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Publisher's Summary

It's time I found myself....

Desperate to please her family who wants to see her settle down, Charlotte is looking for someone to bring home to pose as her boyfriend. She's steadily been working her way up to her dream job at a magazine in New York City. But her success goes unnoticed by her family, who are more focused on the newest additions than Charlotte's professional conquests.

Totally surrounded in your circles....

Kaden Drake might be the new guy at the magazine, but it doesn't take long for Charlotte to catch his eye. When the editor-in-chief pairs them together for a project, Kaden sees it as the perfect opportunity to ask her out. Only, Charlotte has other ideas. 

Faced with another lonely Christmas, Kaden agrees to go with Charlotte to her family Christmas back home. Among the decorations and home-cooked meals, it doesn't take long for feelings between them to develop. But are they real or just a product of the charade?

©2018 D. Allen (P)2018 D. Allen

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contemporary romance

This was a fun contemporary romance most of the time. I liked the characters. Not suitable for young readers. I didn't like some of the language. I didn't like the inference that boyfriends and girlfriend need to sleep together. I believe that should be reserved for married couples. Otherwise, I felt it was a fun Christmas story.

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Like it!

Sweet story with a happy ending
I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Holiday Romance

A nice easy listen. Typical romance story. Boy pretends to be boyfriend falls in love with girl.

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Fantastic!!

It took me a chapter before I was hooked on this one. Not because it wasn’t catching my interest, but because book 1 was so good. Glad I kept listening but I might have liked this one even better. The characters being regular people with regular jobs made them more relatable. I like that it takes place in the same small town as book one and that characters from the first book are mentioned. Over this series is just wanted is needed for this time of year.

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Fake Boyfriend for Christmas

Kaden and Charlotte work for the same magazine in New York City where Charlotte has seniority and her editor has asked her to work with the Kaden to help him hone his skills. He asks her out on a date, she declines, but it turns out that she needs him to pretend to be her boyfriend when she goes home for Christmas. She's the child who chose a career over home and family, and her parents have never stopped letting her know that her choice isn't what they'd like to see. Even her sister, and two children, have a hand in making her uncomfortable. Kaden is totally at home with her family, calm and happy, to Charlotte's stressed and snarky. He tried to find ways to keep her happy when she had a meltdown over forgetting to buy Christmas gifts. It was a great premise, but I didn't like the character of Charlotte until the end, but her parents were horrible and hard-hearted. When the truth came out, her father handled it in a most pathetic fashion. Even though her mom wasn't quite as hateful, she treated Charlotte like a child. There was more angst than there needed to be, but the story itself was delightful. The narration was good, but I felt that there were too many times when Charlotte's inner thoughts were done in the same tone as Kaden's actual voice. I had to listen carefully to figure out which one of them was speaking. All in all, it's a nice addition to the Small Town Christmas series and I can recommend it.

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A Clean Holiday story

This was a sweet, clean holiday story with HFN ending. A fake boyfriend for the holidays is Charlotte's plan. A new employee Kaden decided to help her. Charlotte's family is over the top and things go well for Charlotte and Kaden. The narrator was ok.

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very funny sweet and happy. I loved the little girl. she is so funny. only this I didn't like was the raised voices it shredded my ears. so lower the volume before she gets home to her parents lol. very nice book thanks for letting me listen to it.

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poor quality heroine

The author makes these so called heroines hard to like. Charlotte was a bit self absorbed and sharp tongue and quick to irk. Her sister Olivia was like a gestapo queen interrogator. What a family. All mom wants is babies and no regard for professional achievements. Dad was a big crab and stuck in the previous century. What a family!! Once again the hero. Kaden is used and abused by the other characters especially Charlotte. Wow!!! I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator was okay.

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Good Christmas romance story

A good story, a quick and easy listen. This book is just over 3.5 hours long. This book is a stand alone story. Even tough it is book 2, it has different characters and a different story line.

The narration was good but I would have preferred a male and female narrator. Sometimes I was not sure which character was speaking.

You can read the synopsis in the description so I will not repeat that information.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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A proposal at Christmas

It is a contemporary usual. A woman has a fake fiance except can it be more? I love it even though the story is a little overdone. I got this book from a contributor and this is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 01-12-22

charade

I enjoyed listening to Michele McNeal


We have a fake boyfriend, contemporary, holiday romance. The pressure of being single gets to Charlotte and she needs a fake boyfriend, to keep her family off her back. So ends up asking Kaden.. what can go wrong

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  • Bev
  • 12-10-21

very good book.

I enjoyed listening to this book, thank you to Michele for bringing this book alive.
I would recommend this book, looking forward to hearing the rest of the series now. 👍🏿

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  • terricj
  • 12-06-21

Classic heartwarming story

Classic heartwarming story of family and love.
It’s like a Christmas movie in a book! Fantastic twists, the best ending :)
I enjoyed every minute of it and highly recommend