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Fake Engagement, Real Temptation

Fake Engagement, Real Temptation

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by Joya Ryan

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Oh. My. God. Carrie Morgan can’t escape her cheating ex fiancé. She goes on her Hawaiian honeymoon fantasy vacation to prove she’s over him—but he’s there with his mistress in tow. Good thing Carrie’s annoyingly over-protective friend Blake came with her. How’s she going to prove to her ex she’s over him? Easy.


Oh. My. God. Carrie Morgan can’t escape her cheating ex fiancé. She goes on her Hawaiian honeymoon fantasy vacation to prove she’s over him—but he’s there with his mistress in tow. Good thing Carrie’s annoyingly over-protective friend Blake came with her. How’s she going to prove to her ex she’s over him? Easy. One… Two… Three… She grabs Blake and kisses him.

Blake Harris isn’t about to let anyone take advantage of his heartbroken friend Carrie. And that includes himself, even if she’s sexy as sin in that bikini. Then she kisses him—and he’s on fire. Damage done, but he can back off. Except he sees that broken look in Carrie’s eyes. No. Hell no. New plan. He intends to show her ex just what he’s thrown away.

The kisses? For show. The heat? Part of the performance. The private practice sessions? Uh-oh. Those are starting to feel a bit too real…

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Entangled Publishing
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Fake Engagement, Real Temptation 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 23 days ago
It is not often that you read a book and the story stays with you for days. Joya Ryan has outdone herself with this story about boundless and true love. Well written, well paced, with thoroughly colorful characters, this is a shut-yourself-in-the-room-'til-your're-done read. One of the best happily ever afters that I have read in a long time! Congratulations and thank you, Joya. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
JensReadingObsession 13 days ago
If you like the fake to real and brother's best friend trope, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Blake and Carrie find they have good chemistry as they pretend to be in a relationship. This of course leads to actual feelings, but Blake being a stubborn male, makes a mess of things. The good news is he makes up for it nicely. Most of the story is predictable, but still fun. Lighthearted and sexy romance perfect for a quick afternoon read! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
beckymmoe 14 days ago
Cute, but too short--pretty much every aspect of it just didn't feel quite developed enough to be credible. Both Blake and Carrie are likable, and the reader wants them to get together, but even for two people who have known each other for years (it's a best friend's little sister story) everything here moves waaaaay too fast--especially since they haven't spent much time together since he'd graduated college; Blake admits to himself that they've "never been close" when the story begins. (Which makes Carrie's "he did know her. And she knew him. Far more than Kevin or anyone else" a few days later a bit problematic.) Still, there are some really sweet moments and other pretty funny ones sprinkled throughout--and it is a very quick read. If you're able to suspend your belief for a few hours, especially if fake relationship and/or best friend's little sister troupes are your "thing" or you already love the author,then by all means, give it a try. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
aprilrenee1976 17 days ago
Real , Sexy and Sassy come to thefront of this Joya Ryan Read Joya Ryan has written an engaging romance story about friends who come to realize that they have “feelings” for each other. And all this happens after Carrie is left at the alter by her scheming and lying ex boyfriend/fiancée. He left her for Carrie’s trainer that SHE got to work out and look good for the wedding, well her ex and her trainer sure were knocking boots when Carrie caught them. No worries, she cut the ex-loose and decided to go on her honeymoon alone. Since she pretty much paid for everything. She is going to go to Hawaii alone but nope, her older brother and by extension, his best friend Blake are worried about why she is leaving. So Blake offers to go and keep an eye on her. Blake and Carrie are friends but she is bound and determined to do things her way. Blake has always wanted Carrie but he has known he has to keep his mind clean and hands to himself around her but Carrie doesn’t care. Either they give in to the passion and see where things go or he can go off by himself because she doesn’t plan on letting him go with her. There is a lot of twists and turns in this book that wheat my interests and when the ex happens to just show up at this Retreat. Its time for these two to come up with something to throw the ex off Carrie’s back and also make the ex think she has moved on and fallen in love and he ( the ex) is totally forgotten. Oh what a total wrong idea for these two. They elicit a hot chemistry whenever they are around each other. Blake keeps telling himself he is there to protect Carrie but that fake excuse falls by the waste side when Carrie is around. There are many twists and turns in this book that will keep you entertained and you will fall in love with the MC and their problems. Will they or wont they is the question. You have to read to find out,. My rating: 4.5 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Lori-Gonzo 18 days ago
Wow! I do love a take charge man, and Blake fit that role to a "T!" My heart hurt for Carrie and so many times throughout the story I wanted her to fight back, yell, or slap Kevin. But she took the high road and I was more impressed with her then. Blake offered her the deal of a fake relationship, but dang if that didn't turn hot and sexy real quick. Those two had some very nice times. My favorite scene was the bathroom - Yowza!!!. Overall I loved how they worked together as a couple. She helped him realize what he truly wanted. And he helped her see that she was strong and had support even when she felt alone. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
IreneC 19 days ago
3 stars Fake Engagement Real Temptation was an okay read. The writing was well done and the storyline engaging. Blake and Carrie were likable, endearing characters and the sexy times were hot & steamy. My only issue was with the time frame of the relationship, I found it hard to believe their feelings after such a short time together. If you're looking for a quick and steamy read you'll enjoy Fake Engagement Real Temptation by Joya Ryan.
