Faker
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.

Faker Details

TitleFaker
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984805423
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult

Faker Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    It's not often that I can't think of anything good to say about a book, but Faker managed to annoy me and bore me by doing pretty much everything I dislike in romance. Why are these borderline abusive relationships still being sold as romantic?It tries to do the love/hate thing, but fails. I've said before that I'm partial to a bit of the old love/hate angst, but so few authors seem able to do it without it feeling either a) fake, or b) emotionally abusive. For me, this book fell into the second category.Tate is so obnoxious and It's not often that I can't think of anything good to say about a book, but Faker managed to annoy me and bore me by doing pretty much everything I dislike in romance. Why are these borderline abusive relationships still being sold as romantic?It tries to do the love/hate thing, but fails. I've said before that I'm partial to a bit of the old love/hate angst, but so few authors seem able to do it without it feeling either a) fake, or b) emotionally abusive. For me, this book fell into the second category.Tate is so obnoxious and rude. There is NO excuse for his behaviour. I don't care how many sweet old men he helps out in his spare time-- that doesn't cancel out the way he speaks to Emmie. And in a work environment as well! If someone offers to share their lunch with you, you don’t turn your nose up and ask if it’s organic. I don't care who you are.This is one of those books where the guy is a dick to the MC for no reason at all and she hates him so much, yuck, yada yada, until he kisses her because - guess what? - he had the hots for her all along and then she's like "oh Tate, almighty sexgod, be mine". No. There's not even any chemistry between them. No desire simmering beneath the hatred. It's literally one minute he's an asshole, the next they are kissing. Love/hate romances need some fire to add a little, you know, love to the hate.It was also very frustrating to read all the ways Tate is supposed to be redeemed. Like him defending Emmie against the office lech because - true gent that he is - he doesn't sexually harass women. This reasoning always reminds me of that one scene in Steel Magnolias.But he is still rude, jealous and moody. Emmie wondering which version - hot or cold - of Tate she is going to get on any given day is a form of emotional abuse. She never knows when he’s going to give her the silent treatment or get mad over another guy flirting with her.And all this is saying nothing of the fact that the book is way too long. The central conflict is mostly resolved by page 75, so there's a lot of filler after that. One minor conflict is fabricated later in the book to try to stir up some jealous feelings, but it's really just the characters being stupid. (view spoiler)[Emmie has just noted how Camille looks so much like her and then she totally freaks out because Tate goes over and kisses her. It was obvious to me straight away that he thought she was Emmie. (hide spoiler)]I guess my love for Helen Hoang's books is not the sign of a new love affair with the romance genre.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    OMG here comes my FOUR what a swoony, sweet, heartwarming love/hate relationship at office story I’ve read, I’m smiling like an idiot for hours and don’t forget the irresistible, undeniable, pant-melting chemistry of the couple, amazing break for me after all the thrillers giving me nightmares I’ve read lately STARS! Hating Games meets Beautiful Bastard meets Allure of Julian Lefray meets Tangled! It’s a great combination of frenemies at office novels. I was about to pass this book at firs OMG here comes my FOUR what a swoony, sweet, heartwarming love/hate relationship at office story I’ve read, I’m smiling like an idiot for hours and don’t forget the irresistible, undeniable, pant-melting chemistry of the couple, amazing break for me after all the thrillers giving me nightmares I’ve read lately STARS! Hating Games meets Beautiful Bastard meets Allure of Julian Lefray meets Tangled! It’s a great combination of frenemies at office novels. I was about to pass this book at first, because I thought I read too many similar examples about undeniable attraction of two colleagues who are acting immature, spoiled and they do everything to sabotage their relationship and they are so afraid of being sacked so they keep their relationship secret kind of romances.BUT the reasons what makes this book different from the others ARE:-The book is focused to Emmie( straightforward, smart, a little bossy but mostly sweet, nice, helpful, hardworker) and Tate’s stories( tough, handsome, annoying, reserved, antisocial but smart, problem-solver. Then we learn he’s also kind-hearted, caring, romantic, passionate man.) As we flip through the pages, we start to learn how their characters evolve, how their past experiences affected their judgments and how their relationship started to develop from work colleagues to friends and finally to lovers. So there is no carrier risk or rivalry, competition between them. - I loved the similarities of hero and heroine. They’re different from normal which made the people around them judge and call them names when they were so young. They’re both secluded, observant, sarcastic people who have hard times to open their hearts and start to trust the people. It’s so hard to love them. They’re so natural, realistic, honestly developed characters! Of course it’s so easy to root for them. You can find parts of yourself when you dig more about their attributes.- Like Joshua and Lucy from Sally Thorne’s “Hating Game”, they got closer when the heroine gets sick and the hero takes care of her but Tate and Emmie’s connection was so intense, romantic, and more emotional. I don’t know how many times I sighed, smiled, made indefinable awkward happy voices! (My husband threw pillow at my way but he missed. Ha ha…Evil laugh) Connection parts between characters on this book were better written than Hating Games. -There were so many hot scenes on this book. Don’t get me wrong! Till the end they slept together but they didn’t have sex. But Emmie’s bathing scene when only a shower curtain separated them was sweaty, heart throbbing, nasty!