D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding
by Chencia C. Higgins
Pub Date: 1/25/22
D’Vaughn signed up for Instant I Do (a show where you get engaged and plan a wedding within 6 weeks while convincing your family it’s real. If you and the person you just met make it to the end without anyone finding out it’s a lie, you win $100k! No pressure!) The show this season is accepting Queer applicants so this is her time to come out to her family. That sounds terrifying but having an example of what it looks like and how to react to a negative or positive response is helpful to a lot of viewers in her shoes. So that got her on the show.

Kris signed up to find love after becoming internet famous and not being able to find any authentic partners. She’s a fitness/health type influencer and has a lot of loyal fans but not what she’s looking for.

I just did not want this to end. This fake relationship had immediate chemistry the kind that when a person walks in the room and you choke on your drink. I had a feeling from the way D’Vaughn was reacting and the jittercam confessionals that she would be matched with Kris. They had such different family lives and stories but complemented each other so well. There was also such a slow burn with the casual kisses to make the relationship believable that they would forget it was fake. There were such real moments as D’Vaughn tried to educate her mother with her siblings’ help and the love and acceptance was beautiful. It was a little painful but it wasn’t nefarious, just unsure of how to communicate. Kris’ family immediately accepted D’Vaughn and loved her. I loved Kris’ family and her parents were goals! The ending was heart bursting, thank you for that! I got worried a few times. A quick wedding to a stranger is scary especially with a reality show trying to get ratings but they pulled out all the feels. Also the rep of a sapphic reality show with a black, curvy, femme and an afro-latinx butch – peep the cover!

[I will tell you I tell my oldest who is only 7 that she can love whoever she wants or be whoever she wants. I would never want them to keep things from me or stop living their life in fear of my opinion. Oh goodness the waste of opportunity and a life.]

❤ Fake Dating
❤ Reality Show with confessionals
❤ Serious topics
❤ Steam 🔥🔥🔥

I would like to read what the other contestants were doing! Or I want Diamond to have a book, please!! Or Tanisha. Maybe Darren and Ray, haha jk.

Thank you @HarlequinPublicityTeam + @HarlequinBooks and the author @chenciachiggins for the gifted copy!

Visit Harlequin.com for details on how to purchase the book!!


D’Vaughn and Kris have six weeks to plan their dream wedding.

Their whole relationship is fake.

Instant I Do could be Kris Zavala’s big break. She’s right on the cusp of really making it as an influencer, so a stint on reality TV is the perfect chance to elevate her brand. And $100,000 wouldn’t hurt, either.

D’Vaughn Miller is just trying to break out of her shell. She’s sort of neglected to come out to her mom for years, so a big splashy fake wedding is just the excuse she needs.

All they have to do is convince their friends and family they’re getting married in six weeks. If anyone guesses they’re not for real, they’re out. Selling their chemistry on camera is surprisingly easy, and it’s still there when no one else is watching, which is an unexpected bonus. Winning this competition is going to be a piece of wedding cake.   

But each week of the competition brings new challenges, and soon the prize money’s not the only thing at stake. A reality show isn’t the best place to create a solid foundation, and their fake wedding might just derail their relationship before it even starts.

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