finished today and 💜💜💜💜 all the feels. And I totally didn‘t see that happening. 2w
rubyslippersreads I saw both things coming, but that didn‘t spoil my enjoyment of the book. 2w
OriginalCyn620 I had a hunch about the bombshell! And I usually never guess correctly! 2w
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My #weeklyforecast

October will be full of #Scarathlon reads so I‘ve been reading other genres this month. Both buddy read books for #LittensLoveRomance have been great. 🤓

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.35-36:Gracie finally comes out of hiding & sees Sam. He‘s been worried and searching for her. He says he doesn‘t believe she sold them out-Gracie doesn‘t really give him a chance to explain - she feels he‘s only there to help Fangli & they get interrupted by the paparazzi. It‘s sad that Gracie blocked both Sam and Fangli from being able to contact her. I really think she misheard them and is letting her insecurities rule.

OriginalCyn620 Yes, I really think she should have stayed and explained her side, and heard Sam and Fangli out. But since she struggles with insecurity, I can see why she just left. 2w
StayCurious @OriginalCyn620 and of course this adds several chapters of drama! 2w
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CarolynM This was the only part of the book I was really unhappy with. Such an obvious misunderstanding that could have been easily resolved. I still don't know why Gracie was so convinced they were talking about her. 2w
BarkingMadRun Poor Gracie, she feels like she is so unlovable, it breaks my heart! 2w
KristiAhlers This part Of the story frustrated me. I‘m not a huge fan of misunderstanding trope when all they needed was a good sit down. 2w
peanutnine @KristiAhlers @OriginalCyn620 @CarolynM I was yelling at the book when Gracie immediately blocked both of their numbers when she left. Just talk to them! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.33-34: Well, what can I say? I was expecting 💩to hit the fan, and was not disappointed. First it was all coming up roses for Sam and Gracie, but soon after, Gracie‘s insecurities and stress cause her to lash out and then the tabloids get ahold of the story. Gracie overhears Sam and Fangli talking abt firing her and leaves on her own instead. Was it Todd who spilled the beans? Personally I think a jealous Mei is to blame.

BarkingMadRun At first I thought it was Todd, but Mei is so cranky! Ugh I hate to think that it was her though! 2w
OriginalCyn620 I can see how Gracie assumed they were taking about her, but she could‘ve pleaded her case! But then again, how many books would be solved in a few pages if the characters actually communicated with each other? 😂 2w
KristiAhlers I totally think it Mei. Todd is too obvious but I could be wrong. But I don‘t want Mei to be that person… 2w
TheSpineView Poor Gracie. I was afraid something like this would happen. 2w
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I enjoyed this one so much! I liked the 3 main characters a lot, and rooted for them all. This was a fun, escapist read! I won‘t say much else since I finished this a little ahead of schedule for #LittensLoveRomance. 😉

#bookspinbingo

StayCurious glad you enjoyed it! I'm liking it as well! 3w
TheAromaofBooks I'm finding this one so much fun, too!! 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.31-32: Sigh…really getting to like Sam the more we know him. Their “date” was sweet and it got me really pulling for them as a couple. I‘m thinking Mei is gonna cause trouble though - it‘s becoming clear that she has feelings for Sam and that she lied about him having a girlfriend. Unless I‘m reading this wrong, she might do something to sabotage Gracie or make her look bad in Sam‘s eyes.

BarkingMadRun Ugh she better not!! 3w
OriginalCyn620 The goose incident was funny! Loving Sam! 3w
Read4life I agree. Mei is trouble but I just can‘t picture Fangli believing the worst of Gracie. I‘m curious to see what happens next. 3w
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Well, I read ahead and finished this #littensloveromance but I didn‘t love this one. No spoilers, I liked the writing but the story lacked depth-or maybe the characters did? Or maybe I just wasn‘t in the right mood. I love the cover though! @StayCurious

StayCurious You win some you lose some…good for you for finishing though! 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.29-30: whew!Gracie runs into Todd (haha I laugh b/c that‘s also my husband‘s name😝)- how does he run in the same circles as Fangli? He recognizes her as only a creep who has spent too long watching her would do. Luckily she stands her ground and he ends up getting kicked out of the party before he can cause much of a problem. And then…Sam kisses Gracie! Like for real! But the other shoe is about to drop I bet-It always does

BarkingMadRun That moment when Todd gets kicked out was epic! 3w
KristiAhlers Todd is such a tool. I loved how he was booted. And although I love that Sam kissed her I‘m afraid he‘s going to turn around and default back to being a…well, what he was before. 3w
OriginalCyn620 Loved the part where Todd was kicked out, and banned from future events! I thought Gracie (as Fangli) handled that situation very well. 3w
CarolynM I loved that she used the power she had as Fangli to deal with Todd. And that it helped her feel more powerful as herself. 3w
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This book was so much fun! I loved the escape it gave me from the everyday stress. I really liked the characters too. CW for Alzheimer‘s.

#romantsy

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.27-28: Gracie and Sam kiss! Like a lot. But she‘s not supposed to get all the feelings. After all, they are only acting. He‘s certainly acting. Isn‘t he? Gracie admits to herself she‘s falling for Sam but knows she has to keep it hidden since it‘s certainly one-sided. Gracie also decides to stay to help Fangli - who seems to really need her right now. But can Gracie keep her feelings for Sam hidden for the next few weeks?

TheSpineView I think Gracie is growing on Sam. Excited to see where this goes! 3w
BarkingMadRun Poor Gracie, even when she‘s winning, she isn‘t winning! 3w
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slategreyskies I have all the feels! The kissing seemed so real! I wonder what Sam was thinking… 3w
OriginalCyn620 I loved these chapters! I‘m very excited to see what happens, but at the same time, I‘m waiting for something to blow up. I do not like Todd. At. All. And it makes me nervous that Gracie is telling her bestie everything despite the fact that she signed an NDA. I don‘t think BFF would do anything herself, but what if someone got ahold of her phone? IDK, but things are going well and that always means something bad is coming! (edited) 3w
StayCurious @OriginalCyn620 oooh I didn‘t think of that. Whoops! 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.25-26: Gracie feels guilty over deceiving a sick kid with her Fangli disguise - that‘s pretty rough. I‘d feel guilty too! Kinda sucky that Sam and Fangli put her in that position, but Fangli does seem really unwell. I don‘t think she can handle much of anything right now. Sam needs to insist that she get help, and soon. Before Gracie quits and they‘re left on their own. I mean, if Gracie has the guts to quit like she intends

OriginalCyn620 Fangli does need some help, and I hope she gets it. I felt bad for Gracie - she really felt so bad about the sick little boy and I can‘t blame her for wanting to quit. But I like that Sam tried to make her feel better about a bad situation. In a way, I feel bad for Sam too. He‘s caught in the middle of this whole thing and it doesn‘t seem easy for him either. 3w
TheSpineView It seems to me that they all seem to be stuck by circumstances. Fangled and Sam by stardom and family. Gracie by financial circumstances. 3w
TheAromaofBooks It's tough - is acting like an actor morally lying?? Fangli's perspective seems to be that they are paying to see Fangli(TM) and not her as a person, so sending Gracie works just as well - which I honestly think makes sense. But I can see why Gracie is conflicted when she meets someone like Laurence who is more interested in Fangli as a person than an object. 3w
slategreyskies I really love this book and these characters. The scene with Laurence pulled at my heart… and the strings of beads for the kids who‘d had procedures. Is that really a thing in children‘s hospitals? I teared up at that. 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.23-24: These were sad chapters. It‘s clear that Gracie is falling for Sam and - to the best of her and our knowledge - it‘s one sided. And having him go with her to see her mom and see Gracie at her most vulnerable was hard. Although it is nice to see Sam acting much kinder to Gracie, I‘d love to know what he is thinking!

