Tuesday 10 July 2018

♥ Lauren Blakely ♥ THE REAL DEAL ♥

© Bianca Janeane

• 10 July 2018
• standalone romantic comedy
• Dual POV 

4.75 Stars
Sophie Kinsella meets Jennifer Crusie in your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist 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 cant handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist 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?

Due to some mega idiots and bad decisions, April swore off men.
But now she needs a 'date' to join her for her family's reunion thing. Five days with parents and aunts and siblings trying to set her up with the town's hardware store owner or the neighbor's grandson. Nope. Not again. April needs a pretend-date asap!

Enter Theo. He desperately needs money to pay back an old 'friend'.
He works as a bartender in his normal life, but in his I-need-money-asap-life he's a boyfriend for hire!
And April was sent to him by his buddy Xavier - who was supposed to be her date, but he got a super job in London and had to cancel.

Theo will be April's bad boy date to the family reunion.

But the pretend part of the whole thing might be a bit of a problem. Both April and Theo are mega attracted to each other from the first second they met.

Pretend Dating. Meddling Family. Lies. Secret Pasts. Love.


What will happen with April & Theo?
Will there be a HEA?

I just love a romantic comedy written in dual POV!
I LOVE LOVE Lauren's male POV romcoms, but hearing both their thoughts is great too.
And this one was really adorable.
Mega funny, sparky, sexy, cute. A bit mysterious/secretive.
I adored April and Theo!
And the family reunion. LOL!
Poor April - her family is hilarious - at least for us to read about! ☺☺☺
All through the story we're afraid that April won't be able to understand Theo and why he does what he does. What he used to do. Ugh. But of course this is a cute Rom Com, so we know that it'll all be ok in the end. But it takes us a while to get there! And we love every second reading about that journey!
THE REAL DEAL was an amazingly adorable & hilarious & sexy but also serious love story!! Run to your nearest amazon asap for your own Theo - this not so bad bad boy is MINE !!!

ARC received for an honest review

I adore Lauren Blakely's dual POV rom-coms, and The Real Deal is no different.

We all know what it is like, trying to live up to our parent's expectations.  And when they are trying to set you up with every eligible man in town, you just can't blame April for hiring someone to play her boyfriend to get them off her case.

I get the smaller town vibe from this book, where everyone knows everyone's business - I live that life!

As much as I adore April's family, gosh at times they frustrated me.  The way they treated April, as if whatever she did wasn't good enough -gah. The way they treated Theo when he arrived.  I wanted to slap the lot of them - but they did get a lot better and they made me laugh out loud a lot of the time.

I adored watching April and Theo's insta-lust turn into more.  It was fun and flirty, sweet and sexy.

Theo's to-and-froing though irritated me.  I like you but you shouldn't like me, this is all over  blah blah blah.  Just make up your mind good sir!

A sweet fake-to-more romance that will have you smiling as you read.

Can't wait to see what Ms Blakely brings us next.


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If you haven't read Lauren's Male POV romances BIG ROCK & MISTER O & WELL HUNG  & FULL PACKAGE & Joy Ride yet - DO IT NOW!!



Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had eight books on the New York Times Bestseller list and sixteen on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first novel in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In January, she'll release BIG ROCK, a sexy, standalone romantic comedy. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.