- At first Tate mostly acted like a jerk but at the final part we understood his reasons. A part at his high school reunion a little irritated me. (Actually I pissed off. And it was a little hard to accept what he did to Emmie which made me cut one star. )-Instead of Tate’s reasons for acting like douchebag around Emmie, I enjoyed this book too much and I didn’t want to put it down. I carried it like an accessory with me. I know I invented a strange trend to wear a book on my neck but this is so sweet, swoony, lovable book. I don’t want to let it go! And the most important thing is as soon as I put the book down, I was feeling joyful, hopeful, happy and I had still awkward silly smile on my face( Maybe I could be doppelganger of Pennywise and wear my clown suit before Halloween if I keep smiling like that!) THIS BOOK MADE ME HAPPY! I’m so glad to see there are too many debut novels released on this year and most of the books are really good, enjoyable, smartly-written ones. I’m volunteered to read upcoming books of Sarah Smith. It was pleasure to meet a new writer. Because when it comes to romance, my favorite authors mostly disappointed me. Special thanks to Berkley and NetGalley to share this amazing ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review! I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book so much!
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    A debut author who brings a combination of THE HATING GAME and FIGHT OR FLIGHT, making you fall in love with Tate and Emmie in the best of ways... Okay let's all be honest over here, because when am I not? Berkley Romance is killing the illustrated cover game! It's a hit or miss for me for sure, but thank god I gave this beauty a try because I loved everything about this enemies to lovers romance, and I am addicted to the unique aspect of it because of the nationality of both characters of Tate and Emmie. But my g A debut author who brings a combination of THE HATING GAME and FIGHT OR FLIGHT, making you fall in love with Tate and Emmie in the best of ways... Okay let's all be honest over here, because when am I not? Berkley Romance is killing the illustrated cover game! It's a hit or miss for me for sure, but thank god I gave this beauty a try because I loved everything about this enemies to lovers romance, and I am addicted to the unique aspect of it because of the nationality of both characters of Tate and Emmie. But my gosh, I truly am OBSESSED with the instant attraction and connection there is between them both. Tate and Emmie work together, right across from each other actually and from the very beginning there is this strong banter of them not liking each other. But it starts off because Tate acts a certain way towards Emmie, and Emmie reacts to his actions. But the thing is that Tate is acting like a secret possessive alpha male, the type of alpha male that I look for and adore in every single way. Let me drool over this man because even though he is fictional, I want to hug and I want him to do certain things to my body that I am not ashamed to admit...And let me take a moment to talk about Emmie shall I? You know how we are recently coming across badass fictional characters, that show the empowerment of women and how strong and confident they can be and truly are. Emmie is no exception, because she truly is this confident character that is not afraid to tell Tate or any other male character in this novel the way it's supposed to be. She is frank and honestly just a down right human being as a fictional character that I am so enamored with. I can try and talk about the story, and give things away but this is just a simple romance story between two enemies who slowly become more than co-workers, and more than friends in an instant. And that possessive side that I was talking about before? Yup! COUNT ME IN! His attitude in the beginning makes a 360 turn once something happens to Emmie, and he knows that admitting his true feelings is something that needs to happen and also something that Emmie sees and appreciates it; "Who knew Tate Rasmussen, the no-nonsense hard-ass, could be devastatingly sweet?" Overall this was a surprisingly, amazingly, and fantastically well written romance novel that will have you wanting so much more! The equal balance between sexy times, feisty times, and down right adorable times in this story is what will keep you motivated to keep turning to the next page. I am hoping Sarah Smith writes another tory connected to this one, I can always predict a couple that may get a story, but either way Sarah has officially become a go-to author that I will one click and recommend to everyone everywhere. ARC galley kindly provided by Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to fake anything with him. Faker was a great debut novel! Hate to love/work place romances... I'm always here for them. The synopsis of this gave me serious 'The Hating Game' vibes, and that's one of my favorite romances so I knew I had to read this one. I'm so happy I did. Emmie and Tate have worked across from one an 4 stars No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to fake anything with him. Faker was a great debut novel! Hate to love/work place romances... I'm always here for them. The synopsis of this gave me serious 'The Hating Game' vibes, and that's one of my favorite romances so I knew I had to read this one. I'm so happy I did. Emmie and Tate have worked across from one another for years. Emmie is with a company that is primarily men, so she's learned to hold her own. It's different with Tate, though. The first thing Emmie noticed when she met Tate is how attractive he was. The second thing she noticed was he despised her, and she had no idea why. She still has no idea why. Now, the two are forced to work together on a big project, and Emmie has no clue how this will go. I loved finding out all the 'whys' of this hate to love relationship, and I loved both of the main characters. Emmie is strong, fierce, and feisty in the best way. Tate is just everything. He's one of those characters you don't love at first, but once you see the real him... swoon. I adored the man. I truly loved so much about this book. Sure, there was a little unnecessary drama towards the end, but thankfully, it was cleared up rather quickly. Sarah Smith's writing was fun and her characters were endearing. This book was enjoyable and I'll definitely be checking this author's future works. If you're looking for an enemies to lovers romance that is sweet and steamy, I recommend this!! "You tick all my boxes. There's no one in the world like you, Emmie."
