Mr. Real by Carolyn Crane

Code of Shadows, Book 1

Synopsis: He finds the girl of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares.

Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul Reinhardt, the super-sexy martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class three years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall – in the flesh – with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness – somehow.

But is superspy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

Review: I was quite curious to discover this new novel by Carolyn Crane. I have not yet had the opportunity to read her Disillusionists series but it is something that I will soon do! Especially now that I had the opportunity to have a taste of one of her books. This novel has allowed me to discover the world and writing style of the author which is very rich and original.

Alix is a young woman who has inherited a house from her aunt she has never known. But while everyone seems to think she was a witch, she wants to know more about her and tries to figure out just who the lady was. And in this quest, she discovers something quite extraordinary. Indeed, a computer at home allows her, once she downloads an image, to get the object presented on her porch after 24 hours. Who would not want something like that? Able to have everything we want without any effort? I must say that I was very jealous of this opportunity. To understand what is exactly happening, she starts to test it. Because, of course, we wonder what is the limit of this prodigy. And we have everything, designer clothes, jewelries, huge elements… And when Alice decides to ask for a person, she decides to take a fictional character, a character that the man she loved played in a TV show a while ago. But surprise, the man appears to her one morning, convinced that he is Sir Kendall, a great spy. But when she comes to get used to him, now appears at his door after being strangely attracted to this house, the real man, Paul. But he is quite upset by what he discovers.

It was a really good story full of humor. I don’t think I ever read something like this before. The author really has her own style and I had a lot of fun to get into the story to discover the characters little by little. Alix is ​​a very generous and kind person, some beautiful qualities but which also have a lot of impact on his life. She wants to help everyone even if it changes her life in the worst way. Paul meanwhile is more direct and specific in his choices. We learn to know him throughout the novel, with the two sides of his personality. He does not, however, pay attention about the consequences of his acts.
I was really curious to see how the whole story was going to end because things become more and more difficult for our little Alix. Especially with two men at home who do as they please. But well, she has a lot of choice.

It was a really enjoyable novel. A good discovery!

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