Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Playing by the Rules - Imelda Evans

The Book
Release Date: 16 September 2013

Kate Adams expected to return home from Paris with a ring on her finger. Instead, her French boyfriend, Alain, breaks up with her right before she leaves for Australia.

Unwilling to show up at her high school reunion desperate and dateless, Kate asks her best friend's brother, handsome Josh Marchant, to pretend to be her fiancée.

Josh has always had a soft spot for his sister's friend and happily takes on the role. And as they spend time together, the lines between fact and fiction blur and they're soon struggling to remember it's all just an act. But will the arrival of an unexpected visitor shatter the illusion they've created?

My Opinion  5 STARS

**Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Books Australia | Destiny Romance for an honest review**

OMG I soooo have a new book boyfriend.

So.  We have Katie Evans who is currently staying with her friend Jo back home in Australia.  She has come back without the fiancé she thought she would have and is currently moping around not knowing what to do with herself.  Her plans (and she plans everything) has gone down the toilet.

She has her school reunion to attend to and said that she would be bringing a plus one (her fiancé).  Feeling crap early one morning she opens the door, only to find her friends brother standing there.  She goes to let him in, but promptly steps on the cat and ends up in his arms.  This is the man that she had a teenage crush on when she was fifteen.

Jo in all her bossiness and love, prods her until she finally gives in and wears what she is given to their school reunion.  Jo also tells her that she will be going to the reunion with her brother who has agreed to act the part of her fiancé.  And when he arrives, the man looks delish.

Josh plays the perfect fiancé, he provides all the affection, anecdotes and fun she could need.  His tales so true that she wonders at how he can even remember all the stuff, and by her expression, her friend Jo thinks the same.  He spins in tales about how he fell in love with her back when she would come around the house.

Pulling him into a room she has it out with Josh and they end up kissing.  A kiss that rocks her world.  He manages to get her to stop thinking and just be happy, or completely flustered with his touch.  When they get back to Jo's apartment they are found kissing in the lift by both their parents along with Jo.

Her mother, who believe they have got together invites them to a meal at the end of the week to meet her boyfriend.  This then leads to more dates and getting-to-know-you dates and of course more kissing.  After the meal they are then caught kissing again by Kates ex-boyfriend and Jo.

The next day after talking, Alain and Katie have sorted their differences and go their separate ways, in her rush to leave the building she knocks Josh to the floor.  They go the beach where the commitment fobe asks her to marry him, where-upon she is promptly sick.  Things go downhill from there and they part ways.

Katie a week later has her butt kicked by Jo and goes to LA to find Josh to make things better but he is not there.  She goes back to home to Paris with a heavy heart and struggles to cope.  Weeks later, Josh arrives tells her he's made plans to live and work in Paris and he wants her.

Now how could a girl NOT fall for that!!  :)

This book was witty, had me laughing and actually made me feel better.  The author has a wonderful style of writing and I look forward to reading more from her.

Would loved to have had an epilogue though!

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