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Real Deal

(Single Dads Club #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,328 ratings  ·  388 reviews
From a duo of USA Today Bestselling Authors, comes the first COMPLETE STANDALONE in the Single Dads Club set of books.

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean
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Published January 2020 (first published May 15th 2017)
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descriptionThis cover is OK. Not really a fan of the model. He isn't how "I" pictured Marcus. That's just my personal opinion though. The composition is alright. I LOVE the font used for the title and the series graphic.description

description I struggled a bit with how to rate this book. I enjoyed it. I don't regret reading it. It was entertaining for the most part, but it didn't WOW me. I loved these author's other three books and went into this one with high expectations. I expected to laugh my butt off and enjoy some great
3.5 Cuuute!

This was a really fun book! It was fast and cute and the chars had great chemistry. And the MC was hot!

It's the kind of book you read when you need a break and have no idea what to read next.

I am really looking forward to the next books in this series.
Alex ♈
3.75 - 4 stars

Well, color me surprised!

The book was so much better than I expected after reading the blurb!
Much sweeter and deeper.

Very likable strong heroine.
The hero was ok. He was an amazing dad and a good man (not a jerk as I assumed).
Adorable how he cared for his daughter!

I would erase the embarrassing situation MCs had 6 years ago (as she threw herself at him and he pushed her away) - fortunately there was no detailed flashback.

I would also edit his friend Dane - immature, highly

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Goodness gracious me! Does liking the cover help me in any way for what I’m going to write now will most likely not make me popular.

Well I finished the book and I really do not know what to say. Not what I expected to be honest. I struggled with the beginning and the middle immensely and found it to be tedious and tiresome. On top of that my believability muscle wasn’t really working when it came to the story. Or maybe I also just don’t have humor.

It felt week and flat and at times I
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
3.5 stars
I really liked this. Funny, cute, light, and definitely sexy! The plot was unique and the characters were endearing! It was good. Can't wait to read more from this author duo.
I was hoping for a charming, humorous read. I thought from the blurb that she honestly didn't remember him...
I don't think I laughed once, although I did smile now and then. Mostly at Dane's (Marcus' bff) asinine dialogue and antics. (Not that I want to read HIS story!)
Charming? No. Marcus was the antithesis of charming. Every time things got uncomfortable for him and his widdle ego, he was a complete JERK FACE!

So when Cat was 18 and Marcus was 28, she made a heavy pass at him and he turned

Marcus is a member of the Single Dads Club. A club where single father's meet to talk about how their kids come first. They don't need a woman to show them how to parent. So when Marcus lands eyes on his daughter's camp counselor, he knows he's in trouble. He may not be part of his club for much longer...

Caterina is just here for the summer. She needs to clear her mind before making some important life-changing decisions. Everyone thinks that
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2017
4.5 super sexy stars!!

PIPER RAYNE!!!!!! Piper freaking RAYYYYYNE! I love you! I want to thank you! REAL DEAL is just DELICIOUS. I mean SINGLE DAD'S!!!! *ALL the praise hands* Who doesn't love a HOT SINGLE DAD who DOTES on his kid!

My gosh, not only is this book, HOT and STEAMY and SEXY but it's also sweet and swoony and just AHHHHH! Because Marcus is a SINGLE DAD (yes I said it again) and he's ALPHA-MAZING!!!

Real Deal had me hook, line and sinker! From the off, my trip to Climax Cove was just
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula, shelly
When I saw that Piper Rayne was coming out with a new series I could not jump aboard fast enough. And the fact that it's filled with sexy single dads? UMM hello - Count me IN! Real Deal was funny, sexy, swoony and sweet and filled with a hot and sassy couple. I hope Camp Tall Pines is in session again soon because I'm ready for the next one!

Catarina Santora and Marcus Kent have a history. Six years earlier, eighteen year old Catarina threw herself at hot older twenty-eight year old Marcus and
Beneath The Covers Blog
A delightfully sweet and tender love story with an undercurrent of fire and heat!

Single dad Marcus is comfortable with his life. Successful business, great friends, and the sweetest daughter anyone could ask for. But when a shockingly beautiful woman enters his life, for the second time, Marcus begins to question if having a woman at his side is something he's never realized he's wanted. Can he let this woman give up her hopes and dreams for always taking a backseat to his daughter?...or will he
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, dnf
Review of Audiobook only: dnf
Review of story: No rating as I did not get far enough along. Maybe one to read and not listen to.

The dual narration made this too annoying to continue past the first chapter. Normally when there are male and female narrators they change based on the POV of the chapter. This one (at least for the first 45 mins or so) had both mixed together. When a female character spoke, the female narrator spoke those words and then the narrative continued with the male narrator.
~3 Stars~
Book Review
Title: Real Deal
Series: Single Dad’s Club #1
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Cliff Hanger: No

4 Stars

*This story is for mature audiences only. Contains explicit scenes and language intended for adults 18+

Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their
Susan (susayq ~)
Ahhh, a sexy single dad! What fun! Where are those men in real life? Wait, I'm married so it shouldn't matter. I could *look* though ;)

After reading the Modern Love series by this author duo, and loving it, I had high expectations for this. They delivered! This was funny in some parts, most definitely steamy, and quite honestly, Marcus had me a little mad through most of it LOL I didn't find Marcus as swoony as previous heroes from them. He had a bit of an edge to him and could be rather jerky.
I was hoping it would be better

