THE REAL DEAL                                 LAUREN BLAKELY

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsforHire 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 GigsforHire 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 thisclose 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?

     What a fun book to read.  The characters were funny, romantic, and well thought out.  They were all likable.  Even when you wanted to be upset with them.
     A family is a hard boat to man.  So, for April Hamilton, an artist of body painting, to hire an actor for five days and six nights to fake being her boyfriend.  You know that she has some tough stuff to deal with in the matchmaking family of hers. 
     She has a mother, an aunt, a cousin, and a sister all sending her communications via calls, emails texts, etc.…. To let her know there was a nice fellow they all had to set up and ready for a date when she got home.  Yay!  Yeah, no pressure.
     So, when one of her best friends Xavier couldn’t player her fake boyfriend after all because she got a job doing a modeling job in London.  She was beside herself.  Yet, she should not have worried.  A bartender/actor friend of Xavier’s named Theo Banks was coming to the rescue for a fee of course.  But it would be so worth it. 
     It would cost her bank but to hire him you see since she hires himself out as a boyfriend for many different functions for the evenings.  Not as a gigolo though.  Yet, since he knows X-man as he calls him he would do the extra days for April.  She has no problem paying. 
     They agree to meet to exchange some info and get a feel for each other.  She agrees but lets him know she will be bringing a friend.  Although, when she arrives she has two friends with her.  He says that’s good to know she has people who care about her.
     All goes well they agree to each other’s terms.  Theo realizes the meeting didn’t go as planned.  Normally, he gets more info but he was so taken with her and their light bantering that he lost his head.  So, on the train, they exchange a lot but they also create these make-believe vignettes of how their relationship started over the last couple months.
     The vignettes are some of the best parts.  Their banter keeps this story alive and gives its romance and humor together.  You get to see the conflict of marriage, children, teen love, family meddling, and family joy.  This author shows how keeping secrets about your past only hurt you.  Be the first to tell your truths so no one can beat you to the punch.  The wrong story gets out otherwise and that can never be good.  Let them come to the source or if someone hears it in the wrong context you can correct them and let them know come to me if you have questions.

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