Mini Reviews: A Boyfriend-For-Hire & A Good Luck Charm


The Real Deal
by Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsforHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family’s summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL. 

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s thisclose to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau — the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

I have been meaning to read Lauren Blakely’s books for well over a year now, but for some reason I just never got around to picking them up—no surprise there since I’m always 600 years late to the party. So when The Real Deal landed on my eReader, I was ready to give it a go and finally see why Lauren’s books are so beloved among my fellow romance readers.

Before April Hamilton can head home for her annual family reunion, she needs to find a date to accompany her so her family will stop playing matchmaker with her love life. That’s where Theo Banks comes in, a boyfriend-for-hire who will play any role you want. April decides to hire Theo for the gig and hopes that the next five days goes by as smoothly as possible. But between competitive games and going down memory lane, lines are blurred and what started off as an act turns into something real.   

The fake dating trope is probably one of least favorite romance tropes, but there was something about The Real Deal that had me hooked from the start and I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the last page. I enjoyed the writing immensely and couldn’t stop laughing while I was reading. I really liked how family played such a big part in this story. April’s family is a fucking riot and they will definitely keep you entertained. I also loved Theo’s relationship with his brother and the fact that they have each other’s backs no matter what. I liked April’s character for the most part, but I didn’t quite connect with her as strongly as I did with Theo’s character. I think it’s because Theo’s story line had a bit of mystery surrounding it and I was dying to know all about his troubled past. Also, Theo is a total charmer and he definitely has the boyfriend-for-hire gig down pat because I was swooning all over him! I will say that the romance did fall a little flat for me at times because I wanted some more angst. The chemistry between April and Theo was great, but I wished things had gone a bit slower between the pair. Nonetheless, The Real Deal was a fun romantic read and I definitely plan on bumping up a few of Lauren’s other books on my TBR so I can read more of her sweet romances soon! 



The Good Luck Charm
by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher:  Forever

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm? New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance. 

Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again. 

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that. 

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

The Good Luck Charm was one of my most anticipated releases for the summer and while Helena Hunting’s books are usually a hit or miss for me, I’m glad to say that this one ended up being a hit. It had me smiling like a goof ball the whole time I was reading it and I simply couldn’t get enough! 

The last person Delilah Jane ever expected to see again was her childhood love, Ethan Kane. But eight years later, he’s returned home after being traded to a new hockey team and he wants to give his relationship with Delilah a second shot. Scared of being left broken-hearted again, Delilah struggles to let Ethan in and soon finds herself having to choose between her heart and her dreams. Can these two find a way to move on from the past or will fear hold them back from a happy ending? 

I didn’t really have a clue what this book was going to be about before I started, but I knew that it was a second-chance romance and honestly no more needed to be said since I devour second-chance romances like my life depends on it. And devour is exactly what I did once I started The Good Luck Charm. One thing I was wary about before going into this book was the writing. Helena Hunting’s humor can sometimes rub me the wrong way but luckily the writing in this book was the complete opposite. It was sweet and sexy and I had so many feels, hence why I couldn’t stop smiling while reading. I connected with Lilah’s character instantly and I just wanted her to have her cake and eat it too. She’s such a caring person who puts everyone else’s needs before her own and it’s what makes her a great nurse. On the other hand, I didn’t quite connect with Ethan’s character as much as I would’ve liked. I felt like his chapters were just centered around Lilah and we didn’t get to know who he was as a character without Lilah by his side. I just needed a little bit more from him. On a better note, I adored the romance and I enjoyed seeing these two rekindle their old flame. There was a bit of a twist thrown in at the end and holy hell, I did not see that coming at all! It literally had me at the edge of my seat! The Good Luck Charm was a sweet and feel good second-chance romance and fans of Helena Hunting definitely won’t be disappointed. I’m hoping this book will hold me over until the Pucked Love eBook releases because yo gurl needs more of Helena’s hockey romances in her life!


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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

7 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: A Boyfriend-For-Hire & A Good Luck Charm

  1. The Real Deal sounds like such a me book, I actually adore the fake relationship trope but I know it’s not for everyone so I think that one has to be bought. I’ve not read any Helena Hunting (I don’t think) so I think I’ll have to give The Good Luck Charm a shot as I’ve seen a couple of decent reviews for it and it sounded like fun.

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