Faking Ms. Right (Dirty Martini Running Club #1)
“When I kissed you last night, I wasn’t pretending.”Everly Dalton is a walking, talking, martini-drinking dating disaster. Forget kissing frogs. She can’t even get past the first date. But at work, she’s a badass—the longest-running assistant billionaire Shepherd Calloway has ever had. Her coworkers wonder how she handles the big bad wolf—and never gets bit. Shepherd Calloway isn’t interested in being anyone’s sugar daddy. Tired of women who only want him for his money, he swears off dating, determined to focus on running his empire. Until his gold-digging ex hits him where it hurts, putting him in a difficult position.His solution—to have Everly pose as his live-in girlfriend—is obviously crazy. But the timing is uncanny. It just so happens Everly needs a favor from her boss—a big and awkward one—and this could ensure everyone gets what they want.Besides, Everly can totally survive a few months of faux romance. Except there’s a problem. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as Everly gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account.And faking it gets all too real.Faking Ms. Right is a hot, STAND-ALONE romantic comedy.

Faking Ms. Right (Dirty Martini Running Club #1) Details

TitleFaking Ms. Right (Dirty Martini Running Club #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2019
PublisherAlways Have, LLC
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Faking Ms. Right (Dirty Martini Running Club #1) Review

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    January 1, 1970
    Faking Ms. Right is a stand alone fun romance by Claire Kingsley. Claire has done it again with this book. I couldn’t have loved it more. I’ve decided that no matter what Claire writes, I know in advance it’s going to be amazing. She wows me every time. This was so different than anything I’ve read of hers so far and it was perfection.Everly Dalton has the worst dating luck ever. She has had a horrible string of first dates. If you haven’t read the prequel to this book yet, Everly Dalton’s Datin Faking Ms. Right is a stand alone fun romance by Claire Kingsley. Claire has done it again with this book. I couldn’t have loved it more. I’ve decided that no matter what Claire writes, I know in advance it’s going to be amazing. She wows me every time. This was so different than anything I’ve read of hers so far and it was perfection.Everly Dalton has the worst dating luck ever. She has had a horrible string of first dates. If you haven’t read the prequel to this book yet, Everly Dalton’s Dating Disasters, you need to. It takes you through six of her first date nightmares. Everly has decided to take a step back and give dating a rest for awhile. She loves spending time with her two best friends, Nora and Hazel. She is an executive assistant to one of Seattle’s richest men, and loves her job. Everly is one of those people that it just seems like the sun is shining down on her wherever she goes. Everyone she meets is like her best friend. “I liked making people happy. It was my catnip. Getting someone grouchy to smile? Best high ever.” Shepherd Calloway was Everly’s boss. Everly thought of him as an unemotional robot of a man. He could make a man shake with fear with just a look. He never showed emotion and spent every waking hour working. Before she started working for him, Shepherd went through assistants like water. She had been there three years and held the record for longest lasting assistant. She didn’t mind working for Shepherd at all. She was good at her job and did what was expected of her. They had a routine and it worked. Until everything changed.Shepherd was tired of dating women that wanted him for his money. It was time for Svetlana, his latest girlfriend, to go. But then Svetlana finds a new way into Shepherd’s life, and he finds himself in need of an instant girlfriend, fake girlfriend that is. Who better to recruit than his assistant? But when Everly walks into the ballroom of the gala in that red dress, he actually sees her for the first time. And what he sees takes his breath away.Shepherd and Everly’s relationship ruse requires her to move into his penthouse for a couple of months. During this time, they get to know each other and trust begins to grow. Everly soon learns that Shepherd isn’t an unfeeling robot at all. Maybe he doesn’t show his emotions easily but there is a sexy, sweet man underneath that buttoned up veneer. And a few more surprises that Shepherd has never shared with anyone. For some reason, he wants to let Everly in. He wants her to know the real him. “It felt good to let go a little. And maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing after all.” Now, let’s talk chemistry. Because these two most definitely have it. They literally burned up the pages. Shepherd may be all buttoned up on the outside and Everly all sun shiney and smiles. But these two were hotter than hot with a good helping of kink thrown in. There are also plenty of amazing secondary characters. Everly’s two best friends who I hope we might get to know better in the future. Shepherd’s brother and Dad who I loved. And also Everly’s sister. They all added so much to this book to make it the amazing book it was. There was also a character later on, Cameron Whitbury, that I was VERY intrigued by that I want to know more about! Are you listening, Claire?!Have I convinced you yet to read this? These two had so many layers and I loved watching them discover each other. These two have completely stolen my heart. I woke up this morning thinking about them and couldn’t wait until I could dive back in to the book. This was a fantastic read and I hope you decide to check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.For more about this book and so many more, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World.https://www.facebook.com/groups/44036...
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  • Claire Kingsley
    January 1, 1970
    Faking Ms. Right is now live! Everly Dalton’s cold-as-ice boss, Shepherd Calloway, needs a favor—a big one. Pose as his live-in girlfriend? She can totally handle it. Except there’s a problem. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as Everly gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account. And Faking Ms. Right is now live! Everly Dalton’s cold-as-ice boss, Shepherd Calloway, needs a favor—a big one. Pose as his live-in girlfriend? She can totally handle it. Except there’s a problem. Shepherd is supposed to be a single-minded, unemotional robot boss. Not an actual human with a heart and morning wood. Between the awkward bed-sharing and tingly fake dates, lines are blurring. And as Everly gets to know the real Shepherd, she discovers there’s more to the man behind the bank account. And faking it gets all too real.AmazonUniversal LinkREAD AN EXCERPT OF FAKING MS. RIGHT:Without a second’s hesitation, he stood and yanked me off my stool. His strong hands held me tight against him as he leaned down and took my mouth in a hard kiss. I flung my arms around his shoulders and had to stop myself from jumping up to wrap my legs around his waist. My fingers tangled in his messy hair as his tongue delved into my mouth. He tasted like whiskey and sex and potent masculinity. Under normal circumstances, I would have held back a little. After all, we were in a public place.But there was no holding back now. His arms were hot steel around me, his delicious mouth tangling with mine. My heart beat furiously as he sucked on my lower lip, one hand moving beneath my shirt to splay across my ribs. I wanted to rip his clothes off—rip my clothes off—but a tiny part of me, way back in the recesses of my hormone-soaked brain, was still rational. We were in a bar, surrounded by people.I pulled back, almost gasping for breath. “Where’s your car?”“I’m parked out back.”“Let’s go.”He nodded, grabbing my hand, and led me through the crowd to a side door. My vision was hazy, my lips sensitive and swollen, every nerve ending attuned to him. We burst out the door into a small parking lot behind the bar. A single bulb cast a dingy light over the cars. After the noise inside, it was almost silent. Just the hum of traffic a few blocks away. His car unlocked automatically as soon as he got next to it. He grabbed the driver’s side door handle, but I put a hand on his chest.“Back seat.”A low growl rumbled in his throat. He opened the back door and practically shoved me inside.As soon as he sat down, I climbed into his lap. My skirt hiked up my legs as our mouths crashed together, messy and wet. His hands slid up my thighs and I ran my fingers through his hair. He eagerly licked into my mouth, his tongue sliding along mine. I already knew Shepherd was a fantastic kisser, but this was melting my brain. His lips were soft, but insistent, his hands grabbing me with demanding authority.Pressing myself closer, I felt his hard-on through his pants. Oh dear god, that felt good. His hands moved up my thighs and slipped beneath my panties to cup my ass. I rubbed myself against him, tilting my hips, indulging in a little friction against my clit.“Fuck,” he growled into my mouth.I’d never felt like this before. So frantic. I was on fire for him, my worries about what this meant burning away to ash. His stubble on my face was deliciously rough. I couldn’t get enough of him. His tongue, his lips, his hands all over me. He pressed me against his erection and grunted as I nipped his bottom lip with my teeth.My panties were soaked, the insistent pressure between my legs begging to be sated. His pants looked sexy as hell, but right now, they were really in my way. Maybe if I just…Still kissing him, I reached between us to unfasten his pants. “Everly,” he mumbled. “I’m not—”The button popped open. He grunted again.“We’re not—”I lowered the zipper.
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  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    1. H had numerous girlfriend during h’s employment. She booked their parting gifts2. He claimed he fell in love with her at the beginning, yeah nah3. As far as grovel goes, this was worse than no grovel. He ambushed her interview, embarrassed her in front of her future employer and left 500 messages as well.This is a complete no go zone.
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  • Nas
    January 1, 1970
    I skimmed my way through this book, the beginning ruined it for me. It got better but I just didn't enjoy it as much I wanted to.I was in the mood for this sort of trope, I wanted to love it but it didn't work out. I was too focused on how the author portrayed the heroine, how she was different from all the other women he usually goes for. Excuse me while I vomit.The emphasis on the ow's beauty was overwhelming which is usually the case in majority of romance books. I never critique it or get re I skimmed my way through this book, the beginning ruined it for me. It got better but I just didn't enjoy it as much I wanted to.I was in the mood for this sort of trope, I wanted to love it but it didn't work out. I was too focused on how the author portrayed the heroine, how she was different from all the other women he usually goes for. Excuse me while I vomit.The emphasis on the ow's beauty was overwhelming which is usually the case in majority of romance books. I never critique it or get really annoyed by it but today? Today, I am so over this shit.Let's review: "Svetlana was beautiful in every sense of the word—physically, at least—and people noticed her. She’d been blessed with the best of nearly every feature, and had bought the rest. Perfect facial symmetry. Large eyes Sleek nose. Full lips. Stunning curves. Just enough of her Bulgarian accent remained so she sounded pleasantly exotic. "To look at her, you’d think it would have been her body—because honestly, her body was insane—but it had been her smile. She’d smiled at me, wide and bright, and I’d known I was taking her home with me." This is the hero's thoughts on the ow, it's lovely right? Of course he also states while she was