How can Derek be with the woman he loves when he has to stay with the one he doesn’t?
Derek McCarthy won’t rest until he proves that his cunning uncle was responsible for his father’s death. But due to their frosty relationship, the only way he could get into his uncle’s properties to search for the evidence that could expose his well-respected uncle’s crimes is to keep pretending that he and the daughter of his uncle’s business partner are in love. But his feelings for his friend Bernadette Luna keep getting stronger, so when an arrangement with his girlfriend-in-name-only enables him to date Bernadette, he grabs it with both hands. Unfortunately, he is soon faced with a heart-breaking choice: risk his uncle discovering his ruse and destroying the evidence, or risk losing Bernadette forever.
Should Bernadette follow her heart or listen to her head?
Bernadette Luna has been secretly in love with Derek McCarthy for ages. When Derek finally shows his attraction to her, she is ecstatic. He is truly the man of her dreams. But when she discovers that Derek might be keeping secrets from her, she has to make a decision: follow her heart or listen to her head. Problem is, her heart has misled her many times before, especially when it comes to Derek.
The Unreal Boyfriend can be read as a standalone. For better enjoyment of the Captured by Love series, the author recommends reading the books in order.
Book 1: The Unwilling Executive (Lucas Renner and Jade Tully)
Book 2: The Unyielding Bachelor (Rick Donnelly and Lexie Mead)
Book 3: The Undercover Playboy (Carter Garrett and Cassie Stephens)
Book 4: The Unintended Fiancé (Bradley Mead and Erin Baker)
Book 5: The Unforgettable Ex (Gavin Redford and Natasha Garrett)
Book 6: The Unknown Billionaire (Jarryd Westbourne and Marilyn Grant)
Book 7: The Unmasked CEO (Simon Alexander and Geri Blaine)
Book 8: The Unexpected Husband (Tristan Grant and Paige Shipton)
Book 9: The Unreal Boyfriend (Derek McCarthy and Bernadette Luna)
About the Author
Ever since I was a young teenager, I have loved reading romance novels. My auntie used to send me boxes of her books and I would devour them one after another. Every so often, I would read a mystery or a suspense or a paranormal novel as I love those genres too. But romance is still my favourite. :)
For many years, I wrote technical and non-fiction materials for professional use and had only dreamt about writing a novel. Then, one day, after a period of binge-reading sexy romances, I decided to sit in front of my computer and start writing my first fiction book.
The result? My debut novel, "Will To Love", the first in the hot and sexy Lifestyle by Design series.
After that, I knew that I would love to tell more beautiful love stories through my books.
I live in Sydney, Australia with my amazing husband who lovingly cheers me on in my journey as a novelist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When does one draw the line? When does one raise their white flag and walk away? Would it be foolish to stay instead? Love isn't easy. When it comes to love that is long-standing and seemingly one-sided, it becomes harder to deal with. Bernadette's love for Derek hasn't waned despite time and circumstances. Regardless of the wariness she feels about getting close to him, walking away isn't an option. He's it for her, and she knows she can be it for him if only... If only what exactly? The answer lies under all the blacked out areas of their relationship, or lack thereof if you prefer. Derek's looking for answers. He has a score to settle with his uncle and he won't stop until the job's complete. But the one woman he wants and needs is the one woman he risks losing if he doesn't open up and let her in. Having his friend play the part of his fake girlfriend, however, isn't helping his cause regarding Bernadette. Bernadette's safety and well-being take precedent over Derek's longings to really be with her. Until he solves the mystery surrounding his father's death, he won't take the chance. Seeming to string Bernadette along is the only suitable answer. But is the potential result worth it? Sometimes, yes. But it's going to take a lot of groveling to get back into someone's good graces when they feel wronged, even if your intentions are good. Derek and Bernadette's happily ever after has been a long time coming. The wait, I believe, was worth it, not just for this reader but for the characters as well. A bit of mystery and suspense seamlessly entwined with romance made this an edge-of-my-seat read. Ms. Charles's signature flair for evocative writing shines bright and strong in this. It doesn't diminish despite this being her umpteenth book as well as book nine of this series. She stays true to form and gives this reader a story that is worth reading again. 4.5* Received from publisher for an honest review
ARC for honest review with no compensation The Captured by Love series is based on a group of people who bet on who the next bachelor will be to fall in love, with the funds going to the winner's favorite charity. The Unreal Boyfriend is about Derek McCarthy and how he wants to prove that his cunning uncle was responsible for his father’s death but in order to do that he must act like he is in love with the daughter of his uncle’s business partner except he has had feelings for Bernadette Luna but cannot let them show…. So many secrets, feelings kept under wraps, snooping for clues and feelings that keep growing into finding a HEA…will Derek and Bernadette find it or will Derek keep pursuing his uncle to bring him to justice and lose the one person he knows will make him whole again???
So, who will be the next bachelor to fall? Bernadette has had a crush on Derek from the first moment she met him but Derek just sees her as a friend. For several years, Derek has been seeing someone that no one in their friend circle has met. Yet, Derek does flirt with Bernie at many of the parties and events. When Derek needs a ‘fake’ girlfriend, Bernie is excited at the opportunity. Is there a chance that fake can be real? Derek has many more secrets than the woman he has been seeing. There is a great mystery to his journey. I really enjoyed the added twists and turns this added to the story. Bernie is a breath of fresh air with a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart that always puts others first. This is a challenge when Derek sends mixed signals but gives so much to devour with the complexity of their romance.
On Again, Off Again Love. Bernie has been enamoured with Derek ever since she met him at her best friend’s wedding but he has never paid her any attention and so she is delighted when he suddenly seems to ‘see’ her. Unfortunately she is soon flung back down when she discovers that his on again/off again girlfriend is a singing superstar and that they need her to pretend to be in a relationship with Derek to the throw the paparazzi of their track. Just when Bernie decides she can’t take their fake relationship any more, Derek informs her that he has broken up with Holly and that he wants to date her, Bernie, for real. Their relationship quickly goes from strength to strength, until Bernie finds out that Derek is still seeing Holly behind her back and her heart is broken once again. However there are things that Bernie doesn’t know; things that Derek can’t tell her, if he wants to keep her safe. An enjoyable romance with a touch of mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Shocking reveals, never ending secrets and hidden dangers are a constant with this group of friends. It's nice to know that no matter the scenario, someone always has your back. The Captured by Love series is an exciting mesh of red herrings and titillating lust. A maze of danger waiting to be solved drives friendships and awakens hearts. The Unreal Boyfriend has Derek and Bernadette in the hot seat this time around. Derek is searching for answers. Bernadette is hoping for love. In this game of cat and mouse, trust is a luxury that neither have. Not only are hearts at risk, but lives may be at stake. The suspense is killer, the romance is electric and the drama is edge of the seat intense.