Sometimes you need to find a boyfriend-for-hire in the most unusual of places…
What do you get when you mix a bad boy with a heart of gold and a smart & sassy heroine with a desperate need for a fake relationship? THE REAL DEAL, a brand new, standalone romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Get a copy of your next favorite feel good rom-com now!
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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?
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Panty Scorching: 5
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Netgalley
Reviewed by Robin
When Aubry’s friend backs out of being her pretend boyfriend at her family reunion, he’s quick to suggest his friend Theo for hire. Aubry is over being set up by her family. Theo seems like a dream come true to keep their well-meaning matchmaker attempts at bay. But when sleeping in the same room and acting the part starts crossing lines in her heart, Aubry wasn’t sure if this was still pretend. Especially when Theo seems to be feeling the same way.
“Who knew his thumb on my earlobe would flip the switch in me from kiss to full-body swoon. It’s like that moment when a violin solo shifts in to a symphony, and I’m played everywhere.”
Wow! This was just super adorable! A little slow burn but fun and flirty and just right up my quirky alley. April is tired of being set up by her family and Theo is just the boyfriend for hire she needs! From the start, their playful role-playing was just sexy and all I could think was “let’s act on this!” Their chemistry was at a low simmer most of the story and you could just feel it perking along. April’s family was so close and the kind of well-meaning and supportive folks you wish everyone had. And they fall in love with Theo and I think Theo falls right back! The reunion and games are so addictive to read about that I wish I had a reunion just like this. I need to have a talk with my family. The Hamiltons put mine to shame and now I have all sorts of ideas on how to spark some life in our get-togethers. But I just fell in love with all of the characters and the how they met story was so cute. I want a Theo in my life. He really won my heart over in record time.
If you love romantic comedies, this reunion story is one you don’t want to miss. I just loved the chemistry between Aubry and Theo and her family was a hoot! The entire storyline was sweet and just made my heart swoon.
I can be anyone you want.
I can transform into the boss you’re banging, your hot nerdy coworker who’s only a friend, your best friend’s brother you’ve had it bad for since he danced with you at prom way back when, the guy next door everyone adores since he mows your lawn, fixes your car, and repairs the sink. I can also pull off a fireman, a soldier, a cop, a billionaire, a rogue, an athlete, a pirate—yes, some women like to play with buried treasure—and the bad boy who will drive your family bananas.
How would you reach me if you needed me?
It’s not that hard. You just have to know what you’re looking for and plug the right terms into that trusty old search engine. You might even find me the next time you’re hawking a Cuisinart or hunting for a used exercise bike on GigsforHire. There, you’ll discover a menagerie of roles I can take on, characters I can play for you. The assignments rotate depending on the season, the needs, and what’s in demand for weddings, reunions, Christmas parties, barbecues, and any other occasion where you might need a date.
I’m not an escort, a gigolo, or a stripper. This isn’t about fluid exchange. My job is to become your arm candy, and you can pick the flavor you want. I’ve played them all.
And there’s one role that outsells all the others. By far, the most popular part has been the bad boy.
Trust me when I say I wasn’t your average bod boy. I was the goddamn dictionary definition, and this ad was my golden ticket:
Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m Your Man
I’m a good-looking 28-year-old ex-con. But I swear the time I got nabbed, it wasn’t my fault. I was framed. I can play anywhere from 19 to 31, depending on if I shave or act like I love Ed Sheeran music. My most valuable possession is a scratched-up motorcycle one year younger than me that’s painted like a snarling leopard. I’m a bartender and work till 2 a.m. at a dive bar. If you’d like to have me as your date for a wedding, reunion, or work soiree, I can pretend you picked me up when my shift ended and I banged you in the bathroom or that we’re in a serious and committed relationship. Your choice.
“This book was yet another true LB masterpiece, romcom meet fake relationship meet romantic af = perfection!”
~Elsa Gomes, Bookish Aurora~
“I loved every word on every page of this story. I can’t stop thinking about it and smiling like a dork. If you were to say #JustBecause or #DoYouRemember? I might just melt into a puddle on the floor, because I do remember…sigh. I want more Lauren Blakely, I’m addicted. The line forms here…”
~Rosa Sharon, iScream Books Blog~
“The Real Deal was a sweet, sexy, hilarious, and entertaining standalone romantic comedy, and I absolutely loved it!”
~Julia, The Romance Bibliophile~
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About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she’ll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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