basically perfect, she was also demanding, whiny and a gold digger because all ow need flaws that isn't their beauty, right? They always have to be gorgeous with huge personality flaws. That is his usual type. Now let's compare these quotes with his thought's on the ACTUAL heroine. (Bare in mind, this is just in the beginning, his attraction obviously increases later in the book but that's not what I'm focusing on) "She was nice to look at, certainly. I didn’t choose my assistants based on their attractiveness, but if I did, Everly would’ve passed with flying colors. Pretty face, long blond hair. I could almost picture her in an evening gown, but that was a stretch." He also describes Everly as "too cute’ in the beginning. Is she a fucking child?Please, that is such a poor attempt at complimenting her. It’s so generic compared to the description of the ow. Why do authors have the need to always put a disgusting amount of emphasis on the beauty of ow but not on the heroine? But why do authors really need to go in so much fucking depth about the ow looks. A "she's pretty" would suffice as a compliment for the ow, no need to go in depth about her eyes, sultry voice and bright smile. Yeah, it’s all about personality, looks shouldn’t matter but fuck off, I don’t want to read the hero's thoughts on how the ow has PERFECT features and is exquisite whereas Everly is just cute and pretty. Although, there is nothing wrong with that. But why does it always take a girl who gets dressed up for the hero to take notice of her? Why isn't her normal everyday look enough? As Everly put it “You work closely with someone for a long time, and feelings start developing before you even realize it’s happening.” (This was said to h’s father when she was introduced to him as the fake date) but this actually wasn’t the case for shepherd, he had no feelings or insane attraction towards her at all. But after one night of being forced to be the fake girlfriend and dress ‘sexy’, he was instantly attracted? Did he see her in a ‘new light? So fucking cliche and I’m tired of it. "I’d been haunted by visions of a blond woman in a red dress. Where had she come from?" So it takes one dress to get a guy to be into me even if I have worked with him for three years? Okay sure. Note taken. She’s only stunning dressed up but not at work? Okay sure.I would understand if she only just started but THREE fucking years and nothing during that time. I beg someone to delete this from my brain. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you why I’m annoyed at this book. Why am I so hung up over these details? Because of the ow and heroines physical description?? I’ve read hundreds of book where ultimately, the ow is superior in the looks department and it’s never really bothered me. I get over it. Hell, I read one last week with little complaints on that matter. So why is this book grating my nerves? I truly don’t know. But I do know is that I’m fucking sick of reading this repetitive shit. Listen. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want insta love but that initial attraction? I want it, I need it in my books. Also, he always had girlfriends but there wasn't even a mention of the h having a boyfriend in that time of knowing him? And no, a few terrible first dates with men do not count.
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  • Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
    January 1, 1970
    This was awesome. Like so cute and adorable and low-angst and believable like why am I only justing hearing of this author?!It's all basically what the blurb says, Shepherd, world's most serious and task-oriented, ice-cold robot of a boss, asks Everly, who let's be honest he doesn't actually see beyond her role as his assistant, to be his fake live-in girlfriend because of shit pulled by his actual slutty ex-girlfriend.Now we all know what happens next but I loved how it was delivered. All and I This was awesome. Like so cute and adorable and low-angst and believable like why am I only justing hearing of this author?!It's all basically what the blurb says, Shepherd, world's most serious and task-oriented, ice-cold robot of a boss, asks Everly, who let's be honest he doesn't actually see beyond her role as his assistant, to be his fake live-in girlfriend because of shit pulled by his actual slutty ex-girlfriend.Now we all know what happens next but I loved how it was delivered. All and I really do mean all, characters were just plain absolutely brilliant. It was so much fun to read and the low-angst. God! that was definitely a highlight for me cause damn it, I abhor unnecessary angsty drama. I loved how Everly was a bubbly fun walking on sunshine kinda girl and yet had a steel backbone. She did not let anyone take advantage of her good nature and I for one can truly admire that. Faking Ms.Right has all my recommendation, give it a chance, it will brighten your day and leave you with a lot to smile about.I can't wait to check out more of Claire's work.
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  • Tracy ♥️♥️ Book Cravers Blog ♥️♥️
    January 1, 1970
    I will admit to some apprehension when I started Faking Ms Right. I was really bothered about how Shepard got himself into the situation with Every. But have faith, readers! Claire Kingsley brings it around to fantastic. Poor Shepard thinks he is genetically cold and closed off. Sunshiney, happy Everly is there to help him save face by following his crazy scheme. She shows him that she can be trusted with his true self and helps him melt that cold exterior. It was a real pleasure reading this bo I will admit to some apprehension when I started Faking Ms Right. I was really bothered about how Shepard got himself into the situation with Every. But have faith, readers! Claire Kingsley brings it around to fantastic. Poor Shepard thinks he is genetically cold and closed off. Sunshiney, happy Everly is there to help him save face by following his crazy scheme. She shows him that she can be trusted with his true self and helps him melt that cold exterior. It was a real pleasure reading this book. I am so glad that I kept going because Kingsley writes a wonderful romance.
