Review: REAL DEAL by Piper Rayne

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A delightfully sweet and tender love story with an undercurrent of fire and heat!

Single dad Marcus is comfortable with his life. Successful business, great friends, and the sweetest daughter anyone could ask for. But when a shockingly beautiful woman enters his life, for the second time, Marcus begins to question if having a woman at his side is something he’s never realized he’s wanted. Can he let this woman give up her hopes and dreams for always taking a backseat to his daughter?…or will he say goodbye to one of the best things to ever happen to him?

Caterina knows all to well who Marcus is. He’s the man who humiliated and turned her away 6 years ago. But she’s no longer that young and innocent 18 year old anymore. And what she’s come to realize is that Marcus is not the same man either. And as hard as she tries, she can’t seem to stay away from him. Is a summer fling all she’ll ever be to him?…or will he finally open his heart to the possibility of something more with her?

Real Deal hits you right in the feels! It packs a 1-2 punch to your head and heart. Full of unconditional love and sacrifices, you quickly realize the potency level of sexy single dads. Marcus is just…WHOA! Not taking into account his overall sex appeal (I’ll get to that part, don’t worry), his interactions with his daughter will make anyone fall head-over-heels in love with him. Absolutely nothing and no one comes before her. Now you tell me how that just isn’t irresistible? So now that our hearts are a gooey mess, in comes his attractive manliness. Yeah, can’t miss that in the story. A hard worker who enjoys the outdoors, Marcus may not be looking for his Ms. Forever, but he doesn’t lack the opportunities of Ms. Right Now. That is, until Cat comes into the picture.

Cat…I really liked her character. She equals Marcus in every aspect, but one – the risks she takes on the unknown. Cat is immensely caring, beautiful, and has this quality to her that makes you complete relaxed around her. It’s no wonder Marcus can’t stop thinking about her from the second he sees her again. But what Cat’s searching for is a place to truly call home. A place that tells her she’s exactly where she needs to be. And she quickly finds herself falling for the quaint little town that was only supposed to be temporary, and the man who she’s not supposed to be falling for.

This book was not only charming and hilarious, but carried underlying drama and deep rooted, conflicting emotions. You have a single father always putting his daughter first, irregardless of his own needs and wants. And sweet and adorable little girl who wants a mommy. And a young woman trying to find her place in life. The atonement Marcus and Cat go through is enough to break your heart, but you can’t help but understand the exact reasons the actions were taken. I found myself consumed with the need to help find a solution that will work best for all involved. But they each needed to be able to open up and trust one another, and that’s always easier said than done.

A story that can capture the reader’s attention and make them feel one with the characters is a true testament to the authors. Real Deal is a heartfelt and touching romance that will make your heart melt and your body sizzle.

A definite must read! 5 stars!


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Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl.

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

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