“You may be faking the relationship, but you’re not faking the orgasms.”
Downsized, broke, and dumped, 38-year-old Marley sneaks home to her childhood bedroom in the town she couldn’t wait to escape twenty years ago. Not much has changed in Culpepper. The cool kids are still cool. Now they just own car dealerships and live in McMansions next door. Oh, and the whole town is still talking about that Homecoming she ruined her senior year.
Desperate for a new start, Marley accepts a temporary teaching position. Can the girl banned from all future Culpepper High Homecomings keep the losing-est girls soccer team in school history from killing each other and prevent carpal tunnel in a bunch of phone-clutching gym class students?
Maybe with the help of Jake Weston, high school bad boy turned sexy good guy. When the school rumor mill sends Marley to the principal’s office to sign an ethics contract, the tattooed track coach, dog dad, and teacher of the year becomes her new fake boyfriend and alibi—for a price. The Deal: He’ll teach her how to coach if she teaches him how to be in a relationship.
Who knew a fake boyfriend could deliver such real orgasms? But it’s all temporary. The guy. The job. The team. There’s too much history. Rock bottom can’t turn into a foundation for happily ever after. Can it?
Warning: Story also includes a meet-puke, a bouffanted nemesis, a yard swan and donkey basketball, a teenage-orchestrated makeover, and a fake relationship that gets a little too real between the sheets.
This book could be dedicated to anyone who has ever lain awake at night with a replay of their lowlights reel playing in their head. It is an amazing book so many can relate to. I fell in love with these characters from the very beginning and couldn’t get enough! The mix of humor, love, and reality are the perfect combination.
Marley is a woman who has been knocked down more than a few times. Life certainly hasn’t gone the way she hoped, but at almost 40 she still hasn’t given up. While she may have regrets and doubts, with a push from those she loves she keeps getting back up. I absolutely love her for it. She may wallow in a pity party or two, but with the way things are going, you can’t really blame her. But her resiliency shouldn’t be overlooked. When thrown in the deep end, she always finds her way to the top eventually.
And then there is Jake. I love that he is there not only to encourage Marley, but also to give her the push she needs from time to time. He is serious book boyfriend material! He is sexy, sweet, and still has a bit of the bad boy from his youth. He brings out the best in those around him, and is so much fun. To top it all off, he has an adorable dog he is crazy about. I mean, who doesn’t need a Jake Weston in their life?
This book is full of characters I love and characters I love to hate. Vicky is the best friend a girl could ask for, and everyone needs someone like her in their life. Both Jake and Marley’s families were amazing, and added so much depth to both characters. And the soccer team was to die for. I was fully invested in this group of girls and everything their journey held. This book had me laughing so hard and tearing up. I don’t know how Lucy manages it, but even with a romcom, she brings all the feels. This is a book you absolutely don’t want to miss!
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About the Author
Lucy Score is the author of the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestseller Pretend You’re Mine. She grew up in a literary family who insisted that the dinner table was for reading and earned a degree in journalism. She writes full-time from the Pennsylvania home she and Mr. Lucy share with their obnoxious cat, Cleo. When not spending hours crafting heartbreaker heroes and kick-ass heroines, Lucy can be found on the couch, in the kitchen, or at the gym. She hopes to someday write from a sailboat, or oceanfront condo, or tropical island with reliable Wi-Fi.