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Dating Games (Dating Games #1) by T.K. Leigh


Note to self: When your boyfriend dumps you on your thirtieth birthday, it’s probably not the smartest idea to drink so much that you wake up in the same bed as the mysterious hottie wearing the gorgeous suit who you noticed sitting across the bar.

The only silver lining in my obvious lack of judgment is the promise of never seeing Mr. Suit again, not in a city the size of New York. Or so I thought, until a story I’m working on about the country’s most sought-after and elusive escort lands me in the same café as Mr. Suit. So I do what any self-respecting woman of my age would do in my shoes… Try to ignore him.

But he won’t let me.

Instead he makes a proposition that leaves me questioning whether I need to have my ears checked. Be his fake girlfriend for a summer of wealth and excess in the Hamptons. In return, he’ll help me win back my boyfriend’s heart.

Juvenile? You bet.
Effective? Could be.
Bad idea? Most likely.

But what do I have to lose? Apparently, a lot more than I originally bargained for.

Let the games begin…


This book has been on my TBR list for a couple of years now and I wish I had read it earlier!

Set in bustling New York City, this truly romantic and heartfelt story pairs a captivating woman who has a fondness for words and a mysterious man with a magnetic persona. 

Guinevere Fitzgerald aka Evie’s hope to get a marriage proposal from her boyfriend of 12 years fails miserably as he dumps her instead… on her birthday. Surely that calls for a drunken pity fest with her best friends as she regales the whole bar with her life story including her humiliation on her thirtieth birthday. She tells the story with laughter and animation as only Evie knows, but she’s dying inside with heartbreak and loss. Something only a stranger like billionaire Julian Gage can see. He’s a man with his own heartbreak and sadness and that night in the bar is his turning point as he offers to help her either win back her boyfriend or at least find her confidence again. Reluctantly Evie accepts Julian’s offer of a fake relationship with no kissing and no fooling around, but at what cost? And what does he get out of it? 

I love Evie and Julian’s story! I love that Julian calls her Guinevere when she asks him to call her Evie and I love that they both like the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Evie is so witty and focused. She has planned everything in her life, from her career to the man she will fall in love with. But life doesn’t always go according to plan. She thought she had it all until her world comes crashing down and the man she thought she knew and loved crushed her dreams by dissing her job as a dating columnist and claiming she’s not good enough for him. Being the determined woman Evie is, she decides that she would change and win him back. Ugh! Not her best moment. In walks the gorgeous and sexy Julian as he offers to help her get her ex back by making him jealous. But who is this guy? He’s aloof one minute and charming the next. He seems to deprive himself of love and happiness, but he’s so giving to others. Evie is his salvation as she makes him laugh again and shows him happiness in her down-to-earth and quirky ways. Julian is so appealing and certainly knows how to treat a woman. He doesn’t hide his growing attraction to her, but he vows he cannot give her love. It’s so frustrating as my heart breaks for both of them. Just when I couldn’t take the sexual tension anymore and he’s walking away I’m rewarded with a very hot and steamy union. Yummy!!! But he hasn’t told her everything yet and will it be the end of them. Wait for the grand gesture, folks. It’s worth waiting for!  

What a fantastic start to a series! The characters are loveable, funny, and tragic which is certainly an intriguing combination. Julian teaches her how to live. Evie teaches him how to love.  I couldn’t put this book down finishing it late into the night. I can’t wait to read more by this amazing author.

Dating Games Series:

1. Dating Games (2019)
2. Wicked Games (2019)
2.5 Mind Games (2019)
3. Dangerous Games (2020)
4. Royal Games (2020)
5. Tangled Games (2021)


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T.K. Leigh is the USA Today Bestselling author of romance ranging from sexy and sinful to fun and flirty.

Originally from New England, she now resides just outside of Raleigh with her husband, beautiful daughter, special needs rescue dog, and three cats.

When she’s not writing, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over twenty fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or chasing her daughter around the house.

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