A sweet, sultry and enchanting romantic comedy that will sweep you off your feet…

This was my first book from Jennifer Blackwood, and I have to say that it rocked! I love a friends to lovers romance, especially one that stems from childhood friendships. I don’t know why, but there’s something so sweet and fulfilling about these romances, that they really sweep you of your feet. Quite frankly, they are the ultimate fairytale. I absolutely loved Falling for the Fake Fiancé, it was short, sweet, sassy and lighthearted. It really has southern charm by the bucket full.

The plot to this story was nothing short of alluring and sexy. It is exceptionally mapped out and executed and despite my love of dark romance, I loved that it was so buoyant and upbeat. The characters themselves were intriguing and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Aaron was such a great alpha lead. Although he possesses tonnes charm, sex appeal and the awing ability to beguile you, he is nothing short of endearing, kind and caring. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an animal in the sack… no doubt about it! Jill, again was really well balanced. She gives as good as she gets and she doesn’t cower away. I loved that she didn’t put her sex life above all else, which was really refreshing. All too often the female lead forgets all else in life in favour of her alpha hero, I have to say that it was so refreshing to have a heroine that stuck to her guns and didn’t give her reins over to a guy just because they were doing the horizontal tango together. I felt like this was really empowering and it made me REALLY love her character.

All in all, I wish that this book as a little longer. The pace was pretty steady throughout, but the ending I felt was a little rushed. I would’ve liked to have a bit more of an insight as to how they adapted to their life. However, that is the most I can criticise. I was sold from the moment I heard fake engagement/marriage plot line and this book really failed to disappoint. I will be reading Landing the Air Marshall STAT, as I haven’t read the first book in the series. Although this is a standalone, I always like to acquaint myself with the rest of the series!

About the Book

Jill Michaels prides herself on one thing: being independent. That is until her daughter gets into an elite school, and she needs money more than ever. It seems her fairy godmother—aka her deceased Grammy—has granted that wish in the form of one-fourth of her estate. The only catch? She must be married by her thirtieth birthday. In two months.

Aaron Collins is fresh out of the army and back in town to help his father’s failing business. When he runs into Jill at a hotel where she’s attending a single’s mixer, he makes sure she doesn’t make it past his room and into another guy’s arms. When he hears about her predicament, he has a plan: they’ll get married and keep it a secret. And maybe have a little sexy fun until he leave towns for his new job.

But letting go of the woman of his dreams may be harder than Aaron could have ever imagined.

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Excerpt

What a weird feeling—she sat across from someone she’d seen every day in high school, and yet the man in front of her was a complete stranger. One with blue eyes so dark they looked like whorls of ink. Ones that were subtly undressing her, if she was reading the situation right. She took another sip from her glass. Was it getting hot in here? Because, man, was she thirsty. Better to focus on things she could control. Like the tasty wine. Yes, this wine was fantastic. Maybe if she focused enough on her drink, her body would stop tingling from the heated glances Aaron kept throwing her way.

With shaky hands, she placed the glass back on the table. It’d been a while since she’d been in the company of any guy she was actually interested in, but she forced down the nerves. “What do you have lined up now that you’re out of the military?”

“I’ve been rooming with a buddy up in D.C. He did me a solid and found me a job at a private security firm he works for. I’ll start it as soon as I’m finished helping my dad. What have you been up to?”

Oh, you know, getting wild and crazy with Netflix binges of Paw Patrol and worrying that she’d get some type of lung disease due to accidentally inhaling too much mac and cheese dust. Her life was glamorous. It might have qualified as pathetic that she enjoyed dentist appointments and even routine check-ups just for the sole fact she could get a minute to herself. Her AARP card was due in the mail any time now. “Same old, same old. Nothing really changes in our town.”

“Besides the fact that you’re now attending singles mixers. When did that start?” He took a long sip of his beer, watching her with an intensity that made her skin tingle.

“Tonight. It was silly, really.” The last thing Jill wanted was for Aaron to know that she’d gone out in search of a husband, because how desperate did that sound? One bad haircut stood between her and Brittany Spears circa 2007.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be in town, but I’d be more than happy to take you out.”

His forearms flexed as he gripped the pint glass, and she mentally shook her fist at the fact the sleeves of his flannel weren’t pushed farther up his arm. Maybe Kate was onto something. Broad shoulders, dark eyes, lips that she should have noticed were kissable years ago, because whoa.

The next time she glanced down at her cell, they’d been talking for hours, catching up on everything from crazy stories from his time in the military to her latest run-in with a very involved dance mom. For real, those ladies were scary.

She peered around the room and realized that they were the only occupied table, besides a few stragglers at the bar. “I should be getting back to my room. It’s getting late.” This was the best dinner she’d had in months. No, years. When was the last time she’d actually enjoyed the company of a man, one whose deep voice was a warm caress down her spine? By her calculation and the fact she could call herself a born-again virgin thanks to the lack of action…it had been a freaking long time. Maybe it was the wine. Or maybe it was the muscly, drool-worthy man in front of her, but dammit, she wanted one night of fun. Screw the whole search for a temporary husband—it wasn’t going to happen. But she could be happy for a few hours in other ways.

 

About the Author

Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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Marta Aguiar
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I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.