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Faking It
     

Faking It

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by Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde
 

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Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn't into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there's only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But

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Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn't into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there's only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious than either one ever anticipated.

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BN ID:
2940154248256
Publisher:
Carly Phillips
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Series:
Book Boyfriend Series
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Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
3,529
File size:
391 KB

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Faking It 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was great reading a story about a man loving a woman that wasn't a size 2. Will we possibly see more about Max and Hailey in the future? I sure hope so! Marianne Mitchell
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love a story about a man falling in love with a normal sized woman. Max is awesome!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love when there 2 authors write together. They write amazing stories. I love that they wrote about a curvaceous woman. Max just loved Hailey for who she was. He didn't care that she was a curvaceous. In fact he loved her more.
RoseyLovesBooks 7 months ago
Faking It by N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips and USA Today Bestselling Author Erika Wilde is a Romantic Comedy Hailey is a matchmaker who has been crushing on her devastatingly gorgeous real estate agent Max ever since she met him 3 months ago. Hailey can only fantasize about Max, as he's way out of her league. Besides, Max has always been professional and never shown any interest in her. It doesn't help that Hailey wears an engagement ring as a ruse to prevent clients from asking her out. Max hasn't been able to stop thinking about the pretty and curvy Hailey ever since he first met her, but he isn't the type to go after engaged women. When Max finds out that there's no man in Hailey's life, he's ecstatic. Max is intrigued and fascinated by the sweet and easy going Hailey, who's like a breath of fresh air compared to the high maintenance women he's used to. But Max knows that Hailey's skittish, so he suggests a fake engagement with benefits. Being engaged would mean Max's matchmaking mother and his mother's friend's stalker daughter would stop bugging him. It doesn't take Max long to lose his heart to the fun and lovable Hailey. Hailey has always let her insecurities sabotage her relationships, will Hailey think her relationship with Max is worth risking her heart? Faking It has humour, flirty banter, sweet romance and the intense chemistry between the hero and heroine is super hot! The highly talented Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde have teamed up to create a laugh out loud story with fun and lovable characters that was so much fun to read that I read the book in one go. This book is a must read! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book
Staci70 8 months ago
Max is an extremely successful real estate agent in Chicago. Hailey is one of his clients. He is fascinated by her, yet she's always worn an engagement ring so he considers her off limits. Hailey was equally fascinated with Max, but always thought he as way out of her league. I loved Hailey as a full figure woman who's had a love hate relationship with food her whole life fe and has recently shed 70 pounds of her old self. She has all the same insecurities I do, which really endeared her to me. She's been faking an engagement for awhile now because she's a very successful matchmaker and she thinks her clients will look at her differently if she's single. A chance run in with the mother of a client exposes how she used Max as her made up fiancé. She's not sure if he will play along, but he does and it pushes them into a fake relationship that ends up being real. The chemistry between these two was off the charts. I enjoyed the whole story and seeing how they make their way together to their HEA.
2kasmom 8 months ago
Hailey is saved by Max when a nosy busybody interferes in her life. The consequences of the save, however, means they must play along for a time. Hailey is attracted to Max for real. Could this be a love match? Max has wanted Hailey for himself for some time. Playing her missing man is easy when he wants to put his hands on her. It gets more complicated as time goes on, but Max has started thinking that the future may need to be different than he thought. This story is not listed as a series, however, I recommend reading Big Shot first. This book has a lot of humor, heat, and heart. I love that the characters are honest with one another. Well, as much as they can be. This was a sexy and fun read. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
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Cheryl-S 8 months ago
This is another five star read by this dynamic duo of authors and it features Max Sterling and Hailey Ellison. Max definitely knows how to make a woman feel more confident. I loved the phone calls. Sizzling HOT! Max is genuinely a good guy and is good for Hailey's soul. I did feel like he should've stood up for Hailey, with Addison, a little more aggressively but that didn't take away from the story at all. This story has fantastic, well developed characters and an amazing story line. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Please read this book, it was the best story ever. I truly love max. The story line is incredibly.
