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Summary

Who knew a fake holiday relationship could be so fun?

Kayla Summers has had enough of her mother’s insistence that she find a man and get married.

At 33, she’s a successful attorney and has a fantastic life. Knowing her mother will grill her constantly over the upcoming holidays about her single existence, she dreads the visits home. 

Carter Manheim is a self-proclaimed bachelor, dead set on seducing every beautiful woman in Manhattan. And why not? His parents’ disastrous marriage and divorce proved that lifelong commitments just aren’t viable. As his mother’s health worsens, his only wish is to give her one last happy holiday, even if it entails bringing home a girlfriend. 

When Kayla’s sexy neighbor proposes they take each other home for the holidays as fake partners, she’s floored. However, getting her mother off her back is her number one priority, and she agrees to the arrangement. Now, if she can only keep her heart from becoming emotionally entangled with the player of the century, she’ll be just fine.... 

This is a 40,000-word book filled with fast-paced fake-relationship shenanigans and steamy scenes designed to melt your listening device.

The main character’s mother has late-stage cancer, so please consider that before you listen.

Here’s hoping this funny, romantic story can give you a few hours of escape during the holidays!

Enjoy!

©2019 Ayla Asher (P)2020 Ayla Asher

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Joy

I loved the dual narrators of Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross, both of these narrators brought the characters to life. This is a lovely listen to . A great romance story, with enough steamy scenes to please everyone. The characters will make you smile and want everything to work out. We have Kayla and Carter who make a pact , to pretend to be in a romantic relationship, to please and keep their families off their backs. Its Christmas and anything can happen. A feel good and well written book

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Carter and Kayla...

What a sweet and romantic holiday story! Kayla has a super hot neighbor, one that teases her and seems to have a revolving door. Carter has given up on true relationships. After bad news for Carter and too much pressure from Kayla’s mom they form a plan. I really enjoy the voices, they are both talented narrators who bring the joy, sexiness and love the author wrote about.

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Neighbors Fake Relationship

I loved this story! Not too angsty I actually smiled through most of the book. I love the characters, their relationships, and the honesty between the characters. The narration was great! I always love anything that Wen and Kai does. I definitely recommend this book.

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Main characters in this book are Kayla and Carter, read beautifully by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross. Can I just say, Wen can read me to sleep anytime, that voice ......
The story although only 4 &1/2 hours on audio is short compared to most audios i listen to, but I didn’t feel cheated. It flowed really well, and I lost track of the time as I listened to the story unfold.
Carter has commitment issues, and I couldn’t really blame him. Watching his parents marriage fall apart, and then the divorce, it’s enough to put a man off for life. And Carter’s got enough lust to go around, why have one when you can have many?
Kayla has a great job and a pretty good life, but if she’s not married then her mother thinks she hasn’t really achieved anything!
Being neighbours and friends, they band together and pretend to be a couple for the Christmas season. But Kayla knows it’s not real, Carter never dates the same girl twice, and she doubts he’d date her anyway! And she’s only helping him out, it’s sad about his mother, so anything Kayla can do to help Carter make his mother’s life happy is ok with her. And anyway he’s keeping her mother off of her back.
It’s fun, it’s saucy, it’s sad in places, it’s saucy, and it’s a holiday romance (and did I mention it’s steamy?!)
I listened to most of the audio whilst walking to work (and I did stumble a few times at where the story went😉) but there were also a few moments I had to laugh.....
It’s a predictable Christmas story. But it’s well worth a listen too.
Have a feeling it’s going to a favourite on my Christmas list (yes I have a reading/listening list for most occasions)
And I think I’m going to have to get the book too.

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I have loved this book so very much. considering that there is such a heavy topic going along side the main story i was surprised at just how beautifully this story works. The characters have been so very well written and the storyline clearly has been thought out.

I love fake relationships and this one has just hit the spot. It is a nice fast paced story with a fantastic dosing of chemistry.

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ok here we have a new author ayla asher and shes amazing!!! where have you been all my life.a breath of fresh air a real change around no you 25yr old stick thin female character a woman in her 30s successful has amazing friends.a little on the curvy not much confidence but beautiful. great sexy time lots of laughs not boring no long drawn out drama just enough up's and downs.dont miss this book

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Sweet, Sexy and Entertaining

Fake relationship. I love this trope. Yes, it’s totally predictable, but it’s such a fun journey. I love watching the confirmed bachelor fall from grace. Brought to his knees by an unsuspecting siren. That’s exactly what happened to neighbours Kayla and Carter when they make a pact to fake date for the benefit of their interfering parents, who want them to be happy and settled in love. My first read by Ayala Asher, and it was sweet, sexy and entertaining, I loved how Kayla never denied the possibility of falling in love, not so naive that she would think it an impossibility. Carter on the other hand was probably going to deny love and marriage to his dying day. I listened to the audio version which was narrated by that fabulous duet, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross, both such relatable narrators.

