Faking It by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Date of Publication: April 11, 2017
Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn't into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there's only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.
The writing team of Carly Phillips and Erike Wilde are favorites of mine, and books like this one are the reason. The characters are always compelling, the story lines are interesting and you are always engaged from the beginning. They move quickly, but not so quickly that you feel like you are missing parts of the story, but quickly enough that you get right to the good stuff. Which in this case was an elevator ride I would like to take with Max. OMG...that scene...I love the emotion of it, the sheer idea that he was Not. Able. To. Resist. her for even long enough to find out what was going on, sheer perfection.
Max and Hailey were so fun. I loved that you know, from the beginning, that he wants her, but is respecting the fact that he thinks she is engaged. This gives such a great depth to his character, and lets you know really from the beginning that he is in this for the long haul. He tells you this, and her, and due to some things in her past, it takes her a while to open up to him fully. And, the writing and the pacing are strong enough that this is ok, that you stay engaged with their story even though it is technically a slow burn working it's way up to a full physical relationship.
I love that Hailey is not a traditional heroine...but I also loved that this was not an issue or a focus. Real women come in sizes other than 0 and with all sorts of different hair colors and body types...kudos for letting her be real and for letting Max see only a woman he wants.
The story itself was a little predictable, but in the way that a romance novel is. There will be a meeting, chemistry, some hot sexy times, and a happily ever after. It is the getting there, the characters, and their interactions, their personalities and the fact that they feel like people you get to know through the story.
And, have I mentioned that kiss? Because, well, that kiss.
I recommend this book.
Max took my breath away at times. I loved that he respected Hailey enough to keep his distance from her emotionally and physically when he thought she was engaged but once he learns the truth? All bets are off and he can't wait to make his move. Their first kiss highlighted the fireworks between them beautifully. I adored how patient he was with Hailey-definitely amazing book boyfriend material there.
I loved Hailey. She's an incredibly real character-someone you can relate to on many different levels. She had her share of insecurities-what woman doesn't-and watching her blossom and grow past them had me cheering. I applaud the authors for acknowledging what is a battle for many women and not one that is usually discussed in romance novels.
This book had a slow burn element to it and it was beautiful. It made the moments these two shared even sexier and sweeter at the same time.
There were some parts of the book that felt a little predictable at times, but overall I think it worked in this book's favor. There were enough things to keep it fun and interesting at the same time. If you're looking for a quick, fun, sweet and sexy read you can't go wrong with checking out Faking It. I absolutely recommend this book.
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