Nicolerko 9 months ago
I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't my favorite written by Carly and Erika. The characters we good. There were moments that really drew me in, but in the same token some parts did not. I did laugh a few times while reading this book. I could definitely relate with Hailey. I know how she felt with insecurities because I've been there myself. I thought Max was great and just perfect for Hailey. The thing I can say is I could feel the connection between Hailey and Max so their fake arrangement was going to be difficult to stay "fake".
Anonymous 9 months ago
Over too soon I really enjoyed these charachters and would have loves getting to know them more
Marie1MB 9 months ago
So I thought I was in love with Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde's writing before, but NOTHING prepared me for how much I fell...AND HARD for Faking It! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Max SO SO SOOOOO MUCH! Charming, all alpha, sexy, sweet, and knows JUST how to make a woman pant, melt, and beg for more, who also turned out to be a knight in shinning armor to a girl he happened to already have a thing for but just assumed at first she wasn't available, it was impossible not to fall for him. Out of all of Miss Wilde's and Miss Phillip's heroes, Max is the one that completely captured my heart! He was down to earth, sexy, seductive and knew how to play a knight and treat a woman with utmost respect. And Hailey...ah, now she is my FAVORITE type of heroine. Smart, beautiful, and CURVY, she deserved a man just like Max and I freaking LOVED...ADORED...CHERISHED the way these two fell into a compromise that turned into a love so sweet, and romantic it was hard not to swoon or sigh every few seconds! Seriously, Faking It is a TOP 10 MUST READ BOOKS of 2017! Dreamy, sweet, sexy, and romantic, this book will win ANY romance lover over in 10 seconds flat! Faking It gets a SWEET AS PIE FIVE SHOOTING STARS! It took my breath away and I just could not put it down.
mslizalou 9 months ago
Faking It is the 2nd book in the Book Boyfriend series from Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. Seriously two of my absolute favorite authors teaming up to give me book heaven once again. I loved everything about Max and Hailey's story. I absolutely fell in love with Max Sterling as I read more and more of Faking It. He is such a sexy and strong hero. He actually looks at people and sees them for more than what is on the outside. I loved how much he cared for and wanted Hailey pretty much from the moment they met. I also loved how attracted Hailey was to Max from the moment they met. So much so that he was on her mind when they were away from one another. I adored Hailey and Max as a couple. Their attractions was off the charts hot and Max helped Hailey see herself the way he saw her. The fake engagement between Max and Hailey was destined to be real pretty much from the moment they agreed to it. Max and Hailey both liked each other as individuals, but needed help for personal reasons and business reasons. Max wanted to get away from stalker Addison, who was a family friend who wouldn't take no for an answer and Hailey is a successful matchmaker with no boyfriend. Max and Hailey worked on every level as a couple for me. Max took things slowly to earn Hailey's trust and Hailey became so much happier and stronger for having Max in her life first as a friend and then a lover. Faking It was one of those books I wanted to re-read as soon as I finished reading it the first time. In fact, I've already read it twice and loved it just as much on the second reading. Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde give their readers characters to fall in love with and feel like you could be friends with as well. I highly recommend Faking It to all lovers of contemporary romances. Rating: 5 Stars (A) Review copy provided by publisher
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was a really good book but it was just to short. 144 pages but it could have been much longer without anyone losing interest. I felt connected right away so much more could have been done with her business side.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 months ago
FAKING IT by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde is a stand alone, erotic romance story in the authors’ Book Boyfriend series. This is real estate mogul Max Sterling, and professional matchmaker Hailey Ellison’s story line. FAKING IT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Several characters cross over for cohesion and familiarity. Told from dual third person perspectives (Max and Hailey) FAKING IT is a fake fiancé trope in that both Hailey and Max are in need of an imaginary fiancé. For months Hailey has pretended to be engaged to ensure the success of her matchmaking business but had no intentions of revealing any important information or the truth about the who and why. Enter Max Sterling, Hailey’s real estate agent, and the man who stars in all of her fantasies and dreams including the use of the name Max Sterling as her imaginary fiancé. Max is desperate to stop his mother’s meddling in his personal life and offers Hailey the option of joining together for mutual benefits. What ensues is the building relationship between Max and Hailey, and the fall out when the truth is finally revealed. Hailey has issues with self-esteem including a struggle with weight and body image that pulls at Hailey’s need to succeed. Max is a successful real estate agent who finds himself attracted to a woman who claims to be engaged. Their mutual need for a fiancé finds our couple falling in love but Hailey struggles with the possibility of an expiry date on their building relationship. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of sexually graphic, over the top language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Wes and Natalie, renovation expert Kyle Coleman, and Connor Prescott, who works in the construction side of the real estate business as an investor and property flipper-all first introduced in Big Shot #1. We are also introduced to Hailey’s assistant and best friend Brielle; Max’s parents Grace and Douglas Sterling; as well as Max’s his brother Alex, and his sister Kristen. The requisite evil is Addison Brooks, a woman who refuses to take no for an answer. The world building looks as the building relationship between Max and Hailey, and the potential for fall out when all is revealed. The friendship and camaraderie between Max and his friends leads to some humorous moments, as well as the heartbreaking possibility when the time on Max and Hailey’s fake fiancé story line expires. FAKING IT is a lighthearted, sweet and seductive story line with moments of humor, fun, falling in love and letting go of the past. We are witness to romance and love; friendship and family; betrayal and revenge. The premise is sexy, spicy and heartwarming; the characters are energetic and realistic; the romance is intimate and sensual. FAKING IT is a delightful and courageous story line as one woman steps out of her comfort zone and into the arms of the man with whom she will fall in love.
tracykids4 9 months ago
Faking It was another great story. I love a dirty sexy loving story. I love when stories start off as a fake relationship but the two fall in love, it’s kind of like best friends that turn into lovers. I also love when “confirmed bachelors” fall in love. Sexual banter is the best, it’s both flirty and fun.
EileenAW 9 months ago
Faking It is another winner for Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde as they continue to co-write books. These two are among my favorite authors and are among the most talented writers in Romance Land. Combining their voices created a strong story, with characters that not only have compassion and empathy but also depth. I have to say that this book is equal parts dirty and sexy, with some extra fun thrown in, all which benefits by the combining of their voices. I highly recommend this book to all readers. This book is definitely hot and sexy, but is also a story about two people who are were not looking for love but found it accidently. Becoming a fake engaged couple benefitted not only Hailey as she ran her matchmaking business but also for Max. Confirmed bachelor Max was being stalked by a woman who would not take no for an answer. Having Hailey on his arm was the perfect answer to deter this woman. Or was it? Can Hailey and Max overcome the lies to actually fall in love? I truly cannot wait to see what to see what Carly and Erika have lined up next as they continue this co-authorship. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
JennieF 9 months ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation Just like all the books these two ladies write, Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde find swoon worthy men and their sexy, smart beautiful women and bring them together……. Hailey Ellison is in the matchmaking business and while she has a great success rate for bring her clients together, she has not been as lucky to find her own match. Her insecurities come from her childhood and college experiences. She has taken to wearing an engagement ring to keep her male clients from hitting on her. Now she needs to find a larger place to hold the business, have conference rooms, large room for mixers for her clients to meet their potential match and an apartment for her. She hires Max Sterling to help her in the hunt for the “perfect building”. Max Sterling real estate agent extraordinaire has found place for Hailey to look at but so far has not been able to find the “perfect building”. While they have been looking for three months, Max feels an attraction for Hailey and he believes she does to but because she is wearing an engagement ring he doesn’t pursue or put pressure on her. A client of Max’s calls and tell him wants to put his building on the market but want to have a quick sale as he is getting divorced. Max knows that this is the “perfect building” for Hailey. After showing Hailey the building, she knows it’s the one and they decide to go out for a celebration lunch, but when leaving they run into the mother of one of her clients who she told a little white lie to about her “fake” fiancé (aka she used Max as her model) and the truth comes out about the engagement ring. Max decides to play along for reasons of his own and now it gets interesting….. Lots of flirty, sexy banter, little white lies and an attraction between them that is swoon worthy but will Hailey let down her guard and let Max show her that she is a smart, sexy, beautiful woman who deserves love and a HEA or will she push him away because of her insecurities????
