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Real Kind of Love

(Books & Brews #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  89 reviews
What happens when a fake relationship turns into a real kind of love?

As an audiobook narrator, Clementine Cox has no trouble mastering the voices of space aliens, elven warriors, or even demon-possessed cats. But the moment she tries her hand at an erotic romance, she's stumped. With her deadline looming, she books a week at a secluded cabin to restore her inner muse, tel
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 242 pages
Published June 5th 2018
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Jacob Proffitt
May 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
I made it nearly halfway before quitting. I shouldn't have let it go that far because all the things I hate are actually more in-your-face earlier, but they're continuing and with no letup in sight. There are two things killing this for me.

The more serious is the whole family dynamic with Clem. Rider does a decent job depicting a pretty strong introvert in Clem. Which only makes it worse that her entire family refuses to give her any space at all. And it's not just that they don't notice that th
Also on Romances Ever After as a part of the blog tour.

Charming is the word I’d use if somebody asked me to describe Real Kind of Love in one word. This book is charming. I am utterly charmed by this book. It felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie in my head while I was reading this book. I loved every scene on every page and I never wanted it to end.

Our heroine, Clementine, is a civil engineer turned audiobook narrator, and she makes a whole lot more money narrating books, which is inspiring
Maria Rose
What do you do when your well-meaning but overly intrusive family can’t stay out of your love life? Well, you invent a fake boyfriend of course! Then you have to find someone to play the part. That’s the theme in Sara Rider’s new romance Real Kind of Love, the first in her Books & Brews series. It’s a familiar trope, but the author gives it a fun boost with unique characters and situations to add up to a sexy and enjoyable read.

Clementine Cox needs a fake boyfriend, stat. In an effort to get awa
This is a sweet, funny, contemporary fake to real romance with a very loving family determined to keep an eye on all that happens!

Clementine Cox is an audiobook narrator. She's actually shy and comparatively introverted though for the last three years she's been a regular at the local brewpub, the Holy Grale, going there regularly to sit in the same place, read and listen to other people. Jake Donovan is one of the bar owners, he's a workaholic who is still recovering from a broken engagement an
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Everyone and their mother knows by now that I'm a huge sucker for a good fake-dating romance. With its adorable cover and promise of a fake relationship, I couldn't help but be excited for Real Kind of Love. That excitement was amped up when I saw that both Lisa and Becky enjoyed this book. Now that I've read the book, I can safely say that I have a new author whose books I am eager to read. Real Kind of Love was fun, sweet and romantic!

In any contemporary romance, it's important for me to
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, romance, r2021
”They, uh, put that kind of stuff in books?” He asked, still shell-shocked by what he’d just heard.

“They do in romance novels. But it’s not gratuitous, I swear. It’s a really feminist genre and it’s more about the swoon and the sensuality, not the mechanics of sex, although there’s quite a range in heat levels and oh my god why am I still talking?”.

A charming contemporary romance
May 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clementine Cox, audiobook narrator, has always felt like the odd one out of her larger than life family. They mean well, but they always meddle in Clem’s life setting her up on dates with guys she has absolutely no connection with. Clem has had enough of their over the top schemes and decides to get away for the week in a tiny cabin by the lake where she can relax and work on the audio of a book she has been having a tough time narrating. When you are shy and an introvert, it’s tough mastering t ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a book-loving introvert myself, I totally get Clem. She was delightful. And she’s right-her family is nuts.

Enjoyed this one so much I’m starting book #2
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first book in a new series, and I cannot wait to read on. I loved the humour, the romance, and the setting. From the blurb you might think that you had read similar before, but truly, when you meet the Cox family you will understand how wrong you were.

For some reason the micro-brewery romantic novel is a genre which really works - and this one combines some of the tech, and the fun of cleverly named seasonal
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fluffiest of fluff and just what I needed after the brilliant but heavy book I finished before it. It stars an introverted heroine (a rarity in romance I'd say) who struggles with her over-active and over-sharing/meddling family, She got into a fake relationship with the hero while camping with her family and all the fun and cute and sweet and heart-warming things happened. It was a bit of "I'm not good enough for her, he is too perfect for me" type of conflict but it felt believable ...more

Clementine Cox has a rather overbearing family. Still, she loves them, but when they're constantly trying to set her up with guys, she decides to share that she already has a boyfriend and that they're going on a romantic getaway. But when her family invite themselves along on the trip where she was hoping to relax and take a break from them, she knows she's in trouble unless she can find a man willing to be her fake boyfriend. Luckily, Jake Donovan comes to her rescue. Will she and Jake be able
Erin Lewis
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Star review of Real Kind of Love (Books & Brews #1) by Sara Rider

Clementine Cox is an audiobook narrator who has managed to back herself into a corner. She is supposed to narrate an erotic romance, but is having issues.

Deciding to get away, she books a week at a secluded cabin. This is where her problems really start. To stave off her family worrying she indicates that it is a romantic getaway with a boyfriend who doesn’t exist. What Clem doesn’t count on is the family deciding to go along
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Romanceopoly 2020 Challenge
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Farmer's Market Read a romance where the hero or heroine is a chef or works in the food industry, owns a bakery/restaurant/food or drink establishment

This was cute! I really enjoyed the build up of the romance and the development both the characters went through. It was really nice to see both the hero and heroine having their own seperate struggles and issues they needed to work out.

Clem was so relatable with her introverted bookishness. I loved her jo
Isha Coleman
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Sara Rider gave me so many reasons to fall for Clementine and Jake. Real Kind of Love is a knock your socks off kind of subtle. I fell in love with the individuals before I gave my heart to the couple. Their story is about stepping out of the fantasy and facing a new kind of reality. Clem is used to rooting around in fictional worlds full of otherworldly creatures, but when it comes to the idiosyncrasies of love and lust, she's at a lost. Jake spends his hardest moments in the real world. Can cl ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Clem is the odd man out in her family. No one understands her need for solitude and living quietly. Her whole family is boisterous and its all she can do to handle the family dinners. When they once again start trying to match make, she invents a boyfriend. It backfires horrible when her entire family invites themselves along on her solo vacation making her have to produce a boyfriend out of thin air or come clean. Luckily f
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light, sweet story about an introverted audiobook narrator (narrating a romance novel!) who ends up on vacation with a fake boyfriend and her extremely extroverted family. Nothing too complex, no bad guys, not much in the way of plot, but decent characters and funny scenes. The author managed to have fun in kind of an over-the-top way with the extroverted family without the main characters being 2-dimensional caricatures. They both have friends and families and careers, like normal humans.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this a lot! The hero and heroine end up forming a very solid partnership, and I loved that the heroine got to learn new coping mechanisms for her family and call them out a little. I could have done without the conflict at the end, which was so dumb I have forgotten it days later, but yeah. I just really liked this. Looking forward to the sequel.

**Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo 2019, Sassy Grandparent**
Oct 29, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Clementine Cox has a loving but extremely loud and overbearing family. When she mentions that she's booked herself a cabin for a much-needed week away, they immediately decide they'll rent cabins right next door (and I paraphrase: "and the twins can bunk with you, Clem, right?"). To try to head them off, she stupidly invents a boyfriend she's going away with for the first time. Stupidly, because that doesn't stop them, and she should have guessed it wouldn't. They're coming anyway to meet him, a ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
[1.75 stars] book is not bad however heroine is slightly doormat-ish i feel. she has a lot of inner voice but doesn't have the guts to voice them out. maybe like a pushover when it comes to her family, she just doesnt know how to reject or talk back to them. would prefer a heroine with a stronger personality.

wondering if i should read the 2nd book due the sneak preview of it gives me a feeling that the heroine is also kind of doormat-ish.
Jeriann Fisher
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too Obnoxious.

I was really liking this story with the main characters but her family were all obnoxious, nuts and way over the top. They ruined my enjoyment. Sorry.
Real Kind of Love by Sara Rider
Book #1: Books and Brews Series
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Jake Donovan has given everything to his baby, the Holy Grale brewpub! His time, energy, money, and effort have all gone into his work leaving no time for relationships. For Jake, the sacrifice has been absolutely worth it when he sees the faces of happy customers and a bottom line that doesn’t suck. What’s more, after a disastrous long-term relationship that ended in anger, hurt feelings, and a bro
WycEd Reader
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, and I cannot wait to read on. I loved the humour, the romance, and the setting. From the blurb you might think that you had read similar before, but truly, when you meet the Cox family you will understand how wrong you were.

For some reason the micro-brewery romantic novel is a genre which really works – and this one combines some of the
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by Sara Rider
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Real Kind of Love was playful in the telling of the story. While there was angst felt by both Jake and Clem they always managed to come out on top especially when they were there to support each other. Clem always did her work while sitting in Jake and Eli’s bar but they didn’t really know each other. Yes they felt an attraction but neither planned on doing anything about it until Jake comes to her rescue
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Real Kind of Love. I had a storyline in mind when I read the synopsis, but though it did follow that storyline, but the story still had a lot of surprises for me. This book is one of the best fake boyfriend romances I have read. If it hadn't been for those two things (I would come to them later), I would have just given this book total 5 stars.

The first thing I loved about this book was Clem. I just loved her character, I connected to her really well and she was one of t
Andrea Guy
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OK this book was just so fun. It has one of my favorite tropes, the make believe boyfriend turned lover. If this is one of your favorite tropes, you need to read this book. You absolutely won't regret it.

I also love Clem's career. Its nice to see romance character having a bookish job. Jake is dealing with trying to keep his pub open, though there really isn't any real pressing financial issues for him. Clem is trying to get voices right for a romance novel that she's narrating.

I don't think I'
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I spent quite a while reading this book. Far longer than I would usually spend readings romance, especially when it is one of my favourite tropes: fake relationships. In fact, this wasn't my first attempt to read this book. I began this around the time of its release but it wasn't the book I was in the mood for so I put it to one side. This time around though I seriously enjoyed it.

I wasn't really in a romance mood when I picked this up at the start of the week but I had something coming up I wa
N.D. Jackson
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start this review by saying that I LOVED this story. Clem and Jake were really great and I thought the story was so much fun.
But there was one big drawback that prevented Real Kind of Love me from giving this story a 5-star review. Clem’s family. They weren’t cute or slightly over the top with their meddling, they were outright the worst. It was a kind interpretation for Clem to see them as well meaning because they weren’t, they just wanted Clem to be just like them. To enjoy the things
Jackie Wright
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for Real Kind of Love by Sara Rider and what a great start to a new series, this is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last because I can’t wait for book 2 in the Books & Brews series.
Clem Cox is a audiobook narrator and she is really struggling with an erotic romance novel that has a deadline looming so she decides to book into a secluded cabin for a week and hopefully get her head back in the game, what she doesn’t bargain for is her loving but o
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love me a good fake relationship novel and this is a solid one. The prose is engaging, the leads interesting, the relationship grows naturally, and the supporting characters are three-dimensional and entertaining.

This also has to be one of the most relatable and stressful novels I’ve read in a long time. I can totally relate to our heroine Clementine, reader and extreme introvert, so reading about her family problems strikes a nerve.

See, her family aren’t hateful or restrictive. They are lovin
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Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them. Growing up, Sara dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics ...more

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