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The Perfect Illusion

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Summary

It's only pretend...

And it's only three months.

I'm in the midst of scrawling "I quit!" onto his fancy cardstock letterhead when my boss corners me. He needs a favor, he says. And then he asks how well I can act...

Hudson Rutherford needs a fiancée.

With his old-moneyed parents forcing him to marry some bratty hotel heiress and his hedonistic, playboy lifestyle at stake, the only way to get them to back off is to make them think he's truly, madly, deeply in love...with me - his third personal assistant this year.

But I can hardly stand working for him as it is.

Hudson is crazy hot and well-aware. He's arrogant, spoiled, and silver-spooned. He checks me out when he thinks I'm not looking, and his life is a revolving door of beautiful women. Plus, he can't even pronounce my name correctly - how's he going to convince his family he's in love with me?!

I'm seconds from giving him a resounding "no" when he flashes his signature dimpled smirk and gives me a number that happens to contain a whole mess of zeroes...

On second thought, I think I can swallow my pride.

But, oh baby, there's one thing I haven't told him, one teensy-tiny thing that could make this just a hair complicated....

Here's hoping this entire thing doesn't explode in our faces.

©2017 Winter Renshaw (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Suzy
  • 20-04-18

suprised

I thought this was another tried and bought book about boss being dom , cranky and having a submissive secretary. Gah
I was enthusiasticly suprised when I realized this book held much much more. no crazy sub sex scenes. just plain ole' good love with some twists along the way!
well done!

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  • SONIA RAMOS
  • 18-04-18

EXCELLENT BOOK, WELL WRITTEN

The book was well written. Its story was unique and very believable. At the end of the book we are totally in love with both Characters. Maribel changes Hudson and brings the good side of him out....no bad characters only good ppl. I loved the ending alot. This book will go down as one of my favorites.

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  • Daleen Beyleveldt
  • 12-11-18

The Perfect Illusion

Fun book to read, narration was good and writing just as much. It is one of those books that gives you a break from heavy reading.

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  • Angelina S.
  • 20-11-19

Cute Light Entertaining

I am struggling with this one. The story is so cute and funny. The female narrator is great, but the guy? Omg, I just can’t. The character is described as so sexy, then the voice of the narrator sounds like the kid in the front row of class who raises his hand and corrects the teacher with “ACH-SHUally...” It is the most unsexy, nerdy voice ever. Plus it is quite feminine. It’s Sheldon Cooper which makes it hard to picture anyone but Sheldon Cooper.
When the female narrator does the guy voice he sounds, well, like a sexy man. But the male narrator makes it really difficult for me to get into this story.

The story itself is very charming. And maybe if I thought Sheldon Cooper was hot I could get into the narration.

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  • LM Kindle Reader
  • 31-07-19

Wonderful and fun

This story was sweet and sexy. The characters real and full bodied. You feel the pain and happiness of all of them, even the ones you want to hate. Great summer or weekend read.

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  • Sara Eisenhower
  • 04-05-18

Middle of the Road

I wish I could have liked this more. I saw that it was recommended by Laurelin Paige and I like her books but this books was pretty mediocre for me. The writing was good and the narration was solid I just had story issues. First of all, Hudson was a real a-hole for most of the first half of the book. I just don't find that level of arrogance and disregard for people's feelings sexy. I had real problems with suspension of disbelief overall. It made no sense to me how Mari thought she could keep her secret to herself for any length of time, much less the 3 months that she needed to pretend to be Hudson's fiancee and then be his fake wife for an extended period of time afterwards. Overall, there was a decided lack of sizzle to the story and that's what I look for in my romance novels.

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  • Angela G.
  • 23-02-20

Interesting twist

Mari just delivered her satisfying "I quit" letter and speech to her boss, but Hudson has other plans for his assistant.
In a cross between revenge and keeping secrets, their faux relationship blur the established lines and cross over boundaries through plot twists and revealed truths.
I read both the positive and negative reviews and still chose to read it. I'm certainly glad I did. While this is not my favorite story from the writer, it was an intriguing and enjoyable book nonetheless. She was able to take a common storyline with fairly commonly written characters and add a few surprising elements to add enough new elements to keep it interesting.
The audiobook and its narrators Holly Chandler and Matthew Holland were a great pair. their respective POV narrations were spot on for the characters they portrayed.

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  • MissesPYT
  • 11-02-20

Good Story.

I enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure if I would listen again. It all felt rushed to me. & I hated how they’re was no real build it. I do a lot of books. This one wasn’t bad. Just not top 50

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  • Cindy Stone
  • 19-11-19

Loved it!

This was a great story and so funny. Great narration 😀. I couldn’t stop listening until the end.

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 04-07-19

Beautifully unexpected

This book was not what I expected, and that’s not a bad thing; it was beautifully unexpected. I enjoyed this story.