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Publisher Description

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsForHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

July 10
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

EhrenZeller ,

Great read!

Love it💕

@LisaHines711 ,

Review: The Real Deal

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely is a standalone contemporary fake lover romance told in dual POV and complete with a happily ever after. Sweet and Sexy, Spicy and tantalizing, this book was a page turning read. I just HAD to know how these two would resolve their issues, hangups, doubts and feelings...

April needs a buffer for her trip home. It is reunion weekend and her ENTIRE family is trying to set her up with one or another all with the special qualification of being from her hometown - where she no longer lives and does NOT want to move back to. When her male best friend cancels on her at the last minute he gives her an option via his friend and his craigslist ad.

Theo has been hustling since he was a teenager. Aside from bartending he is a platonic date for hire and can be whatever type of date you can imagine someone needing. He has been a fake fiancé, a bad boy, he has made other guys jealous, made dad's mad, you name it and he has a plan for it. When his friend asks him to consider helping April it comes at a time when he is in desperate need for the cash. The only problem, this may the first client he has ever been attracted to.

Hot and sexy, angsty and unexpected - It was a pleasure to read. Enjoy!

LKKtechie ,

Sweet with real

What lengths would go to to stop you family from meddling in your love life? Would you answer a "boyfriend-for-hire" ad? That is exactly what April does when her good friend get an unbelievable job in England. April is smart, fun, intelligent, and very talented artist who happens to the human body as her canvas. April is returning home for a family reunion and would prefer to not have to deal with her family (loving family) interferring with her love life. What type of person puts an ad on a website to hire out as a platonic date. That would be Theo, a man desperate to pay off a debt to keep from worrying his only family, his brother. Turns out Theo is quite talented with his voice and his ability to imitate a variety of accents. Theo and April pretend to the real deal and somehow along the way their feelings truly did turn into the "Real Deal". This newest book by Lauren Blakely is sweet, heartwarming, and a fun summer read. Theo is handsome, smart, swoon-worthy, and has a heart-of-gold. Will April forgive Theo for not telling her all the details of his past or will April pass up "The Real Deal" with Theo? To find out the answers to these questions read The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely. A great anytime read!! I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. 5 stars*****

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