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Make-Believe Husband

(Make-Believe #4)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  49 reviews
He’s a professional football player, she’s his best friend’s sister. He knows she’s off-limits, but there’s something about her he just can’t resist.

When Jax Green, star running back for the Atlanta Falcons, loses his Dad he heads back to the small town he calls home to mourn. While there, he runs into Stacey Murphy for the first time since high school and he’s surprised
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2018
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Melissa
So many problems with the writing. Who in the world edited this.The author should have gone over this and fixed the glaring stuff. Repetition is a huge issue. How many times do thoughts get repeated. Yes we know he feels guilt his dad died. He says over and over that he is being chased by woman and doesn't like it. If the repetition were the only issue I would have hung in there and tried to finish this book but there were more issues. He decided to go to a cabin and she says "well let me know", ...more
Love
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Little Romance

This is a refreshing and refreshingly honest and sweet romance with adorable and charming characters that will steal your heart and they journey towards romance.
Toula
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audio book review
This is book 4 in the series . It’s a love story that will grab your heart . It will show you that true love will show no matter what .
This story is about two friends that when they let what is really in their hearts , then they will know they belong together.
Hero is Jax. Heroine is Stacey.
What happens when Jax who is in love with his best friends sister Stacey has to return home because of tragedy comes face to face with his love . Does he let his friendship with Stacey bro
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Bibliophile
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make-Believe Husband

Make-Believe Husband - Stacey's life is at an all-time low. Which is pretty far down considering the terrible hand her life has dealt her. She's loved Jax, now a pro football player, for most of her life but he's out of her league, she thinks, and best friends with her brother to boot. What's a girl to do?

This book is a great addition to this series.
Elizabeth
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make-Believe Husband ( Make-Believe Series-Book 4 )
By; Vivi Holt
Make-Believe Husband is book four by Vivi Holt in Make-Believe Series. What a story. The author writes a good clean romance that will warm your heart. I have read all four in this series and either of them can be read as a stand a long without any problems. This is Jax and Stacey’s story and you will love them. Jax is a professional football player, and Stacey is Jax’s best friend’s sister, who has grown up and off limits. I loved t
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Karen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet romance. It's not very deep but nice.
Pascale
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
-‘“It wouldn’t be so bad if you were married,” she offered. “They just see you as this opportunity. You’re their ticket out of Ardensville, to marry someone rich and famous and change the course of their sorry lives.”-

Her brother’s best friend, a celebrity football star, moves home after several years away. Bombarded by paparazzi and adoring female fans, he just wants to live his life in peace without the hassle of all the unwanted female attention. What better plan than to fake a relationship w
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Charlotte
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all four books in Vivi Holt's Make Believe Series. After each of the first three, I said, "This is the best book yet!". Guess I was wrong again. This is the best one! I love the characters and their interactions throughout the whole book. This is a winner!
Donna Campbell
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really fun

This was a really fun story which included healing, heartache and second chances. This is a really sweet, clean romance.
BP34
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Make Believe Husband series. A clean romance that will warm your heart. It's hard not to fall in love with Stacey and Jax. They were so perfect for each other. A great read that I read as a reader copy and voluntarily chose to review.
Bernadette Cinkoske
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There was so much going on in this book, I could not put it down. Vivi Holt's characters are very believable and interesting. There are long term friends, bad and good parenting (different parents), coping with loss, coping with fame, a crazy plan, and romance. This book has it all. Don't miss it.
B. D. Mann
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not need a solicitation to read and review this book because, having read a number of her books, I have become a fan of Vivi Holt. I enjoy reading the non-preachy style she uses to incorporate Christian standards and beliefs into her stories. This book is an excellent example of the clean, contemporary style Ms. Holt has mastered. I recommend it to all my friends.
Bette
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stacey💘Jax! Great Story & Audible Listen🎧 Sweet & Heartfelt!

Make-Believe Husband
By: Vivi Holt
Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
Series: Make-Believe, Book 4

Vivi Holt does it again, creating another sweet and enjoyable story in her “Make Believe” series! Each book is a stand-alone and features a different couple. This is Stacey and Jax’s story, Jax is a professional football player and a good friend of Stacey’s older brother Brad. Stacey has been down on her luck, she losses her job and her place to li
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Ddkmc95
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stacy Murphy is having a rough time...she had to give up her dream of becoming an engineer, due to poor grades...which was primarily due to her always having to take care of her alcoholic mother. Now she’s wrongfully accused of theft and has lost her job at the local diner. Aaaand, she arrives home to learn that her landlady has sold the house! Thankfully, she can bunk with her brother...and work as a real estate agent at his real estate company until she figure her next step.
Brad Green, Atlant
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Beverly Laude
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audio, romance
Another thoroughly enjoyable addition to the wonderful "Make-Believe" series by Vivi Holt.

Jax Green returns home after his father's unexpected death, only to meet up with his best friend's little sister, who isn't so little anymore! Stacy Murphy has been in love with Jax for years, but never dreamed that she had a chance with him.

