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Fake relationship? As if.
I don’t need a man to complete me, but to get my tubes tied before I turn thirty, I do need a husband.
When the former child TV star turned producing director for the angsty hit drama series currently shooting in my hometown comes to me desperate for a favor, the exchange of my services for his seems like a great idea.
I help him relearn how to drive a car, and he acts as my fiancé for a few doctor’s visits.
What could go wrong?
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives between Dani & Luke
This is the third book in Karen Grey’s Carolina Classics series. While each book focuses on a different couple, there’s definitely some story lines that will weave throughout the whole series making these best enjoyed reading them all and in order.
There’s a fine line to balancing a fiercely independent main character with providing readers a believable romance story all while maintaining the essence of who they are. Grey accomplishes that with Dani & Luke in this fake-relationship-becomes-true-love.
I love how Luke supports Dani’s mission to permanently prevent becoming a parent while unpacking how her fears are impacting the rest of her life. Dani helps Luke discover who he is outside of the roles he’s been playing his entire life. These two also have a lot of fun on the beach and in the bedroom. Add in two adorable dogs and it’s a great story.
As with the others, we catch up on how the previous couples are doing, there’s a HFN for Dani & Luke, and a cliffhangerish tease for the next book.
I just want to say how awesome it is that Grey gives us a character who doesn’t want children and that her HEA isn’t predicated on changing her mind about that.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
Karen Grey is the pen name for award-winning audiobook narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20thcentury, she balanced child-rearing and career for most of the 2000’s. Now, she’s not only emptied her nest of children, she’s taken it and her many pets on the road, so she can spend more time with her nomadic TV sound mixer husband while she makes up happy-ending stories.
You can connect with Karen Grey here:
My Favorite Quotes
“The guy who I thought didn’t even know my name has peered into my heart, examined my soul, and given me the perfect gift.”
“If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result, the number of times I’ve paid someone to tell me I don’t get to make decisions about my own body would qualify me as wacked.”
“It’s not like I’m in charge.”
“No, if you were in charge, the problem would be fixed.”
“The kiss I expect? A brief, ceremonial meeting of lips. The one I get? Circuit-breaking.”
“the list of ways I want to pleasure this woman is growing by the minute.”
“does love make you look at everything with rose-colored glasses? And if so, how do you know what’s real?”
“I am an actor. I could pretend to be other people. If that’s what you’re into.”