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Summary

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of facial hair must be in want of a shave. And tidying. And a fake date. 

My name is Holly Hyman. I love order and prime numbers - and I’m in trouble. The company I work for is pivoting, and not in a way I like. Our new management? Alex Chortsky, a gorgeous, scruffy Russian devil. Our new direction? VR entertainment of the spicy kind. 

Maybe I wouldn’t mind it so much if my life’s work wasn’t meant for children. Or if I hadn’t accidentally hooked up with a VR version of my wickedly handsome boss. 

The only way to save my dream project is to make a Faustian bargain. For one night, I pretend to be Alex Chortsky’s girlfriend. 

What could possibly go wrong? 

Note: This is a stand-alone, raunchy, slow-burn romantic comedy featuring a quirky, nerdy Anglophile heroine, a scorching hot Russian hero, and an unruly, oversized puppy. If any of the above is not your cup of tea, run away now. Otherwise, buckle in for a laugh-out-loud, feel-good ride.

©2021 Misha Bell (P)2021 Misha Bell

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Laugh out loud funny!

Oh my, what a refreshingly, funny romcom! I was pulled into this story by Misha Bell as we meet Holly, an obsessive, quirky woman designing virtual reality animals for children. When her company is taken over by the "Russian Devil", Alex, she finds the direction of the company moving opposite what she is interested in. VR for adults, not something she wants to venture into, but secretly samples. She is super organized, loves all things prime numbers and can't understand her attraction to her new, scruffy boss. When he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the night, things take a turn. Will Alex be the one who loves all of her idiosyncrasies? Witty banter, fantastic flirting, and a fun story packed with eccentric family and virtual pets, I was laughing out loud while falling in love. It's a quick moving, funny romance and if you are looking for a good listen, this it for you!

Ava Erickson narrates this story with her fantastic voice. Giving life to Holly and her quirkiness, it's fun to follow her strict personality. As Alex, she adds a smooth, Russian accent to die for as we get to know this interesting business man. And are treated to the epilogue by Aiden Snow giving us the true love and feelings this couple has as we finish out their story. A listen you do not want to miss!

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 17-07-21

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ROM COM GOLD.. HERE IT IS

What a fun, enjoyable, light, slow-burn as Holly tries to keep her ovaries from melting every time she sees or thinks about her her new sexy Russian Boss. Trouble is, testing and talking about a new virtual sex suit has her treacherous libido kicking her mantra of “keep it professional” to the kerb. Sizzling chemistry flares and Holly’s lust-filled swoons continue while she also gets to know Alex through family fake dates, business lunches/dinners and teaming up for a very sexy work project. Holly has her quirks.. she’s obsessive, everything must be in prime numbers and her Britishisms run through every chapter with ease making her even more loveable.. and perfect for Tetris loving Alex.

Worth a credit? Yes, a nicely paced, humorous, entertaining listen that’s told from Holly’s POV (Aiden only did the Epilogue).. it’s not drowned by sex or angst and it brings a smile to your face.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 16-07-21

Hilarious, Entertaining, and Steamy!

This is the third book in the Hard Code Series, a Romantic Comedy. I love this Series. Holly and Alex's slow burn romance is hilarious, entertaining, and steamy!! They are so perfectly perfect together! Ava Erikson did a fantastic job with the narration, and I liked the Epilogue narrated by Aiden Snow. I HIGHLY recommend this Series. If you like rom-coms, this Series is definitely for you.

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  • Jennie @lostinbooklandia
  • 14-07-21

So Funny and Cute!!

I was so excited to read about Alex “the Devil” Chortsky after reading the first two books in the series. This was wonderful and hilarious from beginning to end. I absolutely loved Holly and Alex. They were both quirky and geeky about numbers and coding. It was so cute to see them bond over the most nerdiest things. Holly’s obsession with prime numbers and britishisms were weirdly adorable. I loved her infatuation with Downtown Abbey, it was the best British show ever!! How can I forget the nickname she came up with for Alex. Haha! Crusty!! That scene was so funny and cute. Alex’s reaction was priceless. Alex was so swoon worthy. I loved how protective he was of his sister and her new venture. He was a bit of an alpha, with slight possessive tendencies when it came to Holly. He just got Holly and understood & accepted all of her, odd quirks and all. The epilogue from Alex’s POV was great! I wish there was more from his POV.

Ava Erickson did a wonderful job narrating the bulk of the book. She was fabulous as Holly, bringing all her weird quirks to life. Her slightly accented Russian Alex voice was perfect. She did a phenomenal job with this story and portraying all the characters beautifully. Aiden Snow narrates the last chapter of the book from Alex’ POV. His voice and Russian accent as Alex was on point. I could definitely picture it.

But overall, this story had me in stitches and was a fantastic romcom. It was slow burn, sexy, and entertaining. I’m looking forward to reading more by Misha Bell and can’t wait for Tiger and Gia’s story.

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  • ~Mindy Lou~
  • 13-07-21

What a riot!

I've been secretly pining for Alex's story ever since he showed up in book 1. I don't know what it is about him, but I've been drawn to his character from the start. And I love who he ends up paired with. Holly is just perfect for him.

This whole series has been hilarious. The Chortsky family is nutty and I get such a kick out of Alex's parents, Natasha and Boris. Their family dinners that have appeared in each book just makes me laugh.

I listened to the audiobook version and would highly recommend it. The narrators Ava Erikson and Aiden Snow are two of my favorite narrators. They did a fantastic job with this book.

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  • carvanz
  • 13-07-21

Sweet and smexy!

What an awesome performance! Ms. Erickson carried this book from beginning to end and I absolutely loved her! She did such an incredible job of bringing this story to life!


This was a deliciously sweet and smexy audio!


Holly was one unique heroine with her super quirky ways and her outlook on life in general.  I’m all about a nerdy heroine and I found her to be so much fun.  Her response to Alex was adorable as were some of her thought processes regarding him.


We never get Alex’s point of view until the epilogue, and I would have loved to have some insight into his character.  There were some moments that it was clear what was motivating him.  He had some times he was obviously possessive and jealous of the thought of sharing her time with any other man and I loved his response and behavior.


This is a fast paced book with some awesome secondary characters.  The steam level is not high and it actually has a pretty slow burn to it.  But once this couple came together as a couple, they lit up the pages like an inferno.  This series just keeps getting better!

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  • Cindy and Chris
  • 09-08-21

Super cute and super funny

Such smart humor and funny laugh out loud moments. It’s definitely worth a listen. Narration was on point.

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  • Delia
  • 09-08-21

very entertaining but seems clipped short somehow.

I like how these 3 books have the same characters with each of the stories centered around a different couple. Now Ms. Bell should write a story where Holly's sister Gia meets & falls on love with Tigger.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-21

Loved it!!

Sexy and hilarious as always, 5/5! I'll always be hoping for more books in this series!

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  • Lori Sang
  • 13-07-21

A slow burn but hilarious story!

Holly and Alex’s story was hilarious. It’s a slow burn romance but their chemistry were off the charts and scorching hot the whole way through.

Ava Erickson’s performance was perfect. She nailed all of Holly’s quirk especially her Britishisms. It was so funny. And her Russian accent for Alex was hot and sexy. Ava’s narration always make for an enjoyable listen.

Aiden Snow only performed the epilogue which was from Alex’s POV and he did a good job.

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  • Lori L. Flemming
  • 21-09-21

fun

Live the love ❤ always fun to hate your to be significant other then fall for him