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When Norah needs a date for her parent’s anniversary party and Dean needs a date for his best friend’s wedding, the two agree to something that can help them both out of a bind: Fake Dating.
The only problem? Highly flammable chemistry.
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Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 15, 2020
Cover Designer: Amy Daws
Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar
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Take A Number-front-no apple

Fake dating the cute owner of a bakery Dean is an investor in sounds kind of messy…but messy can be fun.

Norah Donahue wants bakeries not babies, but her matchmaking mother won’t stop trying to play Cupid.

Dean Moser is a cocky stock market savant whose friends are all settling down, leaving Boulder’s infamous ladies’ man all alone.

When Norah needs a fake date for her parents’ anniversary party, her new silent investor is the perfect guy for the job. It seems like a foolproof plan…

That is until Norah decides to break her biggest rule and lock lips with Dean in the middle of the party to spite her meddling mother.

Turns out that Dean and Norah’s chemistry is sizzling hot, and mixing business with pleasure could turn out to be a recipe for disaster.

Or maybe they can have their cake and eat it too

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Take A Number is Amy Daws’ newest laugh out loud, sexy, sweet and addicting fake romance! It can be read as a standalone, but if you’ve read Next In Line and One Moment Please you have met Dean. Scruffy, glasses wearing, sharp dressing, smart and funny, Dean. Seriously, this man! Only Dean could say inappropriate things and still be endearing. I knew his story was going to be freaking gold and I was right. This might be Amy’s sexiest, funniest book so far and that’s saying something! Dean invested in Norah’s bakery. He goes in there for her famous croinuts and even works from there. It has nothing to do with his attraction to her. At all. He can’t help staring at her and flirting with her and saying inappropriate things. It’s just who he is. He’s smooth, put together and laid back. Norah has been working pretty much her entire life to fulfill her dream of owning a bakery. And now she’s about to own two and eventually franchise. She never really had time to date or have fun. Her mother is pressuring her to give her grandbabies but Norah just wants to bake and work. Not have a relationship. But she needs a fake date to her parents’ anniversary party and Dean is just the guy. Turns out he needs a favor in return, a date to Kate’s wedding. It’s the perfect solution. Fake date for a few weeks. Norah even has rules and a list. Dean loves how uptight she is, but he wants her to loosen up and have some fun. Fun makes her nervous and sweaty and she can’t believe how calm Dean always is! It’s really annoying. Dean invites Norah to the joint bachelor/bachelorette party out of town. Together for the weekend. One bed. What can go wrong? Norah realizes rules were meant to be broken and Dean doesn’t stand a chance at resisting her. Fake sexing for the win! They can do this, they are friends and business partners (kind of) and adults. But what happens when Norah wants more and Dean doesn’t think he can give it to her? Will he let the only woman who’s ever made him feel alive slip through his fingers? Oh. My. Lord. Dean! Seriously, good God that man is fine! I love everything about him from his glasses to his loud outfits to his sharp tongue. It was a pleasure to watch the player fall. And Norah is perfect for him! She isn’t immune to his charms but she’s not falling at his feet and swooning like all the other women. She’s strong, independent, gorgeous and knows what she wants out of life. Together they are the perfect fit! Overall, I laughed the entire time, got butterflies, had to fan myself and cried! The perfect romance!

“God, you’re a pig. You look so put together and professional, and then you open your mouth and ruin everything.”

“Some people find it charming.”

“My cookies have been well taken care of recently, so why the hell would I want to dip them in someone else’s milk?”

“It’s all that stupid flirting you did with me in the bakery, back when I was Luke Danes and you were Lorelai Gilmore.”

“Wait…I thought I was Luke.”

“No, I’m the bakery owner, I’m Luke.”

“Why do I have to be the girl?”

“I think we should talk first.”

“Kate and Lynsey warned me this was something boyfriends had to do a lot.”

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“OH MY GOSH, AMY! Take A Number has honestly been your BEST, FUNNIEST, and SEXIEST romantic comedy to date, and I absolutely LOVED Dean and Norah’s story! And I truly mean that wholeheartedly! I laughed, smiled, and swooned my romance-loving heart out from start to finish, and absolutely loved every moment of Dean and Norah’s funny, sexy, and swoon-worthy fake-dating story. I know readers are going to lose their minds when they get their hands on this MUST READ romcom.” -Julia Griffis

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“This is a disaster,” I groan and turn to prop my elbows on the bar. “Can I get another champagne, please?”

Dean sidles up next to me as the bartender fills my glass. “What’s up, sugar? I think your dad likes me.”

I pin him with a warning look. “If you add tits to the end of that sugar, your balls must have a death wish.”

“Why so cheery?” Dean asks, hunching over the bar to sip his brown liquor out of a rocks glass. “Did your mother give you a puppy again? That Elaine.”

“My mother invited Nathaniel here tonight,” I state flatly.

“The perfect teeth guy?”


“So, what’s the big deal?”

I pin him with an accusing look. “She gave him the impression I was here for him. Like I was some lonely sack who couldn’t get a date even if I wanted to. Jesus, this is embarrassing.”

“Relax.” Dean turns to face the party and rests his elbows behind him like he doesn’t have a care in the world. “We’ll just have to break some of your rules.”

“What do you mean?” I grab a nut from the bowl on the bar and chew on it nervously.

“Well, if you want this guy to steer clear, then a little PDA might be in order.”

“What kind of PDA?” If he says kissing, I’ll spontaneously combust.

Dean seems to read my mind and rolls his eyes. “Relax, sugar cake, I mean a little…affection. Maybe we dance. Maybe I put my arms around your waist or play with your hair a little. Or maybe we get practically pornographic, and I waffle your fingers.” He laughs casually. “Something to show your mother this Nate guy doesn’t have a chance.”

I nod thoughtfully as I process what Dean’s just said. He mentioned touching me so casually like it’s no big deal. I suppose it isn’t since he seems to flirt with anything that walks. But I’ve been out of the game for a while now, and I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve been affectionate with, and even those were years ago. Is this really something I can pull off?

“Norah, drink the rest of that champagne. It’s going to be fine.”

I close my eyes, letting his words sink in while feeling anything but fine. “Okay, just promise you won’t try to kiss me. I’m barely holding it together as it is, and if I have to worry about you breaking the ultimate rule, I won’t survive this night.” I tip the rest of the champagne into my mouth.

“Relax, I won’t tongue thrust you in front of all your parents’ friends. I’m a mountain manwhore, but I draw the line at lip raping.”

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Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 13 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. For more of Amy’s work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com

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