Thursday, September 19, 2019

Blog Tour: Fake Date (Dating #2) by Monica Murphy

Fake Date
Dating #2


Monica Murphy


September 17, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life. 

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can't stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party. 

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course. 

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

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My Review

My Thoughts:

Sweet Sarah Harrison works at Bliss Lingerie and is a personal shopper for the grouchy but gorgeous billionaire, Jared Gaines.  For the last six months these two have been enjoying a push pull dynamic where they enjoy pushing each other's buttons, and there is no denying the sizzling chemistry between them.  When Jared starts sending Sarah gifts, she has mixed feelings and decides to confront him about it.  What ultimately comes of that conversation is him asking her to attend his brother's engagement party weekend in San Francisco as his fake girlfriend, and she ends up agreeing.

Jared Gaines reminded me of a Mr. Darcy type.  He came off as grouchy, abrupt, and rude, but he ultimately went through a bout of major character growth.  It didn't happen quickly and unrealistically, and I enjoyed the journey of what it took to get him there.  Even though he frustrated me and Sarah at times, I also couldn't help but feel for him and ultimately understand why his walls were up with all that he had been through.

Sarah was such a sweet, compassionate, and likeable female lead.  She was mature for her age, due to being a surrogate parent to her two younger siblings.  Sarah had so much responsibility that she didn't really get to have adventures and enjoy her life.  I loved seeing her getting the opportunity to be young and free.  Sarah and Jared had a fun, romantic and sexy whirlwind, and I wanted to see these two succeed!

Fake Date was a fun romp!  This story was a great addition to the Dating Series, and can be read as a standalone.  I loved getting to see Sarah interact with Caroline from the first book, as well as all of their other girlfriends.  Jared's sister Candice was one of my favorite character's in this story.  I loved her effervescent personality, and am thrilled that the next story will be hers! Fake Date was a wonderful romance, and I truly enjoyed it!

Book Teaser:

Book Excerpt:

“Mr. Gaines,” I say, pasting on my best customer smile when he lifts his gaze to mine. 

His dark brown eyes flash with an unfamiliar gleam and my breath catches in the back of my throat. “Back so soon, I see.”

“You know I can’t resist you, Miss Harrison.” His smile is slow. Wolfish, if that’s really a thing. I read it in a romance novel once, thought it was kind of silly, but right now, it’s working for Jared. 

His entire demeanor right now reminds me of a predatory creature. His face is all hard lines—stern, straight nose, granite jaw, sharp cheekbones, steely eyes. Yet his mouth, his lips are soft. Full. Lush. 


Shaking my head at the wayward thought, I return his smile, trying my best to remain polite. Professional. 

“Is there anything in particular you’re looking for this afternoon?” I’m surprised by how steady my voice is, considering I feel like my insides are sloshing back and forth, like I’m on a boat in the middle of the ocean. 

“You don’t have anything pulled aside for my appointment?” He raises a single brow, the expression on his face practically daring me to say no. 

Well, guess what? I’m about to say it. 

“No, I didn’t pull anything aside.” I shrug when he glares at me. “You never told me the nature of your visit.” 

He glances about, making sure no one is around, I’d assume. And lucky for him, there’s no one in the store currently. It’s the middle of the week, early afternoon. We normally don’t get too many customers at this time. 

We are the only two people in here. Even Marlo has disappeared. 

“Perhaps you can show me some of your newer items,” he suggests. 

“I can do that.” All new arrivals are at the front of the store, so we’re in the right spot. I lead him to a table showcasing our latest bra and panty design. “Celestial is the theme for spring into summer.” 

I point to the bras made of thin, sheer netting and pink silk, tiny pale pink stars stitched in a scattered pattern across the tulle fabric. They leave nothing to the imagination, and the panties are the same. 

“They hide nothing.” He holds up a pair of brief-cut panties, turning them this way and that. Every time he holds underwear in those big hands of his, I melt a little inside. I don’t know why he affects me like this. 

“You’re right. They don’t,” I agree, grabbing a thong and flipping it over to the thin string of lace that makes up the backside. “But they’re terribly sweet.” 


I glance up to find him watching me. “Sweet yet sexy,” I counter, my cheeks going hot from the way he’s studying me so carefully. 

“You like the celestial theme?” 

I nod. Press my lips together so I don’t say something I regret. Like, I love this theme, or Do you want me to model the panties for you? 

Yeah. That’s a bad idea.


About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. 

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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  1. I love fake dating stories and I am such a sucker for grumpy heroes. This sounds right up my alley. Great review!

  2. i agree with you teresa. great review and it does sound like a lot of fun
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I did read some NA books by the author that I enjoyed but I should try more

    1. Yeah, I've enjoyed a ton of her NA books. Lately, she's been writing more adult, but with her signature writing style :)

  4. Oh, the fake romance/date troupe is usually fun and I do love my grumpy, sexy men! As long as they have a soft heart for their woman, that is. Good to know this can be read as a standalone. I've read and enjoyed Monica Murphy in the past so I'll have to check this one out. Fab review, Lindy! :)

  5. It's been a while since I have read a Monica Murphy book, but this sounds like a lot of fun. The heroine seems to have some depth given her family situation, and can you ever go wrong with fake dating?

  6. I've been seeing this one around lately! Makes sense with a tour ongoing. I like the sound of it and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I haven't read Monica Murphy before.

  7. i do like fun romps through books and from your great review this sounds like there are laughs involved. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Awwwww the excerpt is so adorable!! It's hard to resist these kind of romances Lindy!! I'm glad you enjoyed this even though Jared was a bit of a jerk at times. He obviously had an agenda from the excerpt. I actually adore books with siblings where one takes care of the rest. I always seek those out. ❤️

    1. I enjoy books with sibling relationships too Dani :)

  9. Awww loving this excerpt and your review. Was this a dual POV or was it just from Sarah's perspective? So glad you enjoyed this one. This one is definitely on my tbr list of ones I would love to read.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

  10. This really does sound fun. I hope I can read it at some point.


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