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Blog Tour+ Review: The Real Thing by Melissa Foster

The Real Thing
Sugar Lake #1
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 5, 2017

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancĂ© too hot to handle?
Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?
Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.
Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.
**THE REAL THING is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it HERE, order the paperback.

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Willow Dalton is a small-town girl who owns a bakery in the same town she was born and raised.  Her current dream is to take her bakery to the next level and when a job opportunity that could provide the income she needs for her upgrade comes knocking she runs at it head on and full speed.
Zane Walker was a small-town boy until he moved to L.A. and became the hottest action hero of his time.  Now he’s transitioning into a new movie genre and needs to take drastic measures to clean his Hollywood bad boy reputation.
When Zane asks Willow to pretend to be his fiancée for a few weeks, old feelings will resurface and they will have to confront their past and come clean about their true feelings for each other.
I’ve been wanting to read something from Ms. Foster for a while now and this story proved I was right about it.
This is a different kind of second chance.  Zane and Willow have known each other forever and have been crushing on each other almost as long, but were misguidedly thinking it wasn’t meant to be.  They are still the best of friends, but Willow’s perception of Zane’s life in the spotlight prevents her from seeing everything he does for what it really is and his approach at getting with her is so off the mark that she thinks he does it because he’s just a flirt.  When they come together after 10 years, the truth can no longer be contained and the result is a sweet and sexy love story that is bound to melt your heart.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next chapter of the Sugar Lake series!

4 Book Corner Stars

*An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


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  1. I'm so happy you gave my book a try, Shelly! Thank you for your kind words! I'm so happy you're looking forward to more XOXO


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