Title: Faking It
Author: Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 that neither one ever anticipated.
Ohhh I hadn’t realised that Faking It would feature one of the character we were introduced to in Big Shot – I love it when a series of stand-alones ties together individual characters stories 🙂
Max is a partner in a reality firm with Wes from Big Shot, he takes great pride in his work matching the perfect specification for the client. He is determined to find the perfect building for his gorgeous client of three months, Hailey.
Hailey is a professional match-maker, having steadily grown her business over the past few years she is ready to take the next step and buy her own building to incorporate her wish-list of both personal and professional property requirements. Although she is successful in her career her personal life leaves a lot to be desired. Following the latest disastrous date, Hailey decides to remove herself from the singles scene by pretending to be engaged, modelling her fake fiance on the delightful Max Sterling. Unfortunately, this also acts as a deterrent to the real Max acting on his attraction to Hailey.
When a chance encounter with a former clients mother unearths Hailey’s deception, Max is determined to take advantage of the situation to explore the attraction between himself and Hailey.
I adored the smooth progression of the relationship between Max and Hailey alongside the beautiful romancing Max undertakes.
Unfortunately, Hailey has a lot of emotional barriers especially where physical intimacy is concerned due to her previous weight problem and college relationship. Hailey was raised by her aunt and uncle following the death of her parents at a young age. Her aunt used food as a comfort substitute and as a consequence Hailey developed an unhealthy relationship with food. Although she took control of her diet and lifestyle during her college years, Hailey still carries the deep emotional damage where her body image is concerned.
It is obvious Max and Hailey belong together and not just in a fake capacity but the one main factor standing in their way is Hailey’s lack of faith in the attraction and feelings Max has for her. I’ve said this before but you can’t establish a relationship on insecurities, you have to love and accept yourself, flaws and all, before you can trust someone else’s love for you.
Max enables Hailey to thrive and blossom with his care and attention but ultimately she has to take responsibility for her own happiness.
It was lovely to see the inclusion of the other characters from Big Shot and I cannot wait to see what is in store for Kyle in Well Built 🙂