Published: 29th October 2018
Publisher: Lila Monroe Books
Author: Lila Monroe
Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0
Fall in love with the new hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!
Dashing TV star Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s newest bad boy… at least, according to the tabloids. He’s been steaming up the screens as Dr. Casanova for ten years, but thanks to his ex-wife, some tricky contract negotiations, and that incident with the stethoscope (don’t ask), he’s suddenly on an extended vacation – with his heartthrob career on the line.
Enter Stella Hartwick.
A Hamptons local, she’s trying to get her home renovation company off the ground; winning the job for Luke’s new beachfront retreat would be her big break. And when she just happens to overhear his agent suggesting a fake relationship to give his reputation a swoon-worthy makeover, Stella sees the perfect solution to both their problems.
What’s a little fake smooching between friend(ly professionals)?
Stella is determined to keep her eyes on the prize renovation and her hands OFF the hunky actor wandering shirtless through her construction site. But Luke has other ideas. Midnight skinny-dipping ideas.
If only he wasn’t so heart-stompingly, panty-twistingly handsome…
Soon, sparks are flying, and they’re both forgetting their kisses are just for show. But can this fake relationship weather a very real tabloid storm? Or will past betrayals and the Hollywood spotlight drive them apart before their romance has even begun?
Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a ‘one click buy’ author. What is it about going out on boat trips and getting stuck on islands? Sure leads to fun times to be had in the sun. If you are looking for fun, flirty, hot reads then this is the author for you.
So it seems that when someone needs a little helping hand in the ‘fake’ relationship area for good publicity Olivia always seems to be in just the right place at the right time. Case in point with how she meets Stella through some friends while visiting the Hamptons and suggests that she could help her out financially if she wished. She might say no at the time but the offer seemed to stick in her mind and made her suggest something she wouldn’t have thought when going in to bid on a new house renovation project.
Stella has her own contracting business to renovate houses but seems to be constantly outbid on projects. Wouldn’t be so bad if the person was actually good at what they did or that they were her cheating ex fiancé. She originally started a company with her ex – but after finding his head between another woman’s legs – that fell apart as well as their relationship. She now has her own business, Hartwick Constructions, but is having trouble getting steady work. The latest dream job project she is really gunning for is the Sandy Lane house; she just has to convince the new owner that she is the person for the job. That is if she can stop drooling over him first.
Luke is in a bit of hot water publicity wise with all the fake stories his ex wife Avery is spreading. His role as Dr Casanova in a TV series called Heartbreak Hospital is the main area that has been hit. The papers report he went off the deep end after his divorce from Avery but as we know with would be clients of the Agency not everything is as it seems. His manager Quinn wants him to set up a meeting to help with his image by way of a fake relationship but he is reluctant to agree.
This conversation just happens to be over heard by Stella. Who after picking her jaw off the floor when she realises Luke, aka Dr Casanova himself, is even sexier off the screen. Sees that they could help each other out in another quid pro quo situation. She could be the pretend girlfriend to make him seem reformed in the public eye with a sweet new love interest and in return her firm could handle the renovation. A contract to dream about, the house not the man of course – well that’s what she keeps telling herself anyway.
With these books it always comes down to the first ‘pretend’ kiss. That first small spark that ignites something neither were expecting but both soon start to really want. Mixing business and pleasure is most definitely on the cards from that point onwards. But with him being an actor is it all real or fake? Something I’m sure will be running through Stella’s head at times.
The tension and chemistry between them started slower, as this was all happening while Stella was renovating the house. It was there just below the surface waiting to be pulled forward. They seem electric when they are close to each other, drawn together like magnets. They just have to be careful of what, or who, might pull them apart.
The difference this time with the couple involved is that the press is going to follow their ‘love story’ at every opportunity. Is Stella going to be able to cope with the stories told? I have a feeling that not all will be good ones – or even real ones – when ex’s are involved. The thing is Luke knows to take those stories with a pinch of salt but can’t seem to do it. Sees red and then turns into an asshole. He needs to do a big gesture to fix the mess he’s created. If his bachelor friend Fitz and sister Zoey can see things clearly why can’t he? Words of wisdom need to be listened to.
Now Fitz is going to be an interesting one to follow next. All this time it seemed that The Agency only helped men but it does have some female clients too. Seems Fitz might be about to change his mind about signing up.
Another fun, heated read with interesting characters that all interlink in different ways. What’s not to love? I’d expect nothing less from Lila Monroe’s books.
5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this ARC from the author for my honest review.