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 - so...no 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.


MY REVIEW
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.

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