Published by Berkley on October 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last...
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 Rating: 2.5 stars
Faker held a lot of potential but, unfortunately, fell quite flat.
This very well may be a case of “it’s not you; it’s me.” There are a lot of great elements to this book: enemies to lovers, office romance, multicultural, romantic comedy. The premise is right up my alley: a cool workplace setting where two people, through a series of misunderstandings, hate each other but come to realize they actually like each other with the help of a little forced proximity. The execution missed the mark for me, though.
I really enjoyed the first quarter or so of this book. However, the pacing in the development of the relationship was quite unbelievable to me. The push and pull that accompanies enemies to lovers is what makes it so enjoyable, in my opinion. However, I feel like there isn’t enough tension here. On a brighter note, there is some fun banter and the steam is turned up!
Overall, Faker just wasn’t my favorite. I know a lot of contemporary romance fans will love this one, especially if they enjoy rom coms, so don’t be afraid to check it out!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
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