Alexandria’s books just continue to get better and better! And utter delight of a book, and I cannot wait to see what she’ll write next~
Tansy can’t stand her step-cousin’s fiancé, Tucker, because of a history where he hurt her, so in order to get out of family dinners she decides to say she has a girlfriend. But not just any girlfriend – Gemma West, the cover model on several romances whose Instagram Tansy has been following. She thinks it’ll be a simple fib, but of course it soon grows bigger as her step-sister and step-mom keep trying to figure out if she’s real. Lo and behold, when Madison and Tucker get married the wedding is crashed by his cousin, Gemma van Dalen, who also happens to be Gemma West! When Gemma meets Tansy and learns they’ve apparently been dating for six months, this seems perfect and fortuitous because her grandfather past away just a month prior, leaving the van Dalen Publishing empire to Gemma with the stipulation she be married, for love, before a board meeting. In exchange for getting the money to buy her family’s independent bookstore, Tansy agrees to the scheme and soon they’re getting to know each other, and realizing the feelings they have are more than merely physical attraction.
I’ve loved Bellefleur’s books since Written in the Stars, and this just shows her continued growth as an author and storyteller. I love the characters and the romance and just, reading this was such a delight and joy to my day. I do wish there was more with Tansy’s friends, but I love how Gemma’s friends quickly adopt her and help her out of her shell. I also really loved how Gemma is trying so hard to break from toxic cycles and examples her family has set so she can be someone better.
All around this is such a fun fake dating turned marriage of convenience (or fiancée of convenience?) romance that I highly recommend if you’re looking for something fun to brighten your day.