Friday, 31 July 2020

Review: Faking It by K. Bromberg

Faking It never felt so good in this red-hot new stand-alone by New York Times best-selling author K. Bromberg - available in audio first!

Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn't surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it. Now I find out he's a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview.

Yes, he's impossibly hot - but he's also an arrogant jackass - thanks.

But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I'm somehow offered the chance to play Zane's girlfriend to help promote his new dating website - and the best part? He can't say no because he'll get caught in his lie, too.

Little did I know this would entail sharing a tour bus with him for the next few months. The fact that the bus has just one bed isn't the most ideal of circumstances, but this spokesperson gig might be the kick in the pants my career needs, so why not take a chance?

Famous last words.

Now I'm crisscrossing the country - and sharing that bed - with the one guy I can't stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it's like to be down under the gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion...and if I'm not careful, I might end up believing that fairy tales really do come true.

I picked this audio book purely based on the fact that the male lead is narrated by Rupert Channing.

The story itself is fairly straightforward. A case of mistaken identity puts the heroine, a model, at odds with the hero, a billionaire CEO. She lets him have it. He feels the need to make amends for his A-hole-ery and invites her to an event his company is organising. A couple of fibs land them in a fake relationship - a ruse they must keep up for two months while (not) fighting the attraction between them.

Though the heroine is a model, she’s portrayed more as a girl-next-door. The hero, on the other hand, is the classic arrogant billionaire who doesn’t think much of women or love cos he’s only ever encountered women who wanted sex and money from him. So naturally, he’s intrigued by the first woman who gives him a piece of her mind.

Anyway, so it’s forced proximity, fake relationship, enemies-to-lovers (ish), with marginal growth for both main characters, culminating in an HEA.

There are no major twists, but I enjoyed the story. I’ll certainly be interested in reading about the hero’s three friends who played a minor role in the sub-plot if the author ever decides to develop this into a series.

Recommended if you’re not looking for a story that will break you (and hopefully heal you as well). This is the story you read after one of those. Get the audiobook, if possible.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Review: One More Time by Laurelin Paige

I would have been stupid to turn the opportunity down.
A feature film starring the hottest man in Hollywood—and me.
It wasn’t just the chance of a lifetime; it was the first time I’d landed the leading role.
But Tanner James isn’t just any actor, aka “Sex God”.
He’s the man who took my virginity then shattered my dreams.

If I can use this part to launch a new career, it will be worth it.
If I can stop myself from falling back into bed with Tanner, it will be a miracle.
And my heart?
He can’t take that from me this time.
He’s had it all along.

Format: audiobook

The story
Jenna, an almost has-been model, has had a hard time moving into acting. On the verge of fading into obscurity, she finally lands an acting job - a lead role, no less. Only one catch. Her co-star is the man who broke her heart ten years ago. She's still telling herself she's over him, so doing a movie with him is a big fat no, but something happens that makes refusing the job a luxury she can't afford. 

She's determined to set some rules going in. There's no reason why two adults who hate each other can't do a (romantic) movie like professionals. Except, of course, things don't go as scripted when they meet again. I enjoyed seeing them unravel on set.

A lot of model/actress characters I've read are snobs who have to learn a thing or two about life and love. I find it hard to connect with those. So, I'll admit when I see a story with actors and models, I approach with caution. The blurb, in Jenna's voice, gave the impression I might like her - and I did. Jenna felt like someone I might know or be friends with. Her honesty about herself and her fears made her feel authentic. I liked Tanner too. He was a good guy, and right from the start, it is clear that there's  more to what happened ten years ago. Together, they sizzled. Both characters show growth over the course of the story leaving me with a general happy feeling at the end.

The Production
I enjoyed the audiobook narration a lot. Though it wasn't always a 100% when it came to their Aussie accents, it's not a significant distraction. Both male and female voices brought life to the characters and the story.