BarkingMadRun Sam is definitely growing on me now, I hope he doesn‘t disappoint me! 3w
KristiAhlers Yeah just when I think he‘s not got anything nice going for him he does. No wonder Gracie is so confused. As a reader I‘m in the same boat with her. 3w
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TheSpineView @BarkingMadRun I'm with you. Don't want Sam to end up being a total dud. 3w
OriginalCyn620 I loved the nursing home scene! Sam was totally swoonworthy! I love that he and Gracie are connecting. Can‘t wait to see where that goes! (edited) 3w
slategreyskies I‘ve been reading along, but I‘ve been a bit behind the group. I‘m almost caught up now. I too loved the nursing home scene, even though part of it made me a bit sad. 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.21-22: The dark side of fame. Gracie and Sam get photographed in an accidental compromising position, Gracie gets accosted by an overzealous fan, and she has a wardrobe malfunction-ok the part with the Spanx was pretty funny (Who hasn‘t been there?) Gracie is starting to see that fame is not all it‘s cracked up to be. But that doesn‘t stop her from fantasizing about Sam some more-what would it be like to be Seen by him?

KristiAhlers I legit laughed at that spandex fail. I love how this author writes and isn‘t afraid to be real…? I don‘t know. I‘m wanting Sam to “see” her as well. He‘s working too hard to not see her methinks 3w
BarkingMadRun Omg the spanx incident, I felt that in my soul! 3w
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TheSpineView The Spanx was funny. Especially, since I've been there.😂 3w
Read4life Loved the Spanx scene. I agree with @KristiAhlers that Sam is working too hard on not seeing Gracie. 3w
Kerrbearlib The spanx scene is so relatable and hilarious! 2w
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I picked this up on Kindle today for $2.99. I‘m excited, because now I won‘t have to worry about returning my library book late. This one‘s up next for me for #LittensLoveRomance!

#romantsy

StayCurious That‘s a great deal! 3w
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StayCurious I love this! 3w
Read4life @StayCurious Thank you 💙 3w
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This one isn‘t in the database. It‘s read by Phillipa Soo and it was a pleasant listen! The female MC is an attorney who plans trips she never takes and completely avoids pop culture as she tries to make partner. So she doesn‘t realize she‘s met a KPop star. I like that this author always includes work storylines. The main romance was fun enough, but part of me would‘ve been ok if it had a different resolution.

This is my Sept. #DoubleSpin

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.19-20: I‘m back from camping out in the Canadian wilds. I‘ve showered off the grime and am currently enjoying wifi again! It‘s Sad that both Fangli and Sam crave normalcy, when Gracie just wants to be seen. The grass isn‘t always greener, folks. Good that Gracie recognizes that they‘re all just using each other. Stay focused, stay on task, Gracie! Don‘t fall for Sam and his life any more than you already have.

KristiAhlers This was sad for me. Like you said grass is always greener. And sometimes not being seen is for the best. There is something to be said about enjoying the moments. Something I don‘t think any of them are fully aware of 3w
BethM Where in Canada were you? We just got back from there too! 3w
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OriginalCyn620 The memes are hilarious! But seriously, I can see how Gracie is getting swept up by Sam. Beyond his looks and fame, they‘re getting to know each other on a deeper level. I don‘t blame her for falling! But I love how she‘s being a friend to both Sam and Fangli, both of whom have no normalcy whatsoever. It makes my heart happy! 3w
TheSpineView Just hope Gracie doesn't get hurt in the end. 3w
StayCurious @BethM we were in Lanark, near Perth Ontario. Beautiful farmland and woods. But spotty internet haha, 3w
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This book has been on my TBR since Alexis Hall gave the ARC a glowing review on GR so I was happy to start it with the #LittensLoveRomance readalong. I enjoyed it so much I couldn't resist racing on ahead of the group (sorry). Gracie is a delightful heroine and Sam a worthy hero. It's all pretty far-fetched and I was a little annoyed by the pretext for the obligatory break up, but overall a very enjoyable #romantsy.
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StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! 3w
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The Stand-In and The Flatshare are both for #LittensLoveRomance with @StayCurious
The Winners and The Shoebox Secret are #ARCs.
Holiday in the Hamptons and The Final Gambit are both books in series and #ReadMyRoom books ( @AkashaVampie )

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.17-18: okay, okay, Finally we see Sam opening up and not being such a jerk. Turns out he can be a nice guy. But Gracie knows better than to start fantasizing about what ifs and him and her - doesn‘t she? She has learned her lesson. Of course she has. I liked that this book mentions depression and how difficult it can be to talk about. If it‘s that hard in Canada I can only imagine China is worse.

BarkingMadRun I love new Sam, but I definitely worry about Gracie. Who is this mystery girl of his? 4w
StayCurious @BarkingMadRun yeah, and Mei knows more than she is letting on. I bet mystery girl was picked by Sam‘s mother. 4w
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TheSpineView I'm liking Sam better now. I hope we learn more about what makes him tick. 4w
OriginalCyn620 Sam is softening up! Love it! And even if Mystery Girl was picked by Sam‘s mother, it seems like he is resisting anything/everything from his parents. Seems like he‘s lived by their rules his whole life and he‘s tired of it. But it‘ll be interesting to see how it unfolds! (edited) 4w
TheAromaofBooks My personal theory is that there is no Mystery Girl, but Mei has a serious crush on Sam herself and is trying to keep Gracie out of the picture. 4w
StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks oooh good theory! 3w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.13-16: poor Gracie! Sam is acting like such a jerk - he‘s hot and cold and no wonder it‘s messing with Gracie‘s head. I would have felt something too, but then he had to go and berate her after the art exhibit outing. I also didn‘t like the comment he made about her being a real Chinese person, even though he probably didn‘t realize how it hurt Gracie. When will things turn the corner for Gracie?

BarkingMadRun Ugh, and to see Todd again, and now she has to worry that he will figure it out! Girlfriend needs to grow a pair for sure! 4w
TheSpineView Todd! What a piece of work! Sam is nothing to write home about. I want to ask him what his problem is!?! 4w
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KristiAhlers Todd. Billboard for what you DO NOT WANT! And Sam is making it hard for me to like to be honest. I was all No you just didn‘t when he said all those horrible things. 4w
OriginalCyn620 Of course Gracie would run into Tom! I hope by the end of the book she has tore him a new one! And about Sam - I know he‘s being difficult but I‘m still giving him the benefit of the doubt. It must be a hard for an ultra famous celebrity to trust a stranger. Not excusing his behavior, because he could be more helpful to Gracie. (edited) 4w
TheAromaofBooks I do like Sam but that comment about Gracie not being “real“ Chinese was over the line. 4w
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.11-12: I‘m Still camping out in the wilds, sharing outhouse with a 🕷 and kitchen with a 🐭 - internet so spotty I never know when I‘ll have it. Apologies for not sticking to reading 🗓! Gracie goes on first outing with Sam as Fangli. It actually goes ok, except Sam is no conversationalist. We learn about Gracie‘s last bf - wow is all I can say. Poor Gracie. She needs some passion in her life for sure.

KristiAhlers Agreed and hopefully Sam will unbend enough to give her that. And no worries about your posting! Hope you‘re having a good time out in the wild! It‘s always nice to get away sometimes 4w
TheSpineView Feel sorry for Gracie and don't like the way Sam treats her. I want him to be the good guy in all this. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView - I feel like Sam is still really suspicious of Gracie's motives and is very protective of Fangli. I'm hoping we can see him shift to where he's just as concerned about Gracie soon. 4w
OriginalCyn620 @TheAromaofBooks I totally agree with you! ☝️ 4w
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Enjoying this book The Stand-In by Lily Chu. Some really great thoughts to mull over.

Reading for #LittensLoveRomance @StayCurious

StayCurious I really like how relatable Gracie is 1mo
TheSpineView @StayCurious Agree. She feels like a normal person. 1mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.7-10 - Playing catch up! Gracie‘s doing a lot of studying and training for her role of a lifetime- and is having to deal with jerk-ish Sam while she‘s at it. It‘ll be interesting to see what melts his icy demeanour. But Gracie definitely needs to remember that she is only acting in this role for a short time. Then she goes back to her life whether she wants to or not.

