Title: DATING GAMES
Length: 430 pages
Published: 30 August, 2019
Price: 102 (Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers)
Link to buy from Amazon: Amazon.in
How do you get over your last disaster of a relationship? You agree to be a complete stranger’s fake girlfriend for the next few months.
Note to self: When your boyfriend dumps you on your thirtieth birthday, it’s probably not the smartest idea to drink so much that you wake up in the same bed as the mysterious hottie wearing the gorgeous suit who you noticed sitting across the bar.
The only silver lining in my obvious lack of judgment is the promise of never seeing Mr. Suit again, not in a city the size of New York.
Or so I thought, until a story I’m working on about the country’s most sought-after and elusive escort lands me in the same café as Mr. Suit. So I do what any self-respecting woman of my age would do in my shoes… Try to ignore him.
But he won’t let me.
Instead, he makes a proposition that leaves me questioning whether I need to have my ears checked. Be his fake girlfriend for a summer of wealth and excess in the Hamptons. In return, he’ll help me win back my boyfriend’s heart.
Juvenile? You bet.
Effective? Could be.
Bad idea? Most likely.
But what do I have to lose?
Apparently, a lot more than I originally bargained for.
Let the games begin…
Dating Games is a modern take on Cinderella meeting her billionaire Prince Charming. If you love a sassy heroine, a sinful hero, and a whole lot of laughs, then you’ll love this fake relationship romance.
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, beautiful daughter, and three cats. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over twenty fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or chasing her daughter around the house.
T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.
It is about Evie, who works at Blush Magazine and Julian, a billionaire with secrets. He needs a girlfriend and she needs a man to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. A deal is struck and takes us to a world that is every woman’s dream – wardrobe wise, to say the least. I just love how many dresses and shoes and jewellery she gets.
In that process, he learns to love and share his deepest scars and scares; and she learns to live – freely, without lists or planners, pros and cons.
The opening of Dating Games sounds a bit like one of my guilty pleasures Legally Blonde when Warner breaks up with Elle for not being serious, for wanting a wife he could show off in his legal (social) circles. Warner was also a lawyer. So is Trevor.
The exposition is cleverly done as a drunken chat with people at the bar but it still does feel like infodump. I point that out because I am struggling to cut it out of my next to-be-published book.
There are some direct and indirect movie references. Breakfast With Tiffany‘s, and two other movies (names I don’t recall) are referred to when Julian / August and Evie talk. Apart from Legally Blonde‘s breakup scene, there is more. There is a reference to Pretty Woman when Evie says “no kissing on the lips because it is too personal”. Then there is Cinderella. It gets a bit much.
The tone is satirical and cynical and I loved it.
I liked the portrayal of both characters; even though I had a constant nagging feeling that I have read this before. The mysterious bollionaire who has a heart of gold; the man who has a career for pleasing and pleasuring women like they have never pleasured before. It was all too familiar. There is a possibility that I have read this one partially. I do that often; and end up forgetting the books once overwhelming load of office work comes my way.
All in all, a nice, warm and sensuous story.