#HumpDay Review: Five Dates Only by RL Kenderson


What do you do when your best friend’s guy cheats on her?

Help her get revenge, of course.

Getting caught by his brother isn’t part of the plan. The brother’s price for not turning us into the cops? I pretend to be his girlfriend to help him close a business deal.

I’d rather go to jail than play the part of Caleb Stanton’s latest conquest, but my friend has been through enough.


What do you do when your boss won’t sell you his store because he thinks you’re a flight risk?

Produce a girlfriend, of course.

Blackmail wasn’t normally my thing, but I’ve got less than twenty-four hours. I’d rather extort Sloan for a date or two than disappoint my boss.

We agree to a fake relationship in return for silence. We agree to act like we care about each other. We agree to five dates only. But we don’t agree to what happens next. And we certainly didn’t agree to falling in love.

My Review

Sloan and Caleb are a cute couple, despite their rocky beginning. Fake relationships are one of my favorite romance tropes, and although blackmail seems like a messy business, in their case it feels like it’s just a pretense to kickstart an enemies-to-lovers scenario that needs a good excuse to get steamy.

At some point, you’ll likely find yourself asking who’s really blackmailing whom here, with Sloan putting her sexiest moves on Caleb after a long personal dry spell, and it’s almost a running gag that his always-eager cock is ready to pop out and play. Get it, girl!

My only quibble with the characters in this book is that I spent half of it wondering how a guy like Caleb, who works a retail job at a sporting goods store, is able to afford a house with three bedrooms like the one Sloan sells him… which then made me wonder how he would also have enough capital to purchase said sporting goods store from his soon-to-be-retired boss. But I guess, much like marrying a billionaire, having a decent-paying job that will cover all your bills is all part of the fantasy in our crappy American economy these days, isn’t it?

Naturally, the five dates don’t go as planned, but when things heat up between the accidental lovers, things really heat up. With plenty of sexy scenes, you might just find yourself wishing for a sexy Caleb (or Sloan?) clone of your own.

If you’re a fan of enemies-to-lovers, fake relationships that blossom into true love, and a deliciously sexy man with a secret sensitive side, then Five Dates Only is a slam dunk.

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About the Author

R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name. Renae has always loved reading and in third grade wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

One lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and the other in the Kansas City area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day, and they’re a sexy author by night. They communicate through phone, email, and whole lot of messaging.

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