Published by Hachette-Forever Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship, Romance, Second Chances
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A little fake relationship never hurt anyone. . .
Kate Massie has big dreams-they just haven't worked out. Yet. In the meantime, she spends her days clerking for a judge and her nights fantasizing about her tall, dark, and sexy gym crush. So when she runs into him one night, she's shocked to realize he was her shy, nerdy junior-prom date. But that isn't where the surprises end . . .
James Abell needs a date to his sister's wedding. So when Kate agrees, he's relieved . . . until one little lie turns their wedding date into a full-blown fake relationship. Only it doesn't feel fake-not the toe-curling kisses and definitely not the electricity. Neither of them is looking for something real . . . but they just might fall for their own little white lie.
I really like fake romances, and I love stories that take place over the course of a wedding. Let’s face it if you are looking for something that has a ton of drama, chances are, a wedding is where you will find some. I love family dynamics in a story, and let’s face it, this story had some very interesting family dynamics, as well as some interesting ex-files going on as well.
So to begin with I liked that Kate and James had a bit of a history going into this romance, they went to prom together, but never dated, and it seems like were not involved with each other in any way outside of that one night at prom. Of course life has changed them both, college is done, Kate is a lawyer, and James has grown out of his awkward phase and is a much more self-assured man (plus he’s hot). So when the two of the start seeing each other at the gym years later, there is definitely an attraction. Add in some meddling friends and you have James going to his sisters wedding with Kate as his girlfriend, even though she isn’t.
Kate has some real hang ups about relationships, she doesn’t seem to believe people are going to stick around. I get it, she’s largely on her own, with her sister being her only family, but at the same time I really wished she wouldn’t have been so against being too invested. And honestly it’s not like she really acted on her hang ups, just jumped to conclusions when it was really warranted. Overall, I liked Kate as a character, she was interesting, but more than that, she held her own in a situation where she really could have gotten run down by James’s family during.
Now as for James, well I liked him a lot more than I liked Kate. He’s a really good stand up guy. I liked how he stuck around with Kate after she got injured, he stayed the night on the couch, made sure she didn’t have to go to the hospital (she hates hospitals), was just in general a good stand up guy. Nothing says more about how stand up he is then how he acts with his ex. He was with this woman for a really long time, like almost a decade, and this girl has some serious issues (and personally I think she needed professional help long before the events of this book). She gives neediness a new name, but James does his best to help her even though they have parted ways.
My biggest issue with this book was that I didn’t feel like the book took place over enough time for the characters to have developed such deep feelings as they did. It felt like the book was on fast forward, but maybe that’s just me, I really kind of hate stories that have insta-love elements to them, and that’s what this book felt like to me. It was a fast read for me, with pretty good pacing throughout. So if you like a good fake romance, then this one might be one you should check out.