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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 4, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B074FDGP8K
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The Real Thing: Sugar Lake, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I always think of a good faking it story as the ones where a couple that's not likely to get together are forced to fake their relationship. Then the kisses they inevitably share start something either of them ever expected. It's my very favorite trope. So many possibilities. And this book gave it a different look.
Zane and Willow (love the names, btw) grew up together. He's her brothers best friend and he was her secret first (v-card type first). She set up rules and then left for college. And lots of other things happened that, well, I just can't tell you. Need to read it yourself for that. But later when they end up in this fake relationship, it's bringing where they always should have been. Finding out all that other stuff (which I still won't tell you) and figuring out their purpose. I just can't see a world where these two don't find it back to each other. They are just too perfect for each other. I guess that's the "difference" I felt in this book. Their fake relationship did bring them into each other's arms but if it hadn't been that it would have been something else. They are pretty clearly meant for each other. Sweet and sexy these two are!
Zane is adorable. His reputation needed fixing but he's just not that guy. It becomes clear pretty quickly that he loves Willow and isn't gonna cheat on her.
Willow did take a bit longer for me to love. She's been protecting her heart for a long time and she pushes too hard sometimes. Does make her real.
I'm not sure if it's characteristic of this author since this is the first book I've read of hers, but the romance is smoother. By that I mean, the angst that these two deal with is not so much a mess one of them makes as it is dealing with other issues (also not telling on what those issues are - you peeps need to read this book yourself). I found that I rather enjoyed that aspect of things. It felt more real to me. It also left more room for some seriously hot action between these two.
Oh yes, this author believes in couple time with lots and lots of heat! And these two were creative in their heat...um and dirty. Willow likes him talking dirty. Gotta be able to deal with that if you're gonna read this book.
Oh, and there's this book two coming out in December that I already want to read. Looks so good too. Sounds totally different but equally good. Can't wait to hang out in this small town again.
Although majority of Melissa Foster’s books are under the umbrella of her Love in Bloom series on a larger scale, it’s always said they can work as standalone books. Personally, I don’t always feel that’s the case and always recommend people read the whole series to get the real depth of each book. In the case of this book, it’s not under that Love in Bloom umbrella. There is an extremely brief mention in passing here and there of a few characters, but there is absolutely no significance to the story. This is a brand-new series (published under a totally different publisher that her other books) and, since this one is the first of the series, can be read as a standalone.
We get to know a lot of characters in this book. Not in-depth, but enough to keep the reader wanting more. Of course, all of Willow’s siblings will be getting their stories told. The family is loving and caring and all very different from one another so it should be a lot of fun.
This story moves fast and a lot happens over the course of the 2 weeks the majority of the tale takes place. You would think it would make the romance/love story part of the book seem too fast but it doesn’t. Mostly because Zane and Willow have known each other most of their lives. But it did make some other things seem quite a bit beyond the realistic realm. I love that Willow owns a bakery and does some catering. But the amount of time she spends actually working, with no other people in her employ, is beyond ridiculous. And Zane’s bodyguards, plane, and ease of getting people to stop gawking around the bakery is laughable. I’ll forgive these things because wanted to read about the couple and not all of the day-to-day particulars. But it left me feeling as though I was missing something.
One last thing. It’s inevitable, if you read a lot of books, that character names will end up being used by more than one author. I’m sure it may have happened to me before but the characters weren’t engrained in my mind enough for me to notice. But since I absolutely LOVE the Walker brothers from Nicole Edwards’ Alluring Indulgence series, I could help but instantly notice the shared moniker of Zane Walker. Two totally different men in so many ways, but both great guys.
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