Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 pages
Author: Mia Sosa
Release Date: April 5th, 2022
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The USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man is back with another hilarious rom-com about two strangers who get trapped in a lie and have to fake date their way out of it…
Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Pereira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig… until she stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life.
Dean Chapman had his future all mapped out. He was about to check off “start a family” and on track to “make partner” when his modern day marriage of convenience went up in smoke. Then he learns he might not land an assignment that could be his ticket to a promotion unless he has a significant other and, in a moment of panic, Dean claims to be in love with the woman who crashed his wedding. Oops.
Now Dean has a whole new item on his to-do list: beg Solange to be his pretend girlfriend. Solange feels a tiny bit bad about ruining Dean’s wedding, so she agrees to play along. Yet as they fake-date their way around town, what started as a performance for Dean’s colleagues turns into a connection that neither he nor Solange can deny. Their entire romance is a sham… there’s no way these polar opposites could fall in love for real, right?
And I daresay, better than the first.
This was a legit rom-com. I found myself laughing out loud so many times at the wild antics going down. THAT PARTY THOUGH. And other scenes really brought the smiles. Not to mention, amazing banter that I am alllllllways here for. Solange and Dean hit it out of the park with the chemistry between them. I LOOOVED the fake dating plotline. It added perfect forced proximity moments and actual dates they had to attend together. The sly touches, the STAIRWELL, one bed and more. A great romance all around.
The outside plot was stable for the story too. I liked that Solange was exploring her career options and where her past was colliding with what would be best for her future. Dean finally realizing love is cool and that he should definitely get on that train was on point too. I really enjoyed them on their own separate journeys, but with any awesome romance, I LOVED them together.
It’s a bit on the steamy side for me (but easily skippable). And truly one of those solid contemporary romance books.
Overall audience notes:
- Contemporary Romance
- Language: some strong
- Romance: multiple open door
- Trigger/Content Warnings: parental abandonment recounted, cheating mentioned, alcohol consumption