#PacificVistaRanch #fakeengagement

For a French soccer icon, and a gifted artist, a fake engagement is the perfect solution for their current dilemmas. But when last summer’s fling slips from lust to love, their pretend relationship becomes too hot to handle.

Gabriel DuVernay is heir to one of the oldest wineries in France, but his passion is playing soccer, not tending vines. When he signs a multi-million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he’s able to postpone his unwelcome family duties and reunite with the striking redhead he can’t forget.

Last summer, artist Dylan McNeill’s life on her family’s Southern California horse-breeding ranch was thrown into chaos and she escaped to Paris. One electrifying night with a gorgeous playboy athlete helped her forget her problems. She’s never forgotten Gabriel, but aspiring artists trying to break into the elite art world don’t have time for romance.

When Gabriel suffers a career-shattering injury, he needs to buy some time to figure out how to remain in America and choose his own future. A fictitious engagement seems like the simple answer until living at Pacific Vista Ranch and pretending to be in love starts to feel real.

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A fake engagement/relationship that start starts to feel a bit too real? Um, hello! YES! I adore how no matter how many times I read a fake-to-love plot, I fall harder and harder each time. Dylan and Gabriel are perfect for this trope, fulfilling my need for the characters to attempt to pretend that it’s all fake and for show.

These two already had a connection once, that’s why I love how they viewed their engagement as “fake”. Was Dylan emotionally overloaded and needing a release when they hooked up? Yes. But try as she might, she can’t get him out of her head. Funny! He thinks the same!

These two are passionate about their craft (her being an artist and him a soccer player) and that clearly shines through in their work as well as their desire for one another. I felt like perhaps Gabriel was her muse for coming out of her shyness a bit and pursuing her artistry with more confidence. In turn, she was Gabriel’s muse for finding his own source of true passion and happiness — even after his injury.

As always, the backdrop of Pacific Vista Ranch helps provide an enchanting place for people to fall in love!

About Claire Marti

Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author of emotional, funny, and swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the Pacific Vista Ranch series and the spin-off California Suits series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog, and three clever cats.

Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. When Claire’s not writing, she’s teaching yoga.

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