The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars from Ari
Narration: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
Length: 9 hrs, 6 mins
April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire 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 GigsforHire 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?
The Real Deal was hilarious, sweet, and absolutely romantic! Basically everything I’ve come to expect and love from Lauren Blakely novels.
I loved April and Theo! The girlfriend/boyfriend for hire trope is one of my favorites because it tends to be so fun and The Real Deal didn’t disappoint. Ms. Blakely blends the perfect amounts of fun, witty as hell banter, and delicious steam. And dear baby Jesus that chemistry between April and Theo was scorching! The build up between them was just as hot and had me constantly reaching for some chapstick because of all the lip bitting it induced. Even better than that was their friendship. Their anecdotes kept me smiling and made my heart happy while their banter kept me laughing out loud. The combination of everything made me lose myself in the story and didn’t want it to end. One of my favorite romantic comedies this year!
Narration by Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber was freaking fantastic! Both narrator embodied the characters perfectly! Erin Mallon once again blew me away with her damn near magical ability to perform a male voice. I’d have her male voice’s baby, it’s that good! Zachary Webber’s narration is delicious as always. His transitions between sweet and sexy are flawless and had me in a constant state of swoon and fit perfectly for Theo. I loved this narration duo, this book, and Lauren Blakely for making it all come to life. 5 Stars.