Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so when her sister suggests allowing a super-famous actor to research his latest role there, she reluctantly agrees. Except the actor turns out to be Ben Capshaw—a playboy who’s never serious, always joking around, and who knows zero about kids or being a parent. Case in point: his involvement in the untimely death of the preschool’s class pet…
Ben is enjoying teaching more than he thought he would, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking for a permanent position. Sure, he’s ready for more serious movie roles and less goofing off, but the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter are more than he bargained for. Plus, Sandra still won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.
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From Fake to Forever
By Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams, Laurie Rauch
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From the corner of her eye, Sandra Moyer noticed a tall, bearded man leaning against the playground fence and automatically tensed. Because she was a single mom and alone, her paranoid nature already labeled him a felon, although technically he was doing nothing wrong. In fact, come to think of it, he had a pretty nice body with those real-life Hulk arms and broad chest. She didn't know what that made her for noticing something like that about a man she assumed was on some Family Watchdog list, but the phrase "cheap and desperate" came to mind.
Since when did I start ogling the physiques of strange men?
Her shoulders wilted as she brooded over that question. She obviously needed to get out more. She needed to just get out. The problem was she didn't see herself doing that any time soon. Her self-esteem had hit rock bottom and hadn't been able to locate its way back up since the day she'd found Steve cheating on her with one of his costars.
An unpleasant picture of her ex-husband lip-locked with a Julianne Moore–type redhead popped into her mind, and she shuddered.
Actors. Did their profession ever mesh with reality?
The answer to that was a resounding no. Unfortunately, she'd learned that one the hard way. Steve had even thought she'd understand the main reason he had the affair was for the publicity and what it could do for his career and income. Like that was supposed to make her feel so much better about it.
"Mommy, I want to play in the sandbox."
Her daughter's voice pulled her from those depressing thoughts, and she gratefully looked down. "Okay, honey. Just five more minutes, though."
Hannah squealed and dashed through the playground as fast as her little legs could run. Sandra couldn't help but smile. Life was so simple when you were four. The little things kept you happy. And why not? Four-year-olds didn't think about paying the rent or overdue bills. Things that were constantly on her mind ever since she'd opened the preschool with her sister. No, the only thing you worried about at that age was whether Mommy would give you ice cream if you didn't eat your string beans.
She'd kill for that kind of stress again.
Unfortunately, the thought of homicide had her eyes traveling back to the well-built man she'd been ogling earlier. He was tossing around a football with a young boy now. Nothing illegal, but something was off. She had a sixth sense when it came to protecting her daughter, and right now it was telling her something big. Like he'd just gotten out of prison. It must have been a whopper of a sentence, too, judging from the long, scraggly hair and the kind of beard and mustache Santa Claus would envy. She never made a habit of associating with men who looked liked convicts, but there was something familiar about him ...
She doubted he had a child enrolled in her preschool. Story time at the public library? She highly doubted that, too. He didn't exactly look like the loving Father Knows Best type, considering that fire-breathing skull on his calf wasn't designed to instill tenderness. At least he was out spending time with his son, which was a lot more than what her daughter was getting from her own father.
As if her thoughts had been telepathically sent out, the man in question cast a lingering gaze over in her direction. And he smiled.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Oh, no, don't even think about it. Don't you dare come over here. She fumbled to put her sunglasses back on and almost punched out a lens. Please stay where you are. He'd better be a jolly person being his usual overly friendly self and not just leering at her. But she laid odds on the latter.
What was it with her? She could attract a creep from the next state over without even trying. A talent she'd gladly relinquish.
She flopped down on a bench. Opening her purse, she yanked out a book and hid her face behind it. If she pretended to be engrossed in reading, maybe the man would reconsider trying to strike up a conversation. Yeah, that's all she needed — some ex-con cozying up to her.
Confident her glasses hid her eyes, she lowered the book a half inch and sneaked another peek. Tall, Dark, and Scraggly had his back to her now. Relief enveloped her. Thank goodness, she thought, slowly letting out a breath.
One deadbeat per lifetime was enough.
* * *
"C'mon, Uncle Bens. I'm wide-open."
Ben Capshaw lowered his throwing arm and glared at his agent's son, Todd. "Will you stop calling me that?"
"But you are my uncle Bens," Todd said with a frown.
