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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Casting Lacey By Elle Spencer


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Fake relationships, done well, are so much fun. Casting Lacey, is most certainly a fake relationship done very well. The two MCs are so real and their banter is so much fun.

Quinn Kincaid is the star of TV’s highest rated legal drama. She has figured out that she is gay and want to come out. However, she wants to out herself in a planned and controlled manner. While there is no pressing urgency for her to do it, she wants to be true to herself and feels that coming out will be better and more effective if she has a girlfriend. Since she doesn’t have anyone currently, her publicist identifies Lacey Matthews, star of a daytime soap, winner of some awards in the past, thrown out of her serial when she came out and wandering the audition wasteland for work, as a potential fake girlfriend. The NDA and contract are signed, and Lacey is cast in the role of Quinn’s girlfriend.

The author writes two lovely characters. In fake relationships, the person seeking the fake girlfriend/fiancée/anything else is usually self-centred, gruff, ice-queenish and requires work for the other half to reach. In this, Quinn is soft, vulnerable, confused and very, very likeable. Lacey is hurt by the rejection at work and subsequent dumping by the ‘love-of-her-life’ and angry by her circumstances. The character backgrounds and trajectories are so well-mapped that you can completely understand both of they and genuinely like them both.

Most of the book is slow-burn and you get completely drawn into and invested in their growing feelings and building relationship. Their interactions and banter are a lot of fun. The separation, when it comes, is not forced at all. It is understandable and flowing with the story. We just wish that Lacey was more forgiving at this point in the book and Quinn didn’t have to kill herself so much to even get a response from Lacey. But then, we are romantics.

This is definitely one helluva good read in this genre.  

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