There are two types of relationships: fake and real.
Chuck and Kate’s used to be real, oh-so-real. But after she broke his heart four months ago, leaving him, it became all just pretense for the sake of their entwined families.
With parents who are best friends and business partners, it’s not easy for Chuck and Kate to announce they’ve split up. But with the holidays looming over them, they can no longer keep pretending.
They head home for Christmas, determined to tell the truth—and end up accidentally engaged instead. The more they try to pull apart, the more the Universe seems to push them back together, shortening the road to the altar. And when just-for-show kisses stir up forgotten feelings, things get even more complicated.
Now, with the midnight hour approaching, will Chuck and Kate’s relationship turn out to be fake or real?
Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading–duh!–cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies–popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.
Fool Me Twice at Christmas is the first novel in the new Christmas Romantic Comedy series. Each novel in the series can be read as a standalone with the stories tied together with a central Christmas theme. This story takes a couple that has broken up, but need to fake date for the holidays and there is a comedy of errors that follow them when they try to reveal the truth.
Chuck and Kate are returning to their small village of Bluewater Springs, Michigan where they grew up. Not only are their parents best friends, but also business partners and co-owners of The Bluewater Springs Chocolate Company. As the two characters are very close to their families and the two families are closely intertwined, they decide that the best course of action is to tell them the truth in person as they broke up four months prior. With other commitments, the opportunity to tell the truth did not arise, so they continued to fake date. They think that now is the perfect time to let everyone know they are no longer together.
After becoming fed up with multiple things in the relationship, Kate ended the relationship with Chuck four months prior to the start of the story. Chuck felt blindsided as he had no clue that things were that bad. He also was blindsided when Kate began dating Marco, a fitness buff soon after. With Marco pressuring Kate to reveal that she is with him now and not Chuck, Kate is anxious to let the truth out. When Chuck and Kate arrive at their parents’ houses, they realize telling the truth is a lot easier said than done. The story follows the two characters as they are forced to continue to spend time together while trying to tell everyone around them that they are no longer together.
I loved that the story was told from alternative perspectives as it was great to get inside both Kate and Chuck’s heads. It was nice to see how they each reflected on their relationship differently and how they each rediscovered new things about each other. Christmas is the reason the two characters are forced to be in this situation as it brings them to their hometown, but there is not a lot of holiday feel to the story. The main focus stayed on the Chuck and Kate and their fake relationship, which worked well as I enjoyed all the misunderstandings they found themselves in.
Overall, I loved the chemistry between Chuck and Kate and their families were both a lot of fun. I greatly enjoyed the chocolate business as the backdrop as it was well-integrated into the story and makes you crave it while reading. The story is very entertaining as both Chuck and Kate have good intentions to tell the truth, but they face many obstacles along the way. It’s a nice story filled with multiple misunderstandings that I easily read in a single sitting. I definitely look forward to reading more stories from the collection!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**
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