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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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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HOT

Loved loved loved this story. A very romantic story. And John Lane's performance was an added bonus. A great ending as well.

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Sweet hometown story

This is a really sweet hometown story of love. Zane couldn't wait to get out of Sweetwater when he turned 18, but he left behind his first and only love, Willow. She gave him her virginity and then he deserted her for fame and fortune. Now he needs her. He needs her to deceive her family and pretend to be his fiancee to fix his reputation.

Wait for it ... That's right. He never stopped loving her and now he wants her for keeps. But is it too late?

John Lane provided a gruff and gritty performance and I loved him as Zane. You could hear tears in his voice during his confession and love in the gritty, growly revelation of love.

A definite must listen. You will enjoy the banter and the heavier moments.

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The Real Thing: written by Melissa Foster

This story pulled you right into it from the start. It was so well written that you felt like you were in the story watching all the people play their parts. It was such a beautiful love story . Melissa Foster is a very gifted Author and I can't wait to read another book of hers.

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  • Julie
  • Houston, TX, US
  • 11-01-18

Painful

Didn’t finish this one. Narration was horrible and writing slightly better. Don’t waste your time or money.

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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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  • 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