Series: Billionaire Bachelors #5
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Hot TV star Luke Rafferty is Hollywood’s newest bad boy… at least, according to the tabloids. He’s been steaming up the screens as Dr. Casanova for ten years, but thanks to his ex-wife, some tricky contract negotiations, and that incident with the stethoscope (don’t ask), he’s suddenly on an extended vacation – with his heartthrob career on the line.
Enter Stella Hartwick.
A Hamptons local, she’s trying to get her home renovation company off the ground; winning the job for Luke’s new beachfront retreat would be her big break. And when she just happens to overhear his agent suggesting a fake relationship to give his reputation a swoon-worthy makeover, Stella sees the perfect solution to both their problems.
What’s a little fake smooching between friend(ly professionals)?
Stella is determined to keep her eyes on the prize renovation and her hands OFF the hunky actor wandering shirtless through her construction site. But Luke has other ideas. Midnight skinny-dipping ideas.
If only he wasn’t so heart-stompingly, panty-twistingly handsome…
Soon, sparks are flying, and they’re both forgetting their kisses are just for show. But can this fake relationship weather a very real tabloid storm? Or will past betrayals and the Hollywood spotlight drive them apart before their romance has even begun?
Find out in the new hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!
BILLIONAIRE BACHELORS SERIES:
1 Very Irresistible Playboy
2 Hot Daddy
3 Wild Card
4 Man Candy
5 Mr. Casanova
6 Best Man (March 2019)
Luke Rafferty might have played Mr. Casanova for 10 years, but his smooth talking and charming moves seem to be a thing of the past, both on the small screen and in real life, and with Luke’s image in need of a makeover, it’s up to Stella Lane to help Luke reclaim his heartthrob status as his fake girlfriend while she also works to get her home renovation business up and running by setting her sights on Luke’s beach hideaway. But while Luke and Stella both have a stake in their ‘relationship,’ things become a bit more complicated when the media catches wind of the new couple’s status and thrusts them into the spotlight, making it almost impossible for Stella to stick to her hands-off plans and focus on building up her company.
While all books in Lila Monroe’s Billionaire Bachelors series have some kind of fake arrangement between the hero and the heroine, each story presents it in its own unique way and in Mr. Casanova, readers are presented with a heroine trying to make it in a ‘man’s profession’ while also helping a television star revamp his image without losing her heart in the process.
I absolutely love how Monroe portrays Stella. She’s an intriguing character because she’s a hard worker in a profession that’s difficult for a woman to make a name for herself and despite the competition between her and her ex, she’s good at what she does and driven to be successful and like Luke, she more than deserves life to go her way again and she might just have a way to achieve that with Luke by her side and supporting her in all ways that he can.
Luke doesn’t come off as the stereotypical arrogant Hollywood star, and I think that’s why it’s so difficult for Stella to keep her distances when it came to his advances and her desire for him. He’s actually a good guy whose name gets dragged through the mud due to someone else’s lies and issues, which means that he deserves to restore his reputation and it seems like Stella can help him do that as well as learn to trust again.
Both the hero and the heroine have exes who are more than a bit crazy throughout the course of the story, which means that Luke and Stella have a lot of things to overcome if they plan to make a go of the feelings they develop as the story progresses and when the paparazzi and lies begin to infiltrate their lives, even more than they already have, Luke and Stella are going to need to decide if they can trust one another despite everything that’s brought out into the open and referred to as truth by the public, and if these two can endure the obstacles in their way, both personally and professionally, they both will gain so much more than what they originally thought they would when Stella entered Luke’s life.
Lila Monroe continues to entertain and woo readers with every book that she releases. Her characters and story lines are clever and complex and the low angst makes them fun and quirky reads that readers can’t help but enjoy.
4 Poison Apples
“This is a classic Lila Monroe story with so much humor, heat and heart you won’t be able to put it down till the very end… If you are looking for a funny, lighthearted and smexy romance, get this! You won’t be disappointed!!” – Bibliophile Chloe’s Blog
“I loved Mr.Casanova from start to finish: it was a fabulous read, full of great moments that really brought a smile to my face.” – Goodreads reviewer
“My favorite book in the series! There’s nothing like a good romance that makes you laugh and swoon at the same time.” – Reading Keeps Me Sane Blog
“I loved it! Lila Monroe always delivers the fun flirty banter, great characters, and a lot of good times.” – Goodreads reviewer