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Faking Ms. Right

(Dirty Martini Running Club #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  13,631 ratings  ·  1,046 reviews
“When I kissed you last night, I wasn’t pretending.”

Everly Dalton is a walking, talking, martini-drinking dating disaster. Forget kissing frogs. She can’t even get past the first date. But at work, she’s a badass—the longest-running assistant billionaire Shepherd Calloway has ever had. Her coworkers wonder how she handles the big bad wolf—and never gets bit.

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Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published May 23rd 2019 by Always Have, LLC
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Madison It's a romance that follows the fake-dating trope! I would consider it an adult romance, since our characters are in their early thirties.…moreIt's a romance that follows the fake-dating trope! I would consider it an adult romance, since our characters are in their early thirties.(less)

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***4 STARS***

This was an absolutely adorable romantic comedy and it had my favorite trope boss/employee billionaire.

Everly works as Shepherd’s PA. Through a series of odd and convoluted occurrences Everly finds herself the fake fiancée of her boss and she even moves in with him for appearance sake. Shepherd is the typical grumpy, non smiling, serious CEO that just doesn’t do relationships and has never thought of his PA in a romantic way.

This was a very well written story. It did drag in a few a
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Faking Ms. Right is a stand alone fun romance by Claire Kingsley. Claire has done it again with this book. I couldn’t have loved it more. I’ve decided that no matter what Claire writes, I know in advance it’s going to be amazing. She wows me every time. This was so different than anything I’ve read of hers so far and it was perfection.

Everly Dalton has the worst dating luck ever. She has had a horrible string of first dates. If you haven’t read the prequel to this book yet, Everly Dalton’s Datin
Dilek VT
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dumb, stupid-romance
I hate friends-to-lovers books because I hate to see them date numerous other people while secretly having a crush on each other so I try to avoid friends-to-lovers books.

Why am I saying this? Well, this book is not a friends-to-lovers book but it has a similar problem. It is between a businessman and his assistant. I would've loved it if their banter / attraction / relationship started as soon as they met and started to work together but it DIDN’T.

Everly has been Shepherd’s assistant for 3 yea
1. H had numerous girlfriend during h’s employment. She booked their parting gifts
2. He claimed he fell in love with her at the beginning, yeah nah
3. As far as grovel goes, this was worse than no grovel. He ambushed her interview, embarrassed her in front of her future employer and left 500 messages as well.

This is a complete no go zone.
Claire Kingsley
May 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Faking Ms. Right is now live!

Everly Dalton’s cold-as-ice boss, Shepherd Calloway, needs a favor—a big one. Pose as his live-in girlfriend? She can totally handle it. Except there’s a problem. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as Everly gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account. And
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I skimmed my way through this book, the beginning ruined it for me. It got better but I just didn't enjoy it as much I wanted to.

I was in the mood for this sort of trope, I wanted to love it but it didn't work out. I was too focused on how the author portrayed the heroine, how she was different from all the other women he usually goes for. Excuse me while I vomit.

The emphasis on the ow's beauty was overwhelming which is usually the case in majority of romance books. I never critique it or get re
Stacey is Sassy
A great start to the series...

I'm a sucker for a millionaire/billionaire hero. If you add in that he's an aloof, arrogant and bossy hero, you've caught me hook, line and sinker. I really enjoyed reading Faking Ms. Right and I finished the story with a big goofy smile and a sigh of contentment. I met and was intrigued with Everly and Shepherd when I read the prequel, Everly Dalton's Dating Disasters. This poor woman has faced some horrific first dates and I completely understood her initial retic
Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*
Finalizing my rating to 4 stars.

I am so happy to say that I really enjoyed this book! This is a book that I have had my eye on for a couple months now, and I am so glad I have finally read it!

I loved the hero and heroine; they were perfect for each other. I also loved the family dynamics in this book; it gave so much substance to the story and I really enjoyed it!!

