Faking Forever (First Wives) – ARC Review


Faking Forever
by Catherine Bybee
Release Date:  March 12, 2019
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Book #4 in the First Wives series
Number of Pages:  329
Kindle Edition
Source:  Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 3/3/19


Shannon Wentworth’s biological clock is ticking, and she isn’t going to let her single status keep her from having a baby. When her wedding-photography business takes her to Mexico, she has every intention of finding a willing baby daddy to help her out. Until the bride goes AWOL, leaving Shannon to coddle the arrogant fiancé who has accused her of sabotaging his wedding.

Victor Brooks never could have imagined that he’d be on a honeymoon for one. Only here he is, taking a hard look at his life after the younger women he thought he loved walked out. The woman who volunteers to help him reflect is the last person he expects to be attracted to. Between the tequila, the sun, and one earth-shattering kiss, Victor finds Shannon a distraction too sexy to ignore.

They strike a deal: wait three months, cool off, and see if their tropical beach attraction is worth taking up when they go back home. Unfortunately, that’s just enough time for the past to come calling. All their best-laid plans are at risk. So is the last thing Shannon expected to matter the most: her heart.

It’s finally time for level-headed, quiet, supportive Shannon to get her HEA.  It’s amusing how the shy woman we’ve gotten to know through this series lets her true self show in this book.  So much so that Victor can’t even believe the woman her friends describe is the same woman he knows.

This story doesn’t have the same suspense/danger element of the other stories in the series, but it’s still a wonderful read.  I loved watching Victor and Shannon both grow and seeing their love blossom.  As always, it was also wonderful to watch this group of friends band together.  The men support their women but also support each other when they know the women aren’t able to break their friend code.  It’s a lot of fun to read.

While there are other characters in this series I could see getting their own stories, I’m pretty sure this is the last book in this series.  But that doesn’t mean the author won’t spin this off into another series.  After all, this series is a spin-off of her Weekday Brides series.  I adore this author and believe she writes some of the best female friendships.

4.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

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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