Publication Date: April 20, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: April 7-8, 2020
Format: eARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Sloane De Carlo is going to have to move to Antarctica.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that she accidentally made her private blog very public, and all her innermost secrets and embarrassing moments are trending, now the entirety of the Internet is dying to know who her all-consuming, never-get-over-him crush “Guy” really is. She’s even got a literary agent dangling a book deal in front of her nose—but there’s a catch. She’ll have to get closure with “Guy” and give her story that pitch-perfect ending.
Too bad the real “Guy” is engaged to someone else. #Blessed
The only person in her teeny hometown of Arbor Bay who knows the truth is local bartender Brady Knox. And he’s not telling…for a price. He’ll pretend to be Sloane’s “Guy” if she’ll use her newfound Internet fame to bring more business to his struggling local bar. Brady’s always been a lone wolf, but there’s something about the pint-sized, supremely awkward, yet beautiful Sloane that charms him.
But keeping secrets in a small town like Arbor Bay isn’t easy. And Brady was never meant to be the guy for a pitch-perfect ending…
Fake It Till You Make It is a very fun and light read. Perfect beach read in my opinion!
Let me start off by saying, this novel is a big ‘fake-dating trope’, so if you don’t like that, then this is me warning you. Personally, I really enjoy this trope, and I had a blast reading this book.
The novel was a very quick read, and I found the characters to be enjoyable. Brady was the star of this novel to me. I thought his character was very well-developed and you couldn’t help but love him. Sloane was also done well, and relatable. A few of the side characters were super interesting to me, and I hope that they make an appearance in other books. Sloane’s brother Callum, and best friend Emma were very intriguing and i’d love to see their stories.
The premise was also super fun–Our MC Sloane, has drunkenly publicized her online journal, and it goes viral overnight. In her blog, Sloane has talked a lot about “Guy”– the guy she has had a massive crush on since high school– and everyone wants to know who “Guy” is. The only person in town who happens to know her secret is the town bartender Brady, who she had once again drunkenly spilled her guts to a year ago. Finding herself in a difficult situation, Brady–who just found out his ex is newly engaged to Sloane’s “guy”–offers to help Sloane by pretending to be “Guy” and faking a relationship.
This book is also steamy you guys. Definitely not closed door, and had a couple of detailed scenes–not erotica level detail, but details all the same. I would give it a 3/4 on the heat scale.
I found this to be highly enjoyable, and super fun to read. The outcome of these books are pretty typical and predictable, which is why I rated it at a 4 (liked it a lot, but probably won’t re-read). Like I said. It would be the perfect quick beach read, and I think a lot of romance and romcom fans will love this one!
**Much thanks to the Entangled Publishing and Anne Harper for providing an eARC via NetGalley in exchange only for my thoughts and review.