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Articles / January 30, 2020

The Real Deal The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely is $2.99! This is a contemporary romance with a fake relationship and forced proximity. Readers say this does a great job blending humor and romance, while others wanted a more emotional payoff. Have you read this one? 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…

Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
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Articles / January 30, 2020

B Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne January 28, 2020 · Gallery Books Romance The single biggest thing you need to know about this book up front is that it is an unapologetic celebration of materialism and name brands. If you don’t want to read about someone’s Louboutins and how well they match said individual’s Stella McCarthy cocktail dress, then read something else. This book happened to catch me in peak escapist mode so I enjoyed it, and yet in a different frame of mind, I could just as easily have wanted to throw it across the room. My brain is a fickle thing. Marriage on Madison Avenue is the third book in the Central Park Pact series and it works fine as a stand alone although the characters and themes from the other books are prominently represented. The prologue gets the reader all caught up. It seems that once upon a time a guy named Brayden died, and at his funeral his wife, Claire, met his two girlfriends, Audrey and Naomi. None of the three women had known the other existed, and they made a pact to help each other avoid future jerks. This was the beginning of…

Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton
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Articles / January 30, 2020

C Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton January 28, 2020 · Avon Regency Romancelandia is awash in dukes behaving badly, and the hero in Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton, Sebastian de Silva, was a wonderful departure from that trope. Sebastian handles conflict with maturity and faces adversity with a sense of positivity. It was such a relief to see a duke wearing his grownup breeches for once. Even with a hero I adored, the conflict fizzled at the end and I struggled with the heroine, affecting my ability to immerse myself in the book. When the novel opens, Sebastian has been thrown quite the curveball; he’s spent his whole life as the Duke of Hasford with plenty of wealth and privilege. Now Sebastian finds that he’s no longer a duke and is a bastard to boot. With his cousin assuming the title, Sebastian needs to figure out his life. There are plenty of books where, at this point, the hero would decide to drown his sorrows in a bottle, enact a convoluted plan to seduce a female innocent related to whoever he felt wronged him, or slink off somewhere Gothic to brood about his wealth and privilege…