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  • Lori ~ BF Bookies
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this so much!It was sweet, it was sexy, it was FUN. Everly - bright and cheery as sunshine, always wanting to make people happy and put a smile on their face. She is full of warmth and friendliness that made me want to be her best friend. Shepherd - seen as a cold businessman, an emotionless, heartless robot. But I’m here to tell you... that is false. He’s HOT, full of love, and has a huge... heart. And BONUS: he’s sexy and growly AF. And loves a good scratch on the back. Be still my vag I loved this so much!It was sweet, it was sexy, it was FUN. Everly - bright and cheery as sunshine, always wanting to make people happy and put a smile on their face. She is full of warmth and friendliness that made me want to be her best friend. Shepherd - seen as a cold businessman, an emotionless, heartless robot. But I’m here to tell you... that is false. He’s HOT, full of love, and has a huge... heart. And BONUS: he’s sexy and growly AF. And loves a good scratch on the back. Be still my vagina. These two stole my heart! Watching Shep’s layers slowly being peeled away by the delightful and bubbly Everly was heart-warming. Watching their relationship go from assistant/boss to a fake couple was highly entertaining. The anticipation and sexual tension was delicious. And seeing their attraction grow into something stronger was heart-squeezingly beautiful and made my heart go pitter patter. It was impossible not to fall in love with them. And I must give a shout out to Nora and Hazel. These witty supporting characters are Every’s best friends and they added so much to this story. Love them, too! I absolutely loved this sexy RomCom and highly recommend it. It had the perfect blend of sass, steam, and heart. This was my first read by Claire Kingsley and I cannot wait to read more!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Yeah!!!!This is back to the Claire Kingsley I truly love and adore.Such a sweet, funny, sexy and absolutely entertaining romance .Great characters, I loved the storyline and so fun to read...I really enjoyed this book.....yippee!!I had been totally missing that with her "Miles Family" series which was a tad disappointing IMO (it felt flat), I couldn't bring myself to read anymore after book one and perusing friend reviews.Even her "sassy" collaboration with Lucy Score on the "Bootleg S 4.5 stars.Yeah!!!!This is back to the Claire Kingsley I truly love and adore.Such a sweet, funny, sexy and absolutely entertaining romance .Great characters, I loved the storyline and so fun to read...I really enjoyed this book.....yippee!!I had been totally missing that with her "Miles Family" series which was a tad disappointing IMO (it felt flat), I couldn't bring myself to read anymore after book one and perusing friend reviews.Even her "sassy" collaboration with Lucy Score on the "Bootleg Springs" series which I did enjoy was still missing that "emotional high" I loved so much with her earlier "Book Boyfriend" series (Highly Recommend) .Shepherd and Everly made such a great couple. She warmed up, this superficially at least "cold man" with her sweet, kind and generous personality (a bright, sunshiney optimist as per Ms. Kingsley in her afterword for this book) . This story had such great secondary characters as well, Shepherd's father Richard (especially) and I also really liked Everly's two BFF's - Nora and Hazel.I will definitely be reading all of this series, no doubts whatsoever!! The next book is slated for 2020 and it will feature Everly's best friend Hazel as the heroine of the story.Can't wait!!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Not interested in hearing about how hot and perfect OW are in relation to the heroine. Not interested in heroines who cant have healthy sex lives while the hero gets too. Not interested in these types of authors AT ALL!
  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    4 💘💘💘💘🌟sA sweet romantic story, very well written, told in dual pov and fast paced.
  • Kate R
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun romantic comedy this was! It was a fake relationship trope with a boss/employee relationship in there as well. Everly and her boss, Shepherd, have a great professional relationship, but not much outside that. So, when he calls in a favor to ask her to be his date for the evening, things spiral from there, to her moving in and their fake relationship starts to feel a lot more real. There was so much to like about this novel. The characters were all wonderful, and were a great addition What a fun romantic comedy this was! It was a fake relationship trope with a boss/employee relationship in there as well. Everly and her boss, Shepherd, have a great professional relationship, but not much outside that. So, when he calls in a favor to ask her to be his date for the evening, things spiral from there, to her moving in and their fake relationship starts to feel a lot more real. There was so much to like about this novel. The characters were all wonderful, and were a great addition to the scenes they were in. I especially loved Everly and her friends, Nora and Hazel. I hope we can get a book on the girl friends as well! Everly is one of my favorite characters. She is positive, fun, funny, and just a really great person. She had had her fair share of very bad dates (which is told in the prequel, but also summarized in this book as well). These dates were so funny, but she stayed positive. Shepherd was a little harder to get a read on. At first, he was quiet, and grumpy, definitely robotlike. But, he changed so much through this book. I absolutely adored him at the end! I loved the storyline and the pace of the novel. There were some very unique circumstances that brought these two together. Their chemistry was insane. This was a steamy romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. I would highly recommend!* I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Raine
    January 1, 1970
    Not really a comedy, but still a good bookI'm not sure this book was all that comedic, but it was a very good romance story. Typical boss/assistant story where he is all cold and cranky and focused on work and she is his very efficient and cheery assistant. Shepard finally 'sees' Everly when her calls her to help him out of a jam with his ex-girlfriend and she shows up to a benefit pretending to be his girlfriend in a knockout gown. They keep up the shenanigans for most of the book to mollify Sh Not really a comedy, but still a good bookI'm not sure this book was all that comedic, but it was a very good romance story. Typical boss/assistant story where he is all cold and cranky and focused on work and she is his very efficient and cheery assistant. Shepard finally 'sees' Everly when her calls her to help him out of a jam with his ex-girlfriend and she shows up to a benefit pretending to be his girlfriend in a knockout gown. They keep up the shenanigans for most of the book to mollify Shepard's father and to try to get rid of the ex-girlfriend who is now dating Shepard's father.