"Yeah, I guess. But when you say it like that I feel like a side dish at a Chinese restaurant."
The boy snickered. "I know."
Ben quickly raised the football again and pretended to whip it at him. When Todd flailed his arms and ducked, Ben had his revenge. "Nice move," he called out with a laugh.
Todd laughed, too. "Okay, c'mon, throw it for real this time. I'm really ready."
Ben lobbed the football in the air and watched with budding disappointment as it sailed right through Todd's arms and bounced on the ground. Ben shook his head. The kid obviously needed more practice. "You almost had it," he lied.
Todd picked up the ball and ran it back to him. "You know, I'm so glad you're coming for dinner, Uncle Bens. Are you and my mom sure I can't tell anyone you're here?"
Ben looked up at the sky and sighed. A sigh that clearly said, if we go through this one more time I'm going to find your entire stash of Twinkies and eat them all without remorse. If the kid were a little older, he'd understand that threat and let the question lie. Instead, Todd continued to gaze up at him with big, hopeful brown eyes.
"No," Ben told him firmly. "Not your BFF, not even your dog. No one. Got it?"
Todd's young face looked crushed.
"Look, it's like I told you before, I don't want the paparazzi buzzing around here. I'm officially on vacation."
"In Wood Manor, New Jersey?"
"Hey, the beach here is just as good as Los Angeles, and after a few days I'll drive up to New York City." He loved New York in September. He'd get a haircut and a shave, a massage, meet a few women.
Speaking of meeting women ...
Ben's gaze lingered again on the tasty-looking blonde sitting on the bench. He'd been checking her out since he and Todd first arrived at the park. Couldn't help himself. He had a real thing for blondes, and most — thank you, God — had a real thing for him.
"Hey, Todd, why don't we go to the slide over there?" Closer to that blonde.
He turned to the boy in surprise. "Why not?"
"That slide's for babies."
"No, it's not. Look, there's an adult over there," he said, pointing the football toward the bench.
Todd looked over and made a face. "You want to go talk to that woman, don't you?"
"Wh-what?" Ben spluttered. "No, no. No way. Hey, stop listening to your mom about me." Besides, he didn't want to talk to her, anyway. "Flirt" was a better verb choice. He wanted to flirt with that woman. There was a difference. Anyone could spew out words and just talk. Flirting required talent, always used with the sole purpose of letting the other person know you're interested. And he was very interested in her.
However, as much as he was tempted to go over and introduce himself, he wouldn't. He didn't want to risk his anonymity. But he didn't see the harm in getting a better look at an attractive woman. After all, if he was in a museum, he'd certainly want to get closer to a work of art, wouldn't he? And from what he could tell, that woman was a bona fide masterpiece.
She had the kind of straight, shiny blond hair his fingers itched to feel and run through, and a body that was slender in an athletic kind of way — built more like a runner than a centerfold — and not at all fake like most of the women in L.A. He was positive there was nothing cosmetically enhanced on her. Not that she wore anything revealing to bring that kind of attention to herself. Yet, dressed in sweatpants and a Red Sox T-shirt, she'd managed to get his attention just the same.
"Um, Todd, are you sure you don't want to go over there?" he asked again, trying to rein in and saddle his raging testosterone.
Todd took off running. "You have to catch me first," he called out with a laugh.
That little bugger. Ben dropped the football and ran after him. Todd was fast, weaving his way around the wooden maze of forts and playground equipment and then disappearing from his sight. Ben climbed up the rope to the wooden platform and scanned the area. From the corner of his eye, he caught sight of Todd ducking into a tube slide. Ha! Gotcha now, kid. He ran over and climbed into a slide himself, hoping to catch him by surprise.
The only problem was he didn't slide down.
He began to twist, realizing his shoulders were wedged in tight. With one arm pinned down and the other arm up, he tried shifting his hips to wiggle back up. That didn't work, either. Okay, he wasn't sure how he'd managed this strange, bizarre feat, but he needed some help.
Crap. He could see the headline now: "Career Not Only Thing Going Down Tubes." Oh, man, his agent and publicist would have his head on a platter if that happened. He'd be lucky to get local theater work after that. Served him right for showing off and acting like a ten-year-old instead of the thirty-four-year-old he was.
Where the hell is Todd?
