Playing the Part is a contemporary romance. The heroine is Piper, a Caucasian romance book writer trying to make a comeback after being humiliated by her ex-fiancé who cheated on her and then dumped her publicly. The hero is Mick, a bi-racial, famous action hero movie star. He has a reputation as a playboy/ “love them and leave them guy”. Mick’s dream is to be considered a more serious actor by doing “deep” movies instead of action. However, whereever he goes, everyone wants to associate him with the rough and tough character in his action films.
When Piper’s romance book gets picked up to be made into a movie, Mick jumps at the chance to perform as a deep and sensitive character in the movie. He wants to prove to the world and himself that he can be a “real actor”. The two meet up on the movie set and the chemistry flies. Mick falls for Piper almost immediately. She is unlike the models and actresses he dates. Piper is smart, complicated, and looks like a “real woman”. Piper, although attracted to Mick, cannot afford any more bad publicity and seeks only a physical relationship, and even dreads to be seen in public with Mick. Also, she is scared of getting her heart broken again by another playboy like her ex. Of course, this good-in-bed yet hard-to-get Piper causes Mick to really fall in love, a situation in which he has never been in before. Throughout the book, Mick, the man who hates commitment, desperately tries to prove to Piper that he can be a good guy and is trustworthy.
The book starts off a little slow at the beginning, but gets better as it moves along. The grand gestures of Mick are really heartwarming and nicely written. The book would have been even better if we got into Mick’s ethnicity and childhood more and how those helped shape him as a person. That would have made the book deeper and developed the character more. Nevertheless, it was a good read. The ending is satisfying.
-Reviewed by Pamela