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Alexa! ❤
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Emmie is a faker. It’s literally her job. Well, her job is actually working at a power tool company with few women and tons of men.Emmie is 100% real in her disdain for one of her coworkers, Tate. Emmie has tried to be kind to him and she’s been rebuffed at every turn. Oh, and Tate is hot. Of course.Emmie and Tate are assigned a project together, and they quickly see each other beyond their “work personas.”The hate to love trope is always a fun one and Faker i Emmie is a faker. It’s literally her job. Well, her job is actually working at a power tool company with few women and tons of men.Emmie is 100% real in her disdain for one of her coworkers, Tate. Emmie has tried to be kind to him and she’s been rebuffed at every turn. Oh, and Tate is hot. Of course.Emmie and Tate are assigned a project together, and they quickly see each other beyond their “work personas.”The hate to love trope is always a fun one and Faker is especially redeeming. I found the writing and storyline smart and engaging. My favorite aspect was the banter between Tate and Emmie, and I also loved that the author included diverse characters. Highly recommended for rom com fans!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. I'm rounding up just because I'm feeling generous.When I read the blurb for this book, I got excited. I thought it was going to be a fun little rom-com. And I guess for some it will be....If you are a hateful old bat like me you need to ask yourself some questions that go like this: This book is very cheesey. It's one of those enemy then they are in lurrrrve books, but usually I like a bit more of enemy stuff. This one just didn't fill that need. Next: I love that th 2.5 stars. I'm rounding up just because I'm feeling generous.When I read the blurb for this book, I got excited. I thought it was going to be a fun little rom-com. And I guess for some it will be....If you are a hateful old bat like me you need to ask yourself some questions that go like this: This book is very cheesey. It's one of those enemy then they are in lurrrrve books, but usually I like a bit more of enemy stuff. This one just didn't fill that need. Next: I love that the story includes a multicultural relationship. BUT how many flipping times does the main man Tate have to have his skin discussed...we get that he is white. REPEATEDLY But who cares because he is as boring as shit. And then finally (because I'm totally going more ragey on this book than I should) is....does the character using slurp during sexy times make your head go into directions that it shouldn't? or Wait, I said this book wasn't that bad. I really didn't hate it!Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited to read this book because it is an own voices book written by a biracial Filipino American woman. As some of you may know, I too am a biracial Filipino American woman. I knew I had to read this book because representation matters!All in all, I found this to be a cute romance. I loved Tate. Despite his tough exterior, he was such a softie and a generous lover. I loved that he put female pleasure f I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited to read this book because it is an own voices book written by a biracial Filipino American woman. As some of you may know, I too am a biracial Filipino American woman. I knew I had to read this book because representation matters!All in all, I found this to be a cute romance. I loved Tate. Despite his tough exterior, he was such a softie and a generous lover. I loved that he put female pleasure first. Speaking of pleasure, I really liked the sex scenes. One of things I really liked was the communication between Emmie and Tate. Many times in contemporary romances there will be miscommunications and misunderstandings between the main characters and they will go their separate ways and sulk for a week instead of talking through it. In this book, the characters will almost immediately talk about the situation, which I find more realistic. This book does get comparisons to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne because of the workplace enemies-to-lovers trope. I have read that book, but it was a while ago so I don’t remember much. Because of that, I can’t speak to their similarities. As for the Filipino representation, I enjoyed seeing lit bits of Filipino culture like Illocano words and Filipino food. I was also happy to see Emmie talk about being darker skinned and how that has impacted her. There is also a lot of talk about Hawaii, since Emmie grew up on the Big Island. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am so happy to finally see some Filipino rep in romance!
