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Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as a player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough for her to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?
Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move…provided no one gets hurt.
Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement and the real thing—including them.
I am so in love with Willow and Zane! It’s been awhile since I read a good Melissa Foster and The Real Thing was the perfect book to break the dry spell! Willow and Zane have had it bad for one another for a very long time so when he needs a serious girlfriend—a pretend serious girlfriend—he sees the perfect opportunity to make Willow his! Damn but I do love a man who knows what he wants and goes after it.
Throw in a fun fake fiancé ruse and this is the most amount of fun you can have without getting naked!
The Real Thing combines all the elements that make a really great romance story. Willow and Zane had a past, a really great one if you ask me, by the creek. There was a lot of tenderness and romance, and plenty of hot steamy sex that had me jealous of Willow! There wasn’t a lot of drama and zero angst which I am a huge fan of because falling in love is hard enough, sometimes you don’t need to add anything else to the story and this was one of those stories that didn’t need it.
Melissa Foster created a fun town with some really memorable characters that made the story funny and a little tense at times—thanks to her meddling siblings—and I hope to read their stories very soon! She did a great job of making Zane a bit of a man hoe without making him unbearable. To me, Zane was what an Alpha should be: tough and strong without being a bully. He was totally swoon-worthy and I fell as hard as Willow did by the end.