ljtljtljt 9 months ago
3.5 Stars! I can always count on Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde to provide just the right amount of heat and drama to make a book entertaining. Faking It is their latest collaboration, and it is replete with interesting characters, clever banter and some very hot sex scenes. Hailey Ellison is a professional matchmaker on the verge of expanding her very successful business. Since her love life is virtually nonexistent, she pretends to be engaged so that her clients have the utmost confidence in her skills to find them the perfect match. Since she sort of daydreams about Max Sterling, her very competent and handsome realtor, she uses his name if asked about her fiancee. Naturally she gets caught in her lie, as she and Max are exiting a restaurant together. As Hailey stumbles with her words, Max comes to her rescue and assumes the fake fiancee role. As a result, their business relationship evolves into a hot, passionate affair. Overtime they fall in love, however, Hailey's insecurities and Max's quasi-stalker, may prevent them from having a future together. To begin with, the book cover is hot and the first chapter is wonderfully executed and enlightening. Secondly, Hailey and Max are extremely likable characters and I enjoyed their attraction both in and out of the bedroom. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy the "relationship of convenience" genre, I found this rendering to be so-so. Complimentary copy provided by RockStarLit PR.
Ruza65 9 months ago
OMG! What an awesome book! Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde did it again! Hailey Ellison is looking to purchase a building to house her Matchmaking Business. She hires Max Sterling, one of the top-notch luxury Real Estate Agents in Chicago to help her find what she wants. At their first meeting Hailey is wearing an engagement ring. Max and Hailey are both attracted to each but nothing occurs because of the engagement, plus Hailey's insecurities about her full figure. After 3-month of looking for the perfect building Max finally finds the building that meets all of Hailey's requirements. They submit the offer and it's accepted, and go out for a celebratory lunch. Hailey has been keeping a BIG secret from Max. She not really engaged and when they run into one of her clients mother after their lunch the secret comes out. Hailey has kept her Fiancé out of the picture by saying he is too busy. Here's the BIG secret - she has been using Max as her Fake Fiancé. Max is a HOT upstanding guy who goes out of his way to help Hailey by agreeing to play the part of Hailey's Fake Fiancé. Max has his own reasons to agree to play along. This is where the FUN begins!!! There are so many reasons why I love Max and Hailey's story, and I'm sure you will feel the same once you read it. No spoilers, but I truly believe that this is a MUST read! I volunteered to review an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cali-Jewel 9 months ago
This is an interesting, entertaining, fun and sexy romance about a couple that has been building sexual tension over a long three months and trying their best to ignore an intense attraction both for separate yet compelling reasons. Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling is content to be single and is not convinced he will ever find the one since the only woman he as been instantly attracted to is the very unavailable client of the last three months who is engaged to another man. (that he has never seen or heard about but has seen the ring on her finger every encounter with her) Hailey Ellison is a shy and sweet woman with strong body image issues enforced by her one and only lover in college and recently decided to start wearing a ring on a very important finger to shave her heart the trouble mean cause. Their mutual runaway attraction explodes one lunch celebration and the game is on.. Loved every heart pounding, fun filled, plot twisting moment.
