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What happens when an overachieving psychologist with OCD tendencies and an impulsive, out-of-work actress start a fake relationship?
Claire Renshaw thought she had it all: a successful career as a couples therapist, a publishing contract for her self-help book, and a happy relationship. But her perfect world falls apart when her fiancée calls off their engagement. Bec
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ebook, 311 pages
Published February 21st 2018 by Ylva Publishing
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Lex Kent
4.5 Stars. This was my kind of book! That darn fake relationship storyline just gets me every time. I think I’m such a sucker for this premise because the author has to really work at the romance. These are not insta love stories, often the characters are opposites or even dislike each other. Authors have to build the chemistry and sexual tension up slowly to make it believable and that is exactly what Jae did here. Anyone who is not living under a rock, and reads lesfic, knows Jae is one of the ...more
lov2laf
I enjoyed this more than Jae's other books of late. It ticks some boxes that are usually fun to read: ice queen, fake romance setup, opposites attract, slow burn. And thankfully it's absent of the late break up trope and instalove.

I particularly preferred Lana's character especially because she was straight forward and I liked seeing Lana and Claire share their thoughts and feelings. Strangely enough, that's not something we often see in our romance books. There were several cute mom
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Tiff
Jae, she does it every time. What does she do? She writes a damn good book, that's what she does. Every single time I am just floored by the work she puts out. I loved her newest novel, Just for Show. Loved, loved, loved it. A classic romance that does everything perfectly!

Dr. Claire Renshaw has her life perfectly mapped out. she has a thriving career, her book is complete, she is next in line to take over the counseling practice that she works in and she has a gorgeous and sucessful fiancé. Li
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Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from Ylva Publishing for an honest review*

An exciting event occurred last night – I glanced at my Kindle and saw a new Jae book sitting there (this isn’t magic or unexpected, I had requested the book). And, as luck would time it, I’d just finished a different story right before I noticed. Naturally, though, I couldn’t begin right then and there, for reasons, except I did and found it hard to pull myself away, as I really did need to go off and do something else
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Netty
Now that’s the kind of book that'll get most romance fans out of a reading funk, I really enjoyed that, had me glued to my iPad, both character’s were very well explained in appearance which is always a plus for me, I loved that Lana was a bit overweight, made a change from the perfect body we always read about, fair enough Clair was perfect but she was a bit of an ice queen/bitch so I really liked her, this storyline has definatly been done time and time again but i still loved it, the sex was ...more
Alexis
Two thumbs up!

When it comes to the fake relationship trope it seems to me writers either knock your socks off or make you wonder why you even picked up the book in the first place. Jae has definitely hit the nail on the proverbial head with this novel.

Although I really didn't like Claire in the beginning and was wondering if I would even want to continue reading about such a shallow, stuck-up control freak of a character, I eventually really began to like her as she started loosening up a
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Jane Shambler
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ylva-pub, romance
It's Jae..... What more is there to say? Always a good story, always good characters and always a great read. Am I biased? I don't think so! I always tend to like Jae's writing. She is easy to read and allows you to connect with her characters.

The story is an old one that you've probably seen on the big screen. Someone needing a partner urgently and advertises for one. But what makes this one better then the rest is that there is a lot of chemistry between the two leads and it is rea
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Luce
5 Stars
I rarely am able to finish a full length novel in one day. I did this one. Jae is so readable it was a breeze. A very enjoyable breeze at that.

This is not an unusual plot line - one person (usually wealthy) pays someone to pretend or actually be their girlfriend/fiancé/wife. I was surprised when I read that Jae was writing such a common plot. Not to worry, It’s Jae.

Psychologist Claire hires an actress, Lana to pose as her fiancée because she is trying to get her book on
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Corporate Slave
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh Jae I feel so bad writing this review because I’m such a big fan! I was so excited to start this book, come on it’s Jae!
Lately I’ve read a couple of amazing fake relationship books and unfortunately this comes the last on my list. I didn’t connect with the characters that’s for starters.
I also got so bored of the storyline where the ice queen always needs to be rich.. and falls in love with her opposite who’s always suffering.
There was a good twist where you get to see some chara
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Arien
ARC received from YLVA for a fair review.

