• Fake Fiancé

  • A Second Chance Office Romance
  • By: Amy McKinley
  • Narrated by: Regan Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Adeline Rossi doesn’t need a psychic to tell her that destiny lies far from home. With a dream job lined up, she crosses the Atlantic to Italy with career aiming aspirations. When she arrives in the city of love, it’s anything but. Her ridiculously hot boss is grumpy, and the head of the design team is a monumental problem.

Plagued by unsettling dreams, business tycoon Stone Crenshaw can’t wait for the renovations in his historic hotel to end. If that wasn’t bad enough, he wrestles with an instant attraction to his accident-prone new hire. But when a family-oriented hotelier decides to sell, Stone manipulates the situation and adds fake fiancé to Adeline’s list of managerial responsibilities. 

Not everyone welcomes the happy news of the loving couple’s engagement. When obstacles threaten to tear them apart, will Stone cross a professional line or lose Adeline for good?

©2020 Amy McKinley (P)2020 Amy McKinley
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  • Categories: Romance

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😞☹️😞☹️😞☹️ love across time

Francesca and Cristiano's love story need time to happen. A 19th century new young love broken apart by parents that felt the knew better. Years later Stone and Adeline find themselves experiencing a past and present colliding. And a second chance for two forgotten souls to love again. The story was sweet and enjoyed. Celina did not get what she should have. Narration just felt like a story being read instead of a audio experience. That was my disappointment because this was a dual pov the expectation is to have clear lines.

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Charade? Or meant to be?

Fake Fiancé is a sophisticated romance novel that takes place in awe striking Verona where Romeo and Juliet fell in love and died for each other. The story follows Adeline, a strong, beautiful, clumsy woman with a drive to strengthen her career. Stone is a young entrepreneur who owns a hotel and is looking to expand. Neither realize what they really need until she falls into his life. The time period romance warms your heart and makes you realize how lucky we are to be able to live and love in our present world. Will this couple be able to work it out for reals? Or will their past mess everything up?

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Were they soul mates in another life?

Adeline is freshly graduated and off to start her life in Italy. She got a job offer thanks to a sorority sister and takes the opportunity to expand her horizons. Being a whole ocean away from her clingy ex is a major plus. She knows next to nothing about her soon to be boss, Stone Crenshaw, but boy does she make a great first impression upon meeting him for the first time.

Stone Crenshaw is currently renovating his historic hotel and wants nothing more than to be done with this so he can focus on other things. He wants to move on to newer, fresher projects and keep himself busy. The first meeting with Adeline was not a smooth one, but he was willing to give her a chance to prove that she is willing and able to fill the shoes of his current secretary. Stone finds out that a well known hotelier is ready to sell and he pounces at the chance to nab the hotel. The only problem is that this man is family-oriented and Stone doesn't have a family of his own. He will go to any lengths to make this deal happen including making Adeline his fiancé.

I enjoyed the story line for this book very much. It was a good listen while I did chores around the house and it kept me entertained. I especially liked the idea that they were reincarnated soul mates of a couple from different social backgrounds many years before. I like to think that reincarnation is a thing and that two people who are truly meant to be together find one another in every life that they live.

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What a love story!

What a love story. Stone and Adeline were destined to be together. The story is set in gorgeous Verona Italy and you just want to fall in love from the start. From their first accidental meeting as she fell into his arms to the ending it keeps you on your toes. If only every love story could be like this. Lovers of the past broken apart only to be reunited again in another life. So intriguing and captivating.

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great story

I enjoyed this audiobook. The author and narrator made this fun to listen to. This is a romance story that I had no problems listening to as it was brought to life. The narrator’s voice and the changes in tone just added to the story. Adeline has her dream job all set up in Italy, the city of love. Once she gets there, the city of love isn’t what she expected. She now finds herself playing the role of fiance to her boss, Stone. Now they are faced with keeping their relationship business or crossing a professional line. Will they cross that line and give in to the attraction? Great story and I highly recommend this audiobook. It is worth the pick up.

