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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,143 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Fake Girlfriend, Real Arousal

A woman I've never seen before just told her father I'm her boyfriend.
I walked into the restaurant to grab dinner between important meetings and there she was, red cheeked and fury in her electric blue eyes.
I figure I'll help her out with whatever she has going on with her father, so I kiss her.
If she wants to be what's on my menu, that's fine
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published March 2nd 2017
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
First off... a Chinese restaurant with the name The Fat Kok?!

That definitely grabbed my attention. RIGHT away. The author's writing, the plot, the characters and their chemistry with one another are what held it.

Darcy was afraid to love. After losing her fiance four years ago from a heart attack, she changed. She established a charity that helped young adults with heart disease and their families, she threw herself into her work as a strategist for her father's company, and she limited her
Alex ♈
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Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book through Billionaire Bad Boys ARC (which includes 3 other books) and I was so impressed! It was the first book written by Simone that Ive read and I had no idea what to expect. But now, after reading Arousal, Im 100% sure that I will read all her books.
About this book: there is one thing that made me angry all the time - Darcys father! OMG! I wanted to kill that man. He was such an awful person! And his attitude 🙄, dont even get me started about his way of speaking with others
Amanda Brown
ARC exchanged for an honest review.

If you are ever wanting to read an easy and quick story with a guaranteed happily ever after, choosing something by Simone Sowood is the way to go.

I have read a handful of books written by her now and I am never disappointed; although this book wasn't my favorite, it obviously wasn't terrible either.

I love reading about how the heroine and hero meet. It is always one of my most favorite parts in the story. Simone always makes it amusing and unpredictable,
nope.. not about this stupidity..
But stupid me actually read the whole thing.
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

First things first : You will have a totally different look on chocolate once you are through with this book. I was reading it while commuting and I really wished I had some good chocolate with me, so you might want to get some of your favorite sweet goddess before you start reading you are going to need it.

Simone Sowood is a typewriter . Yeah well really that is the only explanation that I have for the speed in which she throws out her novels. Today her newest one Arousal went live. Form the
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
omg what a mess.

I call BS if you say you liked this book. It was okay up until 15% but by then I had enough, although I did read up until like 75% because mama didnt raise no quitter but then I literally couldn't do it anymore.

The heroine's personality was absolute torture. just sooo overly dramatic and ridiculous not to mention no heat between characters, arousal? they had nerve naming it that because I was so unaroused I had to take a shower to moisten things up again.

Ugh. It just really
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC Provided by the Author***

I am not sure what I thought this was going to be about, but it definitely went a different way than I expected...unfortunately, I didn't totally believe the storyline and I thought it was a little contrived in places.

And, it is difficult to say why without giving away the plot of the story, which is not something I want to do here.

So, what I am going to say is that Ms. Sowood has become an author I look forward to reading. I am not actually sure how I ended up
Paula White
I was gifted an ARC for an honest review.

You have to suspend belief for this story as the chances of it actually happening is highly unlikely but would be very nice! A quick read with like-able main characters.
Sharon Dunn
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!! I loved every minute of this story. Liam, has some major secrets and he doesn't let just anyone into his circle. Darcy, is head strong, smart and very independent if only she could get her dad to see her that way. She is at her wits end when in walks Liam and she introduces this complete stranger to her dad. Everything gets crazy from there and secrets get exposed. This is a story that will have you on the edge if your seat to see what can happen next. Great job Simone!!
Tracey Pedersen
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book from an Amazon ad which I NEVER do - the premise sounded so interesting, I couldn't resist! I loved everything about this book, especially the pickup at the start. The characters were interesting and the sex scenes hot. The only downside for me was the ending - the hero went from a hermit-like existence keeping his identity a secret from everyone to going on TV and suggesting they do it over and over. I know we suspend reality when reading romance but that was a teensy bit ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The other books by Simone Sowood were hot, quick and enjoyable reads and I was hoping that this book was the same. It was! I really liked this book a lot. This book has great characters, plot and writing. I love it when the characters start a fake relationship that will become a real relationship.

Liam never expected someone to call him her boyfriend when he went to pick some food. He decides to play along, because he is attracted to her and he wants to get to know her. Liam even forgets about
Janice Somers
I really liked this story. Who was he???
This is one of the most, kept me guessing, stories. It starts with a fake boyfriend, verbally abusive father/boss, and secretive lover that has many names and when she finds out who he is........OMG
I really loved all of the story and angst, filthy sex and when he talks to in French she just melts.
This is a keeper and a must read for a really great love story and HEA.
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
A sexy, quick, fast-paced, and enjoyable read with an intriguing plot, well-developed characters, secrets, drama, and chemistry. Arousal is a riveting, edge of your seat love story that will have you turning the pages to see how the story unfolds.

I volunteered to review an advanced readers copy of this book.
Miranda Whore
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arousal by Simone Sowood is a great read. Fast paced and full of heart. The characters are well developed as well as the relationship development. The chemistry between Liam and Darcy is spot on... Darcy is standoffish at first, scared of being hurt, but the draw to Liam is too much to ignore.

If you're looking for a sexy, quick read grab this one up! Four Stars and Four Wet Panties.

