Review: From Fake to Forever

cover-from fake to foreverTitle: From Fake to Forever
Author: Jennifer Shirk
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 6th June

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Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so when her sister suggests allowing a super-famous actor to research his latest role there, she reluctantly agrees. Except the actor turns out to be Ben Capshaw—a playboy who’s never serious, always joking around, and who knows zero about kids or being a parent. Case in point: his involvement in the untimely death of the preschool’s class pet…

Ben is enjoying teaching more than he thought he would, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking for a permanent position. Sure, he’s ready for more serious movie roles and less goofing off, but the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter are more than he bargained for. Plus, Sandra still won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.

Previously released as The Role of a Lifetime – (May 2008) and has been enhanced with new material.


Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley

This was an easy, fairly quick read that was okay if not particularly memorable. Ben thinks pretty highly of himself at the start, while Sandra doesn’t think highly of anyone – except her daughter. The kid is pretty cute and there are some sweet scenes between her and Ben, but other than that, it never really grabbed me.

Sandra is a decent woman whom life hasn’t treated entirely well in the past, and she’s prickly as a result. Ben sees the prickliness as something of a challenge. They spar and spark and there’s some chemistry between them, but I never really liked either character all that much. I think because we never really learn anything about either of their pasts – except that Sandra’s ex is a massive jerk – I never knew them well enough to form much of an opinion. It all felt kind of empty.

So if you’re looking for something cute and quick that will demand nothing except your attention to read, then give this a go. It’s readable and unobjectionable, I just wish it had grabbed me a little more. In all, an okay little tale.


For Fake to Forever is out June 6th!
Visit Jennifer Shirk for more details.

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