Top Tip: Don’t put out an online ad offering your services as a fake date. Someone will take you up on it.
And it won’t just be for one night.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I ended up being Mason Jackson’s fake girlfriend.
He didn’t even want me to be. No–his sister was solely responsible for me being his date for his ten-year high school reunion.
Now, she’s responsible for telling his parents our relationship is real.
We have no choice. We have to act like this isn’t all a mistake, like it’s not all fake, like we’re totally, completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with each other.
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Fly Girl’s Review
I’ve previously reviewed Emma Hart’s alter ego Evie Hart. That was a cozy mystery and I loved it. Other’s have reviewed Emma and really enjoyed her work so I figured why not give it a shot. I actually read this in 2019, but felt it was a good time to reflect on it as I look back on some of the novels I’ve loved and not given credit to.
This story I thought was great. We all know about online dating, but online want ads for dates, that seems a little old fashioned. I mean it’s not like people pick up a newspaper and read the want ads anymore, so how would this work in real life? Well, Emma gives us her take on the subject and I feel like she may be on to something. My only worry is how do you vet them if you don’t go through a third party? That is probably my only issue with this one.
So Jackson’s sister is tired of him getting the run around by their parents for being perpetually single so she answers a want ad for a date. She’s hoping it will be a practice date at his high school reunion. What she’s really hoping for is a real date for his family reunion. It’s an ingenious idea. When Jackson meets her, he’s enamored with her looks and her straight up personality. She is skeptical of Jackson, but is willing to help him out since he appears to be the boy next door everyone wants to date and she has a soft heart. Also, she’s trying to appease her friends who forced her to place the ad.
After the high school reunion, they decide this might work for both of them, she can use him as date to get her friends off her back and he can use her to help keep his family at bay. What they don’t plan on is the chemistry between them and how much they love each other’s life and want to be a part of it. There are lots of shenanigans with burgers, fries, and ketchup as well as some outlandish family members and friends that make these two see each other as they are.
The beauty of the story is they get to be friends before lovers and know a lot about one another before they make the leap to a real relationship with all the emotions involved. I think that makes a long term couple and is what really make it work for me. I’m giving this a 4 of 5 because it’s a cute story, not rushed, and an HEA.
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4 of 5 Propellers
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Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.