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The Real Thing

Sugar Lake, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lane
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (554 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 a 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 for her 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 and the real thing - including them.

©2017 Melissa Foster (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not sure why it was under romantic comedy

This was an okay book even though it was abit predictable. I'm really sure why it was listed under romantic comedy because I never out right laughed but there were a few places that I snickered. Not worth a credit but I paid 1.99 because I have Kindle unlimited so it was worth that.

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ignore all the bad comments

If you could sum up The Real Thing in three words, what would they be?

FUN, EXCITING AND ROMANTIC

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I listen to lots of books through audible and this is one of my favorite! Cant wait to listen to the next one in the series! Thank you Melissa Foster I loved this book

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I love all of her books

I believe I own all of her books I will listen to or read anything she has written. I may not be the best person to say this but everything I have read by Melissa Foster deserves five stars or more.

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it dragged

at first I thought the book had potential the storyline was pretty good but as the story started to drag on and on I couldn't finish the book. don't get me wrong I love romance books and I don't need to listen to a book that has lots of sex and even though this book does have Intimacy in it the problem is is that I just keep dragging on how she felt how he felt. I do like John Lane he's one of my favorite narrators he's one of my favorites but even with his sexy voice I still couldn't finish the book I'm curious about the other characters to see if there will be books about them but just because this book dragged I will not get it

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I want my credit and the last several hours of my life back

Ridiculous. Narrator's voice is unbearable, the story is as deep as a paper towel. And the alpha male vs. helpless female is eye-rolling.

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  • B. D.
  • Pure Michigan
  • 09-28-17

Ummmmm..

So I get when a guy is the narrator it's sometimes hard for him to do believable female voices, but John Lane's voice was SO deep as a male to compensate that it became irritating after while. Seriously, his female voice was fine and there was no need to GO SO LOW. It was a nice love story but it could have been 4 chapters shorter.

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  • MaBiche
  • Everywhere, Earth
  • 03-07-19

Nice enough if a bit uneven

There’s an imbalance between the main characters. Zane is too perfect. He seems to be giving and giving while Wilow keeps on pushing him away. Willow comes out as too whiny. Not sure if it was the narration or the story itself that’s the problem.

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Sweet story

Enough spin to keep it from being too plain. More of an in between story.

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Movie start meets hometown baker!

Zane and Willow's relationship seemed like a distant friendship for the last several years until Zane returns to town asking her to be his fake fiancé to help redeem his reputation. Even though Willow thinks Zane is a playboy, she decides to take one for the team since she's harbored feelings for him her entire childhood anyway. Now, we get to find out how Zane really feels about Willow as well. Will this movie star and town bakery owner make a real go of it or keep this casual? You'll have to listen to find out! Great narrator as well. I enjoyed this story and the audiobook narration.

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Very good narration and story

The narration of this book is very good. I love the narrator's voice. The story has such warm characters and a very happy ending. Very enjoyable!

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 09-05-17

Sexy as ever

I love The Real Thing and this audio book narrator is perfect for it. He sounds exactly how I imagine Zane would. Beautiful story about two best friends helping each other and the voice to go with it sounds sexy as anything. Perfect

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  • c bleasby
  • 02-14-19

love the story can't wait for book s 2 3 and 4 good narrator very pleasant listen

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  • Disa
  • 02-24-18

well read<br />

Excellent narrator and a good book in this genre. I look forward to the rest of this series.

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  • Robyn
  • 11-12-17

great read

Loved it!!
could not put it down captured and held my attention to the very end