Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!
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 takes us through one of my favorites tropes, the “fake relationship turn romance”. April needs a date to her family reunion and Theo is all to happy to help, at a price…
When April is told that her best friend Xavier has been given a great gig, he has to bail on her for the reunion, he was supposed to be her buffer with her family. But he does give her an idea on how to make it through it all. A fake boyfriend. April’s family has been trying to set her up with guys her family knows for quite a while now, but she is career oriented right now and doesn’t have time for all that. Who wants their family setting them up? So what does she do, she takes Xavier’s advice and takes the plunge into the whole “fake boyfriend” thing. Little did she know what she was really going to get.
April is one of thsoe characters you just can’t help but to root for. She’s spunk and sassy and good at her job. I felt kinda bad for with her family constantly trying to fix her up so that she would settle down and maybe get married. She had a good thing going with her work. Now, Theo, of Theo. He was just adorable and I really like him. He found himself in a financial pinch, and being the arm candy for women was the best way for him to be able to dig himself out when it came to money. There are a few side characters that make the story even better and enjoyed them almost as much as April and Theo.
The story was so refreshing and sweet. It has it’s serious moments with two flawed characters and their past mistakes that they still fear. But I adored April and Theo from the start, and their interactions felt genuine and the relationship and the chemistry between them was slow burning which it what me love them even more with all their swoony moments too. It even has had some laugh out moments too. Now, their relationship wasn’t with out issues of course, but that just kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
This was such heartfelt and sweet story, and April and Theo will steal your hearts, I know they did mine. It makes for a fantastic summer read on a hot day. Fans of the romantic comedies will enjoy this one.
What a refreshing read... Review for The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely @laurenblakely3 @StMartinsPress #adult #contemporary #romance #fiction #arc #review Click To Tweet