Tempting Her Fake Fiancé

Tempting Her Fake Fiancé

by Julie Particka


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Stasia Grant needs a hero. Specifically, one who will help get back at her jerk of an ex-husband who left her, very publicly, for another woman. Now she has to grapple with a broken heart and seeing her cheating ex out with the other woman, all while in Vegas for the biggest interview of her career with Evan Stone.Evan Stone, action star, playboy, and sexy-as-all-get-out, has spent most of his life playing a superhero. Why not put some of that experience to use to help an intriguing journalist? A little pretend romance could help her get revenge and help him balance out his bad boy reputation.Their fake flirting turns into sizzling chemistry and the risk that they'll fall for their own con gets very real.

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ISBN-13: 9781502991225
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Tempting Her Fake Fiancé

A Gone Hollywood Novel

By Julie Particka, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Julie Particka
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-121-7


Stasia stepped into the pressroom and groaned. She'd known Paul would be here — she'd gotten him the gig — but she hadn't thought he'd bring Lissa with him.


Biting her lip, she tried to turn away but couldn't. She needed to face her demons if she wanted to get past them — more specifically, her. The woman on Paul's arm had been born Melissa Sue Jensen, but now she only had the one — stupid — name. Former model turned reporter, the woman was on track to be the next Diane Sawyer. The model jab wasn't entirely fair. Lissa was a solid reporter; she just wasn't all that wonderful a person as far as Stasia was concerned. How could she be when she willingly swooped in on another woman's husband?

The urge to bolt took hold and wrapped around the heart Stasia had been sure was healed. Her divorce had been final for more than three months, but seeing Paul with the woman he'd very publicly left her for still had the power to hurt — a lot. Twenty-four years old and a divorcee with a wonderful but unimpressive job at a small newspaper. Thanks to Paul and Lissa, she was living some sick and twisted Tim Burton-style dream. Call it The Nightmare After Marriage. She was starting to wish she'd stayed safely ensconced in Michigan, far away from the two of them.

But she'd worked her ass off to get a spot on the weeklong press junket leading to the premiere of The Game Maker here in Las Vegas. And she wasn't about to throw away her shot at an interview with its smoking-hot star, Evan Stone. Paul wasn't taking that from her, too, especially since she knew he would shit a brick to see her here. With her newspaper's limited circulation, he thought she was too small-time to cut it in the big leagues. She was going to show him just how well she could do on her own. Squaring her shoulders, she hummed a couple lines of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger." She was better off. She'd just stay as far away from the happy couple as possible.

Too bad Lissa's giggle snagged her attention at the very moment Paul's hand found her perfectly round ex-model ass and gave it a squeeze. His eyes met Stasia's, and he smirked. The smart part of her screamed to look away — too bad it was a couple seconds late. She got a front-row seat to watch him sweep Lissa's hair back, showing off the antique diamond earrings that had belonged to his mother. The earrings her mother-in-law had insisted Stasia wear for her wedding and every family event after.

But they'd never been hers, not really, and Paul had no problem at all reminding her of just how replaceable she was. Apparently, even his mother thought so. Hell, Lissa was copying Stasia's old wardrobe from the looks of things, too.

Coffee. Definitely time for coffee. And maybe a doughnut hole or twenty. Because adding carbs to her life was the perfect solution when everything else was going so peachy.

It wasn't that she disliked her body, but compared to Lissa's perfect blonde hair, golden skin, and deadly curves, Stasia felt plain. Beyond plain, all the way to downright frumpy — she was too young for that. Old women with half a dozen kids got to be frumpy, not young, single women. But for some reason, she was having a hell of a time getting her style mojo back after the years spent trying to keep Paul happy. She tugged at the blazer she'd thrown over her tank top and wished for a mirror. And a stylist, since she was fairly certain she'd sweated off half her makeup in the desert heat.

When she'd gotten the slot on the junket, she'd been informed it was in Vegas rather than LA — apparently at the request of Evan Stone himself. Something about links to the film. She didn't care. Dry heat or not, 105 was still 105 whether it was an oven or a sauna. And she'd made the mistake of walking from her hotel so she could take in the Strip instead of splurging for a cab. Now, she was paying for it.