3.85 stars. It's Jae so of course it's good but the book has some issues I can't ignore.

First the good things. I think it's paced well and the plot is interesting (even though I've read about almost the exact same thing before, I don't recall the name of the book but it was about an author precisely in the same situation - a book on relationship advice, girlfriend left, book deal cannot be allowed to go wrong, there was an escort in place of actress th
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Gaby LezReviewBooks
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another fantastic book by Jae, a heart warming romance about a fake relationship between psychologist Claire Renshaw and barista/actress Lana Henderson. Dr. Renshaw is a successful couples therapist with a mild obsessive compulsive disorder and a big reputation at stake when her fiancée calls the engagement off. As an expert in relationships, a career changing book deal might fall through if her publisher realises that she's been dumped. Hiring an actress to play the role of her fiancée ...more
Rosi
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book, almost from the beginning, you are waiting for the disaster to unfold. The situation has its logic, but there are so many factors that can throw everything away, which is a matter of time that everything falls apart. Meanwhile, as is also to be expected, Claire and Lana are discovering that not everything they are performing is fiction, overcoming their great differences in personal situation, family background and childhood. With all that you can think that the book can be predict ...more
vacatedboat
While there has been an obvious influx of fake relationship lesfic over the last few months, not many are as well written or as believable as this one, but left in Jae’s hands I’m pretty sure almost any trope no longer feels common. If you’re into her style of storytelling, she has a way of writing and drawing you in that is immersive; it’s hard to give your attention to anything else while in the midst of one of her books and ‘Just For Show’ is no different.

One of the biggest lures
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Det. Nidhi
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had been putting off reading this book because I wanted to really enjoy it when I finally read it. And Jae doesn't disappoint. I loved everything about this book, right from the characters to the storyline. And the swoon worthy romance. Let's just say this book is magic and leave it at that :)
Joc
I nearly stopped reading at page two after: “Listen, Claire. I love you. [… ] But I’m not in love with you anymore.” Been there, got the t-shirt; really don’t want to read the book. But I pushed on to chapter two and was relieved to find I didn’t need to go through the angst only to find I’m hit by another block in my reading pleasure. Usually I enjoy the ‘fake relationship’ trope because it does heighten tension with the fear of being caught out and also because if they do get caught out, there ...more
MD
I just love the " Fake Relationship" Trope, you add an Ice-Queen and that's it you have me.

I have been wanting to read this book for a while but I wanted it to be my 100th read of the year, so I had to wait.

Now the book: Is not insta-love, is more A well-developed romance, there were some sparks that's for sure, Claire is uptight but Lana little by little makes her loosing up a bit and see that sometimes adventures are cool and no everything have to be put on a calendar.



I know that ther
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Corrie
Just for Show gave the reader what was promised in the blurb. Two women from different walks of life sign a contract to play happily engaged couple. One gets a coveted book deal out of it and the other walks away with 50 grand. And of course shit goes wrong. There is a lot of lying involved, lying to colleagues, lying to friends, lying to family and lying to each other about the feelings that eventually (and unavoidably) pop up during their weeks together playing pretend. Who said it was easy?
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Yoly
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think it's a rule that every time you read one of Jae's books you say "this one is my favorite", and then you read another one and then that one is your favorite, and then rinse and repeat...
So I'll just say this one is my favorite (along with all of her other books) just to be safe :)