Not as great as I was expecting from other reviews. I will continue with the next book and just hope the writing gets better. I felt that there were a lot of places in the story where it dragged, but the ending wasn't too bad.
Christina Pannell
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good. I wondered all through the book why Marcus was being so secretive but then the bomb dropped and I felt bad for him and Lily.
I loved Marcus and Cats relationship. She's definitely not the same girl she was 6 years ago.
It's a good book
Paula  Phillips
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marcus is busy being a single dad to his daughter Lily who is five years old. He hasn't got time for dating especially when Lily's the most important thing in his life and all the women he has gone on dates with only want one thing - Hot Sex and now that he's got his daughter to think about, he wants something real - Marcus wants the "real deal." Years ago, Marcus was in love with his client's daughter Cat, but back then she was young - too young for him, and he rejected her as much as he didn't ...more
Heaven Scheuring
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read! Marcus and Cat's story was very heartfelt! Can't wait for the next book in the series. blog~
5 Stars to Real Deal (Single Dad's Club #1) by Piper Rayne.

Marcus and Caterina (Cat).......

One of my favorite tropes is the 'single dad.' And this particular book was one of my faves too. I can't believe I never read this author before! Yes, this was my first read by Piper Ryan and I loved it. The book's writing flowed well with a steady pace. All the characters were likable. Not perfect of course but I enjoyed all their interactions with the H/h. The dialogue was witty and sexy. I actually
Jessica Alcazar
Marcus and Cat have history from a few years back. Not a very long time ago, but today they have both grown-up in leaps and bounds and are completely different people. They’re story was a lot of fun to read. If it’s one thing I’ve learned from Piper Rayne’s work .. you will have FUN reading her stories! The only sticking point I have (and it’s tiny) is the romantic journey between Marcus and Cat was very slow going. The story made me feel like it should have happened faster somehow … I can’t ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I found this as a Kindle Freebie and I am SO glad I gave it a try because I absolutely LOVED this story.

Marcus is a single dad to five-year old Lily. He signs her up for summer camp and runs into Caterina Santora, a woman who hit on him when she was 18 and he turned down in a rather cruel manner. He's found that Cat is all grown up and quite beautiful. But his daughter comes first.

Cat comes from money, but she's an artist, and determined to make it on her own. She signs up at the camp as a way
Rosie Amber
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Real Deal is a contemporary romance.

Marcus is a single Dad to five-year-old Lily. When he drops her off at summer camp he sees Cat, a girl who threw herself at him six years ago. All grown-up, she now has curves that call to Marcus.

Cat's not sure how to treat Marcus; with an adorable daughter, he can still make her weak at the knees. At the end of summer she has plans that will take her to New York; before then there's a mix of anger and sexual chemistry that need releasing .

This is a hot
This was a sweet, easy read that made me laugh.
Marcus was an amazing dad and I loved that he showed growth by the end if the story, even if it was slow in coming.
Cat was a kick-ass-heroine, who knew her wants and limits and stood up for herself. Gotta love a gal like that
And Lily... So darn cute!
Fun read.
Mandie Foxylutely
This is the first book in a new series, Single Dad’s Club. There is a prequel novella called Jailbait which I would recommend is read before reading this book as it gives a good background as to what brought Marcus to Climax Cove, the small town where the series is set.

Six years ago Marcus was fending off the affections of a young Cat who had a serious teen crush on him. When she took things a little too far, he had to be harsh to end it going any further. Fast forward to six years and both
I just finished reading Real Deal and it was the real deal! I FLoved this book.


Piper Rayne knows how to deliver! This book was sexy as sin, hilariously awkward, and featured a hot single dad who put his daughter first. Swoon. Ladies, get ready to book your trip to Climax Cove!

Caterina wasn't the young and naive girl she was 6 years ago. She had big things happening in her career, but she needed to make a trip and volunteer at a camp before committing to a life she wasn't sure she truly wanted.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

Get to know Marcus and Caterina in this first book in a new series from Piper Rayne!

Ah, The Single Dad’s Club. You guys are going to love this group of men! Book one in the series is all about sexy, serious Marcus Kent.

Six years ago, Marcus was at a turning point in his life and things weren’t going all that well. So, when barely legal Cat Santora throws herself at him, he has to turn her down. Six years later, they are reunited when he discovers Cat is his daughter’s new camp

Real Deal is the first book in a new series by Piper Rayne, all featuring single dads and the women they fall for. I loved the idea of this - the single-dad trope is one I've recently started to search out more of, as it doesn't seem like there are enough of them out there. So I was excited to see that there would be 3 books to this series.

I really enjoyed the Modern Love series and I hoped this would be more of that same funny yet heartfelt feel. I mean come on, single dads- what's not to
So, this was an okay read which could do with a careful revision. Too many misplaced commas, for one.

As for the story. Marcus and Lily made a good father-daughter pair. I'm not so sure that Cat really fits, though. Dane, Marcus' best fried, was a huge douchebag. I don't know how Marcus can stand him, honestly. I also felt that there were many filler characters, that didn't really have any part to play in the story. They were there for the sake of a scene only (like the guy who was working at the
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper and Rayne are becoming my new dynamic author duo. I am loving their style!!
Read this in a day so not a long read, I really enjoyed this and will be diving straight into the next book
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