Damn it, she was a reporter, not a beauty queen. She couldn't have pulled off anything fancier if she'd spent hours trying, regardless of the desert heat. The high ponytail was the only thing keeping her hair from ending up a sweaty mess, sticking to her neck and face.

Dragging her fingers through it to make sure it wasn't snarled, Stasia cast a glance back at Lissa and Paul. How did they both manage to look so stinking perfect? Maybe they were staying here at the Bellagio. At least she could pretend they hadn't been outside if she let herself believe it.

Paul traced a finger down Lissa's cheek, and Stasia realized she'd been staring. She whipped around, remembering all too well the times he'd done that to her. It had been like a summons, and she'd always tipped her face up toward his, waiting for a kiss.

No more. She didn't want that. And she certainly didn't need Paul or all his attempts to turn her into some sort of weirdly bland Barbie doll. No more of his just-a-few-more-pounds diets. She was a human being, and she had the right to eat whatever she fucking pleased.

She snatched up three Krispy Kreme doughnut holes and stuffed them into her mouth, one after the other, chewing and trying to choke them down along with the stupid hurt that was building in her chest. She was over him, damn it. Better off. Much better off. It just sucked watching him play the exact same games with the woman who'd taken her place.

"Stasia Grant?"

Thank God. Clutching her coffee like it was the last thing tethering her to her sanity, she marched into the other room, still trying to swallow the remains of the doughnuts. She stopped short as soon as the door shut behind her, the last bite lodging in her throat for a second until she remembered how to swallow.

Wow. He wasn't supposed to look this delicious in person. Tastier than the stupid doughnuts had been.

She'd known he was attractive, but he looked like he'd stepped out of a post-divorce, sex-starved dream rather than being her reality for the next thirty minutes.

Evan Stone sat in a black, leather club chair, scanning his phone, and she took a second to drink him in. He'd cut his hair shorter than it had been in the trailers for The Game Maker — just long enough to grab on to — and at the moment, all she could think about was jumping over the table between them, straddling his lap, and doing exactly that. Fortunately, she was sane enough to hold back, but she couldn't help running her tongue over her lips. Or trying to convince herself she only did it to make sure there wasn't any glaze clinging to her mouth.

Dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, and a blazer — that together probably cost more than her car payments for the year — Evan Stone was the height of Hollywood casual. Even his movements were laid back, languid, as if he hadn't a care in the world. He set his phone on the arm of the chair like he was sliding it onto a predetermined mark and smiled at her. It was the kind of carefree grin that brought women to their knees — likely offering oral favors once they got there, and she could understand why. Her mouth went as dry as the air outside, and she struggled to raise her mind from the gutter.

Clearly, he's been graced with the magical ability to not melt in the heat. Probably because of the thousand-watt, panty-melting smile.

He waved toward the chair across from him. "Anastasia, right?"

"Just Stasia." She stepped forward and stuck out her hand, praying it wasn't sweaty — that would totally ruin her professional reporter image, not to mention give away where her thoughts had gone less than a minute before. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Stone."

For what felt like forever, she stood there trying to remember if he had an aversion to touching people. Though some actors did, she was sure he wasn't one of them, and for some inexplicable reason she longed for him to touch her — even if it was just a handshake. Then he grasped her fingers, twisting them to press his lips to the delicate skin on the inside of her wrist, letting the heat of his mouth linger there long enough to set her pulse racing. A few seconds later, he drew back, his eyes alight with something headier than amusement. If she let her leaping-the-table fantasy take hold, she could almost believe the expression was one of desire equal to her own. "It's Evan, and the pleasure is all mine."

Oh boy. She hadn't expected tingles to race up her arm at the innocent kiss. Then again, a second ago, any sort of kiss was a pipe dream. She couldn't help but wonder what kind of effect his lips would have on more sensitive parts of her body.

Yep. Very professional. And excellent choice of fantasy guy — infinitely attainable.

She almost rolled her eyes at the ridiculous path her mind had chosen to travel. Yes, Evan Stone was sex personified, but she had a job to do and a cheating ex-husband to prove wrong. Time to get things back on track before she lost her mind.

