"This page-turner has it all: fantastic characters, witty banter, and sizzling chemistry. I absolutely loved it!"—GINA L. MAXWELL, USA Today bestselling author of the Playboys in Love series for May the Best Man Win
Fake relationship. Real feelings. Big problems.
Brody O'Donnel doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters—at least, not for himself. But he wants the best for his vivacious, beautiful friend Gwen Danes, and he's tired of watching her pine for a clueless man. Figuring a little bit of jealousy will motivate the guy, Brody proposes a fake relationship. It's an outrageous plan, but Gwen figures there's no harm in it—until they share a passionate kiss she never saw coming.
Suddenly, Gwen's fighting a growing attraction to a man she knows she can't have. After all, he's just faking it...isn't he?
The Wedding Date Series:
May the Best Man Win (Book 1)
The Wedding Date Bargain (Book 2)
Just this Once (Book 3)
The Decoy Date (Book 4)
What People Are Saying About Mira Lyn Kelly:
"Outstanding...Kelly proves that she's an author to watch."—Kirkus Reviews for May the Best Man Win
"The perfect balance between sweet and sexy."—RT Book Reviews for The Wedding Date Bargain, 4 Stars
"Delightfully frothy."—Heroes & Heartbreakers for The Wedding Date Bargain
"A perfect light and very romantic read."—Booklist for The Wedding Date Bargain
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The fake relationship troupe can be so much fun when done well, especially when it's being done to make someone else jealous and even more especially when we find out that at least one of the two fakers isn't faking anything at all from the very beginning. With all of the above going on, the first half of this book was absolutely delicious. And then Brody decides to go all noble on everyone--grrrr.... There were a few times that Brody and Gwen's relationship veered off into the territory of big misunderstanding and I got a tad bit concerned, but they always managed to bring it back from the brink in a fairly reasonable manner...until Brody loses his flipping mind and decides that only he knows what's best for Gwen and he's going to push her towards that without letting her know what he's doing first or giving her any say in the matter. OMG, I wanted to smack him. Gwen definitely should have smacked him. He pulls his head out of his butt in the end and Ms. Kelly gives us an absolutely adorable ending--which *almost* makes up for it. Almost. Sigh. But we do have a wonderful ending, so there is that. All kinds of HEA-goodness flowing everywhere with a super-cute where-everyone-else-in-the-series-is moment that left me with warm fuzzies and a goofy smile on my face, so... The Decoy Date is the 4th book in the series, and though by starting with this one you won't know the tight knit group of friends at its center as well, it could work okay as a standalone. I'd only read the first book in the series so far ( May the Best Man Win ) and to be honest, I'd forgotten that I had until after I was finished with this one and looked at the rest of the books in the series and I did just fine. Though of course now I have to read the rest of them, ASAP... Rating: 4 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Gwen has plenty of things going on, and usually fairly astute, she’s just not seeing that her best friend Ted, the one she’s been in love with for For-Ev-Er isn’t all that, and really hasn’t done anything to deserve (or warrant) her undying admiration. Brody sees all of this, and really can’t get it: sure people fall in love for all sorts of reasons, but after all of this time with zero encouragement and, really, her consideration of Ted as her best friend – it’s just weird. Brody knows that Gwen deserves more, and well, he’d like to show her that – even if he’s not necessarily the guy who gets her heart in the end. He’s not altruistic in the least when the idea that he and Gwen go to the wedding as a “couple” to hopefully encourage Ted’s jealousy and (in Gwen’s world) make him see that they are perfect for one another. In some ways, this plot device was juvenile and cliched, and yet, it worked (who knew?). The fake relationship that turns real is usually rather straight-forward and clear, with most of the drama coming from the characters and their hangups. But here, we add in a third person – rather more than oblivious and certainly unaware of the underlying potential for drama as Gwen is near-fixated, but it doesn’t overwhelm, and we see (as Brody does) that Ted really isn’t worth the time. Brody, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for Gwen – starting with the fact that HE actually WANTS her to find love and be happy – he sees all of her, faults and all, and appreciates it – not using her friendship and good heart against her to fob off unwanted attention, only to move on at the first opportunity. Kelly managed to create a story that felt fresh even with an oft-used trope and the heroine feeling rather immature and untested at first. Gwen is determined to schedule and control her world to the best of her abilities, until and unless it involves Ted. Fortunately, much of that control seems to be a direct result of the lack of control she has regarding her feelings for Ted, and it takes a Brody, to loosen her up and challenge her reasons for staying in the one little box – to great effect. I clever little romance that is easy to read, low angst and sure to please fans of fake relationship stories. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
My first read of the series and I'm hooked! The banter between the characters had me laughing out loud at work. Such a clever friends to lovers story, I'm definitely reading the rest of the books immediately!
3.5 Stars I always enjoy a good fake-relationship story and The Decoy Date certainly delivered. With wonderful dialogue - especially when Brody turns on the charm, and great characters, it was easy to get caught up in this story. I absolutely loved Brody. He has a reputation of being a flirt and maybe a bit of a player, but he’s really just a great guy. I wasn’t too sure about Gwen at first, but she did grow on me, especially when she finally stood up for herself when it came to Ted. There was definitely some great chemistry between these two, so it was no wonder that the “fake” relationship turned into more – it was just too bad it took so long for both Brody and Gwen to let each other know, especially since I’m not a huge fan of too much angst, and there was definitely quite a bit that played out towards the end to get Brody and Gwen to their happy ever after. I really did enjoy watching their fake relationship evolve, especially how Brody would narrate it – it would be hard for any girl not to fall for Brody after hearing the things he was saying! One thing I did miss was not getting to spend a lot of time with the other characters from the series. Since Gwen is from a different friend group they didn’t have a chance to offer much of a supporting role until near the end, which, let me just say Molly was awesome and I loved how that all played out, but I did miss the fun banter that happens whenever the group gets together. Overall, I enjoyed the story. This was an easy read with a lot of great dialogue and a cast of characters that were easy to relate to. This is the fourth book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone, but I have read the others in the series and would encourage anyone to start at the beginning and enjoy getting to know all the characters in this series. This book, author, and series would look good on anyone’s TBR shelf!
I’m a sucker for the fake relationship trope, so I was all over this one. I liked Gwen and Brody well enough. They’re both good, loyal people. She’s sweet and he’s charming and they have great chemistry together. There’s a good cast of characters here and I’m tempted to go back and read some of the previous books. Plot wise, it was mostly good. I liked the flirting between Gwen and Brody and when they finally got together, it was fantastic. My main problem was Ted and all the BS that went along with it. I get why some of it happened, but seriously, if someone would have just opened their stupid mouth... Overall, it was a quick, fun read. I would have liked a bit more out of this one, but I did enjoy it. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing the arc free of charge**
LOVED this friends to lovers story!! I enjoyed the interaction between Brody and Gwen as they begin their fake relationship in the hopes Gwen's long time crush will finally sit up and take notice. Problem is it works too well. About the same time Brody realizes his feelings for Gwen are changing, Teddy (the crush) seems to be realizing the same thing. Now Gwen has a serious decision to make! This is the fourth book in the Wedding Date series and it can easily be read standalone. Do yourself a favor though, read them all! I'm certain you'll love all these characters as much as I do.