Hey y'all! The most anticipated follow up in the By the Bay series by Stina Lindenblatt is finally here!

Do you remember Travis from Decidedly with Baby? He was friend with Josh and had a brief appearance in that book. Well, now it's time for us to know his story.

Fake boyfriend Rule #1: never fall for your fake girlfriend.


Emma Lovejoy runs Aphrodite’s Boutique, a store that specializes in all things love-related. A store that she adores with all her heart, and which is at risk of being shut down and replaced with a condo development.

Playboy Travis Hamilton was raised by his feisty, well-meaning grandmother, who is determined to help her grandson find The One. But when most women he meets tend to be puck bunnies or women only interested in his hockey-player income—and let’s not forget the nutcase of an ex-girlfriend—why bother?

Travis realizes only a fake girlfriend will deter his grandmother’s matchmaking scheme. Too bad the one woman who can help him is the sexy redhead who wants to assist him as much as she wants her eyeballs to be dunked in hot sauce and barbecued. To convince her, he promises to help her with her own dilemma. But sometimes fire and ice really do mix. Now Travis has to decide if love is in the air—and if together he and Emma make something hotter. Something stronger. Something real.

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Let's start talking about Emma. 

She's the owner of a popular boutique specialized in romance. Emma dreams about finding love someday, someone who makes her feel special and loved, and who never give up on her. Her story isn't a fairy tale. Her parents abandoned her when she was a kid, and she grew up in surrogate homes where food and care was scarse, and love was even scarser. 

But she doesn't let her past dictate her future. It's coincidence that her track record in dating and relationships isn't precisely the best. At least that's what she thinks.

And then we have Travis Hamilton...

Travis is a playboy. He loves his life as a bachelor, focused on his career as a hockey player and enjoying the perks it offers. But his grandma wants him to settle down, to find a woman and make a family. He doesn't agree with her, but Travis wants to make her happy, so he makes a plan: to find a fake girlfriend to ease his grandma's mind. 

But what he wasn't expecting was for his charade to become something real. 

The chemistry between Travis and Emma was amazing. They had a shared past, even if Travis didn't remember, and in certain way that past defines the beginning of their fake relationship. A lie and a deal, Emma's fear and Travis desperation to make Granny happy... it was a recipe for disaster. But what a fun ride!

I loved Travis Grandma, and her friends. Every time those troublemakers were in a scene a laughed out loud. They were simply hilarious.

I also enjoyed how the author added the previous couples in the story, and introduced some new characters (whose stories I hope to met soon), making this book something more than just a love story, it was a friendship and family, about dreams and desires, about seeing the bright side always, but also about never giving up on love. 

I laughed with this book, but also cried a lot. Emma's past was so heartbreaking that I couldn't help it. Travis past wasn't easy either, even though he had his granny. In certain way their happy ending was sweeter because of their circunstances. And I have to say thank you to the author for making those characters this way. They had their flaws, but they learnt to mend their mistakes and gave a chance to the love. Their support system (friends and family) was described so detailed It was impossible not to think about my own friends and family and how similar they were to these fictional characters (protective and fierce, loyal and funny), and I think any reader could feel related with that. 

This is a book that I highly recommend. It can be read as standalone, but for a better enjoyment of the experience you should try also Decidedly off limits and Decidedly with baby


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About the author:

Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety

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