Friday, April 14, 2017


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.

I really enjoyed this book. There are some authors where you know going in that you're going to be treated to a good story, and Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are two of those authors. Faking It gives us the story of Max and Hailey-and what a fun story it was.

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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***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

***About Erika Wilde***

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at

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