The Real Thing – book review

The Real Thing
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Contemporary Romance M/F
Book #1 in the Sugar Lake series
Number of Pages:  288
Kindle Edition
Source:  Pre-ordered through Amazon
Rating:  XXX
Read 9/11/17 to 9/13/17

Two of my favorite romance story tropes by one of go-to romance authors.  What could be better?  This is not only a friend to lovers story, but also a fake fiancée tale.  When it starts out it seems a bit more fake fiancée, yet once you get to know Willow and Zane you see it’s really a friends to lovers book at its core.

Although majority of Melissa Foster’s books are under the umbrella of her Love in Bloom series on a larger scale, it’s always said they can work as standalone books.  Personally, I don’t always feel that’s the case and always recommend people read the whole series to get the real depth of each book.  In the case of this book, it’s not under that Love in Bloom umbrella.  There is an extremely brief mention in passing here and there of a few characters, but there is absolutely no significance to the story.  This is a brand-new series (published under a totally different publisher that her other books) and, since this one is the first of the series, can be read as a standalone.

We get to know a lot of characters in this book.  Not in-depth, but enough to keep the reader wanting more.  Of course, all of Willow’s siblings will be getting their stories told.  The family is loving and caring and all very different from one another so it should be a lot of fun.

This story moves fast and a lot happens over the course of the 2 weeks the majority of the tale takes place. You would think it would make the romance/love story part of the book seem too fast but it doesn’t.  Mostly because Zane and Willow have known each other most of their lives.  But it did make some other things seem quite a bit beyond the realistic realm.  I love that Willow owns a bakery and does some catering.  But the amount of time she spends actually working, with no other people in her employ, is beyond ridiculous.  And Zane’s bodyguards, plane, and ease of getting people to stop gawking around the bakery is laughable.  I’ll forgive these things because wanted to read about the couple and not all of the day-to-day particulars.  But it left me feeling as though I was missing something.

One last thing.  It’s inevitable, if you read a lot of books, that character names will end up being used by more than one author.  I’m sure it may have happened to me before but the characters weren’t engrained in my mind enough for me to notice.  But since I absolutely LOVE the Walker brothers from Nicole Edwards’ Alluring Indulgence series, I could help but instantly notice the shared moniker of Zane Walker.  Two totally different men in so many ways, but both great guys.

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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