Only For You by Barb Curtis
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Emily and Tim have been friends for years. When Tim’s girlfriend breaks up with him and broadcasts the breakup on her reality show, Tim skyrockets to fame overnight. Although good for his boating business, Tim wants nothing to do with his newfound celebrity. He thinks he’s found the perfect solution: enlist Emily’s help and create a fake relationship. There’s only one problem: Emily is secretly in love with Tim. As the two grow closer they must work together to plan the winter festival. But how far are they willing to go to keep up the charade?
Told in alternating third-person perspectives between Tim and Emily, Only For You is the sweetest second chance romance. Emily and Tim were such a great couple. I loved following their dynamic from friends at the very beginning to lovers by the end.
Sapphire Springs definitely gave me Stars Hollow vibes. I didn’t notice it as much in the first book in the series, Forever with You, but it’s much more prominent in this one. A big part of that was because of the winter festival, but also Fuzzy, the town mayor was basically Taylor Doose.
Thank you so much to Forever for the finished copy! I loved this book so much. It was such a treat to be able to return to Sapphire Springs.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Will a fake relationship between two friends lead to true love?
After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he’s done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring’s sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.
Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim’s proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.
About the Author
A happily-ever-after-crafter at heart, Barb Curtis’ love for writing began with a quick-witted style column, and her background in marketing led to stints writing print and web copy, newsletters, and grant proposals. The switch to fiction came with the decision to pair her creativity with her love for words and crafting characters and settings she could truly get lost in. Barb happily lives in a bubble in rural New Brunswick with her husband, daughter, and dog. You’ll find her restoring the century-old family homestead, weeding the garden, and no doubt whistling the same song all day long.
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