AREEDAR 9 months ago
Hailey Ellison has a successful matching making business but is so unsuccessful in her own love life. She decides to create a fake fiancé after her hot realtor Max Sterling. Max is trying to stop his mom from setting him up with suitable wife material. Her last attempt with Addison is still a nightmare with Addison refusing to accept there is no spark. Max truly wants Hailey but thinks she is engaged and of course Hailey is drawn to Max. Chance happens that they can both help each other out by faking an engagement. Both soon learn their feelings for each other are too strong. Can Hailey accept that Max truly loves her and that she is exactly what he wants? Couldn't put it down and can't wait for next book.
KSP91301 9 months ago
I’m pretty sure Faking It’s hero is a unicorn, and we know how women loooove unicorns. Max Sterling is one of those rare men who have it all: looks, charm, intelligence, and success. He’s got it, isn't afraid to use it, and knows exactly what to do with it. Plus, this sexy dirty talker is sweet, respects his mama *swoon*, and has no discernible hang-ups that I could find. See what I'm talkin' about? A total unicorn. Hailey has been attracted to Max since they met, but she doesn’t feel a man of his “caliber” would ever be interested in her. She's been hurt before so has shied away from lasting relationships, which has led her to get herself into an embarrassing bind. Max's endearing inability to tell his mama “no” has created a nightmare he can't shake. A fake engagement sounds like the perfect solution to solve both their problems. And since they’re pretending, why not act on the lust they both feel for one another and enjoy all the pleasures of being a couple? Faking It is a new play on an old trope, and it really worked for me. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Max and Hailey’s relationship develop, as well as Hailey’s confidence in herself. Max, mindful of Hailey’s skittishness and inexperience, challenged her but also took great care with her. It was at once seductive and adorable. The story has plenty of steam, but is a lot sweeter than these two authors usually write. It left me with a sappy grin and a feeling of reader contentment that had been alluding me for months. Kudos to Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde for creating such a unique and captivating cast of characters for the Book Boyfriends series. They're a fun group that I can't help but love and want to spend more reading time about. Seeing them all again in Faking It was a real treat, and makes me even more anxious for the next book in the series. It sounds like one of my favorite tropes, and I cannot wait.
PrincessThuy1 9 months ago
Wow! What an amazing story. Max was totally sigh worthy and Hailey was so sweet. I loved how their relationship developed. Max was so caring and patient with Hailey. She had some insecurities to overcome before she could truly believe an HEA with Max was possible. But their relationship was just so darn cute and there were many moments that made me smile. Even though I felt that this story was more on the sweeter side it still had its naughty moments that were unbelievably hot. Max is definitely my new book boyfriend. Another highly recommendable story by Carly and Erika. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book*
KimT1969 9 months ago
I was given an ARC for my honest review I can honestly say that I loved this story. This story was so well done I felt that I was literally in the story. Meet Max and Hailey. Two very awesome people who have been fighting an attraction they have to each other for over three months. Max has been fighting his attraction to Hailey, because Hailey is engaged (supposedly), and Hailey is fighting her attraction to Max because of her insecurities and past bad relationships about her having a little extra meat on her bones. I think Max is every girls dreams and Carly and Erika wrote him perfectly. Max has an ex that just doesn't understand the word No and a celebratory lunch ends up with Max finding out that not only is the woman he's been fighting his attraction for isn't engaged, but that her fake engagement is to him. She had her reasons, I get it, being plus size myself I totally got her insecurities. Max makes a proposition to Hailey, one that would help them both out or so they hoped, but Max's ex ? UGH I'd like to string her up by her high heels and play pin the tail on the hateful witch. I do give props to Max for defending Hailey and fighting off the ex when he needed too and Hailey has some amazing friends that had her back. But that hateful wench really does a number on Hailey . Being judged by what you look like hurts, but I'm glad Hailey was finally able to let Max in and trust again. I wanted this story to go on and on. It was such an easy read that I had it read it just a couple of hours and found myself saying Noooooo when it ended. I look forward to the next story by these two awesome ladies.