Dating Games by T.K Leigh #Review

Title: Dating Games

Author: T.K Leigh

Release Date:   February 25th 2019

Length:  430  pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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My rules for being a Manhattan billionaire’s fake girlfriend… No kissing. No fooling around. No falling in love. What can possibly go wrong?

Note to self:

When your boyfriend dumps you on your thirtieth birthday, it’s probably not the smartest idea to drink so much that you wake up in the same bed as the mysterious hottie wearing the gorgeous suit who you noticed sitting across the bar.

The only silver lining in my obvious lack of judgment is the promise of never seeing Mr. Suit again, not in a city the size of New York.

Or so I thought, until a story I’m working on about the country’s most sought-after and elusive escort lands me in the same café as Mr. Suit. So I do what any self-respecting woman of my age would do in my shoes… Try to ignore him.

But he won’t let me.

Instead he makes a proposition that leaves me questioning whether I need to have my ears checked. Be his fake girlfriend for a summer of wealth and excess in the Hamptons. In return, he’ll help me win back my boyfriend’s heart.

Juvenile? You bet.
Effective? Could be.
Bad idea? Most likely.

But what do I have to lose?
Apparently, a lot more than I originally bargained for.

Let the games begin…

Dating Games is a standalone modern retelling of Cinderella meeting her billionaire Prince Charming. If you like a sassy heroine, a sinful hero, and a whole lot of laughs, then you’ll love this fake relationship romance. 

**** My Review ****

Some authors never cease to amaze me with their talent to play with words, to create something spectacular that will keep me engaged from beginning to end. T.K Leigh is such an author who manages to take a pretty common setting such as fake/pretend girlfriend/boyfriend, add a dash of freshness and a whirlpool of emotions and create a magnificent read that forces the readers to turn the pages with delight and eagerness.

Expecting a ring and swoon-worthy proposal for her thirtieth birthday, but getting a cold and harsh break-up instead, Evie is not only stunned but heart-broken and worthless. Humiliated, this outspoken, sarcastic and blunt journalist bares her soul in front of everyone in the bar, using the only weapon to shield herself-her wit. Her sense of humor and her wit captivate him from the moment he lays his eyes on this beautiful woman. So he enters into the picture- this tall, gorgeous, sexy man with proposal that simply cannot be rejected. One summer, few simple rules and lots to be gained –what can go wrong?

So let the games begin….

But what should they do with that attraction that simply cannot be denied? How to ignore that connection when even the silence is comfortable and pleasant, when no words are needed to express all those emotions, all the unspoken intentions? But that was not supposed to happen according to the plan…The deadline is here, but is it the end?

The story of Julian and Evie was so fresh and a real slow burn fairy tale- a mix of Cinderella, Pretty Woman and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  A bit predictable storyline, but with enough twists and turns as to keep readers intrigued and engaged. T.K Leigh has this amazing talent to create characters that are so compelling, that simply come to life as you read and it seems like you’re watching a movie, every scene vivid and perfectly detailed, every exchange so real and absorbing. She creates this fantastic love story, while exploring topics such as domestic violence and abuse that many readers can actually relate to. They can form a connection with a fictional character.

Even though I prefer to read book with dual POVs, I have to admit that reading this one from only Evie’s POV made the experience more interesting as it accentuated the mystery surrounding Julian/August’s character.

This book is really perfect choice if you need to relax and laugh. It will make you swoon, sigh, blush and roll your eyes as you travel through the pages of this world that Leigh has created. With enough sarcasm, sweet and steamy moments, this story will capture all you attention and take you on an unforgettable, emotional adventure.

****About the Author****

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, beautiful daughter, and three cats. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over twenty fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or chasing her daughter around the house.

T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.

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