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Review: The Fiction of Forever by Brinda Berry

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He’s got a second chance at the one who got away—but it’s on national television, and she’s calling the shots.

Kiley Vanderbilt wasn’t just fuel for Gunner’s teenage dreams about the curvy pageant queen. She was the one who got away.

Until now. 

When Gunner returns to Nashville, his high school fantasy in heels challenges him to accept a spot on the dating reality show Forever.

And although the challenger happens to be show hostess Kiley, he’s going to prove once and for all that she wants more. One white-hot kitchen encounter isn’t nearly enough to quench his thirst.

But when Kiley—untouchable, jeans-tightening Kiley—proclaims she’s unwilling to compromise the show’s integrity, he vows to throw a twist of his own into her behind-the-scenes plotting.

That’s going way, way off Kiley’s script.

Giving in to Gunner would torpedo her plans to prove to her manipulating ex-fiancé and her producer daddy that she has more on her shoulders than pancake and hairspray. She must make him play by her rules on camera in spite of his sexy whispers behind the scenes.

Especially when a social media shitstorm brews on the horizon.

Fourteen days of filming. Six camera crews. And a minefield of hidden cameras. This time, no one’s getting away.

My Review

“We’ve both chosen to play a silly game of matchmaking for money or fame or whatever reason, and I don’t want to play anymore. Because my heart can’t understand why he feels so right when others felt so wrong.”

The Fiction of Forever is a really great second chance romance. Told from dual points of view, The Fiction of Forever follows the story of Gunner and Kiley. Gunner has had a thing for Kiley for as long as he can remember. The two of them shared a magical night together, but were torn away by a big misunderstanding. And for Gunner, Kiley will always be the one that got away. It will be many years before these two are reunited….On the outside, Kiley appears to have everything she could want: money, a handsome fiancee’ and an upcoming wedding. But, Kiley wants more for herself. She doesn’t want to settle down and be a good little housewife. She wants to work and make a name for herself. So, when an opportunity to be a matchmaker on her father’s show comes up, she can’t turn it down. She was born to do this. Too bad her fiancee’ doesn’t agree. When things fall apart, the last thing she expected was for Gunner to be back in her life. Gunner knows that Kiley is the one for him and he isn’t about to let her walk out of his life again. However, this second chance isn’t going to come easy. Somehow, Gunner has found himself as the bachelor on Kiley’s show. Will Gunner be able to make Kiley open her eyes and see what’s always been there between the two of them? Or will Kiley end up finding Gunner his true match and lose him forever? You’ll just have to read to find out.

I have to say, I really enjoyed The Fiction of Forever. The Fiction of Forever is the second book in the Stand By Me series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. I thought that this book was well written and very entertaining. It pulled me in from the very first page and I devoured it in just a few hours. This book made me laugh. I loved the chemistry between Gunner and Kiley. I thought they had really great push and pull. I couldn’t wait for the two of them to find their way together. Overall, this book was just a really enjoyable read. It had some drama, but nothing over the top. And it had just the right mix of love and romance. And you can’t go wrong with the dating game angle. Nothing makes you realize what you want, than almost loosing it!!

This is my first book by this author, and I have to say it won’t be my last. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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