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His Holiday Pact!

This is a sweet neighbour to lover story.
I enjoyed to listen to it.

The narrator Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross did a great job with this book.

First time a listened/read anything from the author Ayla Asher, not the last.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Sweet but steamy

I was gifted an Audible code for this book and I LOVED IT! A sweet but steamy listen with perfect narration by my favourite couple Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott. Carter was a bit of man whore and hadn't ever paid attention to his neighbour, the wonderful Kayla. It wasn't long enough and I didn't want it to end!

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Christmas in July!

Ayla Asher, where have you been hiding? This is my first listen of hers, and I loved it! Quick, easy fake romance, and I was invested completely in this couple. Kayla is constantly being bothered by her mother about finding a boyfriend. Her neighbor across the hall, Carter has a sick mother who would love to see her son settled before she goes. So what do these too do? They make a deal for the holidays. When the lines between real and fake begin to blur, what happens though? Will their love survive past Christmas? I love these two. Kayla is not the model perfect woman. She is ordinary which makes this so much more realistic and fun for me! Carter, even though his reputation proceeds him turns out to have much more to him than expected. The families are warm and friendly and interfering and it's one of the best Christmas in July listens I have had!

Brought to life by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross, the story is pure entertainment. These two bring out the chemistry in the characters from the first time they speak. They give the listen that feeling of warmth as well as passion, giving their characters good foundations. I loved their performance.

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  • greyblu
  • 30-01-21

Sweet sexy story

I enjoyed this sexy story by Ayla Asher. The narrators were fantastic! I loved the dual POV of the story and the narrators did such a fabulous job with it.

The story focused on Kayla, a smart, sexy attorney who unfortunately didn’t have the best view of herself because of her mother’s negative comments throughout her life, and Carter, the sexy playboy actor who lives right next door to her. Kayla and Carter team up to have a fake relationship for the sake of their families through the holidays.

The relationship between them progresses to a physical one and Kayla fears that she will lose her heart to her fake boyfriend.

I loved that the story was real and emotional sexy and really heartfelt. It was definitely worth taking a chance on.

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  • escritora
  • 22-01-21

Taking a Chance on Love

Carter Manheim is a stage and commercial actor and considers himself a confirmed bachelor. His appetite is healthy and he brings home a beautiful, model-thin woman almost every night. Kayla Summers is a successful lawyer and she's hoping for a promotion at work. She's self-conscious about her voluptuous body that her mother criticizes for keeping men away. All her mother wants is for her to get married and give her grandbabies. She and Carter are next door neighbors and have a "passing in the hallway greeting" type of relationship. Kayla thinks he's gorgeous, but she doesn't like his type. She's sure that he's never going to think of her as anything but a neighbor. Carter's mother has stage 4 cancer and her time is running short. She wants to see her two sons and their women happily married or dating before she dies. Carter has a great idea and thinks that Kayla would be the perfect woman to have a fake relationship with him. It's the holiday season and Kayla's family expects her to visit, but it's the last thing she wants. She has to face her mother's criticism and doesn't want to do it alone. When Carter asks her to pose as his fake girlfriend and visit his mother for Thanksgiving, she lets him know that she needs him, in return, to spend Christmas with her family. He doesn't know what her mother is capable of. As they grow closer, Carter starts to have cold feet because he doesn't do relationships and Kayla becomes invested in their relationship, so she decides to break it off before it gets any more painful. Carter's inner turmoil is almost too much and I was happy that Kayla cut her losses. After a talk with his brother, he decides she's worth giving it a try. I would have loved the ending if he weren't so wishy washy and still unsure of their future up to the end. The narration is so good that it kept me in the story and made me feel what the characters were experiencing. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross are two of my favorite narrators and this story is spot on! 

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  • Tami Craig
  • 12-01-21

So much fun!

I had so much fun listening to this book. I can't imagine going through the minefield of a woman pushing her daughter into having to be married. This was well written and the narration was very good. Wen and Kai make a great team and brought the well written characters even more to life.
Will I listen to this book again? yes
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes

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  • Reggie
  • 10-01-21

Love a fake romance!

