There was something missing for me with this fake relationship romance, but it’s solid overall. It has the author’s distinct vibe – sweet yet steamy, with likable characters and plenty of charm. Fans of the series will appreciate the peeks at past characters, while new readers will have no problem jumping right in. I liked the characters individually but struggled to feel the chemistry; I never felt emotionally invested in their relationship. Part of the issue may be that this is a classic fake relationship romance, and it’s virtually indistinguishable from the hundred other ones that I’ve read. It’s a favorite trope of mine that typically draws me right in, but that just wasn’t the case here. That being said, I liked the sweetness and the hero is a great guy. If you like a kind, supportive hero, then this may very well be the book for you.
The story follows Hunter, a pro swimmer in need of a fake date. When a brand partnership hinges on him being in a relationship, Hunter enlists the help of his friend Daisy, a single mom he’s gotten to know better since her divorce. Daisy has crushed on Hunter for awhile, but always in that distant, never-gonna-happen kind of way. But when they start getting closer in the name of their fake relationship, that begins to shift. That crush ignites into something stronger, and Hunter doesn’t seem to be immune to the pull. But neither one is particularly good at being honest about their feelings, so it’s tough to tell what’s real and what’s fake.
This was trending towards a 4-star rating from me for most of the book. I liked it, but I never really loved it. The characters are easy to like and the premise is good – Hunter is a great guy, and he had no trouble winning me over. If you’ve been reading the series from the start (not necessary but beneficial), then this is likely going to be an enjoyable read for you. The story just didn’t feel that unique, and there were a couple of things that bugged me. The heroine’s lack of self esteem and the constant miscommunication are what ultimately drag this down. These two never seem to discuss their feelings, and that was disappointing. But the foundation of a great book is here; with a few tweaks, I probably would’ve really liked it. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this fake relationship romance.
You know that awkward moment when your agent tells you to fake date your best friend’s sister so you can get the endorsement deal of your dreams? No?
Call me crazy for considering it, but why not? Daisy’s my friend, after all, and I’ve gotten quite close to her and her two awesome boys over the last few years since her douche-nozzle husband divorced her. She loves it when I flirt with her, so we could carry it off, couldn’t we?
An endorsement deal with Lock Performance has been my goal ever since I was little, and it would be one of the biggest accomplishments in my professional swimming career. Something I want desperately.
But what I didn’t expect from this fake start was to want something else–someone–just as desperately. How do I make sure I don’t lose both?
Fake Start is a fun and sexy sports romance and the fourth book in The Kings Of The Water series. All books in this series can be read as standalones.
About the Author:
Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write about anything romantic and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.
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