Ben heard movement above him. Thank goodness. He looked up, ready to ream Todd out for leaving him hanging so long. But he clamped his lips shut when he stared directly into the face of a cherubic little girl instead.
"Excuse me. Now it my turn," she said in a tiny voice.
"Uh ... well, you have to wait. See, I can't move right now."
She frowned. "But I said excuse me."
"Yeah, I know, but —"
Her little face puckered and those big blue eyes filled with tears, which set the alarm bells ringing. No, no, please. I beg you! Oh, man, the kid was going to cry on him.
Where the hell is Todd!
The little girl did begin to cry — not with the loud, obnoxious wailing he half expected, but with a quiet, trembling frown and dime-size tears that fell like an H5 hailstorm. It made him want to break down and cry, too. He didn't need this right now — stuck as he was — especially since he had no clue how to convey that he was telling the truth to such a young child. About to send out a verbal SOS to Todd, he saw the blonde from the bench spring out before him.
Thank you, God. Maybe it wasn't exactly how he wanted to meet this woman, but at least she would understand the situation, and he could finally get some help. But when he gazed up into the woman's ready-to-kill eyes, he doubted very much that the cavalry had arrived.
"What did you do to my daughter?" she accused in that stern mother-cub-protecting-her-baby voice.
Oh, great. Her daughter. More bad PR. Now they were going to add child abuse to the headline. "Nothing," he insisted. "Honest. Look, she just wants to go down the slide."
The blonde folded her arms. "Well, let her, then."
The woman's demand gave him pause. Okay, she obviously didn't understand his predicament any better than her kid had. "I ... uh ... can't," he said with a sheepish grin. "I'm kind of stuck. Maybe a little help?" He waved his one free arm, but she looked at it as though it were covered with warts.
"Maybe I should call the police for help instead," she said, drawing her daughter to her side.
The woman flinched from his outburst. He didn't mean to freak out on her, but the police equaled the press in his book. Then bad headlines. Then unhappy agent. Then less work. The list went on.
He cleared his throat. "No police, please," he repeated more calmly. "In fact, don't call anyone."
An odd expression — somewhere between nausea and hysteria — crossed her pretty features, and she grabbed her daughter's hand. "Let's go."
Go? Go where? He watched in disbelief as the woman began to lead her daughter away. Did she think he was faking it? Didn't she recognize him? The woman was actually turning her back on him.
"Wait!" he shouted. "I'm not kidding! Come back! What about me?"
His complaints and shouts didn't even register on her radar. The woman had to have heard him — heck, upstate New York had to have heard him — but she didn't turn around. Didn't so much as pause. In fact, she picked up her little girl and ran.
* * *
"Then I went to the bottom of the slide and pushed Uncle Bens up and out of the tube," Todd proudly explained to his parents' fascinated faces.
Ben turned and shot the boy a cross look. "Yeah, but you sure took your sweet time getting to me, kid."
What a friggin' day. At least Ben could take comfort in the fact that Todd had the sensitivity to wait until everyone finished dinner before opening his mouth about Uncle Bens's embarrassing situation this afternoon.
His agent, Denise, sat back and shook her head with disgust. "How do things like that happen to you?"
Ben smiled crookedly. "Just lucky?"
"Just stupid. You're an infant walking around in a man's body, you know." She stood from the table and proceeded to clear away the dinner dishes. "You have an image to uphold if you want more choice roles coming your way and not slapstick comedies. And what happens to you also reflects on me, since I represent you. What made you think you could go down a tube slide designed for a ten-year-old?"
"Oh, no, Mom. Uncle Bens went down the baby slide," Todd supplied.
That comment earned a chuckle from Denise's husband, Frank. Ben shot him an evil scowl in return — a look he'd perfected for his last movie — which had Frank sobering fast.
Damn, he was a good actor.
"What if someone saw you and called the fire department or the police?" she asked. "This town is small. Can you imagine the publicity?"
"Yes," Ben hissed. He paused, remembering the attractive blonde and her little daughter. "Someone almost did call the police, but I convinced her not to." Sort of.
"Thank goodness for that, and that she was there to help you and Todd."
He snorted in disgust. "Help? Are you kidding? She ran off like I was Ted Bundy."
Denise turned away from the sink and gave him a stern look. "Well, I don't blame her one bit."
