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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: Faker by Sarah Smith

by Sarah Smith 

Thank you Astoria Bookshop and Berkley Pub for this copy.

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: October 8, 2019
336 Pages
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she's tough as nails--the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.

One thing she doesn't have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie's friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can't stop staring at his Thor-like biceps...

When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get...heated. Emmie's beginning to see that beneath Tate's chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.

My Review:

Debut novel going full on romance! I love delving into some romance in between my darker reads - as I've said before, my black heart still bleeds red.  Faker is a cute novel that reads fast and has that enemies to love trope that I like - even if it's completely predictable.  Enemies to Romance to Fight to Make-Up to Happily Ever After.  You have to know this is what you're walking into but it's how they get through all these parts that make these such fun reads.

I loved Emmie over all - I could totally relate to being half Asian, dealing with stereotypes and mean kids when in school.  And I could also relate to working in a male dominated field where you feel the need to present yourself a certain way at times.  I mean, don't we all fake something at some points in our lives? This is all too real and that's what I loved most about this book. 

As we delve more into Emmie and Tate and their bickering and banter, I really enjoyed her inner monologue and their dialogue... most of the time.  Towards the last half, it all became just a bit too sweet for me - I fear I have a book cavity now.  Too many mentions of licking and slurping (I really don't think slurping should ever be used in sex scenes but that's just me).  Then there's all the explosions and bursts in the center of her chest - I thought after her appendicitis, she'd end up with cardiac arrest. *wink* This is probably why I prefer romantic comedies to pure romance though there are certainly some laughable moments within this read.  It was just too neatly bow-tied covered in sweetness for my particular taste.

Did I have fun reading this? Absolutely.  Would I read more by this author - also absolutely!  


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