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“That’s the funny thing about love, Noah. It’s terrifying, and there are no guarantees. We don’t fall in love because it’s a sure thing. We fall in love because our hearts don’t speak the same language as our brains.”

the fake mateThe Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson is cute and combines a collection of well-worn and often loved romance tropes – the grumpy meets sunshine dynamic, an office romance (in this case, hospital), and a fake dating scenario, all with some paranormal love alpha and omega thrown in, for fun. And it is quite fun.

“Because when I’m with you . . . I don’t feel like I’m just going through the motions in life. When I’m with you . . . I feel like I’m actually living.”

I have read a ton of shapeshifting romances; I love the otherworldliness of it. But recently, I have started to enjoy a different type of paranormal romance books that are one-offs and more associated with solid characters and less with romance. In this story, we get both. Lana Ferguson gives us the spicy romance we seek but with character development and fun.

The Alpha/Omega trope is challenging to do correctly. If written well, it can be balanced. The Alpha completely and utterly controls the omega. If that’s what gets your jollies, no shame. However, in The Fake Mate’s scenario, both characters are strong independent people. Doctors who have fought hard to get where they are. It would be odd and out of character for this narrative to be one-sided.

What we have is chemistry so hot it burns the page. As I am a sucker for the grumpy/sunshine trope, I had so much fun watching the facade of Noah Taylor crumble in the face of the sunshine that is Mackenzie Carter.

As they get to know each other and realize they need each other’s help, things go pear-shaped, and it is difficult to be grumpy when faced with someone as great as Mack, even if it is a ruse.

They might figure out that they need each other after all.

The Fake Mate is an enjoyable, light afternoon read. It’s a charming story with a mix of romance and risqué themes, perfect for those who love classic tropes and would like something to sink their proverbial claws into.

 

 

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

the fake mate

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