In REAL KIND OF LOVE by Sara Rider, Clem and Jake have one week to convince her quirky, overbearing family that their relationship is real during a summer vacation at a lakefront cottage. Fans of ACT LIKE IT by Lucy Parker and ACTING ON IMPULSE by Mia Sosa will love this spicy, lighthearted contemporary romance novel featuring a grumpy hero and introverted heroine. Find out what happens when a fake relationship turns into a real kind of love.
Title: Real Kind of Love
Author: Sara Rider
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Series: Books & Brews #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 242
Format: Print & Digital
As an audiobook narrator, Clementine Cox has no trouble mastering the voices of space aliens, elven warriors, or even demon-possessed cats. But the moment she tries her hand at an erotic romance, she’s stumped. With her deadline looming, she books a week at a secluded cabin to restore her inner muse, telling her loving-but-overbearing family it’s a romantic getaway with her not-so-existent new boyfriend to keep them from worrying. She never expects them to invite themselves along to meet the new guy. Now, she has less than twenty-four hours to find a pretend boyfriend in order to save her job and, potentially, her sanity.
Workaholic Jake Donovan isn’t interested in a real relationship. After a broken engagement, all he wants to do is focus on keeping his brewpub, the Holy Grale, afloat. But when he finds out his favorite customer is in need of a fake boyfriend, and his business partners insist he take a long overdue vacation, he has no choice but to help Clem out. All he has to do is enjoy the sunshine, play nice with her family, and keep his hands to himself for the week.
But Jake’s not prepared to like waking up next to Clem every morning as much as he does. Or to feel so welcome by her quirky family. And as the line between real and fake starts to blur, he realizes one week might never be enough.
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REAL KIND OF LOVE Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Sara Rider
With a deep breath, she opened her eyes to see Jake standing in front of her with his arms crossed. She swallowed the bile rising in her throat, reminding herself that if mortification could actually kill, she’d have been a pile of ashes by now.
“Thanks for playing along. For the record, you die of Ebola tonight. Or dysentery. Whichever one works faster.”
“Clem.” He tilted his head toward her, voice deepening to a low growl. “Why do your sisters think we’re dating?”
“I kind of told them I was going on a romantic getaway this week so they wouldn’t tag along on my vacation. Except instead of giving me space, they booked the cabin right next door and now I need you to use that hammer to build me a tiny little coffin while I curl up and die.”
“Wait a second,” Julia said from the dining room doorway with Eli standing next to her, grinning. “You lied to your family about having a boyfriend and now they think Jake is coming with you on vacation tomorrow?”
“Of course you and Eli overheard,” she mumbled. “I know it was a terrible idea but—”
“It’s a great idea!”
Clem wiped her clammy palms against the ugly pair of basketball shorts she was still wearing and tried to fathom the reason for Julia’s wide grin. “Sure, if you think watching me dig myself into a deep hole with no escape is fun.”
“You don’t need an escape. You need Jake.”
“What?” Her and Jake’s gazes met like a head-on collision.
Eli rubbed his palms together. “I don’t know what devious idea is churning in your brain, Sis, but I have a feeling it’s going to be good.”
“It’s simple. I need Jake to get out of my hair for the next week before he micromanages the wedding I’ve been planning to death, and you need a fake boyfriend. It’s perfect.”
It would be perfect, the devil on Clem’s shoulder whispered. Her family was so desperate to see her in a relationship, they’d probably actually give her some space this week. Maybe even enough that she could focus on the recording she needed to turn over to the publisher two weeks from now.
But it was a ridiculous idea. There was no way Jake would go for it. He had a business. A life. A fiancée. Crap. “You can’t be serious?”
“Sorry, man,” Eli said, raising his palms. “My vote’s with Julia. We outnumber you.”
Jake’s jaw clenched so hard, Clem could see the pulse point ticking in his neck. Her heart thumped against her chest as she waited for him to laugh at her. Or shake his head in disgust. Because there was no way he would actually go through with this.
She braced herself for rejection as he turned toward her, expression grim. “I’m game if you are.”