Ben gaped and turned to her husband for support. Frank, being the pacifist he was, stood, shrugged, and followed Todd out of the room. Eyes rolling toward the ceiling, Ben turned back to his agent. "You actually forgive her for not stopping to help a movie star, let alone a fellow citizen? Last time I checked, we live in a benevolent society."
"Come on, Ben, stop playing the movie-star card. She wouldn't have recognized you if her life depended on it. I wouldn't have stopped to throw a quarter in a cup for you. It's your own fault, parading around like you do. This look did nothing for Brad Pitt, either."
Ben's anger dissipated as he rubbed the palm of his hand over his long beard and hair. He'd never counted on his appearance going as far as scaring a mother and her small child. He'd grown the hair and mustache almost a year ago for a part in a biker movie — then decided to keep them for a while for kicks.
"What do I really look like?" he asked.
He wiggled his eyebrows up and down. "A handsome hermit?"
She laughed. "Honey, you could be tarred and feathered and still be voted one of the most beautiful people in Hollywood — and you can act. That's why you're one of my favorite clients."
"And you're one of my favorite agents," he said with a grin. "Thanks for pulling those magical strings of yours and landing me the lead in Heaven Sent."
Denise walked over and handed him a piece of paper. "You don't have the part yet. We'll know in a few more weeks." She gestured toward the paper. "That's to make sure you're ready for it when you do."
He looked down at the slip in his hand. Besides the name "Storybook Land," it had an address and directions. "What's this, an amusement park?" he asked.
"No, a preschool. Actually, it's more like research."
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Divorced single mum Sandra is still reeling from her ex’s demonstrated lack of connection and concern for their daughter, Hannah, and she’s made several life-changes to ensure stability and happiness. Opening a pre-school has been a struggle, but with the help of her sister and friend, she’s able to keep it all together, make ends meet and never seems to doubt her choices – at least so it appears. Ben Capshaw is an actor with his eyes on a new role, one that will bring him that Oscar nod and cement his position on the Hollywood A-List. His agent has arranged a position for him to research and interact with children, and it just so happens to come with a fat check for Sandra’s school, Storybook Land, even if she is completely in the dark. Of course their first meeting is with Ben at his most disreputable: unkempt beard, long hair and Sandra doesn’t recognize him, in fact she is ready to call the police ON him, but as he is stuck in a toddler’s slide tube at the park is sufficient restraint. But then.. The morning arrives – and Ben is causing disruption: killing a classroom pet, Carol and Melissa (her teachers) vying for his attention, and an obvious novice with kids, Sandra isn’t swayed. Slowly, however, we see the two getting closer as friends- spending time and sharing pasts. Sandra’s willingness to brush aside attraction as he’s another actor like her ex-husband is soon disproved when she learns Ben’s story, and starts to trust in him. But she is fragile and tentative, and with a sudden and unexpected early disappearance, it seems she was right. But Ben couldn’t forget the ‘home’ he felt with Sandra, or the adoration he held for Hannah – and couldn’t understand how her father could just abandon her. He’s wanting more, more than he ever thought desirable for himself, but his history, his profession and even his quick disappearance work against him. While their connection felt plausible, it was rather insta-lust that was given a chance to step back and become a solid friendship, showing the interactions and camaraderie they shared. Sandra’s reactions were understandable – it wasn’t only her heart involved, but Hannah’s and she has tried to always shield the four year old from the harsher realities of life. Her pulling away from Ben, and her belief that no-one saw any different were shattered in an instant, as was his determination to see her school succeed. Quick, light and clean the story isn’t full of great angst or huge revelations, but a story that will leave you with a smile and warm fuzzies. 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.
