Published by HarperImpulse on April 20 2018
Genres: Romance, Chick-Lit
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Also by this author: No One Cancels Christmas, Bridesmaids, Four Christmases and a Secret, The First Date
One ex.One wedding.One little white lie.
When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…
1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)
So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.
Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.
But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!
As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…
It is really easy to see why everyone is gushing over this book. It is such a lovely read, very fitting for wedding season (I am in fact bridesmaid to my best friend this weekend!). When I saw the book title my first thought did go to the film with the same said title and wonder if it would be the same. It has the same premise as the film but so much more. There is love, lust, heartbreak, twists and misdirections, and two people learning to trust and love again.
Sam is heartbroken, her ex-boyfriend Mr Boring, Liam just dumps her out of the blue as he has met someone else, someone who is ‘HUGELY’ pregnant. Heartbroken she now wants to find someone to go with to her best friend’s wedding, where she is the maid of honour, to show that she is over Liam, the best man! Her friend Sarah suggests hiring someone, but they would cost an arm and a leg…literally. So whilst having a pick me up in the hairdressers, Amy suggests her brother, a broke actor called Jake. And so it begins…
The lies and deceit to her friends and family are hilarious, as Sam keeps ‘accidentally’ letting things slip out. They have to spend a week in Scotland together being a ‘couple’ (Strangest thing my best friend is also getting married in Scotland, I swear it is fate when I read these books!). Sam couldn’t tell if Jake was acting as he was being paid or if he was being genuine about his feelings towards her. With Zara’s writing style I believed he was genuine with how he felt, and to be honest who would not want a man like Jake, he sounded too good to be true!
It would not be right not to mention the cutest dog in the world – Harry! He provided so much laughter especially chasing Liam when the wedding photos were being done. That being said, I found all the minor characters so much fun, apart from Ruby (spoiled jealous brat sprung to mind), Sam’s mum did provide the most laughs for me.
The twists in the book were refreshing and delightful, these sorts of storylines may have been done before but Zara brings something new to the table so it is far from a stale piece of wedding cake.
This book is such a lovely read, one for the wedding season, the summer, in fact, any time of the year. It is a book that makes you feel good, it made me laugh and cry(!!). It just shows that there is a true love out there for everyone, and sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your perfect Wedding date.
*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, Harper Impulse and the author Zara Stoneley for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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