Clementine Cox, audiobook narrator, has always felt like the odd one out of her larger than life family. They mean well, but they always meddle in Clem’s life setting her up on dates with guys she has absolutely no connection with. Clem has had enough of their over the top schemes and decides to get away for the week in a tiny cabin by the lake where she can relax and work on the audio of a book she has been having a tough time narrating. When you are shy and an introvert, it’s tough mastering the technique of sounding sexy when it comes to the steamier side of romance. Imagine her surprise, when her family decides maybe they should all take a vacation together and join Clem. So what is a girl to do under these circumstances? Create a fake boyfriend in hopes that her family will back off and let her have the peace she is seeking. Unfortunately for Clem, her lie backfires and now her family is more determined than ever to meet her “boyfriend.”
Jake Donovan, brewpub owner, has known Clementine for three years. She has been a customer at the pub and has been coming in daily ordering the same food and brew each time she comes in. Clem is a staple in the bar and even though they aren’t close enough to be considered great friends, Jake really likes the shy bookworm. Although lately, he has been having thoughts about Clem in a not so friendly way and doesn’t understand why he feels some sort of connection to her. Jake does not consider himself boyfriend material, but when he is mistaken as Clem’s boyfriend by her meddling sisters, he throws caution to the wind and decides to play the part saving Clem from having to admit to her family that she was lying about having a boyfriend.
The vacation is only for a week. What could possibly go wrong?
Anyone who knows me knows me knows that the fake boyfriend/girlfriend trope in romance is absolutely one of my favorites. So, I was more than thrilled once I set in to read Real Kind of Love. I just knew that this story was going to be great and I am happy to say that it exceeded all of my expectations. I was hooked pretty much from the first page all the way to the end. The story is filled with laughter, heart, and a family that even I want to be a part of.
Clem is such an easy character to love and in a lot of ways relatable. She is a book worm, much like myself. She considers herself the black sheep of her family because she is introverted where they are full of life, laughter and love. She loves her family dearly, but they can be a bit much to handle. I love how she is shy and reserved even with Jake. Clem may fantasize about him when she is home alone, but she knows he would never go for someone like her. Jake, on the other hand, is confident and sexy and can get any woman he wants. He is the direct opposite of Clem in many ways. He is a workaholic and his brewpub means a lot to him. He, like Clem, feels as if he is the black sheep of his family, and he really does not have a close relationship with them. So, once he is taken into the fold of Clem’s family, he really eats it up because he has never had that in his life. Although he is enjoying his time away with Clem and her family, he knows he is not relationship material and even though he feels an attraction, he knows Clem would be better off without him.
I really love how Clem describes her family to Jake and getting to meet her family during a dinner with Clem, really makes me believe in the way she describes them. I just couldn’t help but laugh at her description.
“Picture a giant fluffle of rainbow-colored bunnies surrounding you in a group hug that never, ever ends. Ever. It’s so warm and cozy, you’d don’t even realize you’re being smothered to death.”
Her family was a hoot right down to her grandmother who was not shy in the slightest. You go, Grandma! Clem’s nieces really stole the show for me. They were so cute, charming and devious, just the way I imagine most six year olds are. This has to be one of the best families I have ever read in a book.
The romance was so sweet, believable and pretty darn hot. Things start to heat up sharing a tiny cabin with one bed and an uncomfortable looking couch. Sleeping next to each other has its perks, but can Jake keep his hands to himself or will his attraction to Clem get the better of him and open him up to a love like none other?
Real Kind of love is a heartwarming story that I devoured in a matter of hours. I was pretty sad when I came to the end as I wanted more of their story. Jake and Clem are wonderful characters and I enjoyed taking this journey to their HEA along with all the bumps, laughter, and thrills that made this charming story come to life. I can’t wait for the second book in the Books and Brews series to come out. I need more of these characters I have come to love. Real Kind of Love is well worth the five stars I have given it. So take a chance if you have not picked this book up yet. Sara Rider is a fabulous writer and really knows pull you right in with just the right mix of sweet and sexy that will have you hooked right from page one.
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About Sara Rider:
Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.