Title: Fake Engagement, Real Temptation
Author: Joya Ryan
Series: Passion and Protection #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 30th January
Oh. My. God. Carrie Morgan can’t escape her cheating ex fiancé. She goes on her Hawaiian honeymoon fantasy vacation to prove she’s over him—but he’s there with his mistress in tow. Good thing Carrie’s annoyingly over-protective friend Blake came with her. How’s she going to prove to her ex she’s over him? Easy. One… Two… Three… She grabs Blake and kisses him.
Blake Harris isn’t about to let anyone take advantage of his heartbroken friend Carrie. And that includes himself, even if she’s sexy as sin in that bikini. Then she kisses him—and he’s on fire. Damage done, but he can back off. Except he sees that broken look in Carrie’s eyes. No. Hell no. New plan. He intends to show her ex just what he’s thrown away.
The kisses? For show. The heat? Part of the performance. The private practice sessions? Uh-oh. Those are starting to feel a bit too real…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
If you’re looking for some hot, easy, tropical island fun, then you might want to give this a try. It’s a best-friend’s little sister romance – but without the lifelong pining crush for a very nice change – with a narcissistic ex and his oblivious mistress showing up to spoil the fun, which of course leads to the fake relationship and plenty of sexy shenanigans. All of which made for an enjoyable if occasionally ridiculous read.
To say Carrie isn’t have a good day at the start of this would be a fair assessment. Her fiancé called it off two days before the wedding and now, instead of getting away to enjoy her new singledom in a highly romantic spot, she’s lumbered with her brother’s best-friend who says he’s there to protect her. I really don’t blame Carrie for being so annoyed with her brother and Blake about this. She’s not a child. She can make her own decisions. She has a right to go out and enjoy herself after all she’s been through. However, Blake is undeniably hot and the perfect person to play fake boyfriend in front of her jerk of an ex.
Blake plays his part well. He’s sexy and rugged and always there whenever Carrie needs him. It might have been nice if he’d trusted her own strengths a time or two, but he definitely always has her back and knows how to make her feel beautiful, so he’s not all bad.
The competitiveness between Carrie and Blake and the couple from hell made for plenty of fun. These two are a great team and I loved seeing them grow closer, and not just because it highlighted how much better they were together than the other two. It’s playful and sexy and often silly, but enjoyable fun throughout.
Okay, so there aren’t a lot of surprises here and if I’m honest neither Carrie nor Blake left a big impression on me and everything happens really, really quickly, but in terms of enjoyable, sexy escapism, this book ticked all the right boxes for a fun, easy read.
Fake Engagement, Real Temptation is out January 30th.
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