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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Weekend Wife by Erin McCarthy

  A Review by Wendy
 4.5 When Fake Becomes Real Stars
* * * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free

Who says there is no such thing as Insta Love...Not Me because I instantly fell in love with this book from the very first page. Erin McCarthy had all of the elements lined up perfectly...she gave me smart, quick and instant chemistry with her characters and I bought it hook line and sinker.

For someone who had read a ton of fake girlfriend/fiancee/wife thing, it is hard to make it something new.

And yet, Erin did. She gave us Leah who had stars in her eyes, wanting to make her mark on Broadway.
She had been encouraged and honed her talent over the years. She persevered and had figured out how to take care of herself in NYC and live a life in pursuit of making it in the acting field. It was quite an accomplishment.

Leah worked hard as a waitress in a diner that catered to actors. They dressed as characters from shows and sang at the drop of a hat when moved to do so. It gave her the flexibility to audition and the base steady income to cover her expenses. She was self-sufficient.

But did Leah had a social life... not really. Instead, she had a crush on her mystery customer who showed up every Wednesday in her area. He ordered the same chocolate chip pancakes and ate them with a vengeance. He had been doing it for six months and over that time, Leah had dropped little hellos and flirts. All she would get from him was a rare smile or lip twitch.

Grant was dying. Yes, it must have been his death sentence because he could not stay away from Leah and this diner no matter how hard he tried. He didn't understand why he was addicted to the little comments Leah would say or the way her poodle skirt would swing around her legs. And don't get him started about the swaying of that ponytail set perfectly on her head.

Grant didn't do this. He didn't pay attention to women like this, all-consuming, almost obsessed. He was the one who would be indifferent. He was raised to take care of himself, deprived of true affection from his uber-wealthy parents. He learned early never to love as loving someone can hurt when they are taken away from you.

So working and being successful was what Grant did. He had made an executive decision, he was not going to come back to the diner again. He was going to go cold turkey and turn away from this woman who has driven him to distraction.

Fate thought that was not going to happen. Instead, circumstances caused these two to actually start to talk to each other and realize there was more between them than those pancakes Leah served.

Oh, this was so much fun. Grant, all of a sudden has a need for an actor to play his serious girlfriend. After getting up close and personal with Leah, Grant does not want to deal with anyone else. We get to have all the fun, all of the gooey, juicy, scary feels that people have when falling hard. The added bonus is Grant was the best guy...and Leah was a strong fun woman. Together perfection.

I didn't want to stop reading this. The only drawback was a little rushing at the end with a tiny bit... a sort of epilogue...which just goes to show you how much I wanted more. Easy to forgive because the ride was so fun.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches, and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats, and a socially awkward dog.

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