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New Release Review! FROM FAKE TO FOREVER by Jennifer Shirk

From Fake to Forever
by Jennifer Shirk


Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so when her sister suggests allowing a super-famous actor to research his latest role there, she reluctantly agrees. Except the actor turns out to be Ben Capshaw—a playboy who’s never serious, always joking around, and who knows zero about kids or being a parent. Case in point: his involvement in the untimely death of the preschool’s class pet…

Ben is enjoying teaching more than he thought he would, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking for a permanent position. Sure, he’s ready for more serious movie roles and less goofing off, but the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter are more than he bargained for. Plus, Sandra still won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.


Cute and sweet, though somewhat problematic. (Like the big one: how will they manage a life together, with her a small-town preschool teacher and him a big-time movie actor? We don’t know, because it never came up.) I liked Ben and (tried hard to in the beginning and eventually manged the same with) Sandra, and they were definitely cute together, though it didn’t feel like we had enough story to get them both to a real HEA by the end. Her blowup at their “black moment” felt over the top and artificial.

Hannah, though, Sandra’s four-year-old? Totally adorable from start to finish. (Though I’m still kind of puzzled about her “bug” comment. Wouldn’t she have said the class pet’s name instead?)

From Fake to Forever is a reissue “enhanced with new material”, but I can’t help feeling like it’s still only about 2/3 of a story. More time, more answers, and more relationship would definitely help me to rate this one higher.

Rating: 3 stars / C

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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