OriginalCyn620 Love the meme! 😂 I‘m interested to see how Gracie reacts to her role. Some aspects of fame are good and fun, and others definitely are not. I know her regular life is not great, and she might think the grass is greener on Fangli‘s side, but is it really? And I too can‘t wait for Sam to soften up! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t think I could deal with the paparazzi! I‘m looking forward to seeing if she can pull it off! I love how she gives it back to Sam 😂 1mo
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peanutnine @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sam definitely brings out her confident side it seems! 1mo
TheSpineView Sam seems to make her stronger. Can't wait to see where this goes. 1mo
rubyslippersreads Too bad she couldn‘t stand up to Todd the way she does to Sam. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I appreciate that most of Sam's grumpiness seems to come from a genuine desire to make sure Fangli isn't hurt or that her reputation isn't tarnished. I don't think he dislikes Gracie, he just thinks this whole thing is a Very Bad Idea 😂 1mo
KristiAhlers @TheAromaofBooks I like that about him too. I think when he finally realizes Gracie truly means no harm it going to be sigh worthy. 1mo
KristiAhlers I‘m not sure I‘d be able to do what Gracie is taking on despite the $. The paparazzi would drive me insane. But I‘m hoping that this may bring out Sam‘s protective side towards Gracie. 1mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.5-6 Sorry for late post-I‘m camping and internet is very spotty! Gracie decides to help Fangli, partly for the money because she just got fired, but also b/c there‘s a part of her that wants to be glamorous and be noticed and to step out of her shell. But can she handle the gorgeous yet infuriating Sam for 2 months? I have my doubts….

TheAromaofBooks I felt like Gracie's best friend was realistically written - both supportive AND “you're out of your mind!“ at the same time 😂 1mo
BarkingMadRun Gracie‘s bestie is hysterical and Sam is such a grouch! I can‘t wait to see them interact! 1mo
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TheSpineView Sam is going to a interesting character I think.i'm actually excited to see how it goes. I think k Gracie will be gone of she just doesn't over think it 1mo
TheSpineView GOOD not gone. Phones!😬 1mo
KristiAhlers Normally I roll my eyes at the grumpy hero trope but this one is making me turn the pages. And @BarkingMadRun I agree everyone needs a bestie like that 🤣 1mo
OriginalCyn620 I just want to say that I love Gracie already! Her BFF too! And I‘m giving Sam the benefit of the doubt. He probably has his reasons for being so blunt with Gracie, but I‘ve read enough books to know that he will eventually soften up and be totally swoonworthy! (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m enjoying this so much I just realized I‘m ahead of the readalong! 😄 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I was reading the tagged book today and came across this… so it made me wonder how many people HAVE to finish books and how many people are ok with not finishing?

I‘m finally out of the mindset that I HAVE to finish a book! If I‘m not connecting it‘s ok! There are too many books waiting for me on my shelf!

#LittensWantToKnow

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AprilMae It really depends on how far in I am. If it's early on and I just can't, I'll DNF it, if I have like 1/4 or less I just power through cause why not? Lol 1mo
PatriciaU Like Gracie, I‘m not wasting time on a book that isn‘t doing it for me. There are too many good things to read! 1mo
marleed I like the vast majority of what I select to read so I typically finish even the books I don‘t like because I‘m curious about what makes me not like it. When I bail on a book it‘s because I found it offensive vs educational, enlightening, or thought provoking. 1mo
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DinoMom I have to finish!! There has maybe only 3 or 4 books in life that i DNF. 1mo
Deblovestoread It took years before I understood that not every book is meant for me and that is ok. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie I used to always have to finish. Something switched in my brain a few years ago and now if I book doesn't interest me after a few chapters it gets put down. Some (like Crawdads) I revisit later and love! But most I don't give a second chance. 1mo
TrishB Life‘s too short! I don‘t finish if I‘m not enjoying. 1mo
BkClubCare It‘s tough, oh-so-tough! To give up on a book that isn‘t quite working. I let it go and maybe? Just maybe, I will come back to it at the right time and mood. It‘s OK. 1mo
BkClubCare Also, I really enjoyed this book you have tagged! I did the audiobook 👍 1mo
ElizaMarie I used to HAVE TO finish books. Now it‘s more of a toss up between DNF or put them in a “not the right time for me” books and I try again later. (edited) 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If I put a book down and can only trash talk it or don't care what happens to anyone, I DNF it. I have way too many books to bother. Sometimes it feels slow or I'm not ready to give up on the story entirely, so I pause it. Set it aside & try again a few months later. 1mo
bthegood I am like @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick and @ElizaMarie - sometimes I put the book back on my TBR list - and I do not feel a need to finish a book I don't enjoy - I don't think the book cares either 😅 1mo
StayCurious I won‘t finish a book if it‘s not keeping my attention but sometimes I put that book on my for later shelf. If my mood changes the book might work for me. I used to think I had to finish everything and read what other people were raving about. Now, not so much. 1mo
Mitch Oh! I‘m one of those that just has to finish! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch really?! I used to feel that way! 1mo
rubyslippersreads It‘s hard for me not to finish a book, but I‘m trying to get better about it, because #somanybookssolittletime. 1mo
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Read4life
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Traveling and enjoying some college volleyball. Hopefully I‘ll make a dent in these.

