Review: The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

The Real Deal
by Lauren Blakely

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.

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 Hamilton needed a date for her family’s reunion; and after everyone learned that she recently broke up with her lying ex-boyfriend, everyone was generously lending their helping hands to setup a date for her. April loved her family but their matchmaking was getting too much for her.

Until she met Theo Banks, a boyfriend for hire hottie who could fulfill every ladies’ fantasies. Whatever you want him to be – a bad boy, a nerd, a sweet-talking mama’s boy, an alpha male, a dom – just about everything, Theo Banks can do it. With a price of course.

When this two commitment-phobe individuals connected, they were able to concoct the most ridiculous, most delicious and most awesome story about how they met and soon, Theo was winning April’s family and she was slowly falling in love with her. April hated liars, and Theo just happened to be hiding skeletons in his closet. Would she be able to trust him once she learned the truth about this hotter-than-hell pretend boyfriend extraordinaire?

O. M. G. I looooove this book so much, 💗 I think it’s the real deal! Lauren Blakely got me sighing contently again with stars in my eyes after reading The Real Deal. I can’t get over Theo Banks!! 😍😍 I don’t know about you, but I have always known that fake boyfriends do it better! I love, love, love the sparks that flew between the characters, their banters and innuendos are totally fun to read. There’s never a dull moment in the book, and the feels totally got me all giggly and bubbly and ecstatic!

😍😍 I have no other words for Lauren Blakely. Every single book I’ve read of hers always leave me breathless. Lauren Blakely is the best!


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