Sloane De Carlo is going to have to move to Antarctica.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that she accidentally made her private blog very public, and all her innermost secrets and embarrassing moments are trending, now the entirety of the Internet is dying to know who her all-consuming, never-get-over-him crush “Guy” really is. She’s even got a literary agent dangling a book deal in front of her nose—but there’s a catch. She’ll have to get closure with “Guy” and give her story that pitch-perfect ending.
Too bad the real “Guy” is engaged to someone else. #Blessed
The only person in her teeny hometown of Arbor Bay who knows the truth is local bartender Brady Knox. And he’s not telling...for a price. He’ll pretend to be Sloane’s “Guy” if she’ll use her newfound Internet fame to bring more business to his struggling local bar. Brady’s always been a lone wolf, but there’s something about the pint-sized, supremely awkward, yet beautiful Sloane that charms him.
But keeping secrets in a small town like Arbor Bay isn’t easy. And Brady was never meant to be the guy for a pitch-perfect ending...
My Review:I had a difficult time getting into this book for about the first four chapters. I honestly thought I was going to need to DNF and was dreading it. I'm not sure if it was just the pacing or the main character at the beginning of this story that I didn't like, but honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel.
Then something magical happened. I'm not sure what, but suddenly I'm giving my husband the stink eye for thinking he could dare speak to me while I'm reading. I'm flying through this book like there's no tomorrow and suddenly I'm at the end of the book about two and a half hours later. I was thrown. I seriously didn't think I would like this book. Like at all. I was struggling so dang much and then boom I'm laughing, crying, stopping myself from chucking my kindle at something, and calling some very rude characters names out loud. Anne Harper, I don't know how you did it, but I ended up loving this story.
Sloane has had a hard life and the one way she was able to get through them was through her blog. Then one day she sees the guy she'd been madly in love with was engaged, she gets drunk, hits publish on her private journal blog, and BAM she becomes an overnight sensation with people wanting to publish her blog into a book and wanting her to tell them who 'The Guy' was.
To get away from it all she heads to heads to her brothers/family house to hide out for a while. She doesn't expect her home town to put such pressure in knowing who the guy was from back then but then in comes Brady the town bartending grouch to save the day. At first, Sloane doesn't know what to think of Brady claiming her mouth in front of the actual Guy, but soon she finds he's just the guy she's always needed.
Goodness, I loved this story. It was a slow build but the old but great trope of fake boyfriend/girlfriend falling in love never gets old for me. Anne Harper definitely amped up this old trope with an amazing slow build and great characters and setting. I believed every bit of this world and story and characters. This is an absolute must-read.
Meet Anne Harper
Anne Harper writes romantic comedy that embodies the shenanigans of an I Love Lucy episode and the awkwardness of saying “you too” after the waiter tells you to enjoy your meal. She lives in South Alabama with her husband, their three cats, and humidity that threatens to destroy them all. Anne is an advocate for coffee, selfies, and adoption from foster care. When she isn’t dreaming about meeting her future kiddos, she’s getting herself into wild situations and hilarious misunderstandings. #ItsFine
Anne is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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