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Before anyone gets all up in arms about the 3 Stars I’m giving this one, let’s get things clear. I use the Goodreads’ rating system. Therefore, 3 Stars = “I liked it.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a 3 Star rating. Also, I read this one here . . . . So momma sho ‘nuff wasn’t complaining. When it comes to romance novels, they either click with me or they don’t. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of hate to love tropes (not to mention co-workers becoming romantic Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Before anyone gets all up in arms about the 3 Stars I’m giving this one, let’s get things clear. I use the Goodreads’ rating system. Therefore, 3 Stars = “I liked it.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a 3 Star rating. Also, I read this one here . . . . So momma sho ‘nuff wasn’t complaining. When it comes to romance novels, they either click with me or they don’t. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of hate to love tropes (not to mention co-workers becoming romantically involved while continually acknowledging the fact that their company has a no fraternization policy), the premise of Emmie being a “professional faker” was a bit of a stretch (she didn’t seem to really fake much other than pretending she wasn’t attracted to Tate), the “we should take it slow” to . . . . (and clearing a drawer out immediately to boot), and the worst thing of all . . . not being physically attracted (like AT ALL) to the description of the male lead. I don’t care how many times Emmie tried to convince he was some sort of Norse god – in my head he remained . . . . And, in case you aren’t aware . . . . I did appreciate that this remained pretty light throughout and the added drama (because there always has to be a little added drama, right???) was not super angsty and drawn out. I also remain in love with these covers – no matter what some trolly little “author” (*cough blogger cough*) has to say about the reasons why. For the record: #1 NO, I am not so dense that I think Young Adult stories will be contained within the pages and #2 NO, I am not embarrassed to read smut in public. I am the woman who had the following experience:*SOUND OF ALARM WHEN ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE LIBRARY*Pornbrarian: Ma’am? Oh, ma’am??? (Should have murdered her right there, it’s MISS mother*&^%$#!)Me: Am I doing that?Pornbrarian: Yes, sorry. NUTS DIDN’T CHECK OUT PROPERLY. WILL YOU PLEASE COME BACK TO THE COUNTER WITH NUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTSSSSSSS???? If you aren’t familiar, here’s Nuts . . . . . That was also the last time my youngest ever went to the library with me.So not only do I call it the Pornbrary – literally to EVERYONE in my life – I also don’t “hide” behind the Kindle and am more than happy to respond to the question of “what are you reading today?” when approached at the fancy coffee maker with answers like . . . . . Keep up the cutesy cartoon covers Berkley. I love ‘em. Just watch out about these leading men . . . . ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It don’t get much more honest than spilling my own tea all over the intertubes, kids.
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  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    Story 🌟🌟🌟This was a book where I hoped it would land on my favorite shelf, but sadly it didn’t win my heart over. At least not enough. It was a work related hate-to-love romance with two people who looked really different but who had the same personalities. Even though it was a different story, different characters etc. it still had a lot of similarities with my favorite book - the hating game. I don’t know if I really felt the connection between those two, but I was still really happy when they got to Story 🌟🌟🌟This was a book where I hoped it would land on my favorite shelf, but sadly it didn’t win my heart over. At least not enough. It was a work related hate-to-love romance with two people who looked really different but who had the same personalities. Even though it was a different story, different characters etc. it still had a lot of similarities with my favorite book - the hating game. I don’t know if I really felt the connection between those two, but I was still really happy when they got together. But even though there was a bit drama sometime, it felt all so smooth and too perfect for me. Still, it was really entertaining and I had fun.Character 🌟🌟🌟 Emmie was a tough character to understand. On the one hand she was this hard working and tough woman in a company full of many men, but on the other hand she was also this loving friend, daughter and sister. Even though Emmie thought that she was faking it, I don’t think she really did. I think all this personality traits I mentioned fulfill a whole personality, that is different in its own way. The way she stood up for herself, was loyal to her family and friends and took help even though she didn’t want to, made me like her. Tate was also a really weird guy. He was always really mean to Emmie, but then sometimes he was protecting her in his own weird way, wanting to start conversation with her even though she didn’t want to and stayed with her a whole weekend in the hospital even though he didn’t need to. After Emmie saw his “real” face it all changed. He was like this perfect, cute and nice boy who complimented and smiled for the girl. Supported her and helped her whenever he could. It was kind of cute even though he seemed too perfect for me. All in all I don’t really know what to think of both of them. I liked them, yes, but I don’t know if I would read another book about them. In the end it was a bit... not boring but... not as exciting as I expected. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟Like is said: there were similarities to the relationship in my favorite book ever, but this relationship was different. First of all they were way more mature about the whole dating thing: they called a date a date, told each other that this thing between them is called dating and they’re girlfriend and boyfriend and when they fought they talked it out. But still it was so weird sometimes. Tate changed from asshole to nice guy in seconds and then when he revealed Emmie his “true self” he was never again this stone cold ice guy. Just once, and that was just a tiny bit of ice. All in all they were cute, but everything went too smooth for my own liking. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟The book itself was written in one POV, Emmies. It was entertaining, had some text messages and emails in it and I read it in 24h. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I will ever reread this. _______________________________________A hate-to-love book?