Evan Stone was a flirt who knew how to make women melt. Nothing more, nothing less. Stasia could melt later ... when she was outside in the sweltering Vegas heat.

Extricating her fingers from Evan's, she sat down and cast a glance at the cameras, fighting the urge to fuss with her ponytail. "This is a print interview, so we don't really need —"

"Don't worry, the cameras roll so you have a record of everything. No need for your own recorders." He winked, and her knees turned to Jell-O. Maybe she'd melt here after all. Fortunately, a chair was right behind her, so the collapse into it wasn't quite as ungainly as it could have been. "They're also here to keep me in line. So, why don't we get started?"

The interview, right. Stasia flipped open her notepad, her lips twitching into a half smile. Paul had always called her insistence on handwritten notes old-fashioned — until the day his computer crashed. He never said another word against it after that.

Now, she just needed to get through the next few minutes without looking like a fool by throwing herself at the sexy, unobtainable man across from her. For crying out loud, it's not like this is my first rodeo. I've interviewed other A-listers. Stop thinking about him like a sex symbol and get down to business. "Okay, Mr. Stone. Why don't you tell me about your new movie and how you got ready for the role?"

"Boring stuff first? Somehow, that isn't what I expected of you." He smiled, but something about the way he said it threw her. She wasn't boring. Not anymore. Paul had been the one who'd insisted she was too loud and brassy. He was the reason she'd changed — she wasn't going to be the kind of person he wanted ever again.

"Fine. Then why don't you tell me what on earth made you jump from a cash cow like playing the Time Phantom to an edgy but risky venture like The Game Maker. The move has a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what you were smoking." She bit her tongue as the last words tumbled out. Maybe diving into the snark-pool headfirst during her first big solo interview in years wasn't the smartest tactic ever.

Evan stared at her for a moment, eyebrow arched in a way that challenged her ability to not say anything else, and then burst out laughing. "Guess I should be careful what I wish for, huh?"

Damage control! Damage control ... Paul would have had her head if she'd ever pulled something like that back when they did interviews together. "I'm sorry, Mr. Stone. I know you probably can't talk about — "

"Pfft. Stop it. I asked for a more interesting question and you delivered. Never apologize for giving a man what he asks for. And I already told you — it's Evan." He stopped talking until Stasia remembered how to breathe. At her slow exhale, he dove into his answer. "Playing the Time Phantom made me a star, that's true, but it's also true that I don't want to be typecast for the rest of my life. Being a superhero is a young actor's job, and eventually, I'll have to move on, whether I want to or not. But the Time Phantom will be back. No worries there. The reality of it is I prefer to have some control over my future now, and I like to take an intriguing risk every now and then."

With the way his eyes rested heavily on her, Stasia could almost believe he was talking about more than the movie, but that was absurd. He had a long, rocky dating history in Hollywood. People like Evan Stone didn't need to hit on reporters. Too bad the spot on her wrist still tingled from his kiss. She clenched the hand into a fist, hoping the motion would distract her from the sensations spreading up her arm. "That's completely reasonable, but if you're trying to break out, why stick with an action film at all?"

He leaned forward, elbow on his knee, and rested his chin on his fist — a Hollywood version of The Thinker made of something far more interesting than marble. "Because my career is hanging out at the junction of go big or go home, and I'm not ready to go home yet. Are you?"

The words hit her like a fist to the gut. It was as if he'd read her mind when she'd stood outside the door, thinking about how she was trying to rebuild her life and how she had to finally step out of her little two-bedroom comfort zone. It was too quiet there, anyway. "No. I'm not ready for that, either."


Stasia pressed her lips together as she tried to put her mind back on the track of this roller-coaster interview. "Your role of Cain Sheppard is significantly darker than anything we've seen you do so far. What do you tap into as an actor to get into the mind of a guy who has gone sort of crazy while hunting down the interstellar slave traders who destroyed everyone and everything he'd ever known?"

