The newest romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!
He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.
When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.
Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.
For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.
But being hounded by the paparazzi and having her life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance . . . but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.
Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a re-match made in Hollywood?
passionate and intense romance
FAKE is the first instalment in Kylie Scott’s contemporary, adult WEST HOLLYWOOD erotic, romances series. This is thirty-six year old, Hollywood action star Patrick Walsh, and twenty-nine year old, waitress Norah Peers’ story line.
Told from first person perspective (Norah) FAKE follows in the aftermath of a Hollywood scandal in which action star Patrick Walsh’s reputation has been tarnished. In an effort to ‘clean up’ our hero’s image, his publicist suggests a fake relationship but Patrick doesn’t like any of the ‘candidates’ applying for the job. Enter waitress Norah Peers, and the woman with whom Patrick will fall in love. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Patrick and Norah, and the potential fall-out as Patrick’s past come looking for a second chance.
Patrick Walsh never expected to find himself the subject of tabloid fodder but a disastrous relationship with a Hollywood starlet found Patrick the fall guy to protect the reputation of the woman he thought he could love. Needing to clean up his image, Patrick suggests our story line heroine, a ‘nobody’ who works at the local Italian eatery where our hero frequents at least once a month. Norah Peers isn’t comfortable playing the love interest of Patrick Walsh –the paparazzi intrusion, and secrets from her past are exposed to the world in an effort to embarrass our story line heroine but Norah finds herself falling for her current ‘employer’, a fall that is likely to break her heart. Norah is a spirited and sassy sweetheart; a relatable character who tries to fit in where she doesn’t belong.
The relationship between Patrick and Norah begins as a fake boyfriend/girlfriend in an effort to clean up Patrick’s Hollywood image. When the roles begin to dry up, Patrick’s PR person works overtime in an effort to infuse some much needed support using our heroine in the process but Patrick intends to keep their relationship on a professional level, much to the disappointment our Norah and her heart. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but…I did not feel the palpable sexual attraction or desire between our leading couple as Patrick tended to remain aloof and unemotional throughout the story. I think, if the story had been presented in dual first person perspectives, we would have seen a different, more empathetic side to our story line hero.
The secondary and supporting characters include Patrick’s assistant Mei, his PR rep Angie as well as Norah’s strong-willed and no-nonsense grandmother; Patrick’s friends Cole Landry and Jack Gilmour; Patrick’s ex Liv Anders.
FAKE is a story of betrayal and acceptance; fake relationships and tarnished reputations. The premise is captivating and engaging; the romance is passionate and intense; the characters are energetic. The conflict resolution was a little too easy, I was hoping for more angst and emotional turmoil.