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    "Every single woman in our vicinity was gawking at you like you were something to eat. A couple guys too, actually. You didn't notice. Too busy death staring at me. If you eased up on the steely facade, they would approach you."I expect him to chuckle, to roll his eyes in assessment. (...) He doesn't speak, not right away. All he does is swallow and stare."Maybe I don't want them to," he says.There's a flutter in my stomach. It surges up my chest and to my throat, making it imp "Every single woman in our vicinity was gawking at you like you were something to eat. A couple guys too, actually. You didn't notice. Too busy death staring at me. If you eased up on the steely facade, they would approach you."I expect him to chuckle, to roll his eyes in assessment. (...) He doesn't speak, not right away. All he does is swallow and stare."Maybe I don't want them to," he says.There's a flutter in my stomach. It surges up my chest and to my throat, making it impossible to talk.I will start addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, this is a romance office. And yes, this is too a enemies to lovers romance. And yes, you will probably see a big number of reviews comparing this book to The Hating Game (in a negative way). As for myself, I won't do that. Both books are different and not every book with those points in common with THG has to automatically live in its shadow. In the same way that not every book about wizards is a copy of Harry Potter or every book about vampires must be compared to Twilight.Having said that, I must start off by saying that I was quickly impressed by this debut. The writing was undeniably good, and despite the fact that this book uses a formula that has a lot of numbers to be a hit with me, not every book achieves to capture my interest so quickly.In Faker, we are presented with Emmie, a filipino heroine that works in a mostly male environment, and Tate, the handsome but extremely frowny colleague she loves to hate. The build up of their relationship was the characteristic bliss that comes from the tension between two individuals that seem to hate each other. And I say seem because it quickly becomes absolutely obvious, in the best way possible, that Tate was silently begging Emmie to let him love her. While Emmie was flat out sure that Tate hated her guts. In other words, bickering, sparks and sizzling chemistry that led to the discovery of a Tate that was freaking sweetest.The whole book is told in Emmie's pov, which in my opinion helped adding this little push to keep reading just so you can finally unveil whatever feelings Tate was harbouring and hiding and why. And dang, that was probably my favourite thing of Faker. There is nothing like peeling off a character that starts with about a hundred and three layers.All in all, I think it's a great debut. Perhaps I expected a bit more of a punch towards the end. Maybe something else to the climax. That final push that leaves you with no other choice but to give the book 5 stars and push all your friends to read it. Regardless, I absolutely enjoyed it and Tate made me swoon real hard. So Sarah Smith is an author that I will certainly come back to for more.*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    2009 Ellen Gail: "ewww, rom coms are so cheesy. why would I read that?"2019 Ellen Gail: "rom coms are so cheesy. I effing love it."
  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Smith has written a sweet, swoony, and steamy romcom. This book is being compared to “The Hating Game” I think this is an accurate comparison. Both are workplace enemies to lovers romances filled with Snark, humor, and charm. So if you loved THG as much as I did you’re definitely enjoy this book. But as similar as they were they were also quite different. Emmie is one of the few women at The tool company where she works. For this reason she spends her days “faking“ that she is a tough cook Sarah Smith has written a sweet, swoony, and steamy romcom. This book is being compared to “The Hating Game” I think this is an accurate comparison. Both are workplace enemies to lovers romances filled with Snark, humor, and charm. So if you loved THG as much as I did you’re definitely enjoy this book. But as similar as they were they were also quite different. Emmie is one of the few women at The tool company where she works. For this reason she spends her days “faking“ that she is a tough cookie not to be messed with. Tate, her coworker is dismissive and rude, and unavoidable because their offices are right next to each other. I am sure you know where this is going, the ending is not unpredictable, but it is oh such a fun and entertaining journey! Emmie was a great character, one of those characters you’d want to be friends with. Then there is Tate. Have you ever had a friend date somebody and they just thought the guy was the hottest greatest thing ever and you just didn’t see it? Yes? In this situation I am Emmie’s friend and that guy is Tate. I just didn’t get the attraction. There was attraction and chemistry and I loved the banter between them, I just didn’t get it. In spite of this I really enjoyed this book it was a fun feel good read that put a goofy smile on my face. And even though I didn’t find Tate to be the man of my dreams I think he was Emmie’s! Not only were they attracted to one another they also communicated quite well, always a bonus!This book in emojis: 🔩 🍍 🔨 💑*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS! A debut novel by Sarah Smith, Faker was a real treat and so much fun to read! The cover and then the blurb drew me in instantly, making me want to read this novel. Off the bat, I can see how and why people may get The Hating Game vibes but honestly, there really is no comparison. This