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  • Christy Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful read!This was such fun book to read and absolutely hilarious. Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down. The dynamics between the characters was amazing. Such a good fun book to read with a great storyline! Even though this is a standalone I almost wish it would turn into a series. I'd love to see Nora find her man and and I'm even interested in seeing if Hazel gets with her competition. Ooo and I'd like more Cameron and her bodyguard! But that's just my wishful thinking! Hi Wonderful read!This was such fun book to read and absolutely hilarious. Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down. The dynamics between the characters was amazing. Such a good fun book to read with a great storyline! Even though this is a standalone I almost wish it would turn into a series. I'd love to see Nora find her man and and I'm even interested in seeing if Hazel gets with her competition. Ooo and I'd like more Cameron and her bodyguard! But that's just my wishful thinking! Hint hint Claire!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Claire Kingsley has outdone herself in Faking Ms. Right! I fell in love with Everly in Everly Dalton’s Dating Disaster, which is the prequel to this book (you don’t HAVE to read the prequel to understand but trust me, you’re gonna love it). This poor girl has had her share of horrible first dates and you just wish that she gets her HEA!Everly just brightens up the room while grumpy Shepard puts fear in everyone he meets...except Everly. When Shepard needs a fake girlfriend, he calls on his assis Claire Kingsley has outdone herself in Faking Ms. Right! I fell in love with Everly in Everly Dalton’s Dating Disaster, which is the prequel to this book (you don’t HAVE to read the prequel to understand but trust me, you’re gonna love it). This poor girl has had her share of horrible first dates and you just wish that she gets her HEA!Everly just brightens up the room while grumpy Shepard puts fear in everyone he meets...except Everly. When Shepard needs a fake girlfriend, he calls on his assistant, Everly to help. But when he really SEES her? All bets are off on this “fake” relationship!Shepard and Everly are two of the most fun, entertaining and charming couples I’ve ever read! Faking Ms. Right was full of hilarious moments, a chemistry that you could feel jump off the pages and sexy times that...well...lit my Kindle on FIRE!! Everything about Everly and Shepard was perfect, from the first page to the very end, this couple is now one of my all time favorites! I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I put it down. It’s one of those that you’ll re-read over and over. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
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  • Maria Di Pasqua
    January 1, 1970
    Everly is a sweet and easygoing girl but she seems to be cursed that is when she goes on first dates they all turn out to be disastrous. This is her personal life while on her professional side, she is a great executive assistant to a man, who in her opinion, is completely unresponsive when dealing with human beings. So what happens when Mr. sexy and robotic man asks his assistant to fake a relationship because he needs to get rid of an unpleasant situation? Let me clear a few things. Everly is Everly is a sweet and easygoing girl but she seems to be cursed that is when she goes on first dates they all turn out to be disastrous. This is her personal life while on her professional side, she is a great executive assistant to a man, who in her opinion, is completely unresponsive when dealing with human beings. So what happens when Mr. sexy and robotic man asks his assistant to fake a relationship because he needs to get rid of an unpleasant situation? Let me clear a few things. Everly is the typical girl that doesn’t say no to anyone because she wants to see everybody happy even if this means sacrificing herself. So she cannot say no to her boss, also because she needs a favor in return (but I won’t reveal it) and dives into this new adventure convinced that her heart is completely shielded from any delusional situation. So, when you go deeply into the story, just expect the weirdest things to happen because wherever Everly is, things just go in a certain way. Two characters so different from one another. She is sweet and kind, he, on the contrary is cold and calculating. So I would like to warn everyone who decides to read this book that you will be swept away by a hilarious, involving dreamy romance in which you won’t get tired neither of the story, nor of the characters and their supportive family.
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  • Rejane
    January 1, 1970
    This is annoying: the beauty X the plain jane🤦🏻♀🤦🏻♀https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... This is annoying: the beauty X the plain jane🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't met a Claire Kingsley book I didn't like. Faking Ms Right may just be my top favorite though! Shepard Calloway and Everly Dalton are the *cutest* couple. Wait--no, fake couple. The cutest FAKE couple. Until it isn't fake. Watching these two fall for each other, watching Shepard realize he isn't emotionless, seeing these two come together?! It's just the swooniest, lightest, most fun books ever. And that first kiss? Holy moly, fellow readers, be ready. It's a doozy. If you don't love Ev I haven't met a Claire Kingsley book I didn't like. Faking Ms Right may just be my top favorite though! Shepard Calloway and Everly Dalton are the *cutest* couple. Wait--no, fake couple. The cutest FAKE couple. Until it isn't fake. Watching these two fall for each other, watching Shepard realize he isn't emotionless, seeing these two come together?! It's just the swooniest, lightest, most fun books ever. And that first kiss? Holy moly, fellow readers, be ready. It's a doozy. If you don't love Everly and Shepard, I'm not sure what's wrong with you. These two are amazing! Excellent book, excellent chemistry, excellent characters.
