Make Believe Match by Joanne Rock

Posted March 11, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Series, Series Multi-Author, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

From fling to fake fiancé? Anything can happen when the match is make-believe! 

Billionaire playboys aren’t marriage material.

But “fake” marriage?

What could possibly go wrong?

Wedding fever has hit the town of Royal, Texas!

And graduate student Jessica Lewis has made a deal with the devil.

Her one-night stand—bad boy CEO Oliver Price—has agreed to be her pretend fiancé for the social season.

Their off-the-charts chemistry makes their fake romance an easy sell. But the more events they attend, the more the make-believe feels very, very real.

But for two commitmentphobes from different worlds, will their chemistry be enough?

Titles in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding multi-author series include — A Cowboy Kind of Thing by Reese Ryan —♥— Designs on a Rancher by LaQuette —♥— Four Weeks to Forever by Karen Booth —♥— Make Believe Match by Joanne Rock —♥— Oh So Wrong with Mr. Right by Nadine Gonzalez —♥— The Man She Loves to Hate by Jessica Lemmon —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Booksprout ARC

Title:  Make Believe Match
Series:  Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding #4
Author:  Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 28, 2023
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4.5

Make Believe Match is the fourth title in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Wedding multi-author series.  Two people from very different backgrounds and outlooks on life are thrown together by one spilled drink — their first meeting has disaster written all over this encounter… or it could be the start of a forever kind of love if risks are willing to be taken.

It’s stories like Make Believe Match and characters like Oliver and Jessica that have always drawn me to Romance, and Harlequin in particular.  I want to believe that love triumphs over any type of difference a couple might face.  I want to live in a world where possibilities, no matter how unlikely, are explored, where risks of the heart are taken… and where love wins in the end. Overly idealistic?  Perhaps.  But that is the world that Romance and Harlequin allow me into – and I’m forever grateful for that invitation.

Oliver is a wealthy, sexy-as-sin, powerful man in his own right – he’s not overly flashy about it, but it settles upon his shoulders quite naturally.  Jessica has goals set out for herself, and she’s determined that nothing will stand in the way of reaching her particular prize.  Certainly, not a handsome man, a one-night fling, and a pretend engagement that feels all too real the more time she spends with this man.  But soon, pretend will fade into real feelings for them both. Now comes the important question.  Will they walk away or take the risk that their love is returned?

I had such a good time with Make Believe Match.  The story is well-written, emotional, sizzling with chemistry, and believable – and that is exactly what I want from any romance.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*

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