Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Valentine's Inc. #1)by Published 14 Jan 2019
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Valentine's Inc. Book 1.
"When he kisses me, I feel like I’m home. Like I’ve found something I’ve been looking for my entire life.”
When a huge investor says his company is interested in funding Clay's latest project he's thrilled. At least he is until he realizes the investor not only believes Clay is gay but wants him to bring his boyfriend along on a Valentine’s Day ski weekend to pitch the project to the rest of the board.
When Trevor’s best friend Cassie tells him she can’t find anyone to go on a ski weekend with Valentine’s Inc.‘s newest client he agrees to go. After all, he owes Cassie big time and her job as the matchmaking services branch manager means a lot to her. Plus, it won’t hurt him to pretend to be a straight guys boyfriend for a weekend if it gets him a free ski trip, right?
Trevor is the perfect boyfriend, and it isn’t long before the lines between pretend and real blur causing Clay to wonder if maybe he isn’t quite as straight as he always assumed he was. Neither man is sure what is real and what’s for show, but one thing Trevor knows is that when Clay kisses him it doesn’t feel pretend at all; when he kisses him it feels like he means it.
"Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Valentine's Inc. #1)" Reviews
Fake it to make it.
Wheeler told his ex he was gay to break it off with her, but now he's trying to get her family to invest in his company, and he needs a date for Valentine's weekend.
Trevor is bored. It's the down season for work, and he's mostly been stuck on his boat. When his bff needs a guy to fill in as a fake boyfriend for the weekend, he volunteers. At least a free ski trip will get him out of the house.
But when their chemistry is off the charts, and they seem to fit like puzzle pieces, will they be able to move past the fake and straight labels to find something real. Super cute boys getting cozy cuddles in front of the fireplace? Yes, please.
Sweet gfy read. There was no angst. Just love.
What a great short story!!
It was just a little too quick for me. I WANT MORE! What started out as a fake relationship turned into so much more.....
Jacki James made me fall for Trevor and Clay just as fast as they fell for each other! Kiss me like you mean it was a whirlwind romance from start to finish. As quick as it was, Jacki gave us so much storyline. As well as, a lot of character depth. I loved these guys! They were so sweet with each other. They immediately bonded and formed a friendship first. While learning about each other their attraction grew. The way Trevor cared for Clay made me swoon. While Clay's vulnerability made my stomach flip. I found them to be perfect!! The secondary characters were just as charming and fun.
I loved the entire vibe of this story. I can only hope that Jacki will give us more of them in the future. If you are looking for something to make you smile read this story!
The Meaning of a Kiss
This author is new to me, but this series is being advertised by several other authors that I love, so I thought I'd check this out as it's the first book in the Valentines Inc. short story series.
This offering by Jacki James was a fun journey of discovery, starting with a fake boyfriend portrayal and ending in real love.
Take one tech guy, Clayton Wheeler, who thinks he's straight even though he told Sarah, the daughter of one of his potential investors, that he was gay when he broke up with her at college graduation since he planned to head to California with his best friend and business partner, Bryson, but not her.
Add them all to a corporate ski retreat where Clay and Bryson have been invited by Sarah and her father to meet their company's board members in order to woo them into financing their new app, designed to aid law enforcement across the country.
One small snag: partners are included, so Sarah wants to introduce her husband to Clay and meet his boyfriend and Bryson is also asked to invite his girlfriend. Bryson is allowed to get away with making up and excuse as to why his non-existent girlfriend can't make it, but Bryson absolutely must bring his boyfriend, so he reaches out to Cassie at Valentine's Inc. Someone to pretend to be his boyfriend for the ski weekend retreat.
Enter Trevor, Cassie's best friend. She has managed to fulfil all the requests for dates, except this one as it's for a whole weekend and not everyone likes to ski or snowboard. Trevor volunteers as his fishing charter boat services are slow at this time of year, so he's available to go on a free ski weekend and pretend to be some guy's boyfriend.
Trevor suggests to Clay that they meet beforehand so that they're not meeting for the first time at the ski lodge, as that might raise suspicions. Clay agrees and gets along with Trevor from the first. Bryson also meets Trevor as he shouldn't be meeting him for the first time at the ski weekend either. He sees how happy Clay is and he plays matchmaker to both sides when they reach out to him individually for advice, encouraging the couple who seem naturally close and cuddly.
This is a sweet, fun and fairly short read if you're looking for a nice book to fill up your afternoon or evening.
A friend of mine sent me this series and asked me not to skip them.
I am extremely grateful for that. I loved this one. How I wish Clay, Trevor and every other sweet characters in the story was real. It was a short story yet very sweet and admirable. Kudos to the author for keeping it real.
My only complain is that the story was too short. I can always have more Clay and Trevor in my reading life.