The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 10th, 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin
April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn't been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn't even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can't handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So, when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she's ready to pay to play.
Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I'm the REAL DEAL.
Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He's this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He's no gigolo. Please. He's something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April's new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.
Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents' inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.
She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.
He didn't expect to have the time of his life at her parent's home.
They didn't plan on loving every single second of the game.
But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?
April is desperately in need of a boyfriend. She needs to keep her family of matchmakers from setting her up with someone from her hometown during the annual family reunion. Her best friend Xavier was originally going to be her fake boyfriend. That is, until a job opportunity came up out of the country that he couldn’t pass up.
Xavier puts April in touch with a friend of his, Theo, an actor for hire, who rents himself out as a platonic boyfriend. Theo is trying to pay off debts and has time to attend the family reunion as her new boyfriend. He isn't an escort, sex is the only thing that he will not do for his clients. When Theo and April meet, the sparks immediately fly, they have instant chemistry.
Normally I dislike books with insta-love, in this book I had no problems with them falling in love over the five days they spent together. Lauren Blakely made it work and liked that Theo and April didn't get intimate the first or second night of them being alone together. Their banter and conversations together were heartwarming, along with the role playing and the impromptu stories they made up about themselves.
The Real Deal is an adorable, sexy romantic comedy.