You might think that you have read every fake-relationship/fauxmance book that you needed to read until you get to this one. I loved the story, I loved the characters, and I'm keeping my fingers
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Ted
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Very little to keep things interesting for the vast majority of the book. The mains didn't present with much chemistry whatsoever. The premise is cute, but the road was just way too long. I did appreciate that Lana wasn't a size 2 and was just fine with that. I guess books that center around lies, deception and zero communication between partners, or for this book, actors in their own play as very appealing. Crazy for me to rate this the way I am, as this is the 27th book from Jae I've read. Gue ...more
Heinerway
I agree with most reviews here. This is a wonderful story, warm and fluffy. And it happens that I like fake relationship stories. They are always fun.
As a bonus we have a few cameos. Jill and Crash from Just Physical, Lelah and Hope from Heart Trouble. Grace and Lauren from Damage Control are also mentioned.
With an ending with more umph or fireworks or whatever, I would have given easily five stars to this book.
MJS
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received from YLVA in return for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve read a book by Jae that I haven’t liked, and this one is no exception. I’m a bit of a sucker for the fake romance trope, so I liked the basis for the storyline. Both lead characters were also interesting and their chemistry was believable and fun. I liked that Jae’s books give the characters time to get to know each other, thankfully there’s no insta-love here. Kudos to Jae for also having a main character that’s a normal
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Jo Watkins
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the wait

It’s been along time coming another book in the Hollywood series it was well worth the wait! I just love the way Jae seamlessly combines the characters from the previous books with new books.Ive waited a long while as have other readers and enjoyed them all,but perhaps there could be another 2 or 3 books which link the Backwards to Oregon series to the Hollywood series and Shaken to the Core.Here’s hoping and waiting
Tara
Well, this book was freaking adorable. I was pretty sure I was going to love it, since fake relationship and rich girl/poor girl romances are two of my jams. Having them in one book? Worked very well for me.

Jae is a master of the slow burn romance and this is no exception. She did a fabulous job of building their chemistry from zero at first meeting to whoaaaa by the time they finally make it to the bedroom and whatever is beyond that when they bust out the ILUs.

Defintely recommend and I'll be
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Kurt
I was surprised I liked this as much as I did. The rent-a-girlfriend/fiancée has been done before with varying degrees of success but Jae's take on the theme is enjoyable fluid reading. I felt I knew the characters and liked them. Claire confronting her desire to win regardless of cost was well handled and I really enjoyed her character's arc in the story.
Well done.
Bethany
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fauxmance
I’ve learned 2 new things today...
1) there will be more Jae books in my near future, and 2) I apparently really have a thing for fauxmances. Better go read another one to make sure...

4 stars!
Dee
Unlike most of my fellow lesfic readers, who have devoured almost every single one of Jae’s books, this is only the third story I’ve read by this talented author. So, while I don’t have many others to compare it to, this is without a doubt my favourite.

Both leads are awesome women. What keeps me glued to the pages of a book is being invested in at least one of the leads. Being invested in two, as was the case here, meant for a couple of late nights of reading into the wee hours of th
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Les Rêveur
This is definitely my new favourite book by Jae. I literally felt better after reading this book as it is such a heart warming story.

I’ve been excited about this storyline from the minute I read the synopsis a few months ago and I could’t wait to get started. Psychologist, Claire has just had her perfect world turned upside down when her fiancé ended their relationship minutes before their engagement party. Claire picks her self up but the news of her break up could ruin any chance at publishin
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A.W.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been saving this book to read because I knew I would enjoy it and I’m glad that I wasn’t wrong, only sorry I waited this long to read Just for Show.

I love the fact that Claire and Lana are polar opposites but that they really complement each other. I liked that Lana was able to get Claire to be less set in her ways and loosen up.

The fact that it was a slow-burn romance, made it more believable that way. Definite re-readable material.

I always enjoy a roman
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Jacob Proffitt
This was an unexpected gem. It's my first by the author so I had no idea what to expect, so I'm thrilled that it worked out so well. This is a "Fake Relationship" story and you almost always have to give those their premise (because there's so little real motivation for two people to fake a relationship). It's unusually well-founded, however, and not just for the initial setup. Claire hiring Lana to be her fiancée is borderline fraud and more than a little desperate. Jae embraces that and shows ...more
Tiffany
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, the dialogue was well done and I really liked Lana and Claire (and Claire’s sister) BUT my one complaint was the over use (wayyy too many times) of the word ‘belly’. I get it already, Lana is voluptuous, curvy, has a ‘soft belly’, etc. Sorry, not really a review, just me feeling irritable right now. LOL.
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Jae is the author of twenty-one award-winning lesbian romances. She lives in the sunniest city of Germany, near the French and Swiss borders. The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven.

She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best job in the world.

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