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The Unreal Boyfriend (Captured by Love Book 9) (Volume 9) Paperback – November 17, 2017
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Bernadette Luna was having the time of her life at this birthday party. As luck would have it, she was spending a great deal of time with Derek McCarthy. She had a crush on him for some time; but was just now spending time with him. She was, however, the guest of Tanner Grant, son of Paige and Tristan Grant, who were friends of hers and Derek’s. This was some one-year-0ld birthday!
Bernadette gets pulled into the intrigue of a pretend romance with Derek when his girlfriend, Holly Stirling. Holly and Derek have been together for three years to keep the press from bothering Holly. She does not want the notoriety. However, contrary to looks, she and Derek are not lovers and have never been. They are out to do something more involved. Can Bernadette take the heat?
This series is a delightful read, but you can read as stand alone as well.
Derek McCarthy is hiding something pretty huge from some of his best friends
, a personal project that he has been working on for over four years . His freind Holly has been pretending to be his girlfreind for the whole time ; allowing Derek to gain access to his uncles properties to search for evidence in his father's murder. Unfortunately as important as this project is , it is keeping him from persueing the one women he wants to pursue; Bernadette.
Bernadette Luna , considers herself a freind of Derek's but she would much rather be his girlfreind. Bernadette has had a crush on Derek for over two years and it is more than obvious to their group of freinds. However the only one who it does it seem obvious to is Derek himself; and apparently Derek does not realize how much he gets her hopes up when he goes out of his way at get together soon to flirt with her and spend attentive time with her, Derek is like an addiction she just can not seem to get past . So when she hears that he will be bringing his on again off again girlfreind of several years to the next get together , Bernadette believes seeing them together will help her move on.
Derek as promised brings Holly to the next party, Holly is a very popular singer , which helps in explaining why they are on again and off again and Derek has no bothered bringing her around before and of course where Holly goes so do the Papparazzi . To avoid their fake dating relationship from hitting the gossip rags Holly enlists Bernadettes help to play the girlfreind in front of the paparazzi ; a strain on poor Bernadett's heart , but a win for Derek because nowhe has a reason to spend the time he wants with her.
Will a second fake relationship lead to happiness for all? I won't tell ; but what I will tell is that this story has you page flipping, waiting for the bottom to fall out, curious to see if Derek will ever find out the truth of his father's death and just what his freinds will think when it all comes to light .
Yet again Ms Charles outdone herself and writes a difficult to put down romance ; one that can certainley be read as a standalone if wanted . I however recommend starting with the first book and getting to know the wonderfull cast of characters and their yearly Captured by love game!
Arc copy graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!
Love isn't easy. When it comes to love that is long-standing and seemingly one-sided, it becomes harder to deal with. Bernadette's love for Derek hasn't waned despite time and circumstances. Regardless of the wariness she feels about getting close to him, walking away isn't an option. He's it for her, and she knows she can be it for him if only...
If only what exactly?
The answer lies under all the blacked out areas of their relationship, or lack thereof if you prefer. Derek's looking for answers. He has a score to settle with his uncle and he won't stop until the job's complete. But the one woman he wants and needs is the one woman he risks losing if he doesn't open up and let her in. Having his friend play the part of his fake girlfriend, however, isn't helping his cause regarding Bernadette.
Bernadette's safety and well-being take precedent over Derek's longings to really be with her. Until he solves the mystery surrounding his father's death, he won't take the chance. Seeming to string Bernadette along is the only suitable answer. But is the potential result worth it?
Sometimes, yes. But it's going to take a lot of groveling to get back into someone's good graces when they feel wronged, even if your intentions are good.
Derek and Bernadette's happily ever after has been a long time coming. The wait, I believe, was worth it, not just for this reader but for the characters as well. A bit of mystery and suspense seamlessly entwined with romance made this an edge-of-my-seat read. Ms. Charles's signature flair for evocative writing shines bright and strong in this. It doesn't diminish despite this being her umpteenth book as well as book nine of this series. She stays true to form and gives this reader a story that is worth reading again.
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