REVIEW: The Almost Romantic by Lauren Blakely


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Fake engagement. Real marriage. Both have an expiration date…

“Marry me.”

They were the last words I expected to say to my fake fiancé, but I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t back down from a challenge.

Pretend I’m engaged to my gorgeous and talented business partner to secure a business deal?

No problem.

Agree to a no-touch rule even though she’s been driving me wild since I met her?

Challenge accepted.

Resist grinning like a damn fool every time that same big-hearted, sunshine-y woman laughs with my little daughter?


So, yeah, when my fake fiancé’s vindictive business rival threatens to expose our make-believe romance, I can handle that too.

I’ll prove our engagement isn’t fake – by marrying her for real.

A marriage with an expiration date at the end of the year.

But that’s when I run smack dab into the biggest challenge ever – not falling madly in love with my wife.

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A heartwarming, heart-racing contemporary romance, The Almost Romantic by Lauren Blakely is a dual single-parent, fake relationship love story between two new business partners who are wildly attracted to each other. In this marriage of convenience romance, Blakely expertly tells the story of two single parents navigating the complexities of a romantic relationship and parental responsibilities while running their own businesses and joining together on an exciting new venture. I listened to the audiobook, narrated in duet by Vanessa Edwin and Teddy Hamilton, two of my favorites. They did a spectacular job and turned in fabulously entertaining performances.

The witty banter and electric chemistry between the big-hearted, possessive bar-owner single father, Gage, and Elodie, a confident, outgoing chocolatier who’s raising her little sister, was palpable. I was pulled right into the story by the sizzling tension and heartwarming moments. These kinds of stories are totally Lauren Blakely’s sweet spot, and The Almost Romantic was the perfect platform to showcase her dynamic, descriptive style of storytelling.

Blakely skillfully peels back Gage and Elodie’s layers as she explores the various complexities they face between launching a new business, being single parents and navigating a romantic relationship between two new business partners. Those challenges were tested mightily by their intense physical attraction. Swoony, steamy and so sweet, The Almost Romantic was charming and completely addictive. Five smooches from me for The Almost Romantic by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo



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