Author: Kelly Eadon
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: A LITTLE FAKE RELATIONSHIP NEVER HURT ANYONE . . .
Kate Massie has big dreams-they just haven’t worked out. Yet. In the meantime, she spends her days clerking for a judge and her nights fantasizing about her tall, dark, and sexy gym crush. So when she runs into him one night, she’s shocked to realize he was her shy, nerdy junior-prom date. But that isn’t where the surprises end . . .
James Abell needs a date to his sister’s wedding. So when Kate agrees, he’s relieved . . . until one little lie turns their wedding date into a full-blown fake relationship. Only it doesn’t feel fake-not the toe-curling kisses and definitely not the electricity. Neither of them is looking for something real . . . but they just might fall for their own little white lie.
Review: Kate Massie was biding her time, clerking for a federal judge while she waited for the prosecutorial job of her dreams to come open. She hated moving back to her beachfront hometown of Belmont, but it was cheaper and closer to her job. It also came with a lot of memories–her dad’s illness and death from cancer especially. On the bright side, her two best friends were there and it was hopefully only for a year.
James Abell had just gotten out of a rough nine-year relationship. She’d had a lot of social anxiety and James had paid the price, always taking care of her–he was tired of always having to pick up the pieces. He’d finally gotten free and wasn’t ready for another relationship. But Kate Massie? He remembered getting set up with her for his high school prom. She didn’t seem like she’d need anybody to take care of her. And he was very interested in dating her, no matter what. Since everyone’s nagging him about a date to his sister’s wedding, he lets his friend Ainsley set them up again.
Getting set up is always a risk. If you don’t like the person, will it hurt your friend’s feelings? Such a mess. Both main characters had such reservations going on to this relationship for very different reasons. Watching what happened was fun, sexy and emotional. The characters developed and matured, and I liked them more and more as the book progressed. James is a real sweetie.
I’m a real sucker for an ugly duckling to swan story, and this one had an element of that. James had been kind of dorky in high school and having to have a date imported in for his prom was embarrassing. The James of today is anything BUT a dork! Kate was instantly attracted to him. Plus, he’d had a crush on her forever, so meeting up with her now was the perfect antidote to the way he’d felt with his old girlfriend. Made the story more fun and interesting for me.
Great romantic read, thanks!