"Two things. First, you face the darkness inside yourself. Everyone has some; most people just keep it shoved into the recesses of their psyches. I brought mine out to play." Evan took a long, slow drink of water that had Stasia watching the muscles of his throat rather than jotting down notes from his answer. When he set the glass down, he let out a small sigh. "Second, you acknowledge all the loss in your own life. All the times you screwed up and let people get hurt. That's Cain's real madness — he feels responsible for every single person who was taken or killed because he was supposed to be watching the jump-space monitors when the traders broke through. Had he been doing his job, it never would have happened.

"So, you just take that time you were slacking at McDonald's and the drive-thru was robbed. Then you crank it up about a million degrees." The last bit felt slapped on, like it was the canned answer he'd prepared while the rest was something deeper, truer. He jerked his head toward the notepad she hadn't set her pen to at all yet. "So, what else have you got for me?"

Far too many things I'd really love to give you but can't.

Stasia glanced at her questions ... and then promptly closed the notepad. They were all questions she'd have asked if she was interviewing side by side with Paul. The boring ones. No more. Her ex got to have his happy new life with Lissa and, damn it, she was going to figure out her own way from here. Evan had already shown he was willing to answer whatever she threw at him, and she wasn't going to stick to some old, staid interview just because. Maybe it would bite her in the ass, but she didn't want safe anymore. "Contrary to not wanting to go home, you were recently quoted as saying you wanted to stick to LA-based films for a while. Care to explain why?"

For the first time, he tensed up. "Family. I've been away a lot, and I'm starting to regret how much I haven't been around. It's also part of the 'go big' thing. My family's had some struggles this year, and I'm trying to make sure everyone is taken care of. Oldest son and all that."

He took a slow drink of water, eyeing her over the rim of the glass. "If you don't have any more questions about the movie, I think we've covered everything except my personal life. You still have about ten minutes. Want to ask about the trail of broken hearts I left behind? Or who I'm taking to the premiere at the end of the week?"