I simply LOVE a fake romance...to have one set during the holidays is my catnip! Carter and Kayla are neighbors in Manhattan...she’s a workaholic attorney, he’s a playboy actor/narrator. Her mother is constantly on her case about getting married. His mother is dying and her wish is to see him married. Carter proposes a fake relationship and Kayla agrees...what happens when the fake relationship becomes more? Can they return to being JUST friends? Cute story, engaging narration with a great HEA.

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  • Jodi
  • 10-01-21

Fun fake romance!

I love the fake romance trope! This story was fun and heart warming. Carter and Kayla have been neighbors for three years. Carter has never been a relationship guy. However worrying that he may have only one more holiday to spend with his mom, he convinces Kayla to be his fake girlfriend. Well you know how things go from there. Both narrators were fantastic, and found myself consumed in the story. I loved the duet narration! Overall this was a great holiday story.

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  • Petra
  • 11-12-20

Great story!

Oh.My.Goodness!! What a great story! I'm a huge fan of stories about fake relationships in general, but I really LOVED this one so much!
It’s about Carter and Kayla, they have been neighbours for three years.
Carter doesn’t do relationships, but since this will be her very last Christmas he wants to make his dying mom happy and bring a girlfriend home for the holidays.
Kayla’s mom is nagging her for ages about not having a boyfriend. They decide to be fake boyfriend/girlfriend. How convenient! I absolutely loved this storyline!

The narrators, Kai Kennicot and Wen Ross, did an amazing job. This duet narration is so good!!

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  • Trisha C.
  • 03-12-20

fun story

Kayla Summers, a lawyer, is a strong willed woman. But underneath her persona, she has self esteem issues due to her mother always commenting on her weight, appearance and still not married.
Carter Manheim is an actor, narrator and a confirmed bachelor. He wanted to make his mother happy before her death. She always wanted him to have that special someone in his life.
So? Fake boyfriend, fake girlfriend, fake relationship. what could go wrong?
Kayla and Carter is fun, excited and steamy. They really connected and had fun together. But this is only supposed to be fake.
Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross are very entertaining narrators. They really brought this story to life! They capture every emotion, every voice. Each character's personality was perfection! Thank you for the great listen! I wish i could give 10 stars. I was gifted this through Story Origin and offered my honest review.

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  • Shelby Kruger
  • 28-10-20

Wish Carter lived next to me!

This is my first time reading an audible and I must say it greatly exceeded my expectations!
I found myself identifying with Kayla throughout this book, wishing I had a real Carter dwelling in the apartment next to me. I must get book two and see what happens next with them!

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  • Donna Udahl
  • 09-10-20

Faux Holiday Romance

I really enjoyed listening to His Holiday Pact by Ayla Asher. The trope is a favorite of mine: fake romance that morphs into something real. Carter and Kayla are 30-something year old neighbors who are more or less strangers. They have occasional run ins in the hallways with no real interactions otherwise. One night they run into each other at a bar and grab a drink together. After discussing the upcoming holidays, they decide to be each other's plus one at their respective family's celebrations. Both have very good reasons for doing this: he's trying to make his mom's last holiday special and she needs a buffer between her and her mom's constant put downs. As they book moves along, they become friends and seem to enjoy spending time with one another. The chemistry is off the charts and once their physical relationship begins, it is HOT.

I liked how Kayla was strong woman throughout the book and never settled. She knew what she wanted from Carter and let him go when she knew he couldn't give her that. I also liked how Carter's character grew as well. Carter was the prototypical playboy bachelor for life. It was good to see him commit to being only with Kayla while their relationship ran its course and how he stuck to that when he questioned by his friends.

I loved the narration style of the book. Having both narrators read their parts in each chapter was great. I especially loved how they interspersed laughter here and there throughout the book.

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Drifter
  • 06-10-20

Enchanting Love story!

What a heartwarming story! Neither Carter or Kayla has commitment or marriage on their minds due to issues with their parents. They both have successful careers. They're next door neighbors and while Kayla thinks that he is sexy, she feels that her looks could never compete with the sexy women that he brings home. This is where the author shines with her character development. Both characters will go through many changes before they realize that they can be in love. This story is realistic in so many ways. There will be many funny and some sad moments as well as sensual love scenes. This is one of those books that you can't put down and will want to reread. I want to know so much more about the two lead characters. Please give us a follow up story about them.

I prefer longer stories so I usually don't read novellas but I love these narrators. They drew me to this excellent story. Wen gives Carter a sexy yet at times a heartbreaking voice. Kai gives Kayla a strong and sassy voice that also has vulnerable aspects to it. Both narrators excellently portray the emotions and personalities of all of the characters. Wen and Kai are outstanding storytellers and therefore are a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this Audible book.