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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,303 ratings  ·  981 reviews
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
Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Real Deal is my very first book by Lauren Blakely. She’s the author that I have bunches of her books on my tbr list, but I just never get to them. So when the opportunity came up to read this one, I grabbed it, and I’m so glad I did!

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
Tracy  C
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this immensely! Neither Theo nor April were looking for any type romantic relationship. And then, BAM! It smacks them upside the head in the best way. I adored seeing them try to navigate real life between the rules of their deal. Lauren Blakely is such a queen of the rom com!

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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Real Deal from St Martin's Press and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!

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!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I loved this book! Absolutely adored it.

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
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Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars.....

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
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
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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
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, rom-com
I received a surprise ARC of this book and am happy to say I loved it! I'm a huge fan of Lauren Blakely, and The Real Deal made me giggle all the way through. Spicy enough to arrest my attention with a genuinely likable pair of main characters, The Real Deal is a fast and enjoyable read and can be read as a stand-alone.
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story this is. I loved it. An easy read that starts with April dreading going home for her family reunion weekend because her family is seriously into matchmaking. Obnoxiously so. April is a well known body painter, she makes a great living and is up for a coveted opportunity and is excited about that. Her family is clueless really as to what she does and all they panther to do is move back home. Not gonna happen. Her friend Xavier was her fill in arm candy for the reunion,when ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
He is cocky and vulnerable at the same time. His skills know no end! He is a chameleon at changing personalities, voices, and improv to suit your needs. He is the boyfriend-for-hire April hires to accompany her to the family reunion.

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
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of The Real Deal from Net Galley and St. Martins Press in exchange for a honest and voluntary review**

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
Pamela Lilley
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, sexy, funny and addictive. Definitely addictive, I could not put this book down. The story, a fake boyfriend for hire, was not in anyway unusual, both Theo and April had their reasons for doing this and they were hell bent on not being in a real relationship with each other, or anyone else for that matter. I fell instantly in love with Theo, I loved his sense of humour, his inadequacies, his loyalty and the way I imagine he looks. April too, had an awesome sense of humour, their banter an ...more
I've been in the mood for a sweet romance lately and I've heard nothing by wonderful things about Lauren Blakely.

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
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To get her match making family off her back for the family reunion, April hires Theo to be her pretend boyfriend.
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
Emily Przybylo
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. I wasn't certain I would like the tough bad boy exterior of Theo but he turned out to be not only adorable but hardly a bad boy at all! I love the trope of pretend boyfriend/engagement, so that's a natural first step toward loving this book. I also loved the hints of jealousy and cute flirting. I think my favorite surprises were that I didn't mind them falling in love over 5 days — somehow it worked — and the fact that they didn't just get intima ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The characters are engaging. The plot is fresh and imaginative. There is plenty of tension throughout the book to keep the reader's interest piqued. The secondary characters all have individual personalities that make them as interesting as the H and h.

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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Sizzling Summer Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very charming and amusing book. The hero and heroine have unique professions. April paints people for a living - not the flowers on little kids’ cheeks at the fair kind of human painting, but for music videos, a Sports Illustrated sort of swimsuit edition. Google it - it’s really a big deal for some people. She’s good and she makes a decent living. However, she hasn’t had luck in love and she’s dreading going home for her family reunion without a guy because she knows that everyone wi ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lauren Blakely Fans, Romance
5 Real, Real Stars
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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
Ash Luna
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Read deal is another Lauren Blakely hit! April and Theo's story sucked me in and I didn't want to put this book down until I knew what would happen. Loved every single bit of it! ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Such a sweet love story!
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
Robin Powers
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was just super adorable! A little slow burn but fun and flirty and just right up my quirky alley. April is tired of being set up by her family and Theo is just the boyfriend for hire she needs! From the start, their playful role-playing was just sexy and all I could think was "lets act on this!" Their chemistry was at a low simmer most of the story and you could just feel it perking along. April's family was so close and the kind of well-meaning and supportive folks you wish everyone h ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
<3 4,5 stars <3

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
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As much as a few Blakely reads have given me joy (real talk : more lols than joy), I've also been plagued with a lot of 'yeah it was cute but whatevers' from her, too. Sometimes that's all you want, though, so I was happy enough with that when I needed it, even as I was shifting away from her books instead of clamouring for any new releases. But I risked a chance and gave THE REAL DEAL a shot because of the switch from smutty contemporary to something more women's fic'y. And honestly I think I l ...more
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
April Hamilton is heading home for a family reunion, but she refuses to go alone. Ever since her fall from grace when she dated a married man who said he wasn’t married, her well-intentioned relatives have all banded together to set her up with someone nice. Unfortunately, their version of ‘nice’ means someone back home, taking April away from the city and away from her career. As well meaning as they are, they don’t understand her or her passion for her work. So going on this trip alone is a no ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, steamy, romance
Well crap. I finished this weeks ago and just forgot to review it. Which is doing all of us a disservice. I'll do my best based on my admittedly poor memory.

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
mxa ☂︎
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wasn't going to write a review for this book because I didn’t want to criticize any aspect of the novel and I still don't so I'll just mention briefly what I personally didn't enjoy.

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
4 "remember when?" stars!

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
With The Real Deal, Lauren Blakely delivers a compellingly feel-good story full of humor and delicious chemistry that will make you smile and swoon.

April Hamilton loves her family and their summer reunions, she just doesn’t want to go alone to the next one because she knows everyone and their mother will try to set her up with a nice man from her home town. Even though it comes from a good place, they don’t understand her career and desire to live in the big city so when her sends her an ad link
Paula Terrado
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
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