Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley [ARC REVIEW]
This post contains affiliate links that give me a small commission for any and all purchases made by using the links provided at no additional cost to you. For more information please see my Disclaimer page.
Genres: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: May 23rd 2019
Source: Enticing Book Journey Promotions
“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.
Shepherd Calloway isn’t interested in being anyone’s sugar daddy. Tired of women who only want him for his money, he swears off dating, determined to focus on running his empire. Until his gold-digging ex hits him where it hurts, putting him in a difficult position.
His solution—to have Everly pose as his live-in girlfriend—is obviously crazy. But the timing is uncanny. It just so happens Everly needs a favor from her boss—a big and awkward one—and this could ensure everyone gets what they want.
Besides, Everly can totally survive a few months of faux romance.
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 faking it gets all too real.
ARC provided by Enticing Book Journey Promotions in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“To Everly. May this time of Singlehood be as long or as brief as she wishes. And may the next man in her life be the one to sweep her off her feet, and may he also have a big dick.”
I think I found myself another romance author to love, and I ain’t even mad about it.
In this new release Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kinslgey, we are told the story of Shepard Calloway, a “emotionally stunted” CEO, and his assistant Everly. When Shepard’s recent ex concocts a plan to get back at him and with him, Calloway takes action–and that action is Everly.
Now it is no surprise to anyone who has been following my reading journey for a while now on how much I love me the fake relationship trope. So when I heard that this novel would have not only my favorite trope, but also be an office romance?! Ya girl jumped on it with the quickness! Never have I seen myself make quicker grabby hands than in this moment.
Right off the bat, I felt an immediate connection to our main heroine, Everly, she is described as an independent ray of sunshine that gets shit done; and man was that the truth. I loved getting to know her more and watching her navigate through her bad luck of a dating life. So many times during my time reading her story I found myself laughing out loud at her sassy remarks and inner dialogue and closing my eyes in solidarity for moments that you just can’t help but say “I feel that” too.
I don’t have much to say about our main hero, Shepard, except wow he is a swoon fest I would to get my hands on and never let go. Broody and emotionless in the office, I loved how Kingsley took her time to really develop this character. The pacing of the development was spot on as we got to see him slowly begin to open up and trust those he loves with a side of him he has never allowed anyone else to see. Like I said, I was a bucket of swoon.
With chemistry off the charts and steam you can only get in a sauna–this book was romantic comedy that I will be sure to reread down the line. I highly recommend this book to any one who loves a good fake relationship office romance and isn’t afraid to fan themselves a time or two!
Huge thank you to the author and Enticing Book Journey Promotions for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Teaser/graphics used with permission from Enticing Book Journey Promotions.