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Fake Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!
Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.
But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can’t stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.
Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.
Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?
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Overall Rating 3
Sarah splits her time between caring for her younger siblings since her parents tragically died four years ago and working as a sales associate at Bliss, an upscale lingerie store. Part of her job is being a personal shopper and Jared Gaines is one client in particular that comes into the shop all too often to buy expensive lingerie for his so called long line of mistresses. He’s rude, arrogant, extremely wealthy and oh yeah to top it off he just so happens to be very sexy and demands to work with only Sarah when he comes in. Thing is Sarah can’t seem to fight off her attraction to Jared and he knows it.
“God, it’s so annoying how disgustingly attractive he is. And he knows it.”
Jared can’t get beautiful Sarah off his mind so he visits Bliss way more then he needs to and spends way too much on lingerie for the feisty girl who storms in his office demanding he take them back. He wants her but won’t admit it and she can’t keep her distance from him no matter how hard she tries. So what happens when he makes her an offer to be his fake date for a weekend with his family? Well, what else is a girl to do besides say yes and pack her bags for a weekend of endless possibilities and possible heartbreak.
“Maybe you need to hate fuck him and get it out of your system once and for all.”
I really like the whole hate to love you and fake dating books, but this one fell sort of short for me. I did like Sarah most of the time. She had a lot on her shoulders for a twenty something year old so she was more mature than I expected her to be and sometimes more mature than Jared. I had a love/hate thing going on with Jared. Parts of the book I loved him and the other parts I was like come on, this guy is driving me crazy and not in a good way. Plus he is supposed to be filthy rich but he is like I can’t rip her nightie I paid $400 for it. Dude, you have an ungodly amount of money, shred that damn nightie!! It was a tad annoying how often the price of things came up. I kinda wanted him to be an alpha asshole and be like I don’t care how much it costs and oh yeah, let me pay you ten thousand dollars to be my fake date for the weekend and I’ll be rude as I want to but the sex will be super hot. But unfortunately it was not meant to be in this book. Where are my hot sex scenes? I just felt there was a lot missing in the whole fake date part and I just didn’t connect with the characters. While I really liked the first book in this series, this one was just okay for me. I am looking forward to reading the next book because my favorite person in this book was Jared’s sister Candice so I am excited for her story!
“We are playing a game and I’m fairly certain…I will lose.”
“Mr. Gaines,” I say, pasting on my best customer smile when he lifts his gaze to mine.
His dark brown eyes flash with an unfamiliar gleam and my breath catches in the back of my throat. “Back so soon, I see.”
“You know I can’t resist you, Miss Harrison.” His smile is slow. Wolfish, if that’s really
a thing. I read it in a romance novel once, thought it was kind of silly, but right now, it’s working for Jared.
His entire demeanor right now reminds me of a predatory creature. His face is all hard lines—stern, straight nose, granite jaw, sharp cheekbones, steely eyes. Yet his mouth, his lips are soft. Full. Lush.
Shaking my head at the wayward thought, I return his smile, trying my best to remain
“Is there anything in particular you’re looking for this afternoon?” I’m surprised by how steady my voice is, considering I feel like my insides are sloshing back and forth, like I’m on a boat in the middle of the ocean.
“You don’t have anything pulled aside for my appointment?” He raises a single brow, the expression on his face practically daring me to say no.
Well, guess what? I’m about to say it.
“No, I didn’t pull anything aside.” I shrug when he glares at me. “You never told me the nature of your visit.”
He glances about, making sure no one is around, I’d assume. And lucky for him, there’s no one in the store currently. It’s the middle of the week, early afternoon. We normally don’t get too many customers at this time.
We are the only two people in here. Even Marlo has disappeared.
“Perhaps you can show me some of your newer items,” he suggests.
“I can do that.” All new arrivals are at the front of the store, so we’re in the right spot. I lead him to a table showcasing our latest bra and panty design. “Celestial is the theme for spring into summer.”
I point to the bras made of thin, sheer netting and pink silk, tiny pale pink stars stitched in a scattered pattern across the tulle fabric. They leave nothing to the imagination, and the panties are the same.
“They hide nothing.” He holds up a pair of brief-cut panties, turning them this way and that. Every time he holds underwear in those big hands of his, I melt a little inside. I don’t know why he affects me like this.
“You’re right. They don’t,” I agree, grabbing a thong and flipping it over to the thin
string of lace that makes up the backside. “But they’re terribly sweet.”
I glance up to find him watching me. “Sweet yet sexy,” I counter, my cheeks going hot
from the way he’s studying me so carefully.
“You like the celestial theme?”
I nod. Press my lips together so I don’t say something I regret. Like, I love this theme, or Do you want me to model the panties for you?
Yeah. That’s a bad idea.
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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