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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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great read

Loved it!!
could not put it down captured and held my attention to the very end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2017

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-09-2017

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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  • sunshine
  • 07-09-2017

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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  • Happy2BGF
  • 09-09-2017

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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  • Shelley Haase
  • 10-10-2017

I loved Willow and Zane

The Real Thing by Melissa Foster is another start to a fantastic series called Sugar Lake. Melissa creates memorable characters in a small town. I not only fell in love with the main characters, but the minor ones as well, making me want to have the future stories about them as well. True to form Melissa always finds the perfect blend of humor, angst and combustible chemistry.

Willow Dalton has been friends with Zane Walker for years. Though he has moved on to Hollywood action films and she has stayed home and now runs her own bakery. When Zane approaches Willow and asks for a favor, being her friend of course she gives it serious thought, though this just might be the most difficult thing he could have asked of her. When their past, present and future collide, it makes for an incredible story.

PS - John Lane does an amazing job of bringing Melissa's characters to life. His performance is the icing on the cake making the perfect concoction for fans to devour.

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  • B. D.
  • 28-09-2017

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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  • Julie A. Bunkers
  • 08-11-2018

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
  • 01-11-2018

Painful

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

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  • Kristen H
  • 24-10-2018

Painfully Cheesy!!!!

Where do I begin? If you are looking for a completely unrealistic, ridiculous love story, this is for you. The things that come out of the male love interest's mouth are over-the-top and I can't picture a man saying any of those things, actor or not. It's hard for me to like him because he's soooo cheesy. I wish he were more realistic. And the woman is unbearably anxious about his love for her all the time. We get it- you're scared to fall in love with him, but to repeat this fear over and over and over again - it's too much. Get over it, already. I liked the narrator for the most part, but his female voices were a little obnoxious. And he says "kissies" and "rosies" instead of kisses and roses and it really throws me off each time. I don't know where he learned that you're supposed to pronounce it like that, but it's just wrong. Also, it seemed to be more about sex and less about actual love than anything else, even though the author tried to make it that way. There were no twists or surprises, it was just eh.

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 05-09-2017

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
  • 24-02-2018

well read<br />

Excellent narrator and a good book in this genre. I look forward to the rest of this series.