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ARC Review: Flaunt by Adriana Locke

Looking for a Fake Fiancé
Have you ever wanted to prove someone wrong so badly that you could taste it?
It doesn’t matter if they’re right. The fact that they had the audacity to say it is what counts.
Hi. It’s me. I’m that person.
The man I’ve been casually seeing told me I’m not “wife material” and should “lower my expectations”. Didn’t he realize I lowered them the moment I met him for dinner?
Obviously not.
Am I petty? Maybe. Annoyed? Of course. Determined? Definitely.
I need someone to help me flaunt my new engagement—my fiancé couldn’t wait to pop the question because I’m that amazing—in his face.
The problem? I don’t have a boyfriend, let alone a husband-to-be.
Which brings us to you.
Are you handsome? Successful? A smooth talker extraordinaire?
Are you willing to do all the things that someone madly in love would do?
Putting your hand on the small of my back. Forehead kissing. Acting like I’m a treasure you can’t live without. I need you to be prepared to do all those things … and maybe more.
What do you get out of this? I’m willing to negotiate terms—especially if they include a job and a place to stay. It’s a long story.
One night. One event. Let’s put on one heck of a show.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Banks because he’s been a real loose cannon throughout this series. His pranks and theatrics liven things up and keep life interesting for his brothers but mainly cause havoc for everyone so it’s no surprise that his story is enemies to lovers. Banks knows how to push people’s buttons so that makes sense, although he’s much sweeter and surprisingly more independent than I ever would have guessed. Maddox and Ashley are trying to enjoy their newlywed bliss when her BFF faces a crisis. She needs a place to stay for a few days but when plans change and she needs somewhere to stay for a few weeks, the lovebirds look to Banks for a favor. He has plenty of room, and they really want their privacy. It’s the kind of thing that would be an easy ‘yes’ under many circumstances, but this situation is different. Ashley’s bestie is the most annoying person in the whole world and there’s no way he’s letting Sara stay with him.

Sara isn’t any more enthusiastic about this suggested arrangement than Banks is, but she feels so guilty for imposing on Maddox and Ashley, she’s willing to do anything to make things right – including rooming temporarily with the most irritating person on the entire planet. It’s tough to keep hating each other when the mutual attraction burns white hot, but they both know it’s a terrible idea. I mean, he’s her bestie’s new brother-in-law so she’ll never be able to avoid him. And Banks knows she’s the kind of woman he could really fall for, but she doesn’t want anything serious, so he’ll only get hurt. Instead of giving in to the attraction between them, he sets out to teach her a lesson and make her want him.

Banks and Sara’s story is witty, fun and steamy and I couldn’t put it down. Sara is tough, funny and determined, just a very real character. Banks is much sweeter and a lot deeper than I imagined before this. He was my least favorite brother of the bunch coming in, but might be my new favorite Carmichael brother. There’s so much more to Banks than I realized before getting his story and I really enjoyed their story. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Carmichael Family series

  • Flirt – book 1 – Moss + Brooke
  • Fling – book 2 – Maddox + Ashley
  • Fluke – book 3 – Jess + Pippa
  • Flaunt – book 4 – Banks + Sara
  • Flame – book 5 – Foxx + Bianca

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