#BookReview of Is this for Real? by Kathy Strobos @kathystrobos @rararesources #IsThisForReal #BookTour

Posted January 30, 2022 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

#BookReview of Is this for Real? by Kathy Strobos @kathystrobos @rararesources #IsThisForReal #BookTourIs This For Real? by Kathy Strobos
Series: New York Friendship #2
Published by Strawbundle Publishing on January 11, 2022
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Also by this author: Caper Crush (New York Friendship, #3)

An opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, fake dating romantic comedy

Love is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Usually me. I admit it, I’m a relationship-recluse. Ironic, given that I write romantic comedies. So, I’m on a sabbatical from dating.

Which is why fake dating my best friend Rory is foolproof.

Rory suggested it because he needed a date for work functions. And I can use our experiences as fodder for my romcom novel. Plus, my sister doesn’t know it’s not real and she is thrilled that I’m not walling myself off emotionally. Her words, not mine. But I do wish she would stop saying that she always suspected there was something more between me and Rory. She should realize that we’ve been friends forever so I’m immune to his appeal.

We would never work. Rory is such a romantic; he still believes in that perfect love similar to his parents’ marriage. My parents fought bitterly. So, we are better off as friends. I can’t risk losing our friendship, even if this might be my chance—before his ex-girlfriend wins him back.

Those flickers of attraction? Easily extinguished by cold water reality—like a two-mile hike in drenching rain over sand with wheelie luggage.
But our relationship is not sticking to the plot—or is it?

Just literally finished this book and it most definitely gave me the warm and fuzzy feels. Fake dating is one of my favourite tropes, nothing like faking it until you make it.

I loved Penelope and Rory and their story, it was obvious but so cute, and so many what-ifs. I wasn’t a fan of the conflict, yes I am aware we need conflict, but I wasn’t happy with Rory or Penelope’s behaviour. I do love a happy ever after.

This is book 2 in the series, but you don’t need to read book 1, however, after meeting the couple that book one is about, well I had to go and buy it!

Although I didn’t like their conflict, I did love the realism of everything. I saw so much of me in Penelope so I related to her so easily. The way her brain went off-kilter was fab and just runs away with her because it’s something I do!!!!

I loved the writing style of Kathy, I was hooked and just addicted to the book. I kept thinking about the book and was excited each time I got to sit back and read it.

Everything about this book rang true for me, which is why I think I loved it so much. There wasn’t the over the top drama you find with some rom coms, this was written in a style that was believable. I also loved how Kathy poked a little bit at the rom-com genre and a few tongue in cheek comments, all added to my enjoyment.

This really is a fab little book to read! I hope we have more to come from the other characters. I loved Zelda! (Hint Hint) and even a book about Jamie, I suppose he deserves some fun too lol.

A fabulous introduction to a new author for me and I can’t wait to see what she does next. This easily is going to be a contender in my top books this year, it had everything I wanted right now in a book.

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

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