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Faking Forever

(First Wives #4)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,472 ratings  ·  218 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes a new First Wives novel about wanting a family…and finding love.

Shannon Wentworth’s biological clock is ticking, and she isn’t going to let her single status keep her from having a baby. When her wedding-photography business takes her to Mexico, she has every intention of finding a willing baby daddy to help he

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Alexandra I think I liked this one the best. Not so much cloak & dagger. I'm a bit older than the normal 20/30 somethings of romance novels, so I understood…moreI think I liked this one the best. Not so much cloak & dagger. I'm a bit older than the normal 20/30 somethings of romance novels, so I understood Shannon's need for wanting a child. (less)

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This book really surprised me in the best way possible. With a jilted groom and a heroine who is looking for a one night stand to be a baby daddy, I wasn’t sure if this author could make me love these characters. I should’ve never doubted her because I did. Every step of the way.


When Shannon plans to lengthen her working trip to include a hunt for a baby daddy, she had one iron clad rule in place. He must never be able hunt her down after the fact. In order to accomplish that goal, it would mean
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Wow! Not what I was expecting and I loved it! Shannon has been the most reserved character in this whole series. She was still in love with her first husband and was always the voice of reason in this group of women. She never really stood out because the rest of the First Wives had such huge personality.

We got to see a side to Shannon we have never experienced before. I love the way her and Victor met, reacted to each other and then ultimately fell in love. It's an enemies to lovers trope that
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
This is a good old fashion romance, an enemies to lovers and second chance troupe with just the right amounts of angsty and drama. And with an fabulous girlfriend group to round out the story, this romance is delightful, delicious and dreamy.

Shannon is a divorcée in her group of girlfriends. Her marriage ending has a twist that intrigued me and definitely makes me want to go back and read the other books in the series. She’s a photographer and has been hired to shoot a destination wedding in Can
Sooo good! My favorite of the series! Review to come.
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Have never read anything by this author, and I got this beauty in the mail so here we go...

ARC kindly provided by the publicist in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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This is a lovely surprise:)
My first from this author.

I like how the H/h started their relationship and being adult about it.
No insta in here! No stupid tantrums or cheesy story about how you end up with a jilted groom, then questioning yourself if you are a second best either.

I feel sorry little bit for the runaway bride, but it was obvious she and the hero wanted to marry in the first place for the wrong reasons.

This is a series about 4 women but I didn’t find a problem reading this one as a st
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-romance
Faking Forever was the first book I read in The First Wives Series and it could totally be read as a standalone but I loved each and every character so much that I regret not starting from the beginning! Now, I am going to go back to the beginning because I absolutely LOVED this story!

I devoured these pages, I was sucked in as soon as I read the first page and I never looked back. Shannon and Victor’s story was so great from the very beginning that you couldn’t help but feel the need to get to t
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I can't get enough of this series!
The woman friendship done right, their wit and bantering, the good men they get paired with, the chemistry and resulting steam and the dash of mistery thrown in the mix that keeps me on my toes... I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. I NEED MORE
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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FAKING FOREVER (First Wives Book 4) by Catherine Bybee is a contemporary romance and the fourth book in this series. I have been anxiously waiting for Shannon’s story. It was not what I was expecting or hoping for and yet it was the perfect story for Shannon’s HEA and I loved it.

Shannon Wentworth is in Mexico as the photographer for a destination wedding. She has decided that while she is in Mexico, she will also find willing man t
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this new book in the First Wives series! Shannon was always my fave “First Wife” & Victor was so sweet. And their HEA? Perfect. Apparently there will be five books in this series, but with no more available first wives, I wonder who will be the main character?
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
4 1/2 "Because Garfunkel is a lousy first name." Stars!

I really enjoyed this one. Great main characters and great story. Fun, easy, mostly light read. Happy reading!
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Montlake Romance for an honest review**

Catherine proves time and time again why she is a one-click, go-to author for me with every book she releases. This book was no exception.

Shannon has always been the quiet one of the group, measuring up her words and watching from the sidelines, now however she is the main focus of this book and we get to learn so much more about her.

Victor has worked hard to build his business up from the ground while he was still living at
Dirty Dayna
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 A fake Forever Stars
ohh Shannon… you have always been my quiet lost favorite girl. A girl who fell in love with her husband and he tossed her away. I feel each time I read a first wives club book I say.. I LOVED THIS .. and this is also no exception. I have no idea why this author is such an amazing writer and has seemed to even write grocery lists I cant stop reading. Her writing style has intrigue, comedy, attraction and each book has its own story and there is not much repeated anywhere. I
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-Patti, ☆☆☆☆☆

Faking forever is book 4 in the First Wife’s Series and is Shannon and Victor’s story. She is a photographer, who is hired to shoot a destination wedding for a workaholic man and his much younger fiancée, who happens to get cold feet and ditches the groom Victor at the alter.

Shannon and Victor at first don’t get along, however everything changes in Mexico! As they return home they seem to still not be able to stay away from each other even if some don’t want them to be together and
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0319, con-rom, priority
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- A Harlequin Junkie Top Pick!!
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Faking Forever put a smile on my face and a thrill in my heart with the fiery match up in this fourth book in Catherine Bybee’s phenomenal First Wives series. A meet-cute that went awry and an attraction that was ill-timed, this romance was one heck of an enjoyable heartfelt ride!

