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TITLE: The Decoy Girlfriend   

AUTHOR: Lillie Vale

PUBLISHER: Putnam Books (Penguin Random House)

RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2022

GENRES: Adult RomCom, Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

A laugh-out-loud funny and whip-smart romantic comedy from the author of The Shaadi Set-Up, about a young woman who takes the place of her celebrity doppelgänger, and must fake-date the actress’s sexy costar boyfriend.

Writer Freya Lal has a huge secret: she’s a dead ringer for It-girl actress Mandi Roy. Her second novel is due in a month, but inspiration is nowhere to be found. Desperate to shake off her writer’s block, Freya leans into her look-alike abilities and indulges in some mistaken identity for simple perks, like scoring a free mimosa or getting into a trendy nightclub. 

Actor Taft Bamber appears to have it all: gorgeous, talented, and Mandi’s love interest both on- and off-screen. But what nobody knows is that their relationship is a PR stunt, and after years of playing make-believe, he’s yearning for something real. 

When Freya’s latest impersonation of Mandi goes viral thanks to Taft’s accidental interference, rumors of a breakup threaten Hollywood’s golden couple. To make amends, Freya is forced to give Mandi a little time off: she’ll pretend to be the actress for a month, move in with Taft, and squash the rumors by acting completely in love. But as Freya and Taft play house, it becomes impossible to ignore that their instant chemistry isn’t just for the cameras.

While faking it, they might have just found the real thing.

Review in Gifs

Chuck & Blair via GIPHY.

This book is all about fake dating and Chuck & Blair is what comes to mind. Freya and Taft’s chemistry reminds me of them. They’re so cute together especially when they insist nothing is going on.

Peeta & Katniss via GIPHY.

The on and off screen part of the book reminded me of how Katniss & Peeta had to act on and off screen. In front of the cameras they had to pretend to be in love and off screen Katniss hated Peeta at first. Similarly, Taft & Freya has to act like they’re in love.

“Welcome to Hollywood.” Via GIPHY.

This all takes place in Hollywood and it was cool to follow an IT couple. I loved seeing Taft and Freya.

About the Author

Lillie Vale is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Decoy Girlfriend, Beauty and the Besharam, The Shaadi Set-Up and Small Town Hearts, an American Library Association’s 2020 Rainbow Books List selection. She writes about secrets and yearning, complicated and ambitious girls who know what they want, the places we call home and people we find our way back to, and the magic we make. Born in Mumbai, she grew up in Mississippi, Texas, and North Dakota, and now lives in an Indiana college town. Find her on Twitter @LillieLabyrinth and Instagram @labyrinthspine, or visit her website lillielabyrinth.com.

Author’s website: https://www.lillielabyrinth.com

Author’s instagram: instagram.com/labyrinthspine

Author’s twitter: twitter.com/lillielabyrinth

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