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Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (a Gone Hollywood novel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Tempting her Fake Fiancé brings a promising start to Julie Particka's Gone Hollywood series. And when Stasia Grant, reporter, arrives in Vegas to interview Hollywood hottie Evan Stone, neither bargain on what happens next. “Stasia Grant, will you pretend to be engaged to me?” And so begins their week of fakery and fornication. Evan has the reputation that tends to go hand in hand with his status and Stasia has had her divorce played out in public. Their chemistry sizzles, but she has deep-rooted insecurities courtesy of her ex. And what I loved was how Evan coaxed the true woman out, giving her the confidence to try and start to overcome her fears. Whilst I must confess to finding the general storyline a little steady going, the heat this couple generated together made up for it and, as sucker for a big ending, Julie Particka doesn't let her readers down. Looking forward to seeing how this series unfolds; hopefully Evan's sister Vicky will be given a story. “I want you happy, babe. Whatever it takes.” 3.5 stars. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Good read that I will read again. There were a couple of things that bugged me, i.e. the stipulations the hero puts on his offer toward the end. That was extremely hurtful and the proposal that wasn't a proposal after all was pretty insulting as well. The chemistry wasn't quite all there which in turn affected the sex scenes. They were good but not hot as I've come to expect from the Brazen line. All I can manage is 3.5 stars for this one.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) So Stasia is recently divorced after her ex cheated on her and poor girl has to go to an event where said cheater is going with his new flavor. Evan feels for Stasia since his sister had gone thru a lot thru her divorce and he wasn't able to help her so he decides to help Stasia and while he helps her by getting revenge, he can clean up his playboy act. But you know the best intentions of keeping things fake never work out that way! It was cute so Enjoy!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Tempting Her Fake Fiance is flat-out sexy!! From the very first page these characters will pull you in, hypnotize you with their smoldering chemistry and have you dying to see where it leads. Once I got started on this one I just could not put it down, I had to see how this little scenario would play out for these two... hoping it would bring lots of fireworks, and boy did it ever!! Highly recommend you check this one out, it promises to take you on a thoroughly satisfying literary journey!
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and entertaining book that I just loved. Evan is the Hollywood heartthrob with an image problem, when Stasia, a small print publication reporter, enters his room to interview him. When something he says makes her cry, Evan stops the interview to talk to her and learns about her ex. A plan is hatched and, almost before she knows it, Stasia is on the arm of the heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, pretending to be his fiance. What follows is a fun tale, complete with all the bumps on might expect, along with the biggest complication possible. I liked the characters in this novel and found myself pulled into their tale and wanted them to get their HEA ending. Fans of the genre will want to read this one and put it on their TBR list. While this is the first book I've read by this author, it won't be the last. I'm looking forward to reading more books by her.
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
4 steamy, charming, passionate stars! Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, by Julie Particka, was an awesome reading escape! As a reader, I always know who to turn to when I want a book that will leave my heart happy. The Brazen Collection is always there to save the day! I have discovered many authors by reading books in this category, and I loved every single moment of it!  This was my first time reading a novel by Julie Particka. It was great discovering a new author and she totally delivered a story that was fun, sexy and romantic! Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, is the first installment in the Gone Hollywood series. In this first installment, we follow Stasia Grant and Evan Stone's beautiful journey together.  Stasia is a reporter who is starting a new life. Her ex-husband, Paul Travers, is a total jerk who cheated on her. His betrayal has hurt her deeply, and not only did he destroy their marriage, but he also shattered her self-confidence. This has affected her deeply and she will do whatever it takes to start get the life that she deserves. She has worked hard to get where she is and she is determined to show Paul that she's capable to conquer the media world without him. When her next assignment sends her to Vegas, to interview sexy A-list star Evan Stone, she is in for the surprise of her life when Evan Stone proposes a plan to get her what she wants ... revenge on her ex-husband. What Stasia does not know is that Evan Stone is irresistible off-screen like he his on-screen. Will she be able to play her part without falling for her fake fiancé? I was totally invested in these characters and their journey from the first chapter. I completely fell in love with them. Stasia and Evan had such a beautiful and romantic love story. Even if their story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed every single moment of it! Julie Particka took one of my favorite thropes and made it her own. Her writing style was captivating and her characters were easy to relate to and simply irresistible! I read this book in one sitting and I was smiling and cheering for Stasia and Evan to find their HEA. Oh, and let me just say that these two have some major chemistry together! *Fans Self* This book played out in my head like one of the many romantic movies that I love to watch over and over again. That final chapter left me with a huge smile on my face! Evan was such a sweetheart! He made Stasia feel beautiful every.single.time! I was so happy to see Stasia's confidence grow by the minute with Evan by her side. He made her feel things in a few days that Paul never did in so many years. I highly recommend the first installment of the Gone Hollywood series! I have no clue who will be the next character to get a book, but I'm crossing my fingers that it will be Vicky, Evan's sister, she totally rocks!!!  