The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

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The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
on July 10, 2018

Get ready for 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 can't 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?

If you’re looking for a fun summer read, a real rom-com, then this is the book for you.

Reading this story made me think about this movie:
The Wedding Date

The stories are quite similar: girl hires a fake boyfriend, but they fall in love and it’s the real deal.
I liked it a lot, it was super fun, it made me laugh many times. I truly enjoyed it.

I marked it as a slow burn, because it takes some time before they figure their feelings for each other. But all that waiting and the build up it’s worth it, because their first kiss actually gave me butterflies and I love that feeling while reading a story. 🙂

My only small problem was with the actual ARC copy, because it wasn’t edited and it’s hard to read a book like that. Also, it took some time for the story to pull me in, because it isn’t the type of book you can’t book down or the love story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. But like I said in the beginning, it’s a fun summer read.

“ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”