*Thank you Net Galley and Harlequin for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first Kate Hardy book and clearly I need to read some more (this was her 100th for Harlequin.) I love a good fake dating/fake fiancé story and this was no exception. I adored the cozy farm setting, the lovable characters and the final declaration of love was just perfect. If you are looking for a story that feels likea Hallmark movie (with a dash of spice) then look no further!
Kate Hardy’s 100th book, Tempted by Her Fake Fiancé, was a beautiful and heartwarming story. Elle left behind the trauma of her childhood and adolescence on her family Norfolk farm to become a PR guru in London. Charlie left the pressures of a London life after the death of his wife to recover in rural Norfolk. Charlie has become the new manager for Blue Bell Farm and he desperately needs Elle’s help and marketing skills. Elle agrees to help her parents and Charlie and thus begins the fake dating, fake relationship to sell the farm as a wedding destination. Elle was a charming character and you can sense the difficulties she encountered as a teenager. It was lovely to see her reconnect and find joy with her family home and business. Charlie has his own issues; however, Elle brings joy back into his life with her enthusiasm for the farm and its new role in the community.
Ms Hardy wrote a delightful romance filled with emotions, sweetness, and warmth that was both engaging and entertaining. This story is filled with magnetic attraction, sizzling chemistry, troubled pasts, and a supportive cast of secondary characters that is a must read story. I highly recommend Tempted by Her Fake Fiancé to other readers.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This is a warm feel good romance. With great characters and a good romance with Elle and farm manager Charlie who start a fake romance to promote his farm. Will Elle drive for a promotion change course ? Read this book and find out.
Marketing exec Elle and farm manager Charlie are working together to promote Bluebell Farm as a wedding venue. When they take promo photos posing as a bridal couple, rumors start that they're engaged for real. Will their relationship turn from business to pleasure?
This is a heartfelt and engaging romance that made me wish Bluebell Farm was a real place. Congrats to Kate Hardy on her 100th Harlequin book!
Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
This is a Romance. I like the characters in this book, and I loved all the farm stuff in this book. I did not feel totally pulled into the storyline at all times while reading this book, and the characters took me a while to like. I just found this book to be ok. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Harlequin Romance) or author (Kate Hardy) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
Tempted by Her fake Fiancé is a very good book. Loved the plot, setting and the characters. I definitely recommend this book. I received an advance ebook from the publisher and Netgalley. This is my unbiased review.
Solid quick clean romance. I really enjoyed the setting of this story. This farm and nature was idealistic and it had so many fun romantic scenes. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters, with Elle's bullying issues to Charlies dealing with the death of his first wife. Getting the amount of description and well rounded characters in such a short book is hard but this author did really well. I loved that the "fake" romance wasn't really fake. That was. a new story line of having to pretend to be dating, engaged and married to promote the wedding venue on the farm. It made for some great tension between the characters. This was a quick perfect quick read with good characters development and easy not stressful romance.
Tempted by Her Fake Fiancé tells the story of Charlie, a widower who is working to overcome his grief and help Blue Bell Farms, and Elle, a big city marketing pro who returns home to Blue Bell Farms to help her parents and Charlie turn the farm into a success.
Overall the book was good. The story was interesting, the romantic chemistry was evident from the first chapter, and the happy ending was satisfying. This wasn't my favorite book I've ever read, but it was good.
I typically only read clean books - this books does have a mild bedroom scene so if that's not your jam you'll want to skip it. Had I known there was a bedroom scene I probably wouldn't have read it at all, but overall it was mild and easy to skip.
I receive an ARC for free in exchange in my honest review. Thank you to the publishers for choosing me!
After a childhood of being called “Smelly Ellie Moo-ton,” Elle has avoided her family farm and built a posh London life. She’s thrilled when her boss promises her a promotion if she can make her new client’s marketing campaign go viral. The client turns out to be Charlie, a widower who was kind to her after an especially awful bullying incident and part owner of her family farm. Being back at home reminds her of all the things she loves about the farm and working with Charlie on the campaign is all kinds of wonderful. Plus there’s a certain spark between them. But she’s not sure she can give up her London life even for a chance at love with Charlie. Meanwhile, Charlie feels guilty at the prospect of starting a romantic relationship with Elle even though five years have passed since his wife’s death. Having found solace in the farm, he doesn’t desire to return to London and start a life there with Elle.
The farm, with its awesome amenities, fantastic foliage, and adorable animals, is practically a character in the story. As Elle and Charlie move through the world, the farm’s atmosphere turns romantic. In order to keep costs low, they decide to act as models to promote the farm as a wedding venue and the lines begin to blur between what’s faked for the camera and genuine feelings. I love this different spin on the fake relationship trope.
The secondary characters, the farm workers, Charlie’s sister, Elle’ parents, and her friends and coworkers in London do a nice job of peopling the world, but the spotlight never strays far from the couple. This book, which marks the author’s 100th publication, unfolds like a love letter to the romance community.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to Harlequin Enterprises ULC for providing an Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley.