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The Real Thing by Melissa Foster


Fall in love on the shores of Sugar Lake in the small town of Sweetwater with Willow Dalton and Zane Walker.

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?

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 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 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 or the real thing—including them.

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Releasing 5th December
Only For You (Sugar Lake Book 2)

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. Hers could be right next door…

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

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Melissa Foster has this way with words. I have never read a bad book by her, and she is one of my top one-click authors, without even reading what the book is about. I just know that no matter what it’s about, the book is going to be phenominal! The Real Thing was absolutely no different. I was sucked in from the beginning and didn’t want to stop reading it. I’m unsure exactly how long it took me to get it done, but I do know that I was 30 minutes away from the end (according to the time thing on the bottom of a kindle) and I fell asleep. I could have kicked myself, because while sleeping over night, my kindle died, so I had to wait for it to charge just to be able to finish the book! I fell immediately in love with Willow and Zane ((aww!! That was going to be my daughters name had she been a boy!)) and I enjoyed learning more about what happened between them 10 years prior to the “now” in the story! Their connection was so strong, I just knew they would have their happily ever after! I’ve read plenty of “fake fiance” or “fake girlfriend” stories, but I’ve never read one that they had such a back story and such chemistry from when they were younger. I felt like those 10 years apart made their reconnecting just that more sweet and perfect. I was in awe throughout almost the whole book at how in love Zane was with Willow! You don’t see many men (or at least I don’t) show their soft side like that. Zane reminds me of how Cody is with Jessica in this season of Big Brother (season 19) but Zane has known Willow for longer than just a few weeks, unlike “Jody – Jessica & Cody”. Guys, I’m so happy that this isn’t going to be the last we read of the people from Sugar Lake!! I can NOT wait for Sugar Lake #2!!!

About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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  1. Squeeee! I’m loving the reviews for The Real Thing and yours is no exception! I’m so happy you loved Willow and Zane as much as you did and that you’re looking forward to more in the series! Thank you XOXO

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