Faking It With the Grump
Author: Kate O’Keeffe
Series: Second Chance Café, #1
Publication date: March 14th 2023
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
He’s grumpy, boring, and thinks it’s okay to wear a suit and tie to a smalltown bar full of lumberjacks. But when I kiss him? Let’s just say I wasn’t expecting THAT.
It’s one thing to be dumped by the huge Hollywood star you thought you were going to marry. It’s quite another to move back to the small town you’re both from.
As a booby prize for being shown the door by Dex Ryan, everyone is trying to set me up with their son, their nephew, or their long-lost cousin’s gardener. Either that or they’re throwing me pitying looks that say, “You’re a big loser.”
I’m not going to put up with their patronizing sympathy anymore.
So, when I spot new-guy-in-town Christopher Young, I set out to make him mine. Or you know, pretend to make him mine. I’m still in a horrible funk over Dex, and Christopher is an uptight grump. Not exactly my type.
The fact that despite appearances, he’s gorgeous and doing weird things to my blood pressure doesn’t mean a thing.
Not. A. Thing.
Hunter’s Creek, population next to nothing, is the reason I work all the time. I’m solely focused on buying the town’s lumber mill so I can go back to NYC and get my big promotion. This small town is a means to an end. Nothing more.
That is until the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen superglues her lips to mine in an unexpected and very public way. She’s not the kind of woman I usually go for with her boho dress and ankle boots, but that kiss…
I’m disappointed when she comes up for air and tells me it’s all for show. But if Harper Cole wants me to be her fake boyfriend while I’m here in town, who am I to turn her down? Being attached to a local might ingratiate me to the townsfolk and make my job that much the easier.
After all, dating Harper can only be make believe. Nothing more. Not when my entire future is at stake.
Faking It With The Grump is a grumpy-sunshine, opposites attract, fake relationship romance set in the small town of Hunter’s Creek, Washington. It’s the first book in the new Second Chance Café series. Each book follows a different sister’s love story and can be read as a standalone novel or as part of a series.
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Kissing Christopher Young is, well, it’s not what I expected.
Sure, he’s a good-looking guy, so kissing him is not exactly a hardship, despite the fact he’s a million miles from my usual type. He’s all buttoned-up and serious looking, like he would be zero fun at a party, and only moments ago he was looking at me as though I was a crazy person.
Which wasn’t at all fair.
All I was trying to do was explain the very reasonable situation I find myself in, in which I’m pretending to date him, but then I spotted my boss standing behind him and was forced to make the snap decision to just go right ahead and kiss the guy.
Okay, now that I think about it, I may have come across as a little less than sane. I’ll concede that much.
And yes, it’s probably a confronting experience to have some random woman you met for three seconds not only tell you she’s pretending to date you, but then turn around and kiss you.
I get it.
Not my most calculated move.
What I don’t get is why kissing Christopher Young feels so unexpectedly good. His lips are soft and inviting, and his scent is an attractive mixture of fresh, woodsy air and some kind of musk, which takes me completely by surprise.
I’m not sure what I expected him to smell like. Corporate offices and boring files? Freshly ironed shirts and dry-cleaned suit jackets?
Whatever it was, it wasn’t this.
about the author
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kate O’Keeffe writes exactly what she loves to read: laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with swoon-worthy heroes and gorgeous feel-good happily ever afters. She lives and loves in beautiful Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand with her family and two scruffy dogs. When she’s not penning her latest story, Kate can be found hiking up hills (slowly), traveling to different countries, and eating chocolate. A lot of it.
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