07 January 2014

Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Best Fake Day
By: Tracey Rogers
Releasing December 16th, 2013
Beachwalk Press

Faking it never felt so good.

Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily-ever-after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.

Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.

Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.

Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

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She was a dreamer, and she had dream for Jack Carter since she was a kid until he broke her heart. Now, a wedding photographer, she just wanted nothing but to find her one, true love and her HEA. So when the infamous model and her long-time childhood crush showed up in her house, and asks her to marry her – she was surprised. It would have been grand… (here comes the BUT) he only wanted to marry her because of some property he wanted to buy.

He was not a believer of marriage, but Jack Carter would do just about ANYTHING to close his business deal including finding himself a wife. After his friend ran out of him, he went to the only person who can save him from this mess, Izzy. Problem is, she had grown more beautiful, sexier than the last time he saw her. She was a young woman he was in grave danger falling in love with. Not to mention, the attraction and sexual tension was too powerful to ignore.

Jack will convince Izzy to fake it even if it’s the last thing he does, problem is – she’s a bad liar. She can’t lie to save herself. However, being with Jack and pretending to like him will be a different story. After all, she had wanted him since she was a little girl. Her feelings never changed. When Jack finally made an offer she could not dare refuse, she agreed to help him out.

It might be a fake to him, but to her, it certainly feels real. How can she break the ice that surrounds his heart and finally make him hers?

Old family secrets are about to be unfolded, and long-hidden feelings are about to be discovered. Jack and Izzy will get to have more than what they have bargained for.

I fell in love with Izzy and Jack. They were likable characters, especially Izzy who was really a great girl at heart. Jack, however, had a bad past. His parents did not really give him the time of the day, instead, he grew up with Izzy and her sister. He had form a bond between the two sisters, but Izzy has always been special to him. It didn’t help when her father had warned him to stay clear of her. Jack may have been determined to keep their relationship FAKE, but Izzy has other things in mind. It might have taken a lot of cajoling, sexiness and not to mention seduction to finally make her his…

I had fun reading this novel – it was short, sexy, and sweet. It’s a perfect read while curling up on your bed, just before you fall asleep. Surely, Jack Carter will give you one heck of a dream after you are through with this book. 

"Let me work off the money," Izzy said. 
She felt Jack's gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. "And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?" he almost growled. "Is that what all of this is about?" he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. 
"Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?" 
"Oh God, no," she spluttered. "This is me showing you I'm not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won't be pushed around!" 
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. "You were never weak. Naïve…" He trailed off. "So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?" 
"Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean." 
"And you have experience in any of those roles?" 
"No. But I could learn." 
"But what about the house repairs?" 
She shrugged. "I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I'm earning again from my day job I'll pay you back." 
"And what exactly is your day job?" 
"I'm a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you." 
"You work freelance?” 
"I have my own business." She hesitated before elaborating. "As a wedding photographer," she said quickly, hoping he wouldn't snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. "A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother's veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day."
"You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn't have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad," she said with sarcasm. 
"You're not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over." 
"No, it's not. I'm giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I'll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?" 
"You are not working here." 
"Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens." 
"I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it."
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. "So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?"
She shook her head. 
"And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?" he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder. 
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack. 
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. "And if a guy tried to kiss you?" 
"I have been kissed before, remember?" she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded. 
"I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man." 
"Then do it," she demanded.

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. 
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