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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: Can something fake turn into the real thing?
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?

April and Theo's story was fun and beautiful, from the first time they saw each other they knew it was a recipe for trouble.

They clicked from the start without any issues and their fake background stories always felt so real that we could all see them happening without a doubt.

April needed a buffer for her family reunion and he was almost too perfect for the job, she knew her instant attraction to him would be a problem but she had no other choice.

Theo was a professional, he never had an issue with keeping things strictly platonic, but he was definitely having a hard time resisting April. There was just something about her that called to him on a deeper level. 
They were both so different and at the same time perfect for each other.

But Theo had many secrets that could end up ruining everything. He had to not only open up to her but confess his deepest darkest secrets, that had made women run in the past.

Could she be able to look past his mistakes?

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