The Real Deal
Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!
April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist 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 r
April Hamilton lives in New York and has built a successful career as a body painter. She’s an artist that prefers her canvas to be human. She loves what she does. What she hasn’t been as successful at is dating. Her previous boyfriend, the one she thought she mi ...more
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5 stars! The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely was read in one sitting. Fantastic characters, great story line and overall funny!!! If you are looking for an entertaining, funny and steamy summer read, this book is it! ...more
This is one of those romances that just makes you swoon. I found myself falling in love with Theo right along with April. He was the absolute most perfect book boyfriend. Even though he was supposed to be "acting" you could tell that he really wasn't. The chemistry between the two characters was just off the charts. They both complimented each other really well and their witty banter was hilarious. I loved their little "remember when" stories, they were s ...more
Oh how I loved this book! All of Lauren Blakely's books, in fact. The Real Deal is a "hired boyfriend/date trope. Although this trope is high in predictability, the entertainment factor is always a plus. Especially when the book is written with the romantic comedy genre. And being written by Lauren Blakely always adds more fun.
April and Theo were a perfect couple. I felt this strongly even before they met. Each perspective gave me the perfect amount of insight to come to this conclus ...more
This was so freakin fluffy and so steamy, wow!
April loves her family like crazy, every four years they make this huge family reunion in her mother’s B&B. They do a lot of games and the winner gets to choose to which Organisation he or she wants to donate the money they win.
But since an idiot broke April’s heart something changed. Now her family consists of matchmakers who want to couple her with all the amazing (haha) men in her hometown.
But April does not want to be matched with a ...more
April is desperately in need of a boyfriend to keep the matchmakers at bay during her family's reunion, but when her best friend, Xavier, has to go away at the last minute, she's ...more
If you think this is a run of a mill boyfriend-for-hire story, think again! Theo is just lost in this world like a rolling stone looking for a place he belongs. He has scraped his way through life since he was fourteen and his parents died. All he knows is the con ga ...more
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely really makes you think...what would you do if everyone from your home town wants to set you up with their pick of a perfect husband for you? They also don't understand why she can't do her job, Body Painting, there vs. New York City. It's made April Hamilton not want to return home but this time for the annual family reunion games she's asked h ...more
But when they meet the attraction between them is real and as they started making up stories, and concocting tales the lines between pretend and real start getting blurred. But there is something that Theo is hiding from April, how will she react when she knows the truth ?
The real deal is a funny, sweet and swoon worthy read. I enjoyed the banter and make believe stories between Apri ...more
The Real Deal was unfortunately not what I was expecting for a sucker punch romance. I feel like this was a tad bit too cheesy for my taste in romance.
April Hamilton is a strong and sassy young woman that has been single for awhile now and is on a no dating diet. She is getting tired of having her family trying to set her up on multiple dates. She has a summer reunion to attend to an ...more
The backstories are revealed in increments that keep the reader guessing. It is well-paced. The attraction between Theo and April is believable and sweet.
I wanted to gobble it all up and read the whole thing at one sitting. Unf ...more
Lauren Blakely did it again! Another fabulous romantic comedy that doesn’t take its self too seriously... I know I can always count on Miss Blakely for some laughs and abs....
April is not going to her families summer reunion without a date! She is done with the family constantly trying to fix her up just to get her to come home... Theo is a bartender with a gig on the side.... he is a rent a boyfriend... i’m sure you can tell how this all starts out... April and ...more
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First, understand this is a Terrific Rom/Com. However, I have some thoughts first of what this story brings to the table...
Each of us are unique. We are products of our genetics, how we are nurtured and what we experience in our formative years. That doesn't say whatever happened is set in stone or people have no control of their lives. It is how we react and the challenges we have to handle allow us to make changes and grow.
In Lauren ...more
I just love this story! It’s a twist on a familiar theme where you rent a fake friend for an event. However, this one is a bit different because it’s the female renting the boyfriend for a long weekend at the parents. Why bring your own date? Because everyone is relentless about hooking April up with someone from home.
So April has a friend who knows a guy that rents himself out for events. From the time April and Theo meet you can just feel the conn ...more
The Real Deal was a lighthearted,sweet and refreshing story!The romance was beautiful and both characters were likeable.Theo make me swoon and melt over him.April is such a cute and smart heroine.
It was fast paced and I enjoyed the story a lot.The plot was so good and the characters were well developed.April and Theo were a perfect couple, they fit so good together.I couldn't imagine them with someone else.I had a smile in my face with these two, they were flirty and funny.
If you ...more
Theo and April have some great chemistry. I loved their banter and that they communicated so well even though there were barriers that should have gotten in their way given their disparate circumstances. I loved how open she was with him and how he was more open than he probably should have been and only became more so over time. I can't rec ...more
So, I didn't really go into this book with big expectations, this is actually my first Lauren Blakely's written work and I wanted something cute to get me out of a weird reading slump.
It was cute.... for the first few chapters. I had the e-book format and I literally screenshot the third page of the book to show i ...more
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Humor.
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Lauren Blakely has delivered in her brand new romance, The Real Deal. Fans of romances that feature fake relationships and small town feels are going to want to grab this one. It's a true pleasure to read. I quickly got sucked into the story line and fell head over heels for April and Theo. I love how Lauren added some humor to the story (my favorite books ALWAYS have laugh out loud moments) and how she ma ...more
Story: 4 stars
Female Narrator: 2.5 stars for being too moan-y
Male Narrator: 5 stars
So, my day started off with a severe migraine that even prescription meds had a hard time taking care of. I really wanted to read but my eyes were too sore so I perused audiobooks on Scrib'd and found this! I was in the mood for a 90s rom-com movie...witty banter, fun characters and just an all around good time...and this totally fit the bill!
I loved the fake relationship between April & T ...more
5 beautiful shining stars for this book because its a romcom that you can’t put down. Its light, beautifully written, and the drama is not heavy enough to feel dragging. Just the right amount of drama.
The characters in this book are named Theo Banks and April Hamilton; i’m totally honest when i say that i love them both. April is a sweet, independent & caring girl but can be really tough and fierce when she has to. Theo would seem like a badass guy who does things just to rip you off but o ...more