Ben is an single actor who needs to learn how to get along with children. Sandra runs a preschool and has a 4 year old daughter. Ben agent has gotten him a job at the school so he can be around children and be ready for his next acting project. Ben is interested in Sandra but her ex-husband was an actor too. Will Ben get the girl and the part? Wonderful story with lots of funny moments. I enjoyed the book. joy943
Cute and sweet, though somewhat problematic. (Like the big one: how will they manage a life together, with her a small-town preschool teacher and him a big-time movie actor? We don't know, because it never came up.) I liked Ben and (tried hard to in the beginning and eventually manged the same with) Sandra, and they were definitely cute together, though it didn't feel like we had enough story to get them both to a real HEA by the end. Her blowup at their "black moment" felt over the top and artificial. Hannah, though, Sandra's four-year-old? Totally adorable from start to finish. (Though I'm still kind of puzzled about her "bug" comment. Wouldn't she have said the class pet's name instead?) From Fake to Forever is a reissue "enhanced with new material", but I can't help feeling like it's still only about 2/3 of a story. More time, more answers, and more relationship would definitely help me to rate this one higher. Rating: 3 stars / C I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
If you are looking for a clean-romance, this one is sweet and fun. I enjoyed watching Sandra and Ben's relationship develop. The author did a great job of incorporating humor, chemistry, and heartwarming moments. "From Fake to Forever" by Jennifer Shirk is an Entangled: Bliss romance. This is, single mom, Sandra Moyer and, movie star, Ben Capshaw's story. Sandra wants to make a great life for her daughter. She and her sister have opened a preschool. The preschool is very important to Sandra. Opening the preschool is a perfect way for Sandra provide financial support and time with her daughter. Sandra is still getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. She has no time for a relationship even though she wants a real family or does she? Ben Capshaw is a movie star and wants a role in a movie with children. He knows nothing about kids. His agent sets up a deal at a Sandra's preschool through Sandra's sister. Ben comes across as a guy that doesn't take things seriously and doesn't believe he could be a family man. Sandra and Ben didn't hit it off when they first met each other, but there was still an attraction between them. This is a sweet and clean romance, but isn't lacking in chemistry. Both Ben and Sandra have issues with relationships. Will they be able to overcome these issues for a chance at love? This story will have you laughing, enjoying the sexual banter, and at times feeling the insecurities of Sandra and Ben. This story is perfect for sitting by the pool, beach, or in your favorite place to read. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing.
4.5 stars From Fake to Forever was a sweet, fun and heartwarming love story. I loved watching the relationship develop between Ben and Sandra, they had great chemistry and both were likable/entertaining characters. I also enjoyed Ben connect with Sandra's little girl, they were adorable together :) Overall a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I highly recommend this book.
This was a nice light fun read. It had the make you feel good vibe. I just loved reading about Ben interact with the children especially Hannah. He's very first interaction with them is a memorable one for sure. Ben may be an actor, but there is so much more to him then his fame. Sandra has a bad experience with actors take her ex-husband. She's very wary of Ben, but slowly her defenses come down once she gets to know him better. Ben is fun loving carefree guy and relationships are not in the cards, but Sandra and her little girl present a good argument of what he;s missing out on. Will Ben realize what he feels or will he prove to Sandra all actors are the same? Good flow to the book with engaging characters that make for an enjoying read.
This is a very light, sweet, clean love story. It is very heart touching and includes a sweet little girl who can put a smile on your face. Ben and Sandra took the time to look beneath the surface of each other and had a great way of getting the other to open up. They were very cute together. I loved his nickname for her and her adamant refusal to accept it. Such a cute light hearted read the whole way through. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Ben Capshaw is a Hollywood super star who wants to be recognized for his acting. In order to do that he needs to do research on being a father for an important film role. His agent has the answer, she sends him to Sandra Moyer's preschool so that he can interact with the children. Will these two get their HEA? What happens next is a wonderful romance filled with love and laughter. Sandra is raising her daughter by herself. Her ex-husband only cares for himself. She's tense and worried. She can't relax and smell the roses. She doesn't want to be attracted to Big Bens but she can't help herself. Ben feels the same. He's captivated by Sandra and her little girl. He loves them both, but he's afraid he'll fail. I love it when a romance comes together. This story is filled with captivating characters, lively banter and a touching romance. Jennifer Shirk pulled me into the story from the first page. From Fake To Forever kept me entertained and this story left me with a smile. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
I have been so fortunate to be able to read this great books and I definitely can add, "From Fake to Forever" as a great read. For anyone who loves a good, ol' fashion romance, then From Fake to Forever is the book for you. Jennifer Shirk, writes a beautiful tale of how two people from two different worlds, can be thrown together in a way that is beautiful, sincere and will make you want to fall in love all over again. I really loved Ben Capshaw's character, as he was a man who knew what he wanted but thought of the consequences about going after what he wanted. Since Sandra was a single mom, who has suffered heartache in her previous relationships, he was careful not to want to disappoint her and her beautiful daughter. However, as the two got to become closer friends, the inevitable happened and love started to blossom. It was very sincere, very beautiful and a heartwarming story to see how two people could fall in love. Jennifer Shirk did a great job in writing the story of Sandra and Ben making her readers fall in love, with falling in love. The tale of two souls destined to be together and written in a way that is so beautiful, so pure but yet very romantic. This is the first book that I have read by Jennifer and I definitely cannot wait to read another book by this great author. If you are looking for a great romantic read, then From Fake to Forever should be the newest addition to your To-Be-Read Shelf.
