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In REAL KIND OF LOVE by Sara Rider, Clem and Jake have one week to convince her quirky, overbearing family that their relationship is real during a summer vacation at a lakefront cottage. Fans of ACT LIKE IT by Lucy Parker and ACTING ON IMPULSE by Mia Sosa will love this spicy, lighthearted contemporary romance novel featuring a grumpy hero and introverted heroine. Find out what happens when a fake relationship turns into a real kind of love.
Series: Books & Brews #1
Title: Real Kind of Love
Author: Sara Rider
Release Date:June 5, 2018
Format: Print & Digital
This is a sweet, funny, contemporary fake to real romance with a very loving family determined to keep an eye on all that happens!
Clementine Cox is an audiobook narrator. She’s actually shy and comparatively introverted though for the last three years she’s been a regular at the local brewpub, the Holy Grale, going there regularly to sit in the same place, read and listen to other people. Jake Donovan is one of the bar owners, he’s a workaholic who is still recovering from a broken engagement and the resultant family scissions – he’s definitely not interested in any real romantic relationship, though Clem has him intrigued!
You’ll have to read it yourself to discover just why the two decide to pretend to be a couple during her family lakeside vacation, but be assured it is a fun, action packed and heart-warming tale. Her parents, sisters, brother-in-laws and nieces are all great, loving characters but they just don’t seem to realise Clem can make up her own mind and really doesn’t need any matchmaking! Jake is in for a holiday with a difference as macho challenges, friendly family inquisitions and so much more is in store for him as he tries to resist the attraction between him and Clem. The story had me laughing out loud for most of the time. It is a well paced, delightful read and was just right for relaxing and reading in the sunshine – it certainly put a big smile on my face! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys stories involving a quirky, loving family, a challenging holiday and lots of fun as well as contemporary romance. I’ll definitely be looking out for other books in this series and by this author in future.
I requested and was given a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
As an audiobook narrator, Clementine Cox has no trouble mastering the voices of space aliens, elven warriors, or even demon-possessed cats. But the moment she tries her hand at an erotic romance, she’s stumped. With her deadline looming, she books a week at a secluded cabin to restore her inner muse, telling her loving-but-overbearing family it’s a romantic getaway with her not-so-existent new boyfriend to keep them from worrying. She never expects them to invite themselves along to meet the new guy. Now, she has less than twenty-four hours to find a pretend boyfriend in order to save her job and, potentially, her sanity.
Workaholic Jake Donovan isn’t interested in a real relationship. After a broken engagement, all he wants to do is focus on keeping his brewpub, the Holy Grale, afloat. But when he finds out his favorite customer is in need of a fake boyfriend, and his business partners insist he take a long overdue vacation, he has no choice but to help Clem out. All he has to do is enjoy the sunshine, play nice with her family, and keep his hands to himself for the week.
But Jake’s not prepared to like waking up next to Clem every morning as much as he does. Or to feel so welcome by her quirky family. And as the line between real and fake starts to blur, he realizes one week might never be enough.
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REAL KIND OF LOVE Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Sara Rider
With a deep breath, she opened her eyes to see Jake standing in front of her with his arms crossed. She swallowed the bile rising in her throat, reminding herself that if mortification could actually kill, she’d have been a pile of ashes by now.
“Thanks for playing along. For the record, you die of Ebola tonight. Or dysentery. Whichever one works faster.”
“Clem.” He tilted his head toward her, voice deepening to a low growl. “Why do your sisters think we’re dating?”
“I kind of told them I was going on a romantic getaway this week so they wouldn’t tag along on my vacation. Except instead of giving me space, they booked the cabin right next door and now I need you to use that hammer to build me a tiny little coffin while I curl up and die.”
“Wait a second,” Julia said from the dining room doorway with Eli standing next to her, grinning. “You lied to your family about having a boyfriend and now they think Jake is coming with you on vacation tomorrow?”
“Of course you and Eli overheard,” she mumbled. “I know it was a terrible idea but—”
“It’s a great idea!”
Clem wiped her clammy palms against the ugly pair of basketball shorts she was still wearing and tried to fathom the reason for Julia’s wide grin. “Sure, if you think watching me dig myself into a deep hole with no escape is fun.”
“You don’t need an escape. You need Jake.”
“What?” Her and Jake’s gazes met like a head-on collision.
Eli rubbed his palms together. “I don’t know what devious idea is churning in your brain, Sis, but I have a feeling it’s going to be good.”
“It’s simple. I need Jake to get out of my hair for the next week before he micromanages the wedding I’ve been planning to death, and you need a fake boyfriend. It’s perfect.”
It would be perfect, the devil on Clem’s shoulder whispered. Her family was so desperate to see her in a relationship, they’d probably actually give her some space this week. Maybe even enough that she could focus on the recording she needed to turn over to the publisher two weeks from now.
But it was a ridiculous idea. There was no way Jake would go for it. He had a business. A life. A fiancée. Crap. “You can’t be serious?”
“Sorry, man,” Eli said, raising his palms. “My vote’s with Julia. We outnumber you.”
Jake’s jaw clenched so hard, Clem could see the pulse point ticking in his neck. Her heart thumped against her chest as she waited for him to laugh at her. Or shake his head in disgust. Because there was no way he would actually go through with this.
She braced herself for rejection as he turned toward her, expression grim. “I’m game if you are.”
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About Sara Rider:
Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.
Many thanks to Barclay Publicity for providing materials and organising this tour. I requested and was given a copy of this book and the review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.