I give, Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, by Julie Particka 4 steamy, charming, passionate stars!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I so love pretending stories. When I saw this one, I couldn't resist! AND once I started, I loved it. These two have that chemistry that's perfect. Previous relationships never brought the heat they feel together. They both have an interest in pulling off the pretense. As they start touching each other for the public, sparks fly. Soon the pretense has a fling included and feelings can't be far behind. What I loved about the story was the way the pretense helped Stasia re-discover who she is. Evan sees her as beautiful and fun. But her ex-husband had smothered all of that out of her. Evan's on a mission to help her see herself as she is. Their relationship became genuine and sweet as they developed feeling for each other. Of course, nothing goes smoothly for couples like this. Heartbreak was inevitable. The heat level is HIGH. They explore some sexual fantasies with each other along the way. And they were pretty much insatiable. Their antics may have caused a few problems for them, hehe. If you love a brazen book with some fun pretending, then this is a great one. Last I checked it was still only 99¢. Great deal.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Tempting Her Fake Fiancé was a fun and sexy Brazen title. I've read one of Julie's new adult books in the past, so I was excited to learn she was making the jump to adult romance in general, and the Brazen line in particular. I'm a total sucker for a the "regular girl/famous guy" storyline and while this was a good story, it was just missing a little bit of the extra zest I've come to love about the Brazen imprint.  Stasia was running from a broken heart and looking for some payback. Evan needs to reform his bad-boy, player image. They have great chemistry during a planned interview, so naturally they decide to team up to fulfill both of their goals – and a few sexual needs along the way. I liked each of these characters. I sympathized with Stasia. She hadn't had an easy time of it as of late and she really needed someone to treat her the way she deserved. Fake engagement or not, Evan did this for her. He helped her become more confident and see herself more clearly. In true romance style, they fake it so well, even they begin to believe it. It was sweet and sexy.  Tempting Her Fake Fiancé was a quick and easy read. I might not have completely connected with the characters, but I still enjoyed their story. This is the first novel in a new Brazen series, Gone Hollywood. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for the following novels.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
kimbre15 More than 1 year ago
Julie Particka once again brings her characters to life. Stasia and Evan's 'relationship' was so much fun I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! Julie's books keep getting better and better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth every penny.... superb writing, great plot.....steamy beyond words...... knock your socks off romance
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read.. the chemistry between the two characters were amazing, but is one thing that bothers me. shouldn't it be call..  TEMPTING HIS FAKE FIANCE.  I do recall in the story that EVAN said they were engaged, not the other way arnd.. other then that is a good read.. ENJOY
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! The chemistry between Stasia and Evan is amazing. A sexy, intense read you won't want to put down. I was drawn in from the start. This is my first novel by Julie and I am happy to say I can't wait to read more of her work. I loved Evan's sister and hope we will get her story in the future. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Evan and Stasia. I loved the instant sexual connection. Their initial thoughts of one another was hot. Evan was an incredible man who just made me swoon with the way he made Stasia feel. Stasia was a fun character to really get behind. I wanted so much for her to get her happy ending because she was so wronged by her ex.   The ending of the ex-husband debacle was very satisfying, even if I wanted a little bodily harm done to him. He was just a fantastic character to hate.  Throughout the ups and downs between Evan and Stasia, I could not help but root for them to be together. They were fun, vibrant and really knew what is important in life.And the epilogue is spicy sweet. Oh Evan and Stasia definitely brought their A game to the smexy scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot and steamy romance
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read.   Stasia and Evan story is sometimes love hits you when you least expect it but worth it.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Journalist Stasia Grant is trying to put her life back togeather. Her ex-husband destroyed her when he publicly left her. She needs to get her confidence back for this interview. She has to regain her feeling of self-worth. When she sees her ex, Paul, in Las Vegas with his new girlfriend, she breaks down. Superstar Evan Stone is touched by her pain. He wants to help so they come up with a plan. She will pretend to be his secret fiancée. This way she can teach her ex a lesson and it will also allow Evan to change people's impression of him. Can this plan succeed? Stasia and Evan make a wonderful couple. They fit together so well. They find passion in each other's arms. They learn how to laugh and to love, but they're afraid to reveal their feelings to each other. As the paparazzi and her ex make their life difficult, they grow close. Las Vegas and its glitz provide a perfect backdrop. Julie Particka wrote a passionate romance filled with snappy dialogue and some surprises. I enjoyed this feel good story.