Jax doesn't realize how his fame as a running back for the Atlanta Falcons would affect his return to his hometown, but he can't seem to get away from the reporters and
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Patty
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 4 in this series, Vivi Holt has another sweet, clean romance sure to warm your heart. Stacy has been in love with Jax as long as she an remember. Her brother's best friend, Jax has always seen Stacy as off limits. Now an NFL star and surrounded by crazy fans, the plan is to pretend they are married. But are their feelings really fake? Sometimes a story is just refreshing and fun, and this one is just that. They have a history which enriches the story, and I love the hometown feel it has. St ...more
Pam
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Make-Believe Husband: Make-Believe Series Book 4 is by Vivi Holt. This is a great book. It is a Christian romance so there is no language or disturbing scenes. It deals with love, death, and forgiveness. It shows the importance of friendship and helping others. It is very realistic with events that are more than likely to appear in normal lives.
Stacey Murphy was so tired. She just wanted her shift at the diner to be over so she could get away from Millie Hardman, the owner’s daughter. Millie ha
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Robin
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, especially that it was a clean romance read with flawed characters who had some struggles to overcome, both in the life they lived and inside themselves. I enjoyed it enough to read the second book in the series, too.
I think what really drew me in was just the need to see how the heroine would deal with everything that was happening in her life. I was invested in her progress and rooted for her success. The hero was interesting, but almost too good to be true, which I guess
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Rocky
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stacey and Jax

Vivi Holt is an awesome author. Her books are sweet, romantic, and the characters are believable and the dialogue is witty.

Stacey has adored Jax almost her whole life, and when he left home for college and then made it to the pros, she didn't think she'd ever see him again. But when his father, the local pastor, past away, Jax returned home for the funeral.

When Jax came home for his dad's funeral, he met his best friend's sister again and man, had she changed. Instead of a pimply-
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Cindy Cooke
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anotnef excellent Vivi Holt read

I got this book in a giveaway. I thkroughly enjoyed it, too. Ms Holt hasdone a credible job of mixing in just enough sports into this sweet romance to keep it alive. The backstory of big brother's best friend being her high school crush is typical, as is her brother's threat to leave his baby sister alone. Less typical was the decision to pretend to marry just to keep the overzea!ous hometown fans and papparazzi away from the pro football player while he mourned h
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K B
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
I purchased a copy of Make-Believe Series book 4:Make-Believe Husband by ViVi Holt and this review was given freely.
Just as Jax is reaching the top of his career tragedy strikes. Running back Jax reunites with childhood friend Stacey after the death of his father but when she acts as a buffer from unwanted attention, Jax gains more than friendship. This is a poignant falling in love with your best friend's sister romance with glimpses into how God's love helps us to process and deal wi
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Karen
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In need of a strong editor.
There were lots of errors and typos. Things that were said that didn’t make sense, etc. I don’t think the author has ever bought a house before.
The main character bothered me too. I can’t figure out why she was working at the diner that she hated. She had a big dream to go to college to become an engineer but since that didn’t pan out, she’ll spend the rest of her life working in a diner pining. Once it was said she didn’t get into the school she wanted, another time i
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Colin Bell
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed the previous three books in the series I was really looking forward to reading this book. In common with Vivi's other books it is faith based, however this is not "in your face" so don't let this put you off if you don't normally read this genre. It also includes an American football player, but again although it is an important part of the story it isn't actually about sport.
Having got those out of the way this a a sweet romance where you are rooting for Stacey and Jax t
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Shonda
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book! I liked Jax from Make Believe Honeymoon, his character is so sweet and he reminds me of hometown kind of guy. I really liked all the characters. The characters were all going through hard times but the one thing they had was God and family. We all need love and family, this book shows you how important that is along with a sweet and wonderful romance. I hope there are more books in this series! This book can be read as a stand alone too.

Was given a complimentary copy
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Norma Gorrill
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Make believe Husband

Great story on how love can effect your life and your surroundings. This is a Free book and a good read. This is a story we all live at one time or another with both love and loss. Jax was just starting his dream of a football career when he got word his father had passed away from a heart attach. June his sister was upset as well, his best friend and his sister were around to help them out in trying to get through their grieving so they could move on with their lives. This i
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Danielle Carpenter
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Version
Narrator does an excellent job or reading this story with emotion and strength. This story is well done and both Stacy and Jake are lovable. Unfortunately, Jake is blind to Stacy's emotional state. One is because Jake is grieving his father's death. Two is because Stacy intentionally sends mixed signals. Narrator takes you on an emotional roller coaster as Jake and Stacy work out their relationship.
Elissa
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Only Make Believe I Love You

The local football hero has made the NFL but when he comes home for his father's funeral he is mobbed and harrassed by women hoping to snag a superstar. His best friend's baby sister is now all grown up and the perfect make-believe wife to cool the local jets. I always enjoy voice artist Amanda Stribling's narration, and author Vivi Holt has given her delightful and loveable characters to portray. Clean and faith-based, so no hanky or panky.
Jes Drew
This was a sweet romance and seemed different from others with its tropes. Both the hero and the heroine spent a lot of time with their families and their careers, and didn't seem to be together a lot for the make-believe relationship. This confused everyone involved- but especially them. I'm curious about the rest of the series.

First published on my blog: https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspo...
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Patricia carlisle
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jax Green came home for his father's funeral. He's a star runningback for the Atlanta Falcons. Stacey Murphy has always liked him . He was her brother's best friend. There was an understanding not to date his best friends sister. When he was inundated by crazy female fans, they have a plan to be make believe they are married. This is a fun, cute, faith based story, that was a joy to listen to.
Amanda Stribling narration made it a fun story to listen to. 🎧audiobookobsessionreviewer🎧
Nethanja
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jax needs some time to mourn his fathers dead, Stacey needs a place to live. They know each other a long time coz Jax is Stacey’s brother best friend, so he is off limit. To give him the chance to get some rest they faked to be married. But what when love comes around?
Loved this story about love, second chances and family.
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Vivi lives in beautiful Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three young children. Growing up on a farm she learned to love the country life and now she writes about it in her books. History has always fascinate
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