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  • Akanksha
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 2.5 stars.Faking Mr. Right is a light hearted Romcom which takes us on a journey to acquaint with Everly Dalton and her disastrous dating life. Which was supposed to be hilarious and it was but not as much as I expected it to be. I think that I liked the book only in bits and pieces and it was a nice book.Besides reading the book, I was constantly contemplating as to how the book is getting into the category of 4 star-5 star rating. I was only skimming through the book because of some issu Rated 2.5 stars.Faking Mr. Right is a light hearted Romcom which takes us on a journey to acquaint with Everly Dalton and her disastrous dating life. Which was supposed to be hilarious and it was but not as much as I expected it to be. I think that I liked the book only in bits and pieces and it was a nice book.Besides reading the book, I was constantly contemplating as to how the book is getting into the category of 4 star-5 star rating. I was only skimming through the book because of some issues that I didn't like.Out of which I would only discuss one because I believe that would be enough to caste my opinion on the book and come on its just RomCom.🔴Beauty and the sterotypical way of expressing it.As we read the book, we find that Everly has been working for Shepherd for like 3 years and never has he ever shown any interest in her. And we also witness the information as to which kind of women he generally likes and goes in for. So, the thing I didnt like is that, when shepherd expresses his liking in women he says,🔹"Svetlana was beautiful in every sense of the word—physically, at least—and people noticed her. She’d been blessed with the best of nearly every feature, and had bought the rest. Perfect facial symmetry. Large eyes. Sleek nose. Full lips. Stunning curves. Just enough of her Bulgarian accent remained so she sounded pleasantly exotic." And also says that, he mostly dates these type of women.🔹The problem here is that, it shows how for every man under the definition of beauty there are certain standards every girl has to match or come close to, to be considered remotely desirable.And, the fact that, " God!! She is stunning.I mean how can you say no to that girl."And not just that, the book constantly stresses on the notion that, "If the girl is too beautiful then she's a gold digger." I mean, why? Is it a mandatory trait every gorgeous girl will have?Also, at one point Shepherd say that, he never once had looked at Everly but the night when she came to attend the party in a Red dress. Which shows that, She has to dress up extravagantly to be noticeable. I mean, can't she look desirable in her normal work clothes as well.Which leads to nothing but regressive use of the catchphrase throughout the book that, "Men will be Men" in different forms in the dialogues of Shepherd.What happen to "Beauty" and "beholder" phrases we have been learning all our life. I think author should have stressed on the fact that beauty comes in all kinds and forms which to certain level she has by showing happy gay and lesbian couples. But in my opinion shepherd's words weren't properly laid.
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  • Notorious Book Tease
    January 1, 1970
    THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING. READ IT NOW. Do I really need to say more? Of course I do, because I'm long winded and I want to gush about this book. So the basics: The heroine is Everly Dalton. She is a beautiful ray of sunshine, who unfortunately has a horrible track record of first dates. She has a penchant for martinis (especially after a grueling workout) and really enjoys them with her two best friends. She has worked as an executive for Shepherd Calloway for several years, his longest lastin THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING. READ IT NOW. Do I really need to say more? Of course I do, because I'm long winded and I want to gush about this book. So the basics: The heroine is Everly Dalton. She is a beautiful ray of sunshine, who unfortunately has a horrible track record of first dates. She has a penchant for martinis (especially after a grueling workout) and really enjoys them with her two best friends. She has worked as an executive for Shepherd Calloway for several years, his longest lasting assistant yet. Everly is a sweet, friendly woman who is beautiful inside and out. The hero is Shepherd Calloway. So exactly how many boxes does Shep check? Sexy (check), Alpha (check), Handsome (check), Rich (check). And maybe go ahead an check the a**hole box. Though he doesn't really mean to be. He just wants things the way he wants, when he wants them, and wants them without having to explain. Everly is searching for love. She wants a relationship, but every first date has been a disaster. Shepherd prefers women he can date and dump when he's finished with them. In fact, he's just dumped his latest one. He thinks he's seen the last of her until she turns up...dating his father. His father who is now living with him. Shepherd thinks his ex is dating his father as a way to get to him. Shepherd decides to fight fire with fire. Which is how Everly ends up living with him as his fake girlfriend....and then accidentally becomes his fake fiancee...whoops!There is so much about this book I loved. LOVED. Everly's character is amazing. She has so much goodness and light in her, but she is also sassy and maybe a little overly dramatic. Not to mention her taste in killer shoes. She doesn't give up and is willing to fight for what she wants. Shepherd is a sexy, alpha male, but he's distant and reserved. Until Everly starts to spread her sunshine into his life and he begins to change. The growth of these characters throughout the book is amazing. The development of their relationship from fake to real is heart warming and emotional. This book takes you through all the emotions. Laugh, cry, anger, frustration, drama. Shep and Everly will give it all to you. And Everly's friends? Where can I find mine? Amazon? Etsy? I NEED THEM! They are there for Everly every step of the way. Advice, guidance, break-up interventions? I heard a rumor they may get their own books. I have my fingers crossed!
