Lauren Blakely

Genre:  #RomanticComedy #ContemporyRomance #HiredBoyfriend 

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5

Publication:  July10th 2018

Read:  June 11th 2018  (ARC)

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

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

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My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars…..

Oh how I loved this book! All of Lauren Blakely’s books, in fact. The Real Dealis a “hired boyfriend/date trope. Although this trope is high in predictability, the entertainment factor is always a plus. Especially when the book is written with the romantic comedy genre. And being written by Lauren Blakely always adds more fun.

April and Theo were a perfect couple. I felt this strongly even before they met. Each perspective gave me the perfect amount of insight to come to this conclusion. When they actually met, they “clicked.” It wasn’t only physical attraction between them that was instant. They were both good people. Theo had a past he wasn’t proud of however when you learn the details, you will love him even more. April comes from a wealthy family and grew up with a life full of love and happiness. But April had her own issues due to her family’s high expectations of her relationship status, or lack of.

April lives in NYC, a couple of hours away from her family’s Connecticut hometown. She has no desire to move back home even though her family persists that she should. They have in mind that if they match-make her with a man from their hometown, she’ll want to stay. For the most part, April is able to avoid her overbearing family. However, that reprieve is short-lived because she must now prepare to travel back home for the family fun reunion. If April has to go back, she will not go alone. Since April has been burned in the romance department, she is decidedly single. Now April needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Theo is a lot of things these days. He is a full time bartender and part time date/boyfriend for hire. Theo has a financial debt he is desperately trying to satisfy. He is so close to being debt free. As I said earlier, Theo has a couple of secrets. They are revealed to the reader as the book goes on. However, Theo’s secrets are kept tightly hidden, locked up away from April. I will say Theo is not completely dishonest with April. In fact, he surprisingly finds himself revealing bits and pieces of his past to April. And as their fake relationship turns to something more, Theo is desperate to find the right moment to confess it all before she finds out. You can probably infer what will happen and I’ll leave it at that. I would hate to spoil this book for you.

The Real Deal is a fun and flirty read. In addition, there is some angst and sexy, intimate moments that are off the charts, scorching hot. I loved every minute of this fast paced read and as always look forward to more from this author.

The Real Deal is a standalone novel written in first-person perspective from both Theo and April’s POV.

This is my honest and unbiased opinion. That you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

About the Author:

Lauren Blakely



A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she’ll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional second chance romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter