“This book was like the best sort of dessert. I. Am. Addicted.” – #1NYT bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
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?
Peeps I loved this book. I even liked it better than Save the Date. There was something a bit naughtier about this book. Sure it had some smexy times in it but its the job that Sarah has and how Jared interacts with her that set the tone and mood of the book. Selling upscale lingerie can’t be easy for anyone but when you have a client that buys it for his so-called mistresses and then being on the receiving in of those gifts. What’s a girl to do?
Jared is positively AWESOME in the book. I read from Ms. Murphy that she actually had to tone him down and honestly, I would have liked to have read that version. He is not a very nice person in the book but there was something about him that I couldn’t shake. I liked that he was subtle in his pursuit of Sarah. The hate/love banter between them at the beginning of the book is priceless. You know going in that the trope is a fake relationship but Ms. Murphy does a great job of putting a different spin on it. Both Jared and Sarah come from different backgrounds but still feel the pain of losing a parent that has shaped them into what they are now.
Jared still acts like a sullen teenager when it comes to his family. I get that, truly I do, but it’s not until Sarah is thrown into the mix that he realizes that he just needs to grow up. And the whole ex-fiance bit? Again, honestly, I found that I bit contrived for me. Plus, the fact that Sarah didn’t hear it from Jared made me mad. On the flip side, I found the ex-finance actually nice to Sarah. She could have a been a diva but she wasn’t. Jared didn’t even blink an eye when Sarah told him about her siblings which I thought was a bit weird but also endearing. It made no difference to him in the end. I would have loved to read the scenes when they met though. A teenage girl meeting Jared? Priceless.
Sarah is a great character. She was a hard worker but also overwhelmed at the same time. She never gave up and with the help of her besties, she got through it. I loved the besties. Protective but at the same time, hilarious. The feelings that she had for Jared were genuine. Hate and love are two very powerful emotions and I felt like Sarah really enjoyed Jared coming into Bliss every week. Would she ever admit it? Nope, but it doesn’t matter. She just didn’t understand why HE liked her. Getting these two on the same page was a blast.
These two were perfect for each other. They balanced each other out and I really wished the book was longer. Yes, I enjoyed it that much. The grouch and the beauty. At least that’s what I’m calling them. Ms. Murphy knows how to write a seemingly mismatched couple and makes it work. Jared and Sarah don’t disappoint and I can’t wait for Jared’s sister’s book next month. Maybe I’ll get a little follow up. Please?!?!?!?!?!
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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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