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A teenage movie crush set her standards high. Now a real man needs to meet them. Fast.

Chicago obstetrician Mackenzie “Mac” Huntress set her standards for men very high early on. It’s been over twenty years since she fell for a fictional movie heartthrob, and Mac’s content to wait for the real version to come along; it’s her nagging mother who’s not happy with the timeline. So Mac falls back on her lifelong Mom-surviving skill - lying. The latest fabrication: a handsome neurologist named Michael. Pity he’s too busy to meet her friends and family. Problem solved.

But when Mac’s little sister announces her engagement, Mac is expected to introduce her elusive “plus-one” at the wedding, leaving her with only forty days to find a flesh-and-blood stand-in for the imaginary Michael. And the only potential Mr. Right comes with a big hitch.

However, it turns out Mac’s not the only one bringing secrets to the wedding. With expectations high, and shocking truths to be revealed, Mac’s left to find her own happy ending, which isn’t as simple as in the movies...though it’s definitely worth waiting for.

©2021 Bethany Crandell. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Could have been so much more

If you are a woman (or a man) of a certain age, you know who Jake Ryan is, and had a bit of a crush on him.

This is our leading lady, Mac. She is waiting for her own Jake Ryan - and good on her for not settling - but sheesh, she is a 39 year old woman acting like a teenager.

I got so frustrated with her, the lying to her family about fake boyfriends, letting her mum act the way she does (and boy, what a witch she was most of the time). I wanted to yell at the mother, but mostly I wanted to slap some sense into Mac and tell her to grow the eff up.

Ugh. See, frustrating.

And then when she does find a guy she doesn't roll her eyes at, she ogles a guy with a wedding ring *my eyeroll inserter here* I mean, gees she just screams desperation and unlikability.

This story could have been fantastic, but for me it was childish and a bit unlikable.

But maybe this is just that I an too old for the Jake Ryan thing (as looking at it with adult eyes, he really is a bit of a douche the way he treats his girlfriend).

The best thing about this audio was the narration. She has done a great job, trying to make a not go good story great.

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  • 07-03-2021

great listen

One of the best books I've listened to recently. It's full of highs and lows while still being on the funny side. Well written characters and storyline. Narration is amazing as well. I think this is a credit worthy book and I'm looking forward to her next book.

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  • Johanna
  • 05-03-2021

Cute and Fun

This author is new to me and I found this book on a recommendation from Amazon and room a leap of faith.

I really enjoyed this story! So real life yet fantasy in one.

I don’t know if I have ever listened to this narrator (XE Sands) before either but I enjoyed her slow drawl! It was simply perfect.

I would definitely recommend this one! Now if you are a fan of the sexy times detailed this isn’t the book for you. While this author doesn’t exactly lock you out of the bedroom she doesn’t describe their trysts in detail. I still enjoyed the sweet slow Desiree build between the characters!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-2021

Ugh - hours of my life I’m glad I was multitasking

I only write reviews for books I hate and books I love.
This book was worse than an d Harlequin Romance.
It’s not funny, the character development is shallow.
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Any five-star reviews are people who have never read a good book.

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  • Heather Harrison
  • 04-02-2021

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This was a beautiful heartwarming story. I laughed and cried. Xe Sands did a wonderful job narrating this book. you will not be disappointed!

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