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (a Gone Hollywood novel) (Entangled Brazen) Julie Particka Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Genre: contemporary romance   well, I thought this would be quite a light read, and its not complex but it does have a much more interesting and developed plot than I expected. Sometimes these reads are very simplistic, constrained by the length requirements, but this one has some solid plots and realistic characters – oh and sex...lots of hot and spicy well written sex!! I loved Stasia and wondered how on earth she put up with the jerk ex. People do though don’t they, beaten down but the constant subtle put downs, gradually losing all sense of self. In a way, cruel though it was, he did her a favour by leaving. Now she just needs to shake his arrogance by moving on. At the same time Evan needs to clean up his image for his career. He’s intrigued by Stasia at the interview and makes her a proposition which she accepts. At first its all going to be very public only, and in private hands off – but the sensuality between them is steaming and Stasia thinks why not? After all she’s single, he’s hot and wants her and who in their right mind turns down a fling with a hot, sexy film star. As the week goes on though she learns he’s more than just his public image, and she gets to know the real man and fall in love. He’s equally entranced by her, she wants nothing from him at a time when everyone wants something, and he’s enjoying this genuine friendship, and of course how he reacts to her sexually – he just can’t get enough of her. Then of course he blows it and poor poor Stasia – I’d have felt like she did...Evan didn’t mean to insult her but he did! His sister soon tells him and puts him right but can he make up for it? I loved the way we actually got some of the film star effect in this book, so many I've read lately only pay lip service to the role, but this is set in the film world with media interviews, paparazzi and all the terrain that goes with fame. Stars: Five. For such a short read its a great one, hot and sensual and full of a great story. ARC supplied by publishers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to go until the setup for this book because you can get the gist of it from the other reviews and the synopsis. What I will say is that I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down and I love the banter between Even and Stasia, it was just perfect. And the sex, damn. I mean, damn. And if I hadn't already been won over by the karaoke scene, the Mr. Big song totally got me. One of my favorite bands, one of my favorite songs, it was just too perfect. The writing was great (pop culture references FTW!), the chemistry between the characters was amazing, the pacing was fantastic, and I will most definitely be reading it again. Rowr.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Stacia is in Sin City to interview a super sexy actor Evan Stone. Stacia is doing everything she can to forget about her ex husband who dumped her for a model. Right before the interview she sees her ex (who is also a reporter) practically making out with his new girlfriend and she loses it in the interview. Evan is so sweet and tells the camera guy to turn off the camera and leave the room. Then he makes her an offer she can't refuse. Pretend to be her fiance to get back at her ex and give him great publicity. Evan can't help but notice the super sexy Stacia but can't figure out all the baggy clothes she wears to cover up herself. She starts to cry in the interview and Evan makes her an offer to have her pose as his fiance to help him out, but also to see what she has to offer. As the two proceed in this fake engagement private photos are leaked and they have their ups and down. Stacia isn't used to the public life and Evan doesn't know what to do when he realizes he is really falling for her. Great book. Who doesn't wish in real life that prince charming will come sweeping down on their white horse and save the princess? I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Stasia Grant is trying bounce back from a rough year. She has managed to set up an interview with Evan Stone holly woods newest action hero. During the interview Stasia breaks down and Evan decides to help her by posing as her fiancé. They fool all the press which includes Stasia's ex and his new girlfriend. Of course Stasia's and Evan fall in love as they spend time together and eventually they earn their happily ever after.  I relly enjoyed reading Tempting her Fake Fiancé becuase it felt like a modern fairytale, complete with an independent heroine, a strong hero, and villain. It was fast paced, with fun dialogue. It as a great sexy read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.  I was given a free copy for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing chemistry between the two main characters, so HOT! I could not put it down, and I cannot wait to see the rest of the series. Stasia, a divorced reporter goes to Vegas to interview Evan, one of the hottest male Hollywood stars. Evan needs to clean up his "playboy" reputation, and Stasia needs to get revenge on her ex. A fake engagement does the trick, but will they really fall for each other? Loved the plot, loved the romance, and Looooooooooooooooooooove all the hot scenes, hmmmmm... Can't wait to see what Julie has in store for us for the rest of the series!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars I really enjoyed reading Tempting Her Fake Fiancé, it was one of those books that you didn't want to put down =) The writing is well done and the chemistry between the characters is smoking!  You will definitely want to read this one, I highly recommend it.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: THIS BOOK. I mean... THIS BOOK. (That's better...) I'm not gonna joke around here. You know how there are certain books that are up there on your list of favorite books. Well, this one has become one of my latest and greatest must-get-my-hands-on books the day it's released because... well... let me tell you why. The premise alone had me hooked, but it was the way the story was developed that drew me in. Stasia pulled me into her world instantly--the emotion behind the divorce had me clutching my heart for her. Evan's reaction and subsequent plan just pulled me in further. The two of them have this heartwarming spark between them. It's going to be temporary, but, hey, they're gonna make the most of it. And they do. And it's even better than they realized. So much so, that they're not sure what's next anymore, for themselves and each other. Tempting Her Fake Fiancé was one of the sweetest and sexiest novels ever. I could read and reread it indefinitely. I loved how Julie Patricka brought everything together in such a short period of time, not only the romance, but outside factors as well. Like the sweet little scene with Evan and his little fan. Oh, swoon. You must must must pick this one up. Snag it up now. RIGHT NOW. My Rating: Exceptional