Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fake by Kylie Scott Blog Tour

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The newest romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott!

He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.

When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.

Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.

For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.

But being hounded by the paparazzi and having her life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance... but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.

Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a re-match made in Hollywood?


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Fake by Kylie Scott

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Fake is the first book in the new series, West Hollywood by Kylie Scott.

As the name suggests, Fake involves a fake relationship. Patrick Walsh is an A-list actor but after a scandal ruins his reputation, he needs some good press to get him back in good standing. After his agent sets up interviews with the perfect type of girl, Patrick isn't interested. He hates having to do this, fake a relationship to make himself look better. While eating dinner discussing the situation, the perfect solution presents itself, the waitress, Norah Peers.

Norah has made terrible choices in men, so for the foreseeable future she swears off men. When the opportunity presents itself, she takes it. Patrick is sexy and she was able to move her gran into a much better home, it's a win-win for her.

I loved everything about this read. I was instantly invested in the characters and had to know what was going to happen. You know where the story is going to go, but you can't help yourself but love the ride getting there! Norah and Paddy had amazing chemistry. I love that even though Norah agreed to the arrangement, she wasn't a pushover when it came to a world she wasn't used to. I can't wait for what's next in this series!!

Fake is the first installment in the West Hollywood series. Upon completion, I'm both excited to read more and intrigued as to who the next narrator will be.

As the title suggests, Fake is a contemporary romance featuring a fake relationship. If that's your cup of tea, Fake will be good until the last drop.

A scandal featuring his bestie's wife surrounds Patrick, one that is causing him to lose movie roles while putting him on directors' do-not-work-with list, so he's looking to clean up his womanizing image. All the women his agent set him up to "date" just didn't fit the bill, but the waitress standing beside his table was just perfect for the role.

Norah was your basic down to earth Mary Jane type, but where she shined was with the fact that she didn't get down on herself, didn't dwell in how she wasn't perfect, and gave as good as she got. She knew when to roll with the punches and when to hit back, allowing Patrick no leave when it came to his flaws.

The strong, silent type, speaking in a series of grunts and facial expressions, Patrick was the type to just leave a sentence dangling and disappear from the room for hours on end, sometimes not reappearing until the next day. For a large portion of the novel, I couldn't get a good read on him, easily taking the cues the author gave the reader on how Patrick felt about Norah.

With Fake, Fake, Fake always in the back of her mind, Norah tries hard to keep an emotional separation from Patrick. He is her boss after all. His inner circle of support was intoxicating to Norah, how their adoration of Patrick trickled over to her. She easily read between the lines of the broody avoidance, communication barriers, and the emotional brick wall Patrick continuously laid.

Sweet, mostly cute, the pages flew by as Patrick came to terms with his true feelings for Norah. When he fell, he fell hard, and it takes Norah a bit to notice the signs.

Since I loved the storyline, why the heck aren't I giving it five stars?

Maybe I'm just too jaded, but to be honest, I didn't really see the big deal on the scandal front. Shouldn't the actress who cheated on her husband be the one on the do-not-work-with list? Am I missing something here?

It's Hollywood. Not sure why Patrick was blamed. There's a reason why it's called "stepping out." You don't waltz into someone’s marriage – they open the door wide and step out to join you, leaving their spouse alone inside the marriage. The only person who should be blamed is the one who broke their vows. Full stop.

Maybe it was some odd, internalized misogyny thing, but women are not walking victims. Patrick should have gone about his life and let the cheating wife deal with her own fallout, since he can only go on her word. She's the one who should be punished, reputation in tatters. She is no victim by virtue of being a woman. This rankled me for the beginning portion of the novel.

While I love a good fake relationship storyline, the reason just felt pretty tame to me, since we're talking about a Hollywood scandal here. I honestly don't think anyone in the business would have cared one iota. Actually, this would have gotten whatever role Patrick was filling to be put in the media. No such thing as bad press, right?

This is the first book in a new series, and I am already looking forward to the next installment. The title gives us all the clues as to what this story will be about – and thankfully both leads are well aware of the situation and enter it knowingly. And even though the premise behind the story is not new, both Patrick and Norah bring a freshness to it which is very appealing.

Norah is a wonderfully practical, feet on the ground, but why not take the opportunity of a lifetime to restart her life with a legal and well-paid role, as well as bringing her close to an actor she has crushed on since a young girl. She appreciates that Patrick turns out to be a nice guy, and has to admit that she is still attracted to him. I really enjoyed her lack of vanity, her enjoyment of meeting Patrick's friends, and her class when coping with all the trappings that come with his lifestyle.

It may take Patrick a little while to wake up to his feelings, but Hollywood is all about big gestures, and he does finally get it all right. Enjoy reading about how they actually get there – laced with sexy times, drama, and some fun doses of domesticity!



Author Bio

KYLIE SCOTT is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fake (West Hollywood #1) by Kylie Scott to read and review for this tour.

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