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ARC Review: Tease by Melanie Harlow

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.
We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

The blurb for this one had me right away. Fake relationship and friends to lovers? Sign me up. Felicity and Hutton’s story was everything I wanted. They’ve been best friends forever but there’s always been an awkward attraction they’re both determined to ignore because they’re both a bit angsty and completely adorkable. Felicity butchers her hair when she’s stressed and needs a fairy godmother for all dress-up occasions. When she gets a job catering her high school reunion, it’s a great opportunity for her vegetarian catering company but the mean girl in charge of the reunion is as snarky as ever. Did I mention Felicity also stress-rambles? She can’t always control what comes out of her mouth and now she needs a huge favor from her BFF.

Hutton’s kryptonite is social situations. He’s smart, gorgeous and extremely wealthy but the man can’t stand socializing. Going to his high school reunion is basically a fate worse than death, but Hutton would do anything for Felicity. The media quickly gets wind of the news so things really blow up, leaving them to clean up a crazy mess. Their story is funny and sweet, with enough history between them to tug at the heartstrings and all that squishy goodness balanced with a nice dose of heat. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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