The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because it isn’t my absolute favorite office and fake relationship book. Even tho
Tracy  C
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will admit to some apprehension when I started Faking Ms Right. I was really bothered about how Shepard got himself into the situation with Every. But have faith, readers! Claire Kingsley brings it around to fantastic. Poor Shepard thinks he is genetically cold and closed off. Sunshiney, happy Everly is there to help him save face by following his crazy scheme. She shows him that she can be trusted with his true self and helps him melt that cold exterior. It was a real pleasure reading this bo ...more
4.75 stars.
This is back to the Claire Kingsley I truly love and adore.
Such a sweet, funny, sexy and absolutely entertaining romance .
Great characters, I loved the storyline and so fun to read...I really enjoyed this book.....yippee!!

yippee GIF by SKIPPY Peanut Butter

I had been totally missing that with her "Miles Family" series which was a tad disappointing IMO (it felt flat), I couldn't bring myself to read anymore after book one and perusing friend reviews.
Even her "sassy" collaboration with Lucy Score on the "Bootleg
Jacob Proffitt
The relationship parts of this were really quite outstanding. I really loved Everly and her unabashed kindness and refusal to bank her innate happiness. And I loved even more that she didn't let others use that to walk all over her. There were a couple of times where she had to knock someone upside the head because they thought they could get away with manipulating her because of her personality. She did so with a firm grace that pegged exactly how such a thing would work. So that rocked.

I idea if I liked this or not. I didn't dislike it, for sure. But there was something about it that didn't click with me. I liked the plot, but felt that the execution was not upto the mark. It could've been so better. I might try some other book by this author. (if anyone knows better ones by this author, they can tell me)
To say that I disliked it would be harsh, but I wouldn't exactly be dying to re-read it. It was middle ground for me.
I liked one or two things, but otherwise, it wa
Paige ♠
So in theory, I should hate this book because it has so many things that I normally hate:
Powerful and intimidating boss falls for his secretary
Love interest that is way too possessive and domineering

But...but... I really liked this story 😅 There's just something interesting and unique about it that makes it stand out from other books with these common tropes which I normally hate. I actually find myself thinking about a couple of scenes in this book quite often because I enjoyed them that mu
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

This was awesome. Like so cute and adorable and low-angst and believable like why am I only justing hearing of this author?!

It's all basically what the blurb says, Shepherd, world's most serious and task-oriented, ice-cold robot of a boss, asks Everly, who let's be honest he doesn't actually see beyond her role as his assistant, to be his fake live-in girlfriend because of shit pulled by his actual slutty ex-girlfriend.

Now we all know what happens next but I loved how it was delivered. All and I
Lori R.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much!
It was sweet, it was sexy, it was FUN.

Everly - bright and cheery as sunshine, always wanting to make people happy and put a smile on their face. She is full of warmth and friendliness that made me want to be her best friend.

Shepherd - seen as a cold businessman, an emotionless, heartless robot.
But I’m here to tell you... that is false.
He’s HOT, full of love, and has a huge... heart.
And BONUS: he’s sexy and growly AF. And loves a good scratch on the back.
Be still my vag
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
05.02.2021: Upholding my previous opinion that the reason for drama in this book was absolutely WTF.

But also, it's definitely a cute book xD

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After some deliberation, 3.5 stars it is.

I enjoyed Everly and Shepherd as characters. I enjoyed fake-dating/fake-engaged trope and their chemistry and the heartfelt and steamy romance as well as all their soft moments.

Overall, it was fun.

But it was also...oh-so-predictable? The moment Everly's sister, Annie, verbalized wh
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I cannot believe how much I enjoyed that. Apparently Fake Dating is a trope I like? Although to be fair, I mostly wanted to spend time with Everly and her two best friends who were wonderful, hilarious, and super supportive.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story is about fake relationship. The hero, Shepard is a billionaire who needs a fake date. He took his assistant, Averly. Averly is out if luck with dating. It seems she always ends up with horrible date.