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  • READ ME ROMANCE
    January 1, 1970
    Shepard Callaway. Just the name makes me weak in the knees. I love a man who is a mystery. One who is the strong, silent type, and often misunderstood. A man who looks as good in a suit as he does in a pair of sweatpants. One with secrets until he can find that special someone and can just be real. And Everly Dalton is that special someone. She’s a ball of sunshine who is smart, loyal, protective, and so deserving of love.If you read the prequel to Faking Ms. Right, Everly Dalton’s Dating Disast Shepard Callaway. Just the name makes me weak in the knees. I love a man who is a mystery. One who is the strong, silent type, and often misunderstood. A man who looks as good in a suit as he does in a pair of sweatpants. One with secrets until he can find that special someone and can just be real. And Everly Dalton is that special someone. She’s a ball of sunshine who is smart, loyal, protective, and so deserving of love.If you read the prequel to Faking Ms. Right, Everly Dalton’s Dating Disasters, and you must–not only because it’s FREE, but because it will make you laugh out loud and then want to give Everly a great big hug for all she’s been through, then high-five her and have drinks with her for being so courageous and not giving up! She’s not only beautiful, she’s witty, doesn’t take herself too seriously, selfless, a trustworthy confident, and an all-around wonderful person whom I would love to be friends with in real life. With all these great characteristics, it’s no wonder Shepard falls under her spell. The two pretend to be lovers in this novel, and even though this trope has been done before, Ms. Kingsley writes a fresh and heartfelt story. One that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next because you will fall in love with both the hero and the heroine. Not only are they pretend dating and living together, but she’s also his personal assistant and he is the boss. Everly is so polished and professional at work, but a real sex kitten when the two are alone. I love that this book is told in dual POV and getting to know what’s inside each of their heads.The author keeps you completely engaged as you read how Shepard longs for her, and the slow burn of them going from a working relationship, to a friendship, to their mutual desire, and finally, to not wanting to live without the other. Their chemistry is super hot and the way Sheppard is described is oh so sexy!They don’t have a normal courtship which makes this a very fun and emotional read. I love watching Shepard come out of his shell and how his once lonely world becomes filled with laughter. I also really liked his relationship with his father and brother who appear often in this book, as does her two friends and sister and sister-in-law. These wonderful secondary characters make the book both interesting and relatable.Shepard is supportive of her career and has the utmost respect for her. She had always admired him as her boss, but once he lets down his guard and she gets to know him on a personal level, she likes what she sees. He’s not like the men she had those awful first dates with; he’s someone who makes her swoon and smile. He makes her feel cherished and adored. They both have morals and values and I love the fact that he is not a jerk; he’s just been dating the wrong women and realizes how shallow he has been. But as many men do in romance, he makes a mistake and hurts our sweet heroine. What is a man to do about such a quandary? Read Faking Ms. Right and find out! You won’t be disappointed and will looove the Epilogue.
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  • Anna Valsa
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet 💗💖💞💟💝💘💓🎸🍸🛁💍
  • BookishStacy
    January 1, 1970
    In Faking Ms. Right, we have two people who are basically TERRIBLE at dating. Everly hasn't had a good first date (and they're pretty much ALL first dates) in forever so she decides she's taking a hiatus and maybe that will break her dating curse. Shepherd is tired of fake women who are only after his money and status--his dating curse. Through a VERY unusual (and kind of crazy) course of events, Everly and Shepherd end up in a fake relationship, which is even more awkward because Shep is Everly In Faking Ms. Right, we have two people who are basically TERRIBLE at dating. Everly hasn't had a good first date (and they're pretty much ALL first dates) in forever so she decides she's taking a hiatus and maybe that will break her dating curse. Shepherd is tired of fake women who are only after his money and status--his dating curse. Through a VERY unusual (and kind of crazy) course of events, Everly and Shepherd end up in a fake relationship, which is even more awkward because Shep is Everly's boss. Yeah. Awkward. I freakin' loved this book! These two seemed so different at the beginning and slowly realize that this isn't the case at all. It was a bit of a slow burn because they fight those feelings as long as they can, but when they finally give in, holy cow, fireworks!! (Shep get an A+ in dirty talk!!) It was a joy to watch Shepherd realize that there was so much more to Everly than just his picture perfect assistant and I loved seeing Everly find the real Shep that had been hiding behind his unfeeling, robot-like persona. I just adored all of the supporting characters and really hope that we get to see some of their stories in the future (Everly's friends are a HOOT!) This book was filled with laughs and enough heart to make you swoon for days. If you're anything like me, the last chapter might just choke you up a little--it hit me right in the feels. And if you've read previous books by this author, you should enjoy some "Easter eggs" that she's sprinkled throughout the book. Don't worry, if you haven't, you won't notice as this is a complete stand-alone and a great place to start if she's new to you. I highly recommend this and will be waiting patiently (mostly) for my next Claire Kingsley fix, er, I mean, book.
