Friday, December 7, 2018

Review - The Decoy Date by Mira Lyn Kelley

The Decoy Date
by Mira Lyn Kelly
Series: The Wedding Date, #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 4, 2018

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?

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!
Brody turned around, walking in reverse so that he could look at her. “It’s you and me getting comfortable around each other. Talking. Laughing.”

Her brow rose. “I thought we were already pretty comfortable around each other.”

They were, but he liked hearing her say it, just the same. “The closer we get, the easier it’ll be to sell this. People will notice the way you light up when they mention my name.”

She coughed, her eyes going wide. “Ego much?”

“It can get a bit unruly. But that’s just because everyone keeps feeding the thing. You especially.” The way she was smiling, what did she think was going to happen?
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 voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the publisher from NetGalley.

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