Both are perfect for each other. What I do not get is that the plot/ twist is flat/ no depth. Every climax is solved too quickly. The character chemistry is also forced. I want to see more spark/ vulnerable moments/ tender moments between the characters

I an surprise and can not believe th
Brandy Roberts
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok Faking Ms. Right was such a good book loved everything about it , the characters , story line , and some interesting moments . Everly was hilarious loved everything about that girl she is funny , sweet , smart , and beautiful . Shepherd did take a bit to fall for but the more we got into his point of view and then the little things he would do for the heroine and for the ones he loved just made me fall even more . The only thing that did bug me is how fast the hero was to jump to conclusions ...more
Christy Bailey
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read!

This was such fun book to read and absolutely hilarious. Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down. The dynamics between the characters was amazing. Such a good fun book to read with a great storyline! Even though this is a standalone I almost wish it would turn into a series. I'd love to see Nora find her man and and I'm even interested in seeing if Hazel gets with her competition. Ooo and I'd like more Cameron and her bodyguard! But that's just my wishful thinking! Hi
This is annoying: the beauty X the plain jane🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire Kingsley has outdone herself in Faking Ms. Right! I fell in love with Everly in Everly Dalton’s Dating Disaster, which is the prequel to this book (you don’t HAVE to read the prequel to understand but trust me, you’re gonna love it). This poor girl has had her share of horrible first dates and you just wish that she gets her HEA!

Everly just brightens up the room while grumpy Shepherd puts fear in everyone he meets...except Everly. When Shepherd needs a fake girlfriend, he calls on his ass
May 24, 2019 marked it as nope-nope-nope
Not interested in hearing about how hot and perfect OW are in relation to the heroine. Not interested in heroines who cant have healthy sex lives while the hero gets too. Not interested in these types of authors AT ALL!
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Everly is a sweet and easygoing girl but she seems to be cursed that is when she goes on first dates they all turn out to be disastrous. This is her personal life while on her professional side, she is a great executive assistant to a man, who in her opinion, is completely unresponsive when dealing with human beings. So what happens when Mr. sexy and robotic man asks his assistant to fake a relationship because he needs to get rid of an unpleasant situation? Let me clear a few things. Everly is ...more
I enjoyed this the further I got into the story. I love when that happens.
Everly is such a sweetie. She's smart and hard working and has a heart of gold.
I'm a little tired of the billionaire trope. I would have liked him to be, oh maybe JUST a millionaire.
Suspending belief in that part of the story, I thought that this was so much fun. Such a page turner.
Shepherd was so stiff in the beginning. He really loosened up and became a great guy. I'm glad that he wasn't an alpha-hole to the end.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-read-2019
Not really a comedy, but still a good book

I'm not sure this book was all that comedic, but it was a very good romance story. Typical boss/assistant story where he is all cold and cranky and focused on work and she is his very efficient and cheery assistant. Shepard finally 'sees' Everly when her calls her to help him out of a jam with his ex-girlfriend and she shows up to a benefit pretending to be his girlfriend in a knockout gown. They keep up the shenanigans for most of the book to mollify Sh
Dora Koutsoukou
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 💘💘💘💘🌟s

A sweet romantic story, very well written, told in dual pov and fast paced.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Apart from the fact that some aspects of the plot were absolutely unbelievable, this was still one of the better ones.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shepherd Callaway. Just the name makes me weak in the knees. I love a man who is a mystery. One who is the strong, silent type, and often misunderstood. A man who looks as good in a suit as he does in a pair of sweatpants. One with secrets until he can find that special someone and can just be real. And Everly Dalton is that special someone. She’s a ball of sunshine who is smart, loyal, protective, and so deserving of love.

If you read the prequel to Faking Ms. Right, Everly Dalton’s Dating Disas
Kate R
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
What a fun romantic comedy this was! It was a fake relationship trope with a boss/employee relationship in there as well. Everly and her boss, Shepherd, have a great professional relationship, but not much outside that. So, when he calls in a favor to ask her to be his date for the evening, things spiral from there, to her moving in and their fake relationship starts to feel a lot more real.

There was so much to like about this novel. The characters were all wonderful, and were a great addition
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