ROMANCE

The Sweetest Charade

Carina. Jun. 2021. ebk. ISBN 9780369704429. $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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DEBUT James’s debut is a delightful opposites-attract fake-relationship romance with a decidedly modern flair. When social media influencer Delysia Daniels accidentally tags travel history professor Alexander Abbot-Hill in a somewhat racy photo, both Delysia’s and Alexander’s online personas get an immediate boost. They soon realize—with the help of Delysia’s publicist and the temptation of a luxury train tour—that playing things up for the cameras could be mutually beneficial to them both. But, as the world falls in love with their romance via social media, Delysia and Alexander each come to realize that there’s far more to each other than their public personas suggest. Can a relationship that began so superficially survive in the real world? Readers may feel just as transported by the behind-the-scenes look at the world of influencers as they will by Delysia’s trip back home to Dubai; James brings both to colorful life in her writing. The sweetly sexy romance between two seemingly dissimilar characters is a bonus.
VERDICT A solid addition for public library collections.
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