From Amanda Ashby, author of the charming contemporary romance Dating the Guy Next Door, comes an all new story of a fake relationship that might not be so fake after all...
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Young librarian Riley Harris has always maintained her independence, leaving the drama of love to anyone silly enough to fall for it. Her Jane Austen novels are as close as she cares to get to “true love.” Luckily, her handsome upstairs neighbor—and landlord—Will Henderson feels the same way.
Since his ex-fiancé crushed his heart, Will devotes himself to charity in an effort to atone for the misdeeds of his wealthy, ruthless father. So when Will needs a date for his brothers high-society wedding, he asks Riley to be his faux girlfriend.
After a spontaneous kiss throws both Riley and Will for a loop, they find themselves fighting their mutual pride and prejudice against love. And when Riley is rocked by something from Will's past, both will need to decide whether to follow their heads or their hearts...
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Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby is a friends-to-lovers romance with minimal angst and maximum sweetness. It is a refreshing take on the premise, and delightfully the characters are, for the most part, honest and upfront with one another. There are no games or guilt trips. Both coming from broken homes, Riley and Will are each committed to not being involved in romantic relationships, so when strikingly good looking Will inquired about posting his flyer for his low rent flats at the library, Madam Librarian Riley had dollar signs in her eyes not stars. The landlord and tenant become fabulously supportive and accepting friends over time, so when Will needs a huge favor, he doesn’t hesitate to ask Riley to help him out of an awkward social commitment—his brother’s wedding. After Riley reluctantly agrees to be Will’s plus one (she does know why this situation is so awkward for Will), everything snow balls as one little fib grows and spreads like a wild fire on a hot, dry day. I loved when the effortless friendship turned into a sweet realization that, like REO Speedwagon, they “can’t fight this feeling any more”. In addition to a sweet love story, Ms. Ashby has packed Dating the Guy Upstairs with a great message. Riley and Will have built their lives around half-truths and their limited knowledge of their parents’ relationships. They fervently avoid dealing with their respective parents and the misperceptions of their marital relationships. The inability to see the myriad shades of gray in an adult relationship colored Will and Riley’s attitudes about their own adult relationships. Not having open conversations to deal with the perceived issues has resulted in them erecting brick walls around their hearts. Running and hiding from issues serves no one. “…if I keep closing doors behind me I’ll be stuck in a room on my own, getting lonely. That’s why I’m here opening a door.” --Will A chance drop-in at a community center closing event leads to a catalyst for change and resolution. Once Will and Riley stop avoiding confronting the past, they are finally able to move forward together. A 3.5 star read for me.