Fake Flame

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Pub Date 23 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 23 May 2024
Harlequin - Romance | Afterglow Books by Harlequin

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Description

In this fun, fast-paced romantic comedy, a bookish firefighter who knows his Jane Austen suggests a little fake dating to fend off an ex. What’s a feminist English professor to do—except say yes…

You can’t fake heat like this…

To an observer, hauling a baby grand piano onto a college quad to publicly serenade an ex might seem like a romantic gesture. To literature professor Eva Campbell, it’s the latest manipulative move by a cheating jerk who won’t take a hint. Plus, she never liked that song anyway.

Setting the piano on fire might be an overreaction, but Eva’s at the end of her rope, at least until hot young firefighter Sean Hannigan talks her down. And that’s not all Sean does. Soon he’s offering to be Eva’s fake boyfriend to get her creepy ex off her back. Unexpected, maybe, but there’s something about Sean—beyond the angelic face and take-me-now body—that makes Eva say yes.

Sean battles infernos for a living, reads romance on the side and is a straight-up, family-loving good guy. Eva’s not sure she’s ready for the danger he poses to her jaded heart. Given their differences, a relationship can’t last, right? But the line between fake and real keeps blurring, daring her to take the biggest risk of all…

In this fun, fast-paced romantic comedy, a bookish firefighter who knows his Jane Austen suggests a little fake dating to fend off an ex. What’s a feminist English professor to do—except say yes…

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Advance Praise

"Filled with wit and warmth… Fake Flame is an ultra-satisfying romance that balances real world issues and swoony emotions." — Emma Barry, author of Chick Magnet

"Fake Flame is red hot!” — Joann Ross, New York Times bestselling author

“A delightful romp from one of my new favorite authors!” — Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author

“Buck brings the heat in this scorching rom-com… Readers will have no trouble rooting for the chivalrous firefighter and the plucky professor to get their happily ever after.”Publishers Weekly

"Filled with wit and warmth… Fake Flame is an ultra-satisfying romance that balances real world issues and swoony emotions." — Emma Barry, author of Chick Magnet

"Fake Flame is red hot!” — Joann Ross, ...


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PAGES 288

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In this captivating read, the author masterfully weaves a narrative that is both engaging and thought-provoking. Through a blend of richly developed characters and a meticulously crafted plot, the book offers a unique exploration of its central themes, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the story's depth and complexity. The narrative is paced perfectly, balancing moments of intense action with thoughtful reflection, ensuring that readers are hooked from the first page to the last. The author's ability to evoke emotion and create a vivid, immersive world is truly remarkable, making this book a must-read for anyone looking for an exceptional literary experience.

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This was such a fun romance to read. I liked that the characters were of a more 'mature' age (late 30s-early 40s) than in typical stories of this type. The main characters have great chemistry and work through what starts as a fake relationship and quickly turns into something very real for them both.
If you're looking for a quick read with endearing characters (and a few steamy scenes), then this is a great choice!
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for access to this ARC.

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This book had me giving a contented sigh at the end. I love their dynamic and the fact that they struggled with some real life issues.

If you enjoy witty banter and a steamy love story, this is for you.

Tigger warning - there is a stalker ex involved in the story.

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