The Real Thing by Melissa FosterThe Real Thing by Melissa Foster

The Real Thing

byMelissa Foster

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as a player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough for her to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move…provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement and the real thing—including them.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than sixty-five books. Her novels have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown magazine, the Patriot, and more. She has also painted and donated several murals to the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. She enjoys disc...
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Title:The Real ThingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Thing has quickly become my favourite novel from Melissa Foster!! The Real Thing has quickly become my favourite novel from Melissa Foster!! Willow is so incredibly funny. She has these moments where no matter how serious she is trying to be, there will be a joke or pun attached to her words. I loved how she always had a soft spot for Zane, and no matter what happened between them, always wanted what was best for him. Zane is certainly a dreamy book boyfriend. Yes, he does some stupid things, and some of his actions are slightly questionable, however, when you get to read about the true Zane, nothing else matters, and you could tell that his heart was always in the right place. Let's not forget to mention how hot these two characters are when they come together!! They have some serious heat going on between them in the bedroom... and kitchen and just about every other place you can imagine! The relationship between Zane and Willow was definitely an enjoyable one to read about. Not only were they able to maintain a certain level of friendship, but you were able to see just how much they truly cared about one another. You could tell that they would have done just about anything for each other, and therefore, their relationship was a heartwarming one. I certainly enjoyed this novel, and I can't wait to read the second novel in the Sugar Lake series!! 5/5 Stars!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet and sexy THE REAL THING is the first installment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult SUGAR LAKE romance series focusing on the men and women of Sweetwater, New York. This is Hollywood actor and former Sweetwater resident Zane Walker, and bakery owner Willow Dalton’s story line, Told from dual third person perspectives (Willow and Zane) THE REAL THING is the ‘quadfecta or four-pack’ of romance tropes: friends to lovers, second chances, best friend’s younger sister, and fake fiancé. Zane Walker’s reputation as a ‘manwhore’ precedes our hero’s return to his childhood home of Sweetwater (Sugar Lake), New York. When his latest big budget movie is scheduled to begin filming in and around Sweetwater, our hero devises a plan to clean up his celebrity image using his best friend’s younger sister as the foil to his reputation- offer a two week, no-strings attached ‘fake fiance’ proposal to his best friend’s younger sister Willow Dalton, in return for an exclusive catering contract with the movie production company. What ensues is the building romance between Willow and Zane, and the potential fall out if the truth were revealed. Willow has loved Zane Walker for as long as she can remember. Zane was Willow’s first ‘everything’ but Willow and Zane walked away from one another, towards their own independent futures, without looking back. Zane headed to Hollywood and broke Willow’s heart, and it is the ensuing, tempestuous, fake fiancé relationship that struggles with Willow’s inability to trust or to let go of the bad memories from the past. The relationship between Zane and Willow is one of second chances but a relationship damaged by Zane’s Hollywood reputation, as well as his lack of contact with our story line heroine. Willow ‘gave’ Zane her virginity before escaping to college but Zane’s life as an actor took control, and everyone and everything in Sweetwater became a distant memory for our story line hero when fame and notoriety took hold. Yet, like many things in life, misunderstanding and a lack of communication prove that Zane never forgot about the only woman he would ever love but Sweetwater held too many bad memories about his own dysfunctional family. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a very large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Willow’s extended family: her sisters Piper, Talia and Bridgette, nephew Louie, brother Ben, and their parents Roxie and Dan. We are introduced to Zane’s co-star Remi Divine and her brother Aiden as well as Zane’s personal assistant Patch Carver, and Aurelia Stark-a woman who runs the local book store. There are some heated glances between many of the secondary characters. Bridgette and Bodhi Booker’s story line is next in ONLY FOR YOU (December 2017). The world building focuses on the people and town of Sweetwater, New York: their lives, their families, their business, and their loves. THE REAL THING is a sweet and sexy story of second chances but I struggled with Willow’s early and misdirected emotions as it pertained to the ‘fake fiancé ‘ scenario. Our heroine knew going in that playing Zane‘s fiancé required a little bit of acting and physical contact yet she continued to push all of Zane’s buttons in regards to the entire fake fiancé trope. The premise is entertaining and fun; the romance is fun, sexy and provocative; the characters are numerous, colorful and very opinionated ;) . THE REAL THING is an enjoyable but familiar story with a heartwarming couple and an energetic cast.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved Zane and Willow Willow and Zane have been friends since they were young. He did her the favor of removing her virginity and then stuck by the rules she had laid out afterwards. Now, ten years later, he’s cashing in the favor. He needs to repair his reputation as a playboy A-list actor and the only woman he wants to pretend to be his fiancée is Willow. It’s always been Willow. She’s his real thing and this story showcases how this couple moves from a friendship into a romantic relationship. I loved Willow and Zane! As individuals they were both sincere and likable. As a couple they were intense, engaging and so hot I’m sure my Kindle was scorched. This story has a crew of secondary characters that will be getting their own stories and there’s not one of them I’m not anxious to read about. I’m relatively new to the Melissa Foster bandwagon, but OMG…I’m so glad I was able to hop on! ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safety issues – they slept together once when they were young and they each have other relationships afterwards but once together as a current couple there is no one else No apparent triggers
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love Willow and Zane!!! Willow and Zane have been friends since they were young. He did her the favor of removing her virginity and then stuck by the rules she had laid out afterwards. Now, ten years later, he’s cashing in the favor. He needs to repair his reputation as a playboy A-list actor and the only woman he wants to pretend to be his fiancée is Willow. It’s always been Willow. She’s his real thing and this story showcases how this couple moves from a friendship into a romantic relationship. I loved Willow and Zane! As individuals they were both sincere and likable. As a couple they were intense, engaging and so hot I’m sure my Kindle was scorched. This story has a crew of secondary characters that will be getting their own stories and there’s not one of them I’m not anxious to read about. I’m relatively new to the Melissa Foster bandwagon, but OMG…I’m so glad I was able to hop on! ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safety issues – they slept together once when they were young and they each have other relationships afterwards but once together as a current couple there is no one else No apparent triggers
Date published: 2017-09-05