Thursday, September 22, 2022

Book Review: Fake Fiancee

Here we are, another day, another book on my read-the-random-things-I've-downloaded-on-my-Kindle-app journey. Only 250 pages, this was a pretty quick read, and this is a pretty solid author for me so why not?

Fake Fiancee - Ilsa Madden-Mills

Fake engaged to the hottest quarterback in the country? SCORE.

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss . . . that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he'd f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist . . .
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren't REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don't exist,
Then you've never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Three months. Two hearts. One fake engagement.
Well now. I'll be honest, a fake engagement trope is usually not something I go for, it's kind of a weird idea to me, but I already had the book, so I may as well give it a try. And honestly? I really liked it. I liked our characters, I loved the beginning meeting (of sorts), and I kind of loved the reintroduction. This one felt like it was more realistic in the "I can't possibly fake this, what are we even doing?", combined with the general awkwardness of doing this with a relative stranger, so I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed their eventual fall for each other. The author did a really good job giving you the feels. 

My only critique... the story has a bit of a subplot of mystery (kind of) and just as I was really starting to get interested in that, it was done. We got a really lackluster conclusion of it and I honestly expected (and wanted) more. Is this enough to deter you from the book? No, I think you'll still enjoy it because the main entertainment is the relationship. My other twinge of annoyance with Sunny CONSTANTLY doubting everything. Now, I understand this is a fake relationship so it truly is based on a lie, but I feel like if someone says something to you when nobody else is around, you can put a little more stock into that. Nope- she just second guesses and questions everything, all because her last boyfriend was a total dirtbag. I understand being a little leery, but this was to another level. 

Overall, I enjoyed this one. I'd give it a solid 4 stars. If you're in the mood for a college football romance, this would be a good, quick one to pick up. 
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