Decoy Date

Decoy Date

by Mira Lyn Kelly

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The Decoy Date 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Delilah-Night More than 1 year ago
I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Gwen has been in love with Ted since she was a little girl. He was her first kiss, her first sexual experience, and more. But it’s always been hot and cold. She’s never been his girlfriend. She watches him hit on women and take them home. But she just can’t get over him. Brody had no idea what Gwen sees in Ted, who’s just jerking her around in his opinion. But he has a thing for Gwen, and if she really wants Ted, he’ll help her do it. The key, he tells her, is to make Ted jealous. And how better to do that than to pretend to date him? This is a slow burn romance between Gwen and Brody, and the book does contain sex scenes. What starts off as a fake relationship begins to slowly turn real. Both Gwen and Brody try to write off their feelings, but they’re real. They’ve just settled into a relationship when Ted declares his love for Gwen. I thought this was a great romance. It kept my interest, and I was rooting for Gwen and Brody. When their plan worked a little too well, I got really engrossed, needing to know how it ends. The sex scenes are well done–very steamy. The characters are well done, with unique voices. I like that Gwen is curvy, and not some stick thin supermodel type. My favorite romances are the ones where women are done more realistically–which means different skin colors, orientations, sizes, etc. Brody is hot, and has a really sweet heart. My issue with the book is that at times motivations are murky. I would have given it 5* but at times it felt like Brody was manipulating Gwen. This is book four in The Wedding Date series, but works as a stand alone. I haven’t read the other books in the series, and while it was clear that there were previous romances in the series it wasn’t hard to step in and start with this book. I don’t feel the need to run out and buy the other books in the series, but I’ll probably add them to my Goodreads want to read queue.
caswrite More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Mira Lyn Kelly and I've decided to check out her other books. Really like her writing style! Brody, the story's hero, is tired of seeing his friend Gwen pine after Ted. To Brody, it looks like Ted is just using Gwen to fill in the gaps between girlfriends. He doesn't realize that Gwen's and Ted's families have been friends forever, and that they spend holidays, vacations, etc. together. He does realize that Gwen yearns for Ted to look at her like a serious girlfriend, not just as a "friend with benefit.' Against his better judgement (because Brody feels that Ted is a 'dickweed,') Brody suggests to Gwen that they become a couple to make Ted jealous. As he tells Gwen, she's just been Ted's 'protective blanket,' and it is time to take the blanket away. Gwen quickly learns that Brody has all the moves and words to make a woman swoon! He's the perfect potential boyfriend who mixes charm with sexiness. And his actions work--Ted suddenly begins to feel jealous and possessive about Gwen. As they work together to make Ted jealous, Brody and Gwen begin to realize that they have feelings for each other. Before long, Gwen realizes that her mind is preoccupied with thoughts of Brody. But tragedy strikes her family, and Gwen needs to return to her hometown to help her mother cope. Of course, Ted is there, too, because he's a long-time family friend. Suddenly, Brody realizes not only his strong feelings for Gwen, but the fact that he may not have a chance to build a life with her because Ted is firmly entrenched into her family. And he isn't sure how if Gwen has strong feelings for him. Will Gwen land up with Ted or Brody? I guess you will have to read the book to find out! The author has a very unique writing style that's easy and fun to read. Lighthearted and funny where it needs to be in the story; more serious and sombre when the scene calls for it. I can't wait to read more of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being the last book in this series it was still fresh and fun. Mira Lyn Kelly wrote a great series you should read them all. This one had some twist and turns your going to enjoy the ride.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The fake relationship troupe can be so much fun when done well, especially when it's being done to make someone else jealous and even more especially when we find out that at least one of the two fakers isn't faking anything at all from the very beginning. With all of the above going on, the first half of this book was absolutely delicious. And then Brody decides to go all noble on everyone--grrrr.... There were a few times that Brody and Gwen's relationship veered off into the territory of big misunderstanding and I got a tad bit concerned, but they always managed to bring it back from the brink in a fairly reasonable manner...until Brody loses his flipping mind and decides that only he knows what's best for Gwen and he's going to push her towards that without letting her know what he's doing first or giving her any say in the matter. OMG, I wanted to smack him. Gwen definitely should have smacked him. He pulls his head out of his butt in the end and Ms. Kelly gives us an absolutely adorable ending--which *almost* makes up for it. Almost. Sigh. But we do have a wonderful ending, so there is that. All kinds of HEA-goodness flowing everywhere with a super-cute where-everyone-else-in-the-series-is moment that left me with warm fuzzies and a goofy smile on my face, so... The Decoy Date is the 4th book in the series, and though by starting with this one you won't know the tight knit group of friends at its center as well, it could work okay as a standalone. I'd only read the first book in the series so far ( May the Best Man Win ) and to be honest, I'd forgotten that I had until after I was finished with this one and looked at the rest of the books in the series