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Publisher's Summary

When a soldier with a troubled past and a struggling songwriter agree to a marriage of convenience for the military benefits, neither expects much after saying "I do". Then tragedy strikes, and the line between what's real and what's pretend begins to blur in this smart and surprising romance perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.

Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow couldn't be more different. Sharp-witted Cassie works nights at a bar in Austin, Texas, to make ends meet while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Luke is an army trainee, about to ship out for duty, who finds comfort in the unswerving discipline of service. But a chance encounter at Cassie's bar changes the course of both their lives.

Cassie is drowning in medical bills after being diagnosed with diabetes. When she runs into her old friend Frankie, now enlisted in the army, she proposes a deal: She'll marry him in exchange for better medical insurance, and they can split the increased paycheck that comes with having a "family". When Frankie declines, his attractive but frustratingly intense friend Luke volunteers to marry Cassie instead. What she doesn't know is that he has desperate reasons of his own to get married. In this unforgettable love story, Cassie and Luke must set aside their differences to make it look like a real marriage...unless, somewhere along the way, it becomes one....

©2017 Alloy Entertainment, LLC (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Cassie is not likable

I loved the movie on Netflix. I didn't know there was a book until I saw it while browsing through Audible. The book was completely different. While the premise was the same, most of the content was different. Cassie was at least likable in the movie. She was not in the book. Maybe the better word is, not respectable. Luke had his own issues, but he at least was working through them and was trying to be considerate to those around him. I wish I'd stopped at the movie. Usually I always think the book is better. Not this time.

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Prefer Movie

Movie was way better…characters and storyline. I will continue to watch the movie only.

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made up for the movie

After the movie version disturbed and disappointed me, I read the book hoping to find that it made up for the movie's troubling aspects. Indeed it did. Per usual, the book is far better than the movie. There was genuine and positive changes made on both sides, and both characters grew separately and together. Plus it was about their relationships rather than the military.

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Predictable

It’s a cute story. There was potential to make it a page turner, but it’s not quite there. Glad I read it. But it is too predictable. .

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Movie was way Better

I saw the movie first, then I decided the books are always better. But in this case the movie is way better. I was not a fan of Cassie romance with Toby. I’m glad that wasn’t in the movie. I did like that more people knew of the Marriage. I also was not a fan of Cassie attitude in the book, she was just very whiny. I did enjoy the fact that they touched on the troubles of addicts who are given pain pills for a accident & the struggle they go through mentally about taking or not taking the pills. Overall the love story was there but the ending come on Cassie to Luke I love you, Luke to Cassie I love you too and we can make this work. Cassie well I have to go play a show see ya later. No kiss no hey Luke you want to go nothing. Like really.

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The movie was better…

I hated to say this, but I read this book when the movie came out, and this book just drew out too long, and I hated the extra romance with Toby, it was boring and unnecessary.

Overall I really loved the storyline, just not as good as the movie. It drew on too long in the middle and there was such little build to the romance, it could have been a great book if those things were different.

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I listened to this before watching the movie and honestly, the movie is way better. Not worth the credit.

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Loved it

I struggled with some of narrators parts but moved through it. Still a good story

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Love Luke & Cassie

Love this story, and the Netflix movie that came out based off this book:) Love it!

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Parts not needed (spoilers)

I was so hoping there would be more build up between the main characters. I did not care for the side romance Cassie had with Toby. All of that could of been cut out and replaced with the true romantic point of the book. Really wanted her and Jake to grow more with each other. Read the book because of the Netflix movie. Netflix’s made this book better. I love the love comes softly romances, but this book did not leave you with the feeling of love, rather the feeling of what just happened.

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  • 08-08-22

Baffled….

…as to how a successful movie with likeable characters was based on this book. Book Cassie, Luke and even her Mum are so unbearable in the book, I am so glad they dropped the Toby and Oxy storyline for the movie.
Also the narrator for Cassie just doesn’t suit the narrative, she sounds far too mature to be a believable Cassie, which really got on my nerves.

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  • Thais
  • 08-04-22

Disappointed

Having seen and liked the movie, I was curious about the book. I am now amazed how they turned THIS into such a cute movie. I didn't care for the book characters (movie Cassie is much more likable) and the book has so many boring descriptions and weird dialogues, which is all made worse due to it being narrated.

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  • 08-31-22

so much better than the movie

why do they always destroy amazing booms when they turn them in to movie

good book easy listen

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  • 05-20-17

Binge listen

Couldnt stop until the end. Had me completely under its spell! 5/5 glad to have it in my library

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