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Daring to dream sometimes makes you wonder . . . ‘Is This for Real?’ by Kathy Strobos – #Review #BlogTour

An opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, fake dating romantic comedy

Love is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Usually me. I admit it, I’m a relationship-recluse. Ironic, given that I write romantic comedies. So, I’m on a sabbatical from dating.

Which is why fake dating my best friend Rory is fool-proof. Rory suggested it because he needed a date for work functions. And I can use our experiences as fodder for my romcom novel. Plus, my sister doesn’t know it’s not real and she is thrilled that I’m not walling myself off emotionally. Her words, not mine. But I do wish she would stop saying that she always suspected there was something more between me and Rory. She should realize that we’ve been friends forever so I’m immune to his appeal. 

We would never work. Rory is such a romantic; he still believes in that perfect love similar to his parents’ marriage. My parents fought bitterly. So, we are better off as friends. I can’t risk losing our friendship, even if this might be my chance—before his ex-girlfriend wins him back.  

Those flickers of attraction? Easily extinguished by cold water reality—like a two-mile hike in drenching rain over sand with wheelie luggage. 

But our relationship is not sticking to the plot—or is it?

My Review:

This is a contemporary best friends-first, fake dating romance
She's an aspiring romance author who really wants the chance
To have her work published but is struggling, too
When Rory comes up with an idea for them both to do.
He's fed up of being hit on by some wives a work so
Suggests they fake date and they agree to give it a go.
They've been best friends for so many years
They hope this will help them both and not end in tears....

He's a romantic at heart as he believes in love that's true
Whilst she's uncertain after all that she's been through.
Her life seems to have been filled with tragedy and grief
But being with Rory always brings her lots of relief.
When his ex-girlfriend turns up, to add angst to the plot
And feelings start changing, not just a little but a lot
Maybe they could be more than best friends?
You need to read for yourself to see how it ends!

This story if fun, with many parts that bring laughter
But is really a search for their happily ever after.
The break up of relationships of folks they're close to
Have impacted their attitudes and what they go through.
There are plenty of twists, with many problems to face
Before everything can work out and be in the right place.
But what is that place and with whom should it be?
Reading the book is the best way to see!

For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you,
I throughly enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.

Amazon UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Real-friends-lovers-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09L2J9XD3

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/This-Real-friends-lovers-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09L2J9XD3

Author Bio:

Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School, Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude, and Columbia Law School. She spent two semesters abroad at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.

Twitter: @kathystrobos

Instagram: kathystroboswriter

www.kathystrobos.com

Facebook: @kathystrobosRewrites

6 comments on “Daring to dream sometimes makes you wonder . . . ‘Is This for Real?’ by Kathy Strobos – #Review #BlogTour

  1. kathystrobos15
    January 29, 2022

    Wow! Your poem is AMAZING! I am so impressed. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Blog Tour Continues! - Kathy Rewrites

  3. Giulia Skye
    February 4, 2022

    I really enjoyed this book too, and I love your review in poetry form! Giulia x

    Liked by 1 person

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