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Lovelight Farms by BK Borison
Series: Lovelight #1
Published by Berkley on November 10, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Two best friends fake date to reach their holiday happily ever after in this first romantic comedy in the Lovelight series.
A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.
In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, Stella enters a contest with Instagram-famous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, Stella might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on her application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only…there is no boyfriend.
Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just stopped by for some hot chocolate and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process. But fake dating his best friend might be the best Christmas present he’s ever received.
Lovelight Farms came along just in time for a July holiday readathon. It also has my favorite fake dating trope. But it’s also a friends to lovers story. Stella and Luka have been best friends for a decade. They met when Luka’s mother moves to the small town and Stella’s mother has just died. Luka is often in town but lives in New York City. But they text, facetime, call, Skype and visit each other.
So other than the lack of sex, they ARE dating. Stella purchased a Christmas tree farm and things haven’t gone well. There have been a number of incidents which she chalked up to bad luck and teen vandalism. She’s worried about whether her beloved business will make it. Her two full-time employees are a farmer, Beckett and a baker, Layla. Stella is loathe to ask anyone for help but she enters the contest of a social media influencer where the prize is publicity and big bucks. She says on the application that she runs the farm with her boyfriend.
Luka immediately agrees to be her “fake” boyfriend, but really it’s mostly not so different and what everyone else knows they both have wanted for years. Here’s where I have a disconnect because 10 years is a LONG time. I’d think they would have addressed it by at least 5 years. Because it couldn’t have been pleasant to watch the other date someone else.
So we have the setup of the relationship changes, the mystery saboteur, the contest and a lovely small town with lots of great characters and the business aspects of the Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty of story and layers to make an interesting read. A sweet and sexy read which had wonderful holiday moments and small town kindnesses.
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