Jennifer Shirk continues to be my go to author for sweet romantic reads. Sandra Moyer is a single mom, running a struggling preschool with her sister Missy. When Missy is approached about allowing a Hollywood superstar to do some research at their preschool, she doesn’t hesitate. She does however, forget to tell Sandra about the arrangement. Ben Capshaw is a tabloid favorite and has been dubbed as Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. He wants to change his image and do more serious roles. His goal is to one day win an Oscar. His stepping stone towards his goal is a lead role where he plays the father of a sick child. The problem is Ben is a playboy and knows absolutely nothing about kids. He arrives at Storybook Land thinking his easy-going charm and good looks are going to get him everything he needs. He just isn’t prepared to fall head over heels for the one woman in the world who seems to be immune to him and despises him to no end. From Fake to Forever caught me by surprise with how many times I laughed while reading it. The laughable moments took up well over half of the story with the back and forth between Sandra and Ben or simply Ben just trying to interact with kids. Getting into the story, you can see how Sandra and Ben complement each other. Sandra has serious trust issues that make her doubt Ben a lot of times. Wanting to prove he’s more than just a goofball, Ben actually allows Sandra to get close and see the real him. I love watching Ben interact with the kids. Sandra’s four-year-old definitely kept him on his toes. If you’re looking for an easy-going, sweet, clean romance, From Fake to Forever is definitely a book to pick up. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
A sweet fun romance, that will have you falling love with Ben, too. Ben is a movie actor, researching for his next movie role in a small preschool. Sandra is the co-owner of the preschool and mother to Hannah. The cutest little girl. Sandra is not going to open her heart up again to an actor, been there done that. There is an instant attraction between Ben and Sandra, but they both try to deny it but find it hard fighting it off. Now they need to decide if their love is fake or forever. The perfect beach read that will leave you smiling. Loved Ben's babysitting antics, was laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book be added to your summer reading list. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
I would so help Ben research for any role. He was one smooth open hearted actor. I don't know if it was because Sandra was different or if he just felt really at ease but I truly enjoyed how he opened up to her as well as called her out on not being honest with herself. He showed her it was okay to open up and not be "on" all the time. This was a sweet romance about giving yourself a second chance and not placing everybody in a similar profession in the "full of sh**" category. Ben was honest and showed he was dependable rather for a part for months or life.
