Author: Tracey Rogers

Review: Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers

Posted January 12, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers
Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Beachwalk Press on December 16th, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 145
Source: Author, Tour Host

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Faking it never felt so good.

Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily-ever-after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn't want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.

Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn't a little girl anymore. She's definitely all woman, and there's an attraction between them that's hard to ignore.

Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can't deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can't refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.

Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language


Quiana’s Review:
We’re introduced to romantic at heart, Izzy Latham. The wedding photographer is struggling to help her father with his financial troubles. Enter club owner, and marriage cynic, Jack Carter; an old childhood friend of Izzy’s. Jack up and left home many years ago with no notice and hasn’t had contact with Izzy since. Jack has a proposition for Izzy: pretend to be married to him, and he’ll take care of her father’s financial obligations. When Izzy reluctantly agrees, neither is prepared for just how life-changing their deal will be.

I usually enjoy books where the two main characters fake a relationship. It’s interesting to read about two people learning to navigate within the confines of a fake relationship. Especially when the two characters start to develop feelings for one another and can no longer tell what’s real and what’s only pretend. So this book had all of the elements I usually enjoy about this particular type of trope, but it still didn’t work for me.

One could say that my biggest problem with this book is that I never felt a connection to Izzy and Jack. In fact, I didn’t like either character. Izzy was at times extremely naïve. Case in point, in an attempt to get underneath Jack’s skin, Izzy allowed a complete stranger to order several drinks for her. After the first drink made her woozy, she continued to accept subsequent drinks from the stranger. Of course Jack was forced to ride to her rescue and rightfully chewed her out over her bad judgment.

But Jack was no better than Izzy. He spent a lot of time pushing Izzy away because of his insecurities. He went out of his way to hurt her in order to make Izzy lose interest in him. Of course it’s later revealed that there’s more to Jack’s reluctance to commit to a lasting relationship with Izzy. And Jack’s reason for leaving and his reluctance to invest in a romantic relationship with Izzy was eye roll-worthy.

Overall, I wanted to like Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers, but unfortunately I didn’t. When it comes down to it, Jack and Izzy just weren’t dynamic enough characters together or apart to draw me into the story. And if the lead characters aren’t believable or interesting, then it’s no surprise that the overall story failed to engage me as a reader. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Best Fake Day by Tracey Rogers

Posted January 8, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 6 Comments

Excerpt

“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.

She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”

“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”

The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”

“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”

“And you have experience in any of those roles?”

“No. But I could learn.”

“But what about the house repairs?”

She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”

“And what exactly is your day job?”

“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”

“You work freelance?”

“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.

Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”

“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.

“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”

“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”

“You are not working here.”

“Why?”

“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”

“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”

He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”

She shook her head.

“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.

She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.

He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”

“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.

“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”

“Then do it,” she demanded.

Divider

Best Fake Day by Tracey RogersAbout the Book

Title: Best Fake Day
Author: Tracey Rogers
Publisher:  Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Anticipated Release Date:  December 16, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon • Barnes & NobleAmazonUKBeachwalk Press
Add to Goodreads

Book Blurb:
Faking it never felt so good.

Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily-ever-after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.

Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.

Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.

Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

About Tracey Rogers

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

Tourwide Giveaway

Tracey is giving away a $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Urban Girl Reader is not a host of this giveaway and is not responsible for posting/coordinating winners. Tour host or Author will contact winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Click Banner to Follow the Tour
Click Banner to Follow the Tour