So devourable! While this wasn’t a perfect ten for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a light, laidback feel that makes the pages fly by, and I’ve always been a sucker for a good fake relationship romance. The Hollywood spin and forced proximity really worked for me here, and while I was often frustrated that we didn’t get the hero’s perspective, trying to figure out what he was thinking was half the fun. It’s a quick, bingeable read that stays light and has a touch of sexy. I read it in one sitting and was engaged from start to finish.
The story follows Norah, a server in LA whose life is turned upside down when a Hollywood hunk asks her to be his fake girlfriend. Patrick has been dining at the restaurant Norah works at for a few years, and they’ve never had a real conversation. She respects Patrick’s privacy and sneaks glances from afar, but his life is so vastly different than hers that it feels about as real as one of his movies. After a scandal leaves Patrick’s career in jeopardy, his team suggests a fake girlfriend – and Norah is the only woman he wants in the role. As the two move in together and fake it for the cameras, things quickly feel all too real.
This is told exclusively from Norah’s perspective, and while that’s probably one of my biggest complaints (we really could’ve used some more insight into Patrick), it’s also one of the things that I loved the most. Analyzing Patrick’s tiny smiles and intense stares adds an element of mystery to this fake relationship romance, and it had my eyes glued to every page. I loved the connection between the two, and having them live together took that up a notch. Patrick was sweet and swoony at times, but there’s also an honesty to the story that made these characters feel like real, flawed individuals. The story remains pretty light, and it’s a slow burn to sizzle romance, focusing on the friendship before shifting into something sexier. I enjoyed it the whole way through, and my only major gripe is that I still had a few questions at the end of the book. An epilogue from Patrick’s perspective probably would’ve wrapped this up in a more satisfying way, but I’m still very happy with the way things worked out. It’s just the kind of low angst romance that I love to read, with the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this Hollywood romance.
The newest romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!
He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.
When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.
Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.
For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.
But being hounded by the paparazzi and having her life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance . . . but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.
Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a re-match made in Hollywood?
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author – Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia, she reads, writes, and never dithers around on the internet.
You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kyliescott.com/
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