ARC review by Miranda at Mommy's a Book Whore.
Lori Vandenburg
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chance meeting. Darcy couldn't stand it anymore. Her dad was getting on her nerves about not having a boyfriend. To stop the torment she grabs the first guy available. Wow!! Liam didn't intend to stay for dinner, but how can your refuse an invitation like that. Their chemistry is instant. Their personal baggage, lack of full disclosure, and misunderstandings almost tear them apart. This was a steady read. Very hot billionaire and the perfect matched woman. If this is the kind of books that you ...more
Erika BookHavenBookBlog
"His eyes capture mine, and our gazes lock, causing my body to hum and buzz from head to toe. I don't know what it is about this man that makes me want to abandon everything I've believed and lived for the past four years."

A chance meeting turns in to a whirlwind, quick, sexy, engaging read. Loved this couple and the mystery surrounding our male character. A highly enjoyable, fun, hot read! I thank the Author for allowing me to voluntarily review!

~~~Erika, Book Haven Book Blog
Julie Jefferies
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simone at her finest, you'll be hooked from chapter one

Darcy works in the business her dad founded, and she has spent her working life being told how bad she's doing, everything is negative despite the fact that she basically runs the whole company. But when her dad starts talking about her love life she snaps and makes up a boyfriend, the next guy who walks in the door of the restaurant will be him. When Liam decided to get take out, the last thing he expected was the best kiss of his life,
A little birdie told me...
I've been with this author for a year as part of her original ARC team, so I'm loyal to her.

My review has nothing to do with her writing or the storyline (necessarily). It's my personal preference in this review, so it might be best to ignore my opinion.

Ugh. I'm just so over the accidental-boyfriend/billionaire-with-a-secret trope. I really liked the characters, and the way they met was cute; however, it was all so only-in-your-dreams-would-this-happen, that it made it hard for me to buy into
Angie McGuire
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, with a different see sort of plot. Yes, it's a fake-type plot, but none like you've read before. There is no contract to get out of a mass of media issues, or to deal with a mother trying to marry off a child. This was one that was a spur of the moment.."hey dad meet my boyfriend" and she didn't even know his name. That part was comical to say the least. Poor Liam was brought into dinner with two people here didn't even know while they were arguing the whole time.

Darcy was a very
Dec 31, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Fake Girlfriend, Real Arousal

A woman Ive never seen before just told her father Im her boyfriend.
I walked into the restaurant to grab dinner between important meetings and there she was, red cheeked and fury in her electric blue eyes.
I figure Ill help her out with whatever she has going on with her father, so I kiss her.
If she wants to be whats on my menu, thats fine by me.
As she melts into my arms, the taste of her lips and the fire in her eyes hits
Toni Lewis
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book defiantly deserves more than five stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.. loved, loved it . The chemistry was unreal . Working for her father she was never good enough and one day to shut her dad up she told him she had a boyfriend, who was techinically the next guy that walked into the Resturaunt . Liam was surprised to say the much but things changed real quick for him and Darcy. Need to read to see what happens you will love it I promise ...more
Arlene Adams
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed at the name of this book. What a perfect name. Once you get to meet the main male character of the book you will understand the title. This was truly an awesome read.

I almost fell out to the chair laughing at the first meet with Darcy and Liam. What could of been going through Liams mind for a strange woman to walk up to him and introduce herself to her father and her boyfriend. The feeling between them was electric. There is so many things that could of gone wrong but what Darcy was
Elizabeth Grey
Not really terrible, but totally OTT. It's a bit too saccharine and contrived for me.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This advanced reading copy was received in exchange of an honest review.

Simone doesn't disappoint in this quick whirlwind romance... Tired of hearing her nagging father, Darcy decides that she will pretend that the next man that walks through the doors of the restaurant will be her pretend boyfriend. Lucky for her, the next patron actually went along with her hair-brained scheme.
On the surface, Liam is just a regular consultant but who he really is is what makes this story so very
Sunny Shelly Reads
i know I'm always going to get a good story from Simone, and although what brings the H/h together in Arousal was a bit hokey, it was still an enjoyable one!

Darcy's at dinner with her dad, who keeps grilling her about her lack of a boyfriend. Suddenly, a hot young guy walks into Fat Kok (best restaurant name ever!!) and Darcy claims he's her new beau. Liam goes along, not knowing who the heck this bickering father and daughter are. There is an intense attraction between them, and Liam seeks her
Linda Rea
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this story today and finished it today! So good I couldn't put it down. Darcy is waiting with her father at Fat KoK a restaurant known for great food and being rude to its customers. Because they were late they now have to wait for the table because theirs was given away no matter who her father is but while waiting Darcy's dad is lecturing her again about getting a boyfriend and a date for her cousins wedding. When she has had enough she lies and tells him she has one and grabs the next ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gotta love how these two meet at Fat Kok! The name of the restaurant alone had me in stitches, but the way Darcy's eyes plead with Liam was a hoot - especially when he played along. He made quite the attentive boyfriend of three weeks...errrrr, months. Daddy was a pain. I liked how he (Liam) finally opened up and allowed her all the way inside his heart. I didn't like her little fit over his 'lie', as he had tried to tell her who he was and it wasn't like her 'secrets' would've made him a rich ...more
This is the kind of story that I love. I loved the way the Liam and Darcy met. I loved the way they just connected. I loved that there's secrets throughout the whole story and they are being revealed one secret after another. This is what makes the story fascinating and interesting.

I did find Liam's love for Darcy a bit to fast but I just accepted it for what it was.
This is a very good book and the hot chemistry between Darcy and Liam is worth reading.

I was gifted a copy of this book in
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