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Oct 29

Mr. Casanova by Lila Monroe Review

4.5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

Hot TV star Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s newest bad boy… at least, according to the tabloids. He’s been steaming up the screens as Dr. Casanova for ten years, but thanks to his ex-wife, some tricky contract negotiations, and that incident with the stethoscope (don’t ask), he’s suddenly on an extended vacation – with his heartthrob career on the line.

Enter Stella Hartwick.

A Hamptons local, she’s trying to get her home renovation company off the ground; winning the job for Luke’s new beachfront retreat would be her big break. And when she just happens to overhear his agent suggesting a fake relationship to give his reputation a swoon-worthy makeover, Stella sees the perfect solution to both their problems.

What’s a little fake smooching between friend(ly professionals)?

Stella is determined to keep her eyes on the prize renovation and her hands OFF the hunky actor wandering shirtless through her construction site. But Luke has other ideas. Midnight skinny-dipping ideas.

If only he wasn’t so heart-stompingly, panty-twistingly handsome…

Soon, sparks are flying, and they’re both forgetting their kisses are just for show. But can this fake relationship weather a very real tabloid storm? Or will past betrayals and the Hollywood spotlight drive them apart before their romance has even begun?

Find out in the new hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

REVIEW:

I really enjoy Lila Monroe’s romantic comedies, and I’ve read quite a few of them. She always balances out the heat in her stories with plenty of humor, keeping her plots entertaining without a lot of angst or unnecessary drama resulting in light-hearted, easy-reading romances. She pulls me right into the story with her vividly descriptive, detail-rich writing style. She threads those elements into creative plots that consistently produce fun and sexy romcoms that always provide me with an enjoyable reading experience.

Mr. Casanova is the fifth book in her Billionaire Bachelors series, and I was anxious to get my hands on it. I love HGTV, and the home renovation for a Hollywood heartthrob storyline piqued my interest right away. If this series is any indicator, Monroe clearly enjoys the fake relationship trope, and she’s done an incredible job coming up with original plots that were humorous and engaging. Mr. Casanova, like all the books in this series, is a standalone, and it’s not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.

Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s hottest leading man, or he was until his ex-wife took to the press with fabricated, scandalous details about their marriage. Now he can’t get a role, or even a return phone call, so he heads to the Hamptons to clear his mind and focus on something more productive—like renovating the house he just bought there. Something has to give with his career, though, and his PR rep has the perfect idea. Stella Hartwick is nursing her own relationship wounds as she deals with her cheating ex and former business partner who always seems to be one step ahead of her, both in his new relationship and in his new business built not only the knowledge he gained from Stella but also her reputation. She, too, needs a break, and she’s desperate enough for one to do pretty much anything, including posing as Luke Rafferty’s squeaky clean new girlfriend as she renovates his Hamptons estate.

I devoured Mr. Casanova in a day, laughing and loving it the whole way through. It was sexy, sweet and an amusing, pleasure-to-read. Another winner in a series full of them! Lila Monroe’s Mr. Casanova gets 4.5 smooches from me!
~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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