Catherine Bybee can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. With every new book, series and bunch of characters we meet, I
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Give me three months and then give me a chance. Wait for me. Let me be the next man to kiss these lips.”

Some of my favourite reads have been of the unplanned kind, where the book somehow ‘found’ me, rather than the other way around, but it doesn’t happen all too often that a single book sends me down the rabbit hole in such a way that before I know it, I’ve not only read the whole series, but purchased the author’s ENTIRE back catalogue, too. From the moment I read the blurb, I knew this st
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shannon has always been one of my fav characters in this series. She seemed the quiet one of the bunch, always had a level head when the things going on with the 1st Wives took a turn for the worst. But boy oh boy did she surprise us. She has a plan to get a baby daddy, but when the deal is done, all she really wants is the baby. And Victor was the guy you wanted to dislike, but when his life plan goes up in smoke, he turned into a decent fellow with some lessons from Shannon. This story had so ...more
Kate Olson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another of Bybee’s books that I inhaled! I know exactly what to expect from her stories and the predictability is comforting. This fourth edition of the series gave a lot more insight on Shannon who we’ve read about since the Weekday Brides books (former First Lady of California!) and closes out the group of four in the club. BUT Goodreads shows a book 5 so I can’t wait to see who that’s about!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bybee is back on top again! Not that she ever really fell, but... this book is just another bit of proof of her exceptional gift for telling stories that are real, believable and completely sigh-worthy!

I have been waiting for Samantha's story ever since the very first First Wives book published. She is such a sympathetic heroine and the situation of making a business-like agreement in marriage but then falling in love with her husband anyway is one that every reader can understand. Yet three yea
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just realized that this was my 19th Bybee book. Obviously, there is something about her books that keeps me coming back, and all those things were well represented in Faking Forever.

I had been eagerly awaiting Shannon's story. She was one of the few "wives", who actually fell in love during her arranged marriage, but unfortunately, the feeling wasn't mutual. I so wanted her to move past her heartbreak and find her HEA, and I absolutely adored the man she was paired with.

Victor seemed an unlike
Trish R.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I just love the First Wives, Shannon, Lori, Avery and Trina. I couldn’t tell you which book was my favorite since they were all special in their own way. BUT I may have liked Avery’s story an itsy-bitsy more than the other 3. Love the husbands too, Wade, Reed, Liam, and soon to be Shannon’s husband, Victor. I did like Shannon. She was less brash and less of a chance-taker than all the rest. So she was totally different that the others’.

AND I’m glad she found out what an ass he ex, Paul, was. Wh
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Catherine Bybee is just a great author. This book took a woman, Shannon, who had fallen in love before and had it go nowhere and put her in a situation where she ended up having to trust what her heart was telling her in order to actually give love a chance again.
She and the hero, Victor, start out really, really annoyed by each other. Shannon finds nothing about him to appreciate. He's a workaholic who can't even give his time to his supposed-to-be wife long enough to go on the honeymoon. He's
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review**#FakingForever #NetGalley

4 stars!! It was really a sweet, sexy, romantic read. A well written story, I really loved the chemistry and the HEA between Victor and Shannon!This is my first read from this author and I will definitely be picking up more in the future!!
Sandy Bartles
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, this is an excellent book! I was up all night reading it. It would be hard saying anything about it without blowing it out of the water! I can say this is Shannon and Victor’s story. She is the last of the First Wives. Don’t wait to buy this book or you will definitely wish you hadn’t waited. It caught me from the first page!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Catherine Bybee’s writing and novels. I find her style easy to read and entertaining, and I am always excited when she has a new release because I know that I’ll enjoy reading it. This is the case with Faking Forever (First Wives Club, Book Four), which is a fun and entertaining. The book is focused on Shannon Wentworth, the final of the four “first wives.” Working as a wedding photographer, a job that doesn’t do her talent justice, she travels to Mexico to photograph the weddi ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book. I just can’t explain how much I loved it. I was nervous going in, because after reading the other books I’d hoped for it to go another way when we got to Shannon’s book. But I can honestly say, I loved the story and am so happy I gave it a chance!
Perrin Larton
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You’re in love with your husband but you’ve both only signed up for a limited time engagement. You divorce as planned but are very sad. The money helps. Now you’re feeling like your biological time clock is running down quickly. You want a baby and can support one by yourself. Now all you need is the genetic material to get the whole thing started. You’re heading to Mexico to photograph a wedding…perfect opportunity…and so begins Faking Forever!

Victor is heading to Mexico for his wedding. He fee
Marilyn Goncalves
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh, I loved the banter between them. This is Shannon’s story the fourth book in the First Wives Series.

Shannon wants a baby and is determined to have a one night stand to get pregnant after her location job in Mexico as a photographer. Victor is the work aholic groom who is left stranded at the alter. Shannon and Victor had met on the flight to Mexico but neither knew who the other was until the rehearsal dinner. After the wedding is cancelled Shannon goes to her vacation sp
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