Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
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.
About the Authors:
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 http://www.carlyphillips.com.
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 website at http://www.erikawilde.com.
Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde just keep hitting them out of the park! Yet another book of theirs that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though I wasn’t exactly surprised since I seem to love every book that I have read so far.
Hailey Ellison has a few secrets. One: She is faking the fact that she is engaged. Two: She has the hots for her realtor, Max Sterling. Now Hailey’s reason for the fake fiancee situation is understandable. She has her own matchmaking business which is doing very well and for the founder to be single, well that does exactly bode well. Now the whole having the hots for her realtor thing, she thinks that is all one-sided. Hailey soon finds out is NOT the case at all.
Max Sterling knows that he should not be attracted to his client, who is very much engaged, but he can’t help it when it comes to Hailey Ellison. But after a run-in with one of Hailey’s clients, he soon learns that the man Hailey is engaged to is none other than him. Wait, what? After Hailey explains how things became so mixed-up and complicated, Max actually agrees to continue to pretend to be her fiancee. Why? Because that allows him to spend time with Hailey and show her just how right he is for her.
I love the way they did the fake fiancee storyline in this because it was sort of a twist for me. Normally with these kinds of storylines, one of the characters needs the engagement in order to get something they are after. This leads them to purpose this fake facade to the person who will play their fiancee. In Faking It, Hailey needs to give off the illusion that she has a fiancé, only it kind of backfires when the person she created as her fiancé is an actually person who then finds out from a third party that they are in fact “engaged”. Max’s willingness to play along even after all the deception and complicated mess that Hailey created was refreshing. He saw this as an opportunity to show Hailey that he was the guy for her after all which I loved about his character.
Another element I found refreshing was that Hailey was not the typical leading lady in romance who is very much in shape and has a gorgeous slim body. The fact that Hailey has a more average body type with wonderful curves just made this story so much more real in my mind. I connected so much with Hailey as she explained her insecurities about her body and her past dealing with guys who made fun of her size. She held herself back from ever getting close to guy so she wouldn’t get hurt but that all changed once she meets Max. Max has his alpha side to him but his patience, understanding, and protective nature towards Hailey is what made me love him as a character.
Though it was again a little too short for my liking, this story still had a lot to love about it. If you are looking for a sweet romance with characters who feel real and will make you swoon, then definitely check out Faking It!