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Peek Inside Playing the Perfect Boyfriend

Wild child Jade Easler has never met a dick she didn’t like, but there’s only been one she thought about keeping. The fastest way to get her ex’s attention? Show up on the arm of a sexy younger man. She just hopes Dean Hartley is up for the task of fake boyfriend. But Dean is determined to show her—in as many ways as possible—that giving up crazy, hot sex for a stale, predictable life isn’t what she wants—and what she needs is him.

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She’s faking it…but he’s playing for keeps.

Wild child Jade Easler has never met a dick she didn’t like, but there’s only been one she thought about keeping. And now he’s back in town…right after she’s slept with charming Hollywood up-and-comer, Dean Hartley. The fastest way to get her ex’s attention? Show up on the arm of a sexy younger man. She just hopes Dean is up for the task of fake boyfriend…

When he hooked up with his beautifully curvy photographer, Dean thought he’d only get the one night she promised. But when she needs help convincing a former flame she’s ready to settle down, who is he to argue? He’ll get to show her—in as many ways as possible—that giving up crazy, hot sex for a stale, predictable life isn’t what she wants. And prove that what she needs is him.


"Julie Particka is known for her sexy stories. Though Playing the Perfect Boyfriend does not lack for heat, it is abundant in laughs and tackles some serious stereotyping." - Night Owl Reviews" I really loved this story because it was steamy and completely captivating from the very beginning." --Angela, Goodreads

" is a fun read, filled with eccentric characters, and lots of blush worthy moments!" --Misty, Goodreads

"This book was so much fun to read. Not to mention hot. I'm talking really hot." --Rachel, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756472
Series: Gone Hollywood, Book 3
Release Date: Jun 6, 2016
Page Count: 220
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fake relationship

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Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Playing the Perfect Boyfriend was a fun but predictable story. While the Jade and Dean connection weaved an amusing and interesting story, Isak is still a little bit of a mystery. He didn’t play a prevalent role throughout the book even though he ...more

By Chu June 06, 2016

Who can tame Jade Easler?

Jade had enjoyed her singlehood and all the perks that comes with it, but with her friends settling down and having lives of their own – she suddenly felt that there was more to life than playing around. But there was only one man she thought of keeping, and he went away. No ...more

By Angela June 04, 2016

I have to say I really loved this story because it wasn’t a typical girl wanting to settle down and have 2.5 kids in home with a white picket fence. Jade is a free single woman unashamed of having an active sex life. She loves her life but isn’t 100% content, she just knows she has no desire to sett ...more

The minute that Jade Easler learns that the "one that got away" is back in town she starts to devise a special plan to land him back into her life and hopefully back into her bed. She decides the best way to win his attention is to make an appearance on the arm of another man, namely another success ...more

By Sam May 01, 2016

My guilty pleasure is romance books and Playing the Perfect Boyfriend satisfied that need completely. It was so freaking good, it also wasn’t a peachy keen perfect book. The characters had real troubles and it created a real story. I will definitely be reading more by Julie Particka.
The writing was ...more

By Rachel May 29, 2016

Julie Particka is back with her latest Gone Hollywood novel and yes it’s finally Jade’s story and the wait for it was so worth it. This book was so much fun to read. Not to mention hot. I’m talking really hot.

What happens when a fake relationship turns into something unexpected? Well that’s the dile ...more

By Kathleen May 25, 2016

I've read the Gone Hollywood series, where we meet Jade, Vicki's best friend. And when she is introduced She is a firecracker! I fell in love with her personality. and I couldn't wait for her own book. and we got it, Tada!

If you haven't read Blackmailed by the Hero, you might find Jade a little hard ...more

By Tami January 09, 2017

This review is based on an ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This is a note to the author: Honey if you EVER need anyone to give you a R2R you look me up. For everyone else: That was an AMAZING read. OMG it was adorable and the spicy sexi ...more

By Rajasree July 10, 2018

Unusual, but good ...more

By Sherin June 05, 2016

A sexy HAWT cover that left me wanting to grab this book right off the shelves, I was glad when I got an ARC.

Having liked the first two books of Gone Hollywood, I expected more from Playing the Perfect Boyfriend, third book in the series.

This is the story of Jade a photographer, and Dean, an upcom ...more

By Nicole September 24, 2016

To read all my reviews, go to: Between Books

4 stars

Playing the Perfect Boyfriend is the very first book I've read by Julie; In general, I enjoyed it even if there were a few moments when I thought I needed more of... whatever-thing-it-was. So I really recommend it. It's the third book in the Gone ...more

By Paris June 13, 2016

I really enjoy fake relationship books and this one was a practically perfect example of why I love them so much. Jade and Dean had explosive chemistry from the very beginning. I love the way they came together and how they fell into the fake relationship. I really liked each character on their own, ...more

By 2kasmom June 08, 2016

This is book # 3 in the Gone Hollywood series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment I recommend reading this series in order.

Jade and Dean meet when he comes to her studio to get his picture taken by her. She needs help to trick an ex-boyfriend, and Dea ...more

By Loz July 24, 2017

3.75 Cute Ending Stars

Liked this one. Eight years his senior, celebrity photographer Jade and Hollywood newbie Dean have amazing chemistry. When her ex returns to the country, Jade thinks its probably time to grow up, settle down and have a long term relationship. Wanting to show the ex that she's c ...more

By Steffi July 24, 2016

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled: Brazen for the digital reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Jade and Dean have a great chemistry and I liked it from the first page. I also liked that they were having a kind of different relationship with a different ha ...more

By Isha July 25, 2016

Bright lights, big city triangle?

Julie Particka is known for her sexy stories. Though Playing the Perfect Boyfriend does not lack for heat, it is abundant in laughs and tackles some serious stereotyping. For instance, I thought it was great that the woman was not getting played as much as sh ...more

By Kelley June 07, 2016

This is another quick, sexy, well written read from Ms. Particka. This is book three in the Gone Hollywood series and could be read as a stand alone. However, it does include the characters from the first two books. (I really enjoy the previous characters having a part in the other couples' HEA's.) ...more

By Sara August 22, 2016

Amazingly developed characters dealing with a difficult charade. I loved both ambitious Jade and (obviously) the super sexy Dean, but this book is more than sex. The sex is wonderful, but there's depth here, with both characters dealing with demons and fighting to be who they really are, reputations ...more

By Danielle June 05, 2016

Julie Particka is one of my go-to authors, and this story just knocked it out of the park. Jade is such a sassy, refreshing character. I love her take no crap attitude. I love that she isn't stick thin. I love that she says what she thinks. Like I said, really refreshing.

Dean's character I thought w ...more

By Amber June 14, 2016

Playing the Perfect Boyfriend
Playing The Perfect Boyfriend by Julie Patricka This is one well written steamy book! I have to give fair warning if you blush easy do not read this in public! There was a bunch of steamy spots that had me blushing up a storm! Great sexy read! ...more

By Crystal June 08, 2016

A sexy book that also packs in the sweet. Dean is beyond swoon-worthy, and just what Jade needs to realize being herself is the best she can be! ...more

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Julie Particka

About the author

Julie Particka

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor's degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love--writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all. She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she's pretty sure there's no way it can fail...except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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