Review & Quote-tastic (28): TEMPTING HER FAKE FIANCE by Julie Particka

 

tempting her fake fianceTitle: Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (Gone Hollywood #1)
Author: Julie Particka
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Source: eARC via Publisiher
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

A proposition leads to compromising positions…

Journalist Stasia Grant needs a hero. Specifically one who will help her humiliate her ex-husband after he publicly left her for another woman. In Vegas for the biggest interview of her career, Stasia is grappling with a broken heart, her cheating ex (and the other woman), and a serious need for revenge. Her salvation comes from the most unlikely place― charming and sexy-as-all-get-out action star Evan Stone.

After spending his life playing a superhero, Evan has a plan for delicious satisfaction: a fake, week-long engagement. He’ll not only show Stasia’s ex what he’s missing but gain some sympathetic publicity to turn around his image as a player. It’s win-win for them both. But neither expected the sizzling chemistry that erupts whenever they’re together. Stepping out for the paparazzi, Stasia and Evan are about to pull off the performance of a lifetime…but will they fall for their own con?
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My Review:

 

Why did I want to read this book?

I’m really enjoying the Entangled Brazen books. I haven’t read this author before but that blurb was tempting enough that I gave this a shot and requested for it.

 

What worked for me?

I love how this book turned my expectations around and gave me something more. The familiar set-up of play-acting a relationship to accomplish something for both the characters was good but I love how the author offered something fresher in terms of conflict that really gave the story its meat, so to speak, its weight.

Stasia suffered a terrible blow, a broken heart and a diminished spirit when she got divorced from her cheating husband. A part of her wanted very much to extract revenge for the hurts she suffered. Evan, on the other hand, is a famous movie star who needed to clean up his reputation as a player. When they decided to pretend to be engaged, I thought I knew where this story was going to go. And while there were things I’ve come to expect that did happen, which were still great, the author was also able to give her readers that sense of reality in terms of two people finding their way through all of the lies in what they show to the public, what they keep to themselves, and most of all, what they are not telling each other. Apart from the issue about the public’s perception about them and their relationship, there’s also that conflict about how they each see themselves and what it would mean if they do admit and accept that they are falling in love. And I really, really appreciate how the author has taken the trajectory of this conflict.

 

What did not work for me?

The beginning was just a little jarring in terms of tone, transition, and pacing, especially with how they did end up with the pretense arrangement. But other than that, it was all good. And the conflict resolution, I really loved.

 

My over-all take on it?

The way this story progresses came as a wonderful surprise to me. I appreciated the conflicts that the characters had to go address and I loved how these conflicts were solved in the end. It wasn’t an easy happily-ever-after but I also loved that because it made the relationship much more real and believable.

 

My rating:

3 stars 

 

DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

 

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

Everyone’s welcome to join in. Authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier! Just grab the button and toss up your post 🙂 Don’t have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

In the scene below, our heroine Stasia is teaching our hero, Evan tricks in playing skee ball.

“That’s your first mistake. No one starts out hitting hundreds unless it’s a fluke.”

True, but it was the highest score on there. He had to have those if he ever wanted to beat Vicky. “All right, ignore the corners. What else?”

Now, her eyes practically glittered with reflected lights and glee. “Kneel.”

“If you’re trying for Loki there, you might want to work on your accent.”

She swatted him lightly on the arm. “I’m not mimicking anyone. You’re just too tall. So kneel.”

 

 

Why is this quote fantastic?

Call me biased (because I totally am) but when a character mentions or refers to Loki played by Tom Hiddleston in a book, I’ll definitely quote you on my blog! lol 🙂

 

So, what’s YOUR favorite quote this week?

Don’t forget to hop around and check out everyone’s picks for the week! Never know, you just might find your next favorite read!

 

 

About the Author:

julie partickaJulie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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