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Excellent

McKinley writes a beautiful book and I love how the narrator brought it to life. If you’ve already loved the written version, I promise you’ll want to listen to this and enjoy it in a brand new way. If you love a good romance, you need to add this to your library immediately.

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Fun, flirty, easy to read office romance!

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This was my first McKinley book, so I had no idea what to expect other than I loved the synopsis and the cover. I’m so glad I judged this book by the beautiful cover and snatched it up! McKinley’s skill with world-building was just as beautiful as the Italian setting she describes, and don’t get me started on the characters!! STONE!! Holy Smokes!! Handsome, wealthy, set in his ways Alpha with a “pretend” soft spot for his assistant! Adeline is strong, beautiful, confident, and really dang good at her job especially when her role became loving “fiancé” to her boss. I truly loved McKinley’s attention to making both of the leads independent, mentally healthy, confident individuals who truly formed a mutually beneficial bond. That doesn’t mean it always goes well for them, but you feel that both Stone and Adeline are a true catch worthy of finding love, even if it isn't with the other. I can’t wait to find my next McKinley read!!
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Beautiful Love Story

I really enjoyed this book. Adeline is such a strong and independent woman. I loved her career drive to succeed. Definitely has a head on her shoulders and does take any guff. The way the story incorporates the past and present is very intriguing. The author Amy McKinley has a way of making you want to travel to Italy with your love and enjoy the opulence of the country.

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Easy to listen to

Fake Fiancé by Amy McKinley is one of those books that is easy to get lost in. Ms. Brown's voice is very pleasant and helped me get lost a little more in the story.

Adeline is young and ambitious and ready to start the next phase of her life in Italy without a clue on how much is going to happen once she gets there.

I have never had the pleasure of going to Italy but it's on my list, and Verona is pretty high on my list of cities to visit, partially because of this book.

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Cute Story

A quick listen for a relaxing Saturday. This story had a good storyline, interesting characters and a happy ending. The dynamic of the flashbacks was great, but it was hard to grasp in the beginning. Probably would have realized if I read the book vs listening to the audible version. But good overall and the flashback dynamic made it interesting.

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  • Elizabeth Chapman Gough
  • 05-08-21

A fast paced story

I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced, quick witted and the characters were well written and likable. 19 year old Adeline is due to start a new dream job in sunny Italy after graduating when an encounter with a psychic at her sorority graduation party tells her to remember to follow her heart. Determined to only focus on her career and her hard earned success, a spanner is thrown in the works when her hot, sexy boss Stone asks her to be his fake fiance. I got lost in this story and found it entertaining with great scene setting from the author. I also found the narration to this story added more depth and really helped bring the story to life

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  • SamanthasLibraryx
  • 05-08-21

Loved.

So this book was really quick and easy to listen to which was good because busy work week. I really enjoyed this, I love me an office romance trope and this hit all the right spots. Really enjoyed Adeline and Stone together. Story flowed. Loved the pace it went at.

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  • Mrs R
  • 05-08-21

Second chance, fast love, easy to read

This story was interesting, a little fast paced but definitely romantic.
Adenine has her career path all planned out, and the first step after college is to work for Stone Enterprises. Thanks to her soriety sister, she's on her way to work as Stone's personal assistant and away from her clingy ex.
As soon as Adeline arrives in Italy, she feels a connection with the hotel and also a connection to Stone, which she can't explain.
When Stone needs her to be his fake fiancé for a business deal, she's more than happy to help out, but on her own terms.
Adeline was a likeable character that seemed to be older than she actually was, she was extremely confident and took charge, not letting anyone walk over her, including Stone.
Stone was a cool headed business guy, but something about the hotel was making him uncomfortable, but he can't figure out what it is.
The mix of dreams and a past life made this story interesting to read, and also helped explain the instant attraction between these two. The epilogue was also a nice touch.
I listened to this story as an audio book, the narration was easy to listen to and I would happily listen to a book read by Regan Brown again.

