Monday, June 5, 2023

Make it Real by Genny Carrick: Book Review


 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

“Absolutely not.” Just the words a girl wants to hear when she asks a guy to be her fake boyfriend

Asking Jed Evans to pretend to date me is a brilliant solution to my problem, even if he doesn’t agree at first.

My granny was planning to move to Florida with her best friends, but now she says she won’t go if I’m not happily entangled with a man.

I’m not interested in any entanglements, but I’m no match for Granny’s guilt trips. If it means sending her off to enjoy her golden years on the beach, I’m willing to date a dud or two.

But when her attempts to set me up are 
all duds, I take matters into my own hands with Jed.

The Army veteran is gorgeous, funny, thoughtful—and since short-lived relationships are kind of his whole thing, I know neither of us will get the wrong idea here.

This is just to get my gran off to Florida and his dad off his back about settling down. We’re just temporary. This fake relationship has a very real expiration date.

Does that stop me from falling for my fake boyfriend?

Absolutely not.

Make it Real is a dual POV sunshine-sunshine closed door romance without implied intimacy.

Genny Carrick is a sucker for an HEA, especially if there's a whole lot of laughter along the way. She writes romances and rom-coms about stubborn women and the men who fall for them.

When she's not lost in swoony reads, she's probably up to something crafty or trying to get her dog and two cats to love her.

Genny is a recent Texas transplant after a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest, and lives with her brilliant husband & two hilarious kids. You can connect with her at her website,

Make It Real is the fourth book in the Magnolia Ridge series. I had not personally read any of the previous books but found this one read just fine as a standalone. That said, I enjoyed this one so much that I will absolutely be going back to reread them all and anything else the author writes in the future too. 

Seriously, I absolutely adored this book. The chemistry between Callie and Jed was absolute perfection. I loved their flirty banter back and forth, and they were generally just wonderfully written characters that I couldn't help but like. Of course, fake dating has been a favorite trope of mine recently too, so that certainly didn't hurt things either. There's also something about a meddling granny that I absolutely love in a story and this one certainly had that going for it too. From start to finish, I couldn't put this one down and wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to the characters after the the best way possible. 

This is a closed-door romance with lots of flirty banter and swoon-worthy kisses, but nothing beyond that. There was some language throughout the story, but it was not an overwhelming amount and was pretty minor, so it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. 

Overall, this was a fantastic book and has me looking forward to checking out more from the author! 


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