I received this book for free from author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fake Me by Bonnie Edwards
Series: Last Chance Beach #3
on August 15, 2021
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How to fake out a meddlesome matchmaker - fake date the match!
International real estate broker Grady O'Hara, unkempt, miserable, and nursing his battered heart, is holed up in the Landseer Motel in Last Chance Beach. A first-class grump, Grady's appalled that enthusiastic sprite, Farren Parks wants him to open his motel to single parents looking for love. He suspects his sister has sent Farren to lure him into a romance. Again. The last one ended in disaster.
Farren expects him to tolerate children laughing, splashing, and squealing. Big no! Crowds of happy families? Bigger no!
He does not want a second chance at life. Or love.
Unless Farren agrees to fake date him to fake out his meddlesome matchmaking sister…
Grady soon plays handyman, painter, and business advisor to Farren's fledgling business, Singles Fest. The happy sound of children in the pool doesn't grate on his nerves as he expected. He sees parents making romantic connections that stir his heart.
But an old flame of Farren's has arrived and Grady wakes up to another looming loss if Farren gives her first love a second chance. The rival has brought his adorable kids to the motel. A rival who's clearly looking for a new wife…
FAKE ME is a standalone novel in a new line of contemporary romances set in Last Chance Beach, written by bestselling and award-winning authors who deliver something for every romance lover.
This is your sunshiney heroine meets grumpy hero plot and I enjoyed it immensely.
She wants to talk the new owner of a beach motel into re-opening the motel, and marketing it towards single parents looking for love. Farren’s concept is to provide everything a family vacation package would have…but with babysitting and events for the singles.
He wants to brood and hide away from the world after the accidental death of his fiance. So he left New York and came down to Last Chance Beach to stay in the vacant motel his aunt had left him in her will. But Farren’s persistence and perpetual smile finally get him to drag himself over to the door and answer her. He plans to grumpily tell her no, but she is just so…sunshiney.
However his attention snags on one detail: She said his sister told her he would love this plan. His sister is meddling in his life again and after what happened with his late fiance, he’s not okay with that. So he tells her he’ll open the motel and let her run with her idea on one condition…they have to fake date. He wants his sister off his back, and he thinks if she believes her plan worked, she’ll leave him alone and quit playing matchmaker-especially after how disastrously his last relationship went.
Farren isn’t ready to give up a year of her prime dating time, however, she realizes that she’ll be too busy to date anyway, so she agrees. Besides, the reclusive and grumpy owner dating her can work in her favor. My favorite scene was shortly after he agreed. His six months of brooding alone like a hermit mountain man had left him hairy, bushy, and wearing socks with holes in them. So he went to the barber and when she came to meet him the next day she didn’t recognize him. I cracked up. These two were great together.
While they fake date, it starts to become awfully real. But when his sister decides to pry, and her ex decides to reignite an old flame, can their fake relationship become a real one?
Slow burn. Fake relationship. beach romance, summer fling…I enjoyed this book so much. This is the third book in the Last Chance Beach series where each book is written by a different author., but takes place on the same island.
***Review copy provided by the author