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.3-4: The unfairness of what happens to Gracie with her job is unreal (actually I wish it wasn‘t realistic but we all know it happens). I‘m livid on her behalf. But I suppose it will be the push to make her accept Wei Fangli‘s offer. Desperate times and all that. Poor thing. But maybe this will turn out to be a good thing in the end.

BarkingMadRun Omg I was so angry about this, it was definitely all too real! Poor Gracie! 1mo
KristiAhlers I was so ticked but I also realized this was the vehicle the author used most likely to push her into doing the swap! I love though when I get invested with a character enough to experience emotions! 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 Oh, yeah, the former boss is a real douchecanoe! I felt bad for Gracie because that‘s a crappy thing to happen to any woman. But I quickly got over it because I knew it was the push she‘d need to accept Wei‘s offer, and when she does, I expect some fun things to happen! 1mo
CarolynM I‘m enjoying this book so much I couldn‘t keep to the reading schedule🙂 1mo
Jas16 I will admit I read and didn‘t enjoy last month‘s pick so I didn‘t participate in the conversations but I am definitely enjoying this one so far. 1mo
TheBookWitchON I didn't get tagged in these.. could you add me back in please? 1mo
TheSpineView I can't stand Gracie's ex-boss. Hope he gets all that is coming to him. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I hope something absolutely horrible happens to Gracie‘s ex-boss. 😡 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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A little lunch time reading! 💗💙

#LittensLoveRomance

Klou Love your bookmark 😍😍 1mo
KristiAhlers I love that bookmark! And excellent taste for lunchtime reading I‘m reading the same! 💜 1mo
persephone1408 LOVE the bookmark! 1mo
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hopebeths Ooh I adore your bookmark. Where did you get it from? 1mo
Sleepswithbooks I did the same at lunch… in my car… away from all the noise 😊 1mo
UwannaPublishme Cool bookmark! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @hopebeths thank you!! I made it!! 1mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.1-2: Man, Gracie has a tough life right now! Her boss is a total prick and predator but she doesn‘t have proof and she needs the job to pay for her sick mother‘s residence and care, so she can‘t quit. Just as she‘s about to snap, an interesting proposition comes along from her doppelgänger - an A list actress who wants Gracie to pretend to be her for a couple of months. Gracie‘s not sure, but the money is tempting…

BarkingMadRun What a fun start!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m enjoying this one so far!! I hope she can get away from the awful boss! 1mo
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KristiAhlers I‘m loving the start of this book. Gracie is my spirit animal when it comes to list making 🤣 1mo
TheAromaofBooks The way there is a different type of list at the beginning of each chapter is making me so happy! 😂 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Also, I cannot wait for more tension between Sam and Gracie. I absolutely love the enemies to lovers trope! 1mo
peanutnine Can you tag me in this one too please? Loving this book so far! 1mo
Read4life I agree with all of these comments… loving the book, the lists and the characters. I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m a compulsive list maker, as well as a planner, so I‘m loving the idea of Gracie trying to invent the perfect planning system. 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Starting this one today for #LittensLoveRomance 💞

I just love the cover 💙💗

CarolynM I‘m enjoying it so far, how about you? 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CarolynM yes!! I‘m enjoying it!! 1mo
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LitsyEvents
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Join @staycurious and other Romance readers for the tagged book in Sept! Let @staycurious know if you want to be tagged.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Renee, @StayCurious is hosting two buddy reads in September! This is the first one! Check out her page for more information!!

