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The Real Thing by Melissa Foster

August 10, 2022

Hey book friends! Let’s talk about THE REAL THING by Melissa Foster! If you’re stopping over from my Bookstagram, you know I am a huge Melissa Foster fan (and more recently, a proud Wicked Reader Influencer). If you’re in the mood for a rom-com or a romance that’s sure to draw out the ugly cry tears, I will recommend Melissa Foster and her amazing characters every day of the week. But why do I adore Zane and Willow so much? Keep reading to find out!

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5 Sweet Stars!

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I gave THE REAL THING 5 stars because this book has all my favorites in it – a bakery, fake engagement, and one of the sugary sweetest romances I’ve read! And while it’s sweet, it also has the traditional Melissa Foster heat to it.

A-list actor Zane Walker need to clean up his image for an upcoming movie. The world sees him as a playboy and he needs something that will show them he’s settling down. So he asks his best friend’s little sister, Willow Dalton, to be his fake fiancรฉ. For the press, of course. And this is where they got me. I am such a sucker for a fake dating or fake engagement trope.

And then there’s Willow. I adored Willow because she’s strong, despite dealing with incredible insecurities where Zane’s public life is concerned, she’s in control of her life and she’s a successful entrepreneur! Talk about kick-ass heroine.

Even though neither of these two can deny their feelings, Willow isn’t going to give everything up for Zane and Zane doesn’t ask her to. But along the way, this turns into the sweetest love story that’s been a decade in the making.

SERIES: Sugar Lake #1
HEAT LEVEL: ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ (3/5)
READ IF YOU ENJOY: Christina Lauren, Abby Jimenez
TROPES: fake relationship, brother’s best friend, friends to lovers


THE REAL THING by Melissa Foster focuses on Willow Dalton and Zane Walker. Willow is a bakery owner whose A-list actor friend, Zane, begs her to be his fake fiancรฉ to get the media to see him as something other than a player. Even though Willow knows Zane is not boyfriend material, he did her a huge favor before college so she agrees to help him out. Of course, their friendship and mutual attraction for each other causes Willow and Zane to blur the lines between fake engagement and the real thing.

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I would highly recommend THE REAL THING by Melissa Foster for anyone who enjoys the best friend’s sibling trope or friends to lovers. Foster doesn’t disappoint!

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