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  • Pipermisa
  • 04-30-21

Love it

This was an emotional read. It is a story I love and the characters are so well written. I really enjoyed the concept of this story and the way it was paced not to fast not to slow. I like how we got to read from each character POV. Other relationship’s and dynamics are also shown which further impact’s this storytelling. Pasts can have an ugly way of revealing. I love the audio person on this book they done a great job of converting the characters.

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  • Miss Angela Shirley
  • 04-24-21

Brilliant Story

When you think you have scored the best job, then you have to decide do you go with what your boss wants or not?

Adeline has just found her dream job but there is one thing she has been asked by her boss to be his "fake fiancé". This may become difficult when the line between professional and plutonic becomes blurred and will they be able to keep their feelings separate.

I love this author, the book itself is a novella but it packs a punch which feels like a full novel. The characters are well written, developed and create a great chemistry within the story. I could not put the book down and really enjoyed the character of Adeline as she was funny and would also love to see these characters in the future.

If you love a great romance novel with a bit of a twist this is a brilliant story to get your teeth into.

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  • caralee loonat
  • 04-18-21

A rouse that became real....

Fake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office Romance by Amy McKinley
4 Stars!!!!

I really love the audio books. I like to be able to plug in my earphones and hear the book and go about my jobs. I love how the narrator is able to accentuate her voice and bring the characters to life. I was able to just drift off into the book and visualize the goings on. I really felt as though I was part of the story.

The characters are really brought to life by the narrator. I was really able to feel all the emotions Adeline was feeling and really routed for her and Stone. It may have started out as a rouse but it all falls into place. I really enjoyed this audio book and will definitely read and/or listen to more from this author.

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  • kerry baker
  • 04-16-21

A Great Story

Fake Fiancé: A Second Chance Office Romance Audio Book by Amy McKinley is an entertaining and well written story. It has more going on in the story than your usual romance story that adds a depth it. I thought the mix of characters was really good and while listening to it I got a real sense of each of their different personalities. The way the author has distinguished them is really easy to get behind.
I thought the overall story was great. I like the fact that the book is set in Europe. This for me differentiates it from other books in this genre. My only issue is that the narration was a little hard to follow at times. There needed to be a few more pauses between sentences and paragraphs however it was still easy enough to understand where these breaks fell naturally.
I very much enjoyed this audio book and will definitely check out more of them from this author.

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  • katie_83
  • 04-15-21

Fantastic 5 star audio book.

I love this author so I was really excited to listen to my first audio book from her. I really enjoyed the narration, it was easy to listen too and wasn’t too long overall. The story was fantastic, I loved every minute of it.
I LOVED Adeline and Stone! Oh my gosh what a couple! They attraction, the chemistry – just everything about them was amazing! Their relationship wasn’t straight forward but I just absolutely loved listening about them.
A brilliant 5 star audio book!!

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  • HB
  • 04-10-21

Worth a listen

Cute romantic short book with good character building which is as impressive considering this isn’t hours and hours long. I quite liked the main character she was sweet and quirky at the same time. The narrator did a fantastic job and really fit perfectly with the characters and was easy to listen to.
I got this free for a honest review but I actually really enjoyed it and I would of definitely brought it myself. The only complaint I do have is that I wish it was a little bit longer.

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  • A D.
  • 03-25-21

Sweet and Romantic!

This story is a little bit unusual. The description says it is a second-chance romance, but it isn't quite what you are thinking. There is an element of mystery thrown into the chemistry and connection between Adeline and Stone that adds an interesting dimension to the story.

I enjoyed listening to the book. There is a lot going on in the plot and, given that the audiobook is less than 3 hours and 30 minutes, the story moves pretty fast. I enjoyed how unconventional the characters were, particularly Adeline. As expected of an office romance, she is intelligent, hardworking and professional. But she is also a touch quirky with an adorable side of clumsy. Stone is more conventional, but that changes too, as his relationship with Adeline develops.

Overall, the audiobook was sweet and fun with a definite feel-good HEA.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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