Bube987 22 days ago
Fake Engagement, Real Temptation is perfect combination of sexy, sweet,and witty! I enjoyed reading this book :) Joya Ryan has an amazing writing style!
etoile1996 24 days ago
carrie and blake have known each other forever. blake is carrie's brother's best friend. and when carrie decides to go on her honeymoon by herself after being stood up at the altar, blake can't stop himself from tagging along. after all he's been charged to protect carrie, and an all-inclusive resort in hawaii is dangerous? okay, so the set-up here doesn't necessarily track, but who cares? fake engagement, real temptation is a classic category romance, with all the tropes in place and they work beautifully. i mean, i've said before how i love the fake relationship trope. it works for me. blake and carrie don't start the trip with the intentions of faking a romance. but when the fake romance leads to a first class upgrade, and then later when it leads to one-upping the jerk ex-fiancé, it's all in good fun. except things get heated pretty quickly. and as always sex complicates matters. especially since carrie is dying for love and marriage and the baby carriage, while blake is running scared from anything like responsibility for others that could lead to heartbreak. he's messed up because his mom died of cancer while he was young after his father abandoned the family. he irrationally feels like he failed her because he couldn't fix the problem back then, so that he lives his life in such a way that he runs toward every danger so that he can be the hero, except in his relationships where he runs away from real intimacy. this is the real conflict in the novel, and blake needs to get over his hang-ups in order to fight for the connection that he and carrie share. because what they do share couldn't be less fake. and even though there are some super over-the-top public declarations that make me want to die of embarrassment on the characters' behalf, it is super romantic and totally dreamy how these two end up together. definitely a total call back to the wedding singer. **fake engagement, real temptation will publish on january 30, 2017. i received an advance reader copy from netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for an honest review.
repsgoddess 24 days ago
Fake Engagement Real Temptation by Joya Ryan is another win for this fabulous author. This is an older brother’s best friend turned lovers story and is off the hook. There is just so much to love in this fast and fun read. With Fake Engagement, Ms. Ryan delivers a story that engages the reader from the very first page and has so many feels. You will never be disappointed when picking up a book by Ms. Ryan...wtg!!! An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
DebraMenard155 24 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, love the cover.I can't wait for her next book.
JulieMaguda 24 days ago
Fake Engagement Real Temptation was a lot of fun as long as you don't take it too seriously. It's a sort of forbidden romance because Carrie is Blake's best friend's little sister. The chemistry between the two of them is hot and makes for some steamy scenes. I said that you can't take this one too seriously because there are so many coincidences, cliches, and unbelievable moments. The ex and his new mistress happen to show up on the same vacation as Carrie and Blake. Not only that but their room is also right next to theirs...and they share a bedroom wall so you can probably guess what kinds of sounds are coming through the wall. They also happen to show up ALL THE TIME during different activities because they happened to plan the same ones as them. The ex was the typical cliche "bad guy" right along with the "evil" mistress. I really don't see what she saw in him to begin with. There were a few times that the story was a little unbelievable, in my opinion. Carrie admits that her and her ex-fiance hadn't slept together in at least a year, and for some reason she never thought that was weird?? Also, when Blake finds out Carrie's ex proposed to his mistress, he decides he's going to propose to Carrie to make her ex jealous... Because that won't seem odd. He just happened to propose right after finding out that the ex did?? Pretty sure the ex would have figured out it was all fake at that point. ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
Bette313 24 days ago
After being dumped on what was suppose to be her wedding day by her cheating ex, Carrie Morgan decides to pull herself up and show the world she's over it. Honeymoon tickets in hand she's off to Hawaii. Couple of problems though. Her overprotective brother has sent his best friend Blake Harris to keep an eye on her. Second problem - her ex decided to come as well. Things prove real interesting when Carrie persuades Blake to play along and fake being together to get back at her ex. While the overall story was slightly predictable, I did find it very enjoyable. Blake was such a great guy and while he was trying to be good and stay loyal to his friend, Carrie was tempting him all along the way. The ex was just a douche and she should have been happy to be rid of him. The characters definitely made the story great. I would recommend this one.
MBurton 24 days ago
3.5 Fake Stars! I liked the fact that we got a brother best friend trope that doesn't start out with a secret crush. Yes, they are both attracted to each other but there was no longing to be together. They bickered back and forth and that was pretty comical. Things change when they find out Carries cheating ex came on what should have been their honeymoon with the woman he cheated on her with. To save face, Carrie asks Blake to pretend to be her new lover. The duration of the story is Carrie and Blake competing with the cheaters while they all are stuck doing the same excursions. It was funny in some places and a bit much in others. Overall, it was a cute read with a sweet ending. ARC provided by NetGalley.
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Lashea677 26 days ago
ARC Review: Fake Engagement, Real Temptation by Joya Ryan Joya Ryan creates sensual delights. With Fake Engagement, Real Temptation she shows her skills as a triple threat. Blake and Carrie not only enticed with their bubbling attraction. Their friendship showcases the right amount of humor and memorable moments for a stroll down memory but the developing distance between them is enough to break the heart. It was obvious the motions were deep but the self -doubt were real. There is more to these characters than the start of an attraction, but will the insecurities doom the happy ending?