and I did just fine. Though of course now I have to read the rest of them, ASAP... Rating: 4 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Gwen has plenty of things going on, and usually fairly astute, she’s just not seeing that her best friend Ted, the one she’s been in love with for For-Ev-Er isn’t all that, and really hasn’t done anything to deserve (or warrant) her undying admiration. Brody sees all of this, and really can’t get it: sure people fall in love for all sorts of reasons, but after all of this time with zero encouragement and, really, her consideration of Ted as her best friend – it’s just weird. Brody knows that Gwen deserves more, and well, he’d like to show her that – even if he’s not necessarily the guy who gets her heart in the end. He’s not altruistic in the least when the idea that he and Gwen go to the wedding as a “couple” to hopefully encourage Ted’s jealousy and (in Gwen’s world) make him see that they are perfect for one another. In some ways, this plot device was juvenile and cliched, and yet, it worked (who knew?). The fake relationship that turns real is usually rather straight-forward and clear, with most of the drama coming from the characters and their hangups. But here, we add in a third person – rather more than oblivious and certainly unaware of the underlying potential for drama as Gwen is near-fixated, but it doesn’t overwhelm, and we see (as Brody does) that Ted really isn’t worth the time. Brody, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for Gwen – starting with the fact that HE actually WANTS her to find love and be happy – he sees all of her, faults and all, and appreciates it – not using her friendship and good heart against her to fob off unwanted attention, only to move on at the first opportunity. Kelly managed to create a story that felt fresh even with an oft-used trope and the heroine feeling rather immature and untested at first. Gwen is determined to schedule and control her world to the best of her abilities, until and unless it involves Ted. Fortunately, much of that control seems to be a direct result of the lack of control she has regarding her feelings for Ted, and it takes a Brody, to loosen her up and challenge her reasons for staying in the one little box – to great effect. I clever little romance that is easy to read, low angst and sure to please fans of fake relationship stories. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
ScrapNSign More than 1 year ago
My first read of the series and I'm hooked! The banter between the characters had me laughing out loud at work. Such a clever friends to lovers story, I'm definitely reading the rest of the books immediately!
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I always enjoy a good fake-relationship story and The Decoy Date certainly delivered. With wonderful dialogue - especially when Brody turns on the charm, and great characters, it was easy to get caught up in this story. I absolutely loved Brody. He has a reputation of being a flirt and maybe a bit of a player, but he’s really just a great guy. I wasn’t too sure about Gwen at first, but she did grow on me, especially when she finally stood up for herself when it came to Ted. There was definitely some great chemistry between these two, so it was no wonder that the “fake” relationship turned into more – it was just too bad it took so long for both Brody and Gwen to let each other know, especially since I’m not a huge fan of too much angst, and there was definitely quite a bit that played out towards the end to get Brody and Gwen to their happy ever after. I really did enjoy watching their fake relationship evolve, especially how Brody would narrate it – it would be hard for any girl not to fall for Brody after hearing the things he was saying! One thing I did miss was not getting to spend a lot of time with the other characters from the series. Since Gwen is from a different friend group they didn’t have a chance to offer much of a supporting role until near the end, which, let me just say Molly was awesome and I loved how that all played out, but I did miss the fun banter that happens whenever the group gets together. Overall, I enjoyed the story. This was an easy read with a lot of great dialogue and a cast of characters that were easy to relate to. This is the fourth book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone, but I have read the others in the series and would encourage anyone to start at the beginning and enjoy getting to know all the characters in this series. This book, author, and series would look good on anyone’s TBR shelf!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for the fake relationship trope, so I was all over this one. I liked Gwen and Brody well enough. They’re both good, loyal people. She’s sweet and he’s charming and they have great chemistry together. There’s a good cast of characters here and I’m tempted to go back and read some of the previous books. Plot wise, it was mostly good. I liked the flirting between Gwen and Brody and when they finally got together, it was fantastic. My main problem was Ted and all the BS that went along with it. I get why some of it happened, but seriously, if someone would have just opened their stupid mouth... Overall, it was a quick, fun read. I would have liked a bit more out of this one, but I did enjoy it. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing the arc free of charge**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this friends to lovers story!! I enjoyed the interaction between Brody and Gwen as they begin their fake relationship in the hopes Gwen's long time crush will finally sit up and take notice. Problem is it works too well. About the same time Brody realizes his feelings for Gwen are changing, Teddy (the crush) seems to be realizing the same thing. Now Gwen has a serious decision to make! This is the fourth book in the Wedding Date series and it can easily be read standalone. Do yourself a favor though, read them all! I'm certain you'll love all these characters as much as I do.