Super cute! After reading a particularly angsty book, I was in the mood for something lighter, easier, and refreshing – and this was just what the doctor ordered. It’s a low angst, sexy rom com that takes the fake relationship trope and spins it into something else. I loved how perfectly this couple complements each other, and how they’re both in need of a little light in their lives. They’re hurting and raw when they meet, but the easy attraction between them soon smooths out those rough edges. I also loved the fact that our hero is a TV star who the heroine has been crushing on for years; that made for some particularly fun moments, and the Hollywood vibes added a little something extra to the story. I’m new to the series, but I had no trouble diving right in – and now I want to go back and read the other interconnected standalones.
The story follows Eve, a woman whose life seems to be falling apart around her. She works two jobs to make ends meet, and the two people closest to her have just betrayed her. Reeling from the news, Eve bumps into Boone, the star of a long-running TV show… who just so happens to be her celebrity crush. Boone has some problems of his own, and the cute coffee shop girl he’s been sneaking glances at for weeks just might be able to help with some of them. Starting up a fake relationship seems beneficial to both, but neither Boone nor Eve anticipated the very real feelings that would soon follow. Nothing about their situation feels fake, and they both feel stronger together.
I’m not usually a fan of third person perspective, but I barely even noticed it here – the story is so easygoing and swoony. I liked both characters right away, and their chemistry is obvious. While the story starts like the typical fake relationship romance, it soon transitions into something a little more unique. The celebrity crush dynamic was super fun, and I loved Boone more and more as we got to know him better. He’s such a sweetheart, with a vulnerable side that got to me. There are some seriously swoony vibes, and the whole story is light and sexy, even when it tackles difficult subjects like gaslighting and anxiety. It was entirely too easy to binge, and now I’m left wanting to check out more from the series. If you’re looking for something cute and steamy, then this is a very solid read.
A lonely barista’s dreams come true when her celebrity crush asks her to pose as his fake girlfriend for the paparazzi. What could possibly go wrong?
Boone Sheridan is a TV heartthrob with a public relations problem. He needs to clean up his image and create a distraction ASAP. What better way to do that than pretending he’s settled down with a nice, wholesome, ordinary girlfriend?
Eve Tracey is as ordinary as they come—a pre-school teacher and part-time barista working two jobs to make ends meet. She also happens to be a recovering Boone Sheridan superfan. So when the object of her former obsession walks into her coffee shop and makes her an unbelievable offer, how can she refuse?
Acting like she’s in love with Boone Sheridan is no problem for Eve. But she’s read enough fake dating fanfics to know that being on the receiving end of Boone’s pretend affection is almost certainly a recipe for heartbreak—and she’s too realistic to believe the fantasy will extend any further than that.
There’s nothing for a starstruck fangirl to do but brace herself for the pain of letting Boone go at the end of their temporary arrangement.
About the Author:
Susannah Nix is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing swoony, relatable romances, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, and watching British mysteries on TV. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.
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