Tuesday, January 5, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

Ten Rules for Faking It

by Sophie Sullivan

"A wholesome, slow-burn romance that will warm your heart...This is a Hallmark movie in book form." - USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he's extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

“Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down.” - Lyssa Kay Adams, author of The Bromance Book Club

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

Ten Rules for Faking It is a slow burn romance that moves a little too slowly for my tastes. It is a cute story and it had a ton of potential, but cute doesn't tend to work out for me when I'm wishing it would pick up the pace. The premise here is solid, and I do think the author did a terrific job of representing social anxiety with Everly. I even liked both Everly and Chris, I just didn't particularly like them together - at least, not enough to really root for them as a couple. I think the problem is that these two lacked heat, and I don't mean of the steamy variety. The relationship lacked fire, that something that pushes a romance past the initial attraction and into a love story I can get invested in. That was missing here and I feel like the story suffered for the lack of it. What it all came down to is Ten Rules for Faking It is a cute story that fell just short of being what it could have been. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press

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