Rose Anderson is done with being known as “the nice one” in the small town in Northern California where she lives. She’s done with playing third, fifth, seventh wheel at loud gatherings on her family’s flower farm. And most of all, she is done with the pitying looks and well-meaning comments she gets about her single status from the way-too-interested townsfolk.
No one seems to care that she’s single by choice. That she actually enjoys going to bed early with a good book—love stories are always better in fiction anyway. Busy with her flower arranging business, Rose has no time for a man, thank you very much. So when news spreads that Hillsboro is being used to shoot an upcoming Hollywood movie, Rose gets an idea. One that will appease her family while keeping her heart safely intact…
Cole McKittrick is trying to keep calm. So what if he quit a steady TV gig for a shot at his dream, was dumped by his superstar girlfriend and—having just read the fifteenth script re-write—is now convinced this movie is going to be career-ending? It’s all about perspective. And when he meets the beautiful Rose Anderson, he can’t believe his luck. She’ll help him fix his lines, pose for a few shots to make his ex jealous, and all for the bargain price of a few fake dates.
But in a town like Hillsboro, the resident beauty queen and Hollywood’s hottest bachelor can’t expect a plan like this to work. And the more time they spend together under the scrutiny of their neighbors, the more blurred the lines become between what’s real and what’s fake.
But Cole has been hiding a big secret from his past. And when Rose finds out could it spell CUT for their picture-perfect romance, or will she realize that he has taken over not just her home, but her heart…?
A fun, charming romance about family and finding the one, perfect for fans of Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber and Carolyn Brown.
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“This was truly the PERFECT sweet romance!... Murray created an adorable, quirky small town that felt like home.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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“This was another 2 a.m. read! I absolutely could not put this book down. Funny, emotional, all at once. The author did an amazing job with the characters and was a well written story. You wanted to be there on that cozy beautiful farm.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“I absolutely loved it! A perfect love story.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
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This was a nice sweet romance. It was a bit predictable and maybe just a bit too long. If you’re looking for a light hearted story, something to escape into, check this book out. I did enjoy the story
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
This is a very sweet and tender love story. Rose is trying to get her family off her back about finding true love, Cole is trying to win back the woman who broke his heart. They decide to pretend-date, but as the days go by they start to have feelings for each other, but neither of them are brave enough to tell the other. I love books which feature characters who have closed off their hearts, and it always warms my own heart when they let themselves be vulnerable. This is the fourth book in this series, but I haven’t read the others and it was great as a stand-alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
This is the first book I’ve read by Alys Murray and I’ve already purchased the previous books in this series, so I can read when time permits. This is the story of the last single Anderson sibling, Rose, and Cole, an up and coming actor. Cole left a television series and is going to star in a movie. He realizes he needs some help to pull off the non-existent chemistry with the female star. Enter Annie, a friend to both Cole and Rose, with the perfect solution. Rose has her own reasons for getting Cole on board with her plan and Cole figures this will be the perfect way to get his ex, Vivienne, back. I won’t leave any spoilers, but if you enjoy fake relationship stories, then you will enjoy this book.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture and this is my voluntary and honest review.