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  • Brandy Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    Ok Faking Ms. Right was such a good book loved everything about it , the characters , story line , and some interesting moments . Everly was hilarious loved everything about that girl she is funny , sweet , smart , and beautiful . Shepherd did take a bit to fall for but the more we got into his point of view and then the little things he would do for the heroine and for the ones he loved just made me fall even more . The only thing that did bug me is how fast the hero was to jump to conclusions Ok Faking Ms. Right was such a good book loved everything about it , the characters , story line , and some interesting moments . Everly was hilarious loved everything about that girl she is funny , sweet , smart , and beautiful . Shepherd did take a bit to fall for but the more we got into his point of view and then the little things he would do for the heroine and for the ones he loved just made me fall even more . The only thing that did bug me is how fast the hero was to jump to conclusions and hurt the heroines feelings but there needed to be conflict it just hurt my heart with how much pain was caused . Over all this was a really good story with interesting characters , funny and super steamy scenes . I so can't wait to read more by Claire Kingsley her stories are always a treat . I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book****************************************hero=10 heroine=10 secondary characters=10 Chemistry=10 steam=6 romance=7 humor=6 darkness level=3 action=3 mystery=3 enjoyment=10 angst=3 story line=10 Story ending=10character development=10 pacing=10 cover=10 Blurb =10 Stars =5 Is this part of a series =yesCan it be read as a standalone =yes would I recommend this book=yeswould I re read this book= yeswould I read future books by this author= yes
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    "That's the thing about love, though. If you never open yourself up to the risk of being hurt, you'll never give someone the chance to get close enough to love you back"This was my first book by Claire Kingsley. I personally discovered her newsletter through a friend, and I was hooked with all of Everly's dating disasters. I simply had to know how her story ended.Shepherd Calloway is cold, harsh, and demanding. He likes his coffee like his heart-black. Or so he believes. Everly Dalton is sunshin "That's the thing about love, though. If you never open yourself up to the risk of being hurt, you'll never give someone the chance to get close enough to love you back"This was my first book by Claire Kingsley. I personally discovered her newsletter through a friend, and I was hooked with all of Everly's dating disasters. I simply had to know how her story ended.Shepherd Calloway is cold, harsh, and demanding. He likes his coffee like his heart-black. Or so he believes. Everly Dalton is sunshine. Loves making people happy. Is friendly to everyone she meets.Through an odd situation Shepherd needs Everly and his eyes open to what an amazing woman who has been right in front of him. All the while she learns about a man she thought she knew.The story is so good and well written. I love the secondary characters too. If you love fake relationships becoming more, than you'll definitely love this one! It's full of heart. 💕
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  • Bridget Hobden
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious and romantic and sexy and a wee bit crazy funny.Everly is the sweetest person with the absolute worst dating history. Shepard is the silent grumpy type.......but is he??? Until the night of the gala Everly thought so, but now she sees him in a whole other light, and Shepard see's Everly in a whole other light after seeing her in that red dress. She is no longer his executive assistant but a very sexy woman.This book is fantastic. Nora and Hazel are the best friends a girl This book is hilarious and romantic and sexy and a wee bit crazy funny.Everly is the sweetest person with the absolute worst dating history. Shepard is the silent grumpy type.......but is he??? Until the night of the gala Everly thought so, but now she sees him in a whole other light, and Shepard see's Everly in a whole other light after seeing her in that red dress. She is no longer his executive assistant but a very sexy woman.This book is fantastic. Nora and Hazel are the best friends a girl could ever have!!This Rom-com is hilarious and a bit serious but incredibly sexy. The bar scene........"fans ones self"Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!
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  • Marie Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:A fun, hilarious, oh so sexy romance that makes a reader smile, laugh out loud, and fall in love! Claire Kingsley created a masterpiece with her romantic comedy! I loved Everly and Shepherd. These two made me giggle so much. The banter between them is loaded with wit and sizzle. I loved their antics and romance and crave more!Faking Ms. Right is a romantic comedy that will please and satisfy readers from start to finish. I give this book a LAUGH TILL IT HURTS FI Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:A fun, hilarious, oh so sexy romance that makes a reader smile, laugh out loud, and fall in love! Claire Kingsley created a masterpiece with her romantic comedy! I loved Everly and Shepherd. These two made me giggle so much. The banter between them is loaded with wit and sizzle. I loved their antics and romance and crave more!Faking Ms. Right is a romantic comedy that will please and satisfy readers from start to finish. I give this book a LAUGH TILL IT HURTS FIVE FUN STARS!
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  • Lona Mccombie
    January 1, 1970
    Fake Relationships are one of my favorite tropes and this one did not disappoint! This book has a lot of humor, steamy scenes and great relationships are built throughout, so much so that I can’t wait to read more from this group! Everly Dalton is a dating disaster and has sworn off dating for awhile! Be sure to check out the prequel of her dating disasters before diving into this rom-com (not necessary but it gives a good foundation for this book).Shepherd Calloway is a broody man who most peop Fake Relationships are one of my favorite tropes and this one did not disappoint! This book has a lot of humor, steamy scenes and great relationships are built throughout, so much so that I can’t wait to read more from this group! Everly Dalton is a dating disaster and has sworn off dating for awhile! Be sure to check out the prequel of her dating disasters before diving into this rom-com (not necessary but it gives a good foundation for this book).Shepherd Calloway is a broody man who most people are afraid of and he is Everly’s boss. Everly exudes happiness and sunshine wherever she goes and she is Shepherd’s longest running assistant and very good at her job. Shepherd is used to dating women who use him for his money and is tired of the endless circle of vultures. He decides to break it off with his girlfriend but she finds another route back into his left. Insert his reason for needing a fake relationship and who is better than his assistant for this role! Another great book from Claire!
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    ~4.5I'm pretty sure this is my first time reading Ms Kingsley's books, but I had such a great time that it'll probably be the first of many.Loved the chemistry between the main characters, the humour was just right up my alley, and there were so many fun characters that I'm actually looking forward to more books about them.
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  • Carly
    January 1, 1970
    This book is incredible! Oh my days! It had me hooked from page one. It had everything I love brooding alpha and the sweet woman with a spine who can tame him, so much steaminess, great story, so many laugh out loud moments and everyone from their friends and families are just perfect! Will deffo read this book and recommend to everyone!
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  • Jordan Ashlie
    January 1, 1970
    So friggin good!!!!I love Shep! I love his secret side, the way he talks, just gahhh 😍😍❤.What a sweet, dramatic romance novel. These two fit perfectly together, and while I despise the color yellow, I still loved the book 😉
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