Single mom Sandra Moyer owns Storybook Land preschool with her sister Missy. Her life revolves around her four year old daughter Hannah and finding a way to keep her business afloat. She hasn't thought about dating any man since she caught her actor ex-husband Steve cheating with one of his co-stars. Ben Capshaw is a famous actor who is up for a leading role in a new movie called Heaven Sent. His agent Denise has set up an opportunity for Ben to do some preparatory research for the role at Storybook Land preschool by observing and interacting with the children as a teacher. Ben thinks that if he lands the role, it would be his best chance at being taken seriously and expand his career, and maybe even get an Oscar nomination. Sandra is surprised to find out that Missy has made the arrangement behind her back in order to help their business with a little bit of free publicity. Sandra reluctantly agrees to the arrangement, but she is not impressed or trusts the playboy actor, that is until the lines between professional and romantic attraction becomes an issue that only the heart can decide between what is fake and what could be forever. From Fake to Forever is a lighthearted romance story about getting a second chance at love. Author Jennifer Shirk weaves a delightful story set in Wood Manor, New Jersey, that follows the unexpected meeting between single mom Sandra Moyer and famous playboy actor Ben Capshaw. Sandra and Ben's story is filled with sassy banter, humor, drama, and sparks of attraction that blossoms into a romantic relationship that neither one had been looking for. Sandra has trust issues with men, especially actors since her divorce, and Ben is a charmer who thinks that Sandra is a challenge, and he is determined to knock down the walls around her heart. You can't help but get drawn in as Sandra and Ben's story unfolds, especially when Sandra's cute four year old daughter Hannah is added into the mix, but Ben has to make a decision between his acting career and a chance at finding a forever love. So can Sandra and Ben take their fake arrangement and turn it into a forever kind of love? From Fake to Forever is an enjoyable contemporary romance story that is the perfect summer read, it will make you laugh and leave a smile on your face! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Sandra is the owner of a preschool and when famous Hollywood actor, Ben Capshaw, comes to research his potential role, she's not impressed. Little does she know, she had an encounter with him the previous day and thought he was a criminal! Add that to the fact that she has a past with an actor and that doesn't help Ben's case.This isn't a new idea, but this one is well done. I'm not a huge fan of a quick falling in love story, but this one is done in a way that is believable and fun--I loved every minute of it! Isn't it said that opposites attract? I love the way these characters help each other become more well-rounded. Ben and Sandra each have their reasons for their respective behaviors (serious and playboy) and their personalities meshed well. I loved the witty banter, great sizzling (clean) chemistry, swoon-worthy moment, and humorous events--times when I was smiling and laughing out loud. This book has all the feel-good moments that capture my attention and took me for quite a ride. I love a good supporting cast and this one has that, for sure. Ms. Shirk is a go-to author for a great, clean romance with a little zing. Her characters are dimensional and the story lines are very entertaining with perfect pacing. As always, I'm eagerly awaiting her next book! Content: clean romance with kissing and some mild innuendo. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
I loved this wonderful sweet romance! It's a fantastic story of a devilish playboy actor Ben Capshaw spending time in a preschool to prepare for an upcoming role. The owner, Sandra Moyer, of the preschool had no idea he was coming. Everything had been set up by her sister/partner but now it's her job to deal with it. Him. GAH! These two are wonderful together and the kindness and gentleness Ben has with the kids, especially Hannah, is so touching. Sandra tries to resist the attraction between them, having been burned by an actor already but Ben slowly wins her over. Great writing, incredible characters, and a storyline that touches your heart make this one a perfect lazy afternoon read. I highly recommend it.
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'From Fake to Forever' by Jennifer Shirk is the story of Sandra Moyer and Ben Capshaw. Sandra is a mom on a little girl. Sandra's ex had been an actor and does not stay involved with her daughter. Through Sandra relationship with her ex has set her against men and specially actors. So when she first meets Ben who is with his nephew she tries to keep things in a safe zone. Ben on the other hand is very much attracted to Sandra and really wasn't letting her cold attitude slow him down. This was a nice clean, easy read!
A cute little read. Sandra is a single mom with a pretty pathetic ex. she has a lot of badly formed opinions of male actors. she's a bit dramatic and can be unlikable at times. Big Ben's is an actor, he's awkward with kids but also a big kid at heart. he's fun and very likable. Researching for a part puts him smack dab in Sandra's preschool where good and bad sparks fly. it's an enjoyable read with a bit of a rushed romance
Sandra is a divorced, single mom who run a preschool with her sister and good friend. Her daughter's father is an actor who has been less than absent in his daughter's life. This makes Sandra weary of all actors and men in general. Ben is a successful movie star who's reputation has been less than positive. In order to help him land a role in a family-friendly movie, his agent sets him to observe a preschool for two weeks. This story is a sweet quick read. I really liked Ben. I didn't think many of the details shared about him shed light on why his reputation was so poor. Sandra's reluctance to open up to Ben was totally understandable given her history. There was something about the timeline of the book that felt off to me. Overall, though, this was a great read and I will definitely read more by this author in the future. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Like a fish out of water, Ben stood out. Ms. Shirk played up that element beautifully. It's so easy to judge a person before taking the time to get to know them. Sandra was guilty of that on a grand scale. Much of that was due to her own issues with doubting herself. This was my first read by Jennifer Shirk and I've been missing out. Ben had a grand career and a full pocketbook, but it took a penniless teacher and a roomful of precocious children to teach him the true meaning of happiness. From Fake to Forever has that rainbow glow.