Review: I Want It That Way by Karen Grey

Posted May 20, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  I Want It That Way by Karen GreyI Want It That Way by Karen Grey
Series: Carolina Classics #3
Published by Home Cooked Books on May 25, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 296
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: three-half-stars
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Fake relationship? As if.

I don’t need a man to complete me, but to get my tubes tied before I turn thirty, I do need a husband.

When the former child TV star turned producing director for the angsty hit drama series currently shooting in my hometown comes to me desperate for a favor, the exchange of my services for his seems like a great idea.

I help him relearn how to drive a car, and he acts as my fiancé for a few doctor’s visits.

What could go wrong?

Bingeing 90’s TV shows like Seinfeld and Beverly Hills 90210 have you jonesing for a time when email and cell phones were strange new things, and an app was something you ate before the first course? Then this slow burn, fake relationship, entertainment biz romantic comedy is just what the doctor ordered. Perfect for fans of Meghan Quinn and Lucy Score seeking all the feels in a sweet and sexy romance.

My Review

I enjoyed going back to the 90s with the setting of this book. The world of this fake relationship also had the extra with characters I’d met in other books in this series. However I did miss out on one book so there were a few things I need to go back and catch up on to make some of what happened a little clearer for some of the side characters. The characters had chemistry for sure, and their situations were ones that fit together perfectly.

I loved the fact that his past was encapsulated by a catch-phrase, one that even worked in perfectly in some situations in real life. Dani’s methods for helping Luke be able to drive again were unique, but worked perfectly. While I wasn’t blown away overall with the story, it was an enjoyable read, and as I said, I do still want to read more of the series to find out what has happened to all these characters in the friend group and those adjacent to them.

About the Author

KAREN GREY is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of vintage romantic comedies with smart heroines and hunky heroes. Drawing on a long career as a performer, her retro 80’s and 90’s romances are populated with characters working both on- and off-stage in theater, TV and film. To get the latest news, join her VIP club at

Connect with Karen Grey

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