story is so very different, diverse, and special in its very own way and right.The story begins with Emmie our heroine, she's of Filipino and Hawaiian descent. Working in a mostly male d 4.5 STARS! A debut novel by Sarah Smith, Faker was a real treat and so much fun to read! The cover and then the blurb drew me in instantly, making me want to read this novel. Off the bat, I can see how and why people may get The Hating Game vibes but honestly, there really is no comparison. This story is so very different, diverse, and special in its very own way and right.The story begins with Emmie our heroine, she's of Filipino and Hawaiian descent. Working in a mostly male dominated career, she doesn't let anyone step all over her. She's a boss and proud of it! But, she's stuck having to see and hear Tate, her enemy, whose office is right across from hers. Constantly bickering back and forth (its rather cute), these two are very hostile towards one another. Now, Tate is a bit of a loner at heart. Reserved, brooding with an introvert personality. He's got that mean look to him but its hard to not see how handsome he is. He'll do whatever he can to get Emmie's attention... even if that means being a complete a-hole. “A couple months ago, you couldn’t stand the sight of me.”“And you were starting arguments with me constantly.” Their relationship builds slowly with time. We learn so much about these two and how alike they are. The chemistry is off-the-charts. Told mostly through Emmie's POV we get to see her guarded side. She's someone that doesn't let just anyone in. With Tate being so private, he doesn't open up to just anyone, and it's refreshing to see him let his walls down, showing this sweet and kind side. I fell head over heels for this brooding man!!Overall, this was a great debut! I definitely would have liked more' especially from Tate's POV; however, I'm not disappointed. After reading Sarah's words, we've only hit the tip of the iceberg. This author is full of potential and this is me stating this not knowing what else Sarah has in store for us! So, kudos to Sarah, what an amazing job well done!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Berkley through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Faker is a debut romance that caught my eye after the cover was revealed and then I read the blurb and my excitement grew because I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers romances so I knew that I had to get my hands on this story. As one of the few female employees at a male-dominated company, Emmie Echavarre is a pro at being just "one of the guys". She has tough skin, doesn't let anyone put her down and sta *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Faker is a debut romance that caught my eye after the cover was revealed and then I read the blurb and my excitement grew because I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers romances so I knew that I had to get my hands on this story. As one of the few female employees at a male-dominated company, Emmie Echavarre is a pro at being just "one of the guys". She has tough skin, doesn't let anyone put her down and stands her own ground. But there's one person who has a knack for getting under her skin: her co-worker, Tate Rasmussen. When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity project for the company, will these two be able to find a way to put aside their differences and get the job done or will it all come crashing down? Let's start off with the good stuff. If you were a fan of The Hating Game then Faker may be right up your alley. Just like with The Hating Game, Faker had great back and forth banter which was what immediately drew me into the story. I was living for the tension between Emmie and Tate and how they would constantly doing things to push one another buttons. All that tension made for one angsty romance! Not gonna lie, this romance was adorable. I loved the slow build up of these two tip toeing around their feelings for one another and seeing that spark turn into a flame. ALSO THIS BOOK HAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE KINKS! Emmie gets sick and Tate offers to take care of her and I was sobbing because it was so freakin' cute! As for our characters, I felt like Emmie was such a relatable character. She spends most of her days putting on this tough girl act but as the story goes on we see that wall she puts up start to break down slowly and we get to see all that vulnerability underneath that tough exterior. Tate on the other hand, well I'm still not sure how I feel about him. At first, I thought he was a great fit for Emmie and I liked his awkward personality but then the twist happened and now I just can't move past what he did. Now for the not so good stuff. One thing that really irked my nerve while reading this book was how Emmie would constantly bring up Tate's paleness. She would go on and on about how his "skin glowed" and how "flawless" his skin was and the first two times I let it slide, but by the sixth time I was so over it. Like we get it, Tate's skin glows like Edward Cullen's, we got the picture the first time, lol. But the thing that made me really want to throw my eReader across was the conflict. The conflict for this book was slightly disturbing to say the least. I've never read a book with a twist like this and it just rubbed me all the wrong way. The conflict also happened so close to the end of the book that I felt like there wasn't enough time for Tate to grovel and man did that dude deserve to grovel instead of having Emmie easily forgive him like she did. The conflict will definitely make or break this book for some readers. All in all, Faker may have started out as a fun read but the ending was a major flop for me and left a bad taste in my mouth.
