Publisher: Reality Optional Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
…that your uber competent personal assistant will get it when you announce your (fake) engagement to him during a live on-air interview with your archnemesis.
…from your plan to punish your arrogant celebrity boss for his presumption by turning your (fake) wedding into a reality competition for event planners.
…that the feelings blossoming between the two of you through seven (fake) engagement celebrations, six (fake) bachelor parties, five (fake) wedding party luncheons, and four (fake) rehearsal dinners are about as (real) you can get.
Camera Shy is a boss/employee, fake-engagement, right-in-front-of-your-nose romantic comedy featuring a former child model-turned-PA who is so done with cameras, a cocky LGBTQ activist/talk show host who does not lose, more scarves than midwinter in Boston, and banter. So. Much. Banter.
I loved this fun take on the fake boyfriend trope. The characters are likable, although both a little dense when it comes to figuring out the difference between fake and real.
Ari makes a huge character journey, growing from a self-absorbed man to self-awareness when Dustin turns the tables on him after their fake engagement. I loved how he realises he’s been taking Dustin for granted and how their relationship grows into something much more. I liked Dustin’s strength of character, and his vulnerability especially given his past and his horrible parents. Both he and Ari need to get a clue to figure out the difference between their charade and reality.
I loved the supporting cast, especially Kristen. She and Gus are the pillars of common sense and figuring out what’s going on. I like their friendship with Dustin and Ari. Samira rocks. I love how she takes Dustin’s idea and takes control of it, and the situation. Curtis comes into his own too. Even Jesse surprised me in a good way.
Although the characters drive the story, the plot was a fun read, with a behind the scenes of a reality show, and everything that goes with that. The banter is great.
All in all a low-angst, all the feels, satisfying read that kept me reading as I had to make sure Dustin and Ari got their HEA for real.
5 out of 5 stars.