BOOK REVIEW: The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

Posted January 11, 2019 by wildandw in ARC Review, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW:  The Real Deal by Lauren BlakelyThe Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 359
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL! 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 this close 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?


I can always count on Lauren Blakely to write a great romance!  The Real Deal is a sweet rom com that had me smiling and laughing and wishing I had a Theo of my own.

In my opinion, characters make or break romantic comedies.  I want characters to be relatable with witty internal dialogue and flaws that make me feel like I’m not the only person on the planet with embarrassing stories and issues.  I absolutely got what I wanted from this book!  I loved-loved-loved April and Theo!

I thought the plot was fun!  Fake relationships are one of my favorite literary tropes, and it was executed really well here.  I also enjoyed the family dynamic in this one a lot.  My only complaint is that I didn’t feel like the story was long enough — the ending seemed a bit rushed.  Sometimes I need the tiniest bit more of the ‘happily ever after.’

Overall, The Real Deal is a definite recommend!  This is a short, fast read and the perfect pick-me-up!

*Thanks to the Inkslinger PR and publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.



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