#LittensLoveRomance

StayCurious Thanks so much for the shout out😊 1mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Here is the reading schedule for our first September read - basically 2 chapters a day until done but I wrote it out like the nerd I am. Let me know if you want to be tagged in my daily posts! If you have any questions or concerns or future read suggestions, you can also email littensloveromance@gmail.com

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Pigpen_Reads I would like to be tagged in daily posts! 🙂 1mo
PageShifter Please tag me! 1mo
Gissy Yes! I need to buy the book. 1mo
TheSpineView Yes, please tag me! 1mo
KristiAhlers Yes please tag me! I‘ve got both books ready to rock and roll! 1mo
Laughterhp Won‘t have this book for 5 weeks. So will probably miss this one. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes, please tag me! 🤗 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If this one comes in at the library in time, I'll join you. It sounds cute. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay, I'm in!! 1mo
Read4life Have my copy ready. I‘m in. 1mo
BarkingMadRun I‘m ready to go!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m interested! 1mo
CarolynM I‘m in for this one too. Please tag me🙂 1mo
rubyslippersreads Please tag me for this one. I‘m not sure if I‘ll read or listen, but I highly recommend the audiobook read by Philippa Soo. 1mo
MoonWitch94 Please tag me!! 1mo
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KristiAhlers
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Got my books today for the #littensloveromance. Super excited to read these! @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

BennettBookworm Flatshare is one of my all time faves!! 2mo
StayCurious Yay! I‘m excited too! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I love that they match!! 2mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance The winner by just a few votes was The Stand-in by Lily Chu. But I‘ve decided to do two books in September and am also picking the second place winner The Flatshare by Beth O‘Leary. The Stand-in is a new release and is also a Canadian book so some of you might find it a challenge to get in time. I think you‘ll have better luck with The Flatshare. Feel free to read 1 or both books or neither 😝 - I will be reading/leading both😊

TheSpineView I'll look for these. Thanks! 2mo
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sprainedbrain Oh I‘m excited about The Flatshare! 2mo
julesG The Stand-In is free with an Audible subscription. 2mo
PageShifter Yay!! 2mo
slategreyskies @julesG thanks for the tip!! 2mo
KristiAhlers I‘m in and I‘ll read both! 2mo
AnneCecilie I would love to join you in September for the reading of 2mo
StayCurious @AnneCecilie oh wonderful! I will add you to my tag list for that book 2mo
peanutnine Awesome! I wanted to read both of these ☺️ Can't wait! 2mo
CarolynM I voted for The Stand In so I‘m delighted that we‘ll be reading that. Alexis Hall gave it a very positive review on Goodreads recently so I have high hopes for it. 2mo
Read4life I‘ll be joining in for both! Thanks. 2mo
Gissy I read The Flat Share already. I will read then The Stand In. 2mo
Julsmarshall I‘ve read the Flat Share (and loved it). I‘ll try to get the Stand in and follow along with both. 2mo
Clwojick I‘ve read the Flatshare already, so I‘ll shock out The Stand In! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've read the The Flatshare but really loved it, so I may do a reread. My vote was for The Stand-In so hopefully I can find it!! 2mo
Catsandbooks Gonna try to get both! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I found it on Amazon for $10 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @katy4peas I saw The Flatshare on your tbr and thought you might be interested! 2mo
Kerrbearlib Requesting both from the library 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @StayCurious Can I get in on this? I‘d love to join #LittensLoveRomance if I can! I‘ve read The Flatshare so I‘d go for The Stand-In. 😊 1mo
StayCurious @OriginalCyn620 you‘re more than welcome! Glad to have you for The Stand-in! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Thank you @StayCurious! 😁 1mo
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Lara.Tomme
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Cute rom-com.
Entertaining, funny and romantic.
Loved listening to the audiobook.

#audible #audiobook

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TaraTLK
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This book was so fun. Chinese Canadian woman gets offer to pretend to be a Chinese actress at some glitzy events accompanied by her dear actor friend and co star and well, gosh what could happen?

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Let‘s be honest this past week has sucked. Between my coteacher testing positive and having another coteacher not really help out. I needed to have an amazing read that sucked me in and this book was it. I loved everything about this book and didn‘t want it to end. I loved how Sam and Gracie‘s relationship evolved. I also liked the mental health representation. I am really hoping that Fangli gets her own book!

Chrissyreadit Hoping next week is greatly improved. 5mo
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