Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

337 pages
Published July 10th 2018

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 thisclose 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 was a charming, flirty, and fun novel to read on a summer day! 

One thing I liked about this book was all of the characters! The author created a wide cast of characters that were all lovable in their own ways. I was glad that side characters had important roles in this story and weren't just thrown to the side once the romance was introduced.

Speaking of the romance, the relationship between April and Theo made me SWOOOOON. At first, I thought their romance as going to be a cheese fest, but it ended up being a a cute and sweet romance! Their romance had a lot of flirty banter and plenty of playful moments. Their romance was one that made my heart feel like it was full of rainbows! Watching them build their emotional relationship by slowly opening up to each other and showing their true selves was a heart warming experience. That on top of their sexual tension made for an extremely enjoyable romance!

Even though the romance was the main focus of the story, there were a lot of side plots that kept the book interesting and entertaining. There was a great balance of drama, swoons, and angst that made for a fun story!

Overall, this was the perfect feel good type of romance novel that will put on a smile on your face! I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a sweet love story!

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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