THE DATING DILEMMA by Mariah Ankenman

Mile High Firefighters, Book 2

From the publisher:

Lexi’s Reminders:


Don’t think about your birthday tomorrow. Or debt, your crappy apartment, and nonexistent social life.

Re-stock wine and ice cream because that’s coming.

Die in a raging blaze of humiliation when the super-hot and very delicious fireman waiting in your office is not in fact the strip-o-gram birthday present you suspected.

Reschedule the fire safety inspection you 100 percent failed because of said humiliation.

Figure out how you, in fact, agreed to fake dating Mr. Not a Strip-O-Gram Fireman to help him with a bet.

Oh yeah, and do not fall for this guy. Seriously, they call him One Night O’Neil. Red flags all over the place.

Remember, this is fake dating, even though his very talented, very real lips are doing some sexy things you definitely like.

Realize bending one tiny rule can’t be that bad, can it?

Except bend too far, and something breaks. Something you can’t get back.

Lexi is one of those selfless angels – she works in a center that keeps kids off the street. Money is super tight so when the man she thinks is a stripper turns out to be a fire inspector and the center fails the inspection, things are not good. They don’t have the money to hire anyone to make the necessary fixes, and the kids really can’t afford for the center to close, plus there is the added humiliation of thinking the gorgeous firefighter is a stripper. Not one of her best days!

The firefighter, Dyson, also turns out to be an angel. He is single and his loving but nosy sisters have been trying hard to set him up. He comes up with the perfect solution: he will do the fixes for the center but Lexi has to pretend to date him to get his sisters off his back. I love the fake dating trope – not sure why because I have never heard of anyone in real life ever being in a fake dating (or fake marriage!) situation, but it makes for a fun plot point. As soon as all parties agree to this scheme, you know what is going to happen. But it is so much fun to get there.

Lexi and Dyson have plenty of ups and downs before they reach their happy ending, and there are a lot of laugh out loud moments along the way. I loved the family relationships and how Lexi and Dyson become friends before they have a physical relationship, makes it more believable. I didn’t read the first book in this series and didn’t feel like I missed anything, so it stands alone perfectly well. That said, I enjoyed this so much I wanted to read the first book. Unfortunately, my library only has the audiobook so that’s a no for me. I’ll just hope it shows up as a freebie on Book Bub! (With several hundred unread books on my Kindle, I cannot justify buying a book. I just can’t.) But read this one!

2/2022 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE DATING DILEMMA by Mariah Ankenman. Entangled: Amara (January 24, 2022). ASIN: B09MBRG4CY. 286p.



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