Monday, July 9, 2018

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely is a wonderfully steaming hot romantic comedy that I simply couldn't get enough of.  A fun mix of The Wedding Date & Meet the Fockers, with a twist all its own-the kind only LB can bring. 

So witty & funny.  The instant connection between these characters from different worlds is one we all crave.  I love the uniqueness of  April's career & the way her family meddles.  Theo & his dirty grin, with a brother he'll do anything to protect.  So incredibly sexy & desire filled, you'll be left squirming in your seat.  "Kiss like the world is on fire. Kiss like nothing else exists. Insist on it. Demand kisses that make the world disappear."  Secrets are revealed, lessons are learned - "Sometimes you need to go after what you want."  Great supporting characters in friends and family, emotional & heartfelt.  A new all time favorite!

"It was sensual. It was clever." 

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon US/UK

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