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsDamn I was in so much love with this book...I actually started getting excited because I thought finally after months of waiting and searching, I had finally found my next 5 star read. I loved how cute and sweet the romance was. I loved the characters, their banter, their personalities. Basically everything. But then that plot twist came around 75% into th 3.5 starsDamn I was in so much love with this book...I actually started getting excited because I thought finally after months of waiting and searching, I had finally found my next 5 star read. I loved how cute and sweet the romance was. I loved the characters, their banter, their personalities. Basically everything. But then that plot twist came around 75% into the book and...To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I was SO frustrated with where the author took their romance. It was so unnecessary and just so STUPID. It took away from their romance and everything that the entire book was leading up to. It made me not believe in their connection, it turned me off from their love story. UGH I'm just so frustrated and upset I really and truly do not understand why the author took their story in that direction when their story was perfectly fine without this stupid drama. Up until that moment I was thinking this book was a 4.5 star rating but then after that horrible chapter my rating shot right down to a 3. I want to talk about it in more depth but I will refrain from spoilers. I don't feel like I can say anything else at this moment because I'm too disappointed with the stupid plot twist and sad that this book wasn't a 5 star read for me. I think many people will love this and probably not think the plot twist is that big of a deal as it was for me. But unfortunately for me, it ruined the story for me. That being said, I do like the author's writing style so I could see myself trying another book of hers in the future. *arc given in exchange for an honest review*
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    If books received awards like at the MTV Movie Awards, Faker would be awarded the title of "Hottest Kisses". Does that entice you enough? No? How about an enemies-to-lovers office romance? Yes, you read that right! Faker has two of my favorite tropes and Sarah Smith's spin on them were fantastic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I think others will too.The enemies-to-lovers vibe were strong from the very beginning of this book and I was living for it. Emmie is one of the handf If books received awards like at the MTV Movie Awards, Faker would be awarded the title of "Hottest Kisses". Does that entice you enough? No? How about an enemies-to-lovers office romance? Yes, you read that right! Faker has two of my favorite tropes and Sarah Smith's spin on them were fantastic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I think others will too.The enemies-to-lovers vibe were strong from the very beginning of this book and I was living for it. Emmie is one of the handful of women that work at a very male-dominated company. Over the years she has had to create a persona for herself to avoid being seen as weak or someone to trample over. Emmie is really the perfect sort of heroine for this kind of contemporary romance. She is fiesty, funny, and very much headstrong. We also get to see quite a bit of her attachment to her Filipina background and culture. It's not a difficult task to want to be on her side. Emmie's most-hated co-worker happens to be Tate, who sits right across her in their office. The two of them don't mesh well together and are constantly at each other's throats. Tate was the quiet and intense type of hero. You're not 100% sure what's going on inside that head of his until it's slowly revealed to you throughout Faker. He is much more introverted than Emmie, but equally smart and passionate. His broody and frowny persona did it for me, especially because it was so delightful to watch him become entirely unraveled by Emmie.These two and their chemistry are ON FIRE. Seriously, the sexual chemistry is out of this world - they nearly lit my Kindle on fire. Their relationship is HOT and it's not because the book has a ton of sex scenes or anything. It is just HOT. The touches, the kisses, and just the air around these two are fiery! This book also has one of my other favorite plot devices: taking care of the significant other when sick. It brings Emmie and Tate closer together and had my heart all mushy and happy. Admittedly, their "hate" for each other does not last long, but I have no complaints about that because I enjoyed seeing them together so much. The cute little flirty texts they share with each other are one of the best parts of this book! The way Tate was so patient and attentive of Emmie was very romantic! There was some drama towards the end of the book, as you would expect with any book. I was glad that it wasn't dragged out for the sake of angst and these two actually communicated and used their words to get over this hurdle. The only thing I did not care for in this book was the constant mentioning of how "pale" Tate was - it seemed like a fetish for Emmie and I could have personally done without it.All in all, Faker was a very strong and enjoyable debut romance. I'm looking forward to reading more hot makeout scenes (and more) from Sarah Smith.
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  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book even though it made me cringe 99% of the time.The dialogue was just so cheesy!!!!!!!!! It sounded so unrealistic, that whenever a character said anything at all, I braced myself to be launched out of immersion. Also, the way the story handles sexual harassment wasn't great. We see misogyny happening in a male-dominated industry (selling hardware tools) and there's great rep for workplace sexual harassment when it comes to women. But then a female character is extremely unprofessi I loved this book even though it made me cringe 99% of the time.The dialogue was just so cheesy!!!!!!!!! It sounded so unrealistic, that whenever a character said anything at all, I braced myself to be launched out of immersion. Also, the way the story handles sexual harassment wasn't great. We see misogyny happening in a male-dominated industry (selling hardware tools) and there's great rep for workplace sexual harassment when it comes to women. But then a female character is extremely unprofessional towards male employees, and it's not called out at all. It's actually given a funny/cute tone. At one point, a female character says "Come to mama" to a hot, random male character, *while they're at work*,,,,,,,,and it was just so weird. If a male character had said something like "Come to daddy" to the MC, she would've been rightly disgusted. But for some reason she doesn't react that way when a female character commits an equivalent action.And this was a male character who is not only sexually harassed, but also used as a scapegoat throughout the entire story. His only purpose was to make the love interest jealous. I just wanted to burst into the story and tell him to stay away from this giant romantic mess.But other than those things, I enjoyed this story!!!!! There's so much hurt-comfort, my favorite thing on this earth, and even though it's never explicitly said, I'm pretty sure the main character is demisexual! She never enjoys sex because she doesn't feel emotionally close to her partners, which = demisexual feelings. Also, the book is an ownvoices from a Filipino author, which is amazing.Overall, I can't wait to see what else this author writes, I felt Potential Successful Greatness energy radiating from the storytelling. It just didn't do it for me this time.ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    January 1, 1970
    Follows a 26-year-old half-Filipino woman fighting to make her way in a male-dominated industry of power tools, while resisting her attraction to an office foe.
  • EmBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    2-ish starsI wanted to love this book. I really did. It has everything that would attract me to a romance book; enemies to lovers trope, office romance, and a cute cover. But, they were all done badly which turned something that I was suppose to enjoy and love to a huge disappointment. The enemies to lovers aspect is pretty much NONEXISTENT! The “hating” part was over before I get the chance to remember the characters names! I couldn’t see an actual plot, it was just so basic and boring and 2-ish starsI wanted to love this book. I really did. It has everything that would attract me to a romance book; enemies to lovers trope, office romance, and a cute cover. But, they were all done badly which turned something that I was suppose to enjoy and love to a huge disappointment. The enemies to lovers aspect is pretty much NONEXISTENT! The “hating” part was over before I get the chance to remember the characters names! I couldn’t see an actual plot, it was just so basic and boring and I couldn’t see anything happening. I didn’t connect with the characters at all! There were zero chemistry between them and I didn’t enjoy their romance. They were just too cheesy for my liking. Also, This is the first time I read an enemies to lovers romance with an insta love trope at the same time. How is that even possible? I wish I could have loved it more but It didn’t really hold my interest. I had a really high expectations for this book and I was left disappointed.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Berkeley pub for gifting me a copy of Faker by Sarah Smith. This was a quick enemies to lovers romance that was pretty cute. Tate and Emmie both work at Nuts and Bolts, and they equally hate each other. Tate is an ass for no reason so Emmie decides she doesn’t like him either. Their company starts working on a charity home building project which puts Tate and Emmie on the same special assignment. They have to work together more closely which Emmie is not happy about. Once they start wo Thanks to Berkeley pub for gifting me a copy of Faker by Sarah Smith. This was a quick enemies to lovers romance that was pretty cute. Tate and Emmie both work at Nuts and Bolts, and they equally hate each other. Tate is an ass for no reason so Emmie decides she doesn’t like him either. Their company starts working on a charity home building project which puts Tate and Emmie on the same special assignment. They have to work together more closely which Emmie is not happy about. Once they start working together though, things definitely change!This was a light romance, for me, but enjoyed. 3 ⭐️
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this!! I thought the whole thing was going to focus on the enemies to lovers romance but it was so much deeper than that and because of it, so much more enjoyable. I loved that the characters communicated really well and I love seeing multicultural couples portrayed so well and with so much heart. This made me swoon, I genuinely laughed out loud a few times, and I was rooting for both characters from the get go!
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  • Jessica B.
    January 1, 1970
    Well I have officially melted into a puddle of squeeing happy feels. Tate is the definition of a cinnamon bun and I loooooove him. And I thoroughly enjoyed that the getting-to-know-each-other phase wasn't glossed over with a "they spent all night talking about anything and everything" sentence. Those early conversations are vital to relationships and made this slow burn build that much more enjoyable (and the payoff INSANELY hot.) There also wasn't a lot of play-it-cool, can't-show-how-much-I-li Well I have officially melted into a puddle of squeeing happy feels. Tate is the definition of a cinnamon bun and I loooooove him. And I thoroughly enjoyed that the getting-to-know-each-other phase wasn't glossed over with a "they spent all night talking about anything and everything" sentence. Those early conversations are vital to relationships and made this slow burn build that much more enjoyable (and the payoff INSANELY hot.) There also wasn't a lot of play-it-cool, can't-show-how-much-I-like-him/her bullshit. It was utterly delightful to watch them be giddy and grinny and newly in love together. HIGHLY recommend for a feel-good, warm-fuzzy, and a fan-yourself read. *Early work perk read
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: FakerSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Sarah SmithRelease date: October 8, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: contemporary romanceI hate that this book was just okay for me, but unfortunately that's the case with Sarah Smith's debut novel. My first impression was pretty good and I thought this had some real potential. The enemy banter in the workplace with Emmie and Tate was entertaining me and easy to engage with. Emmie is a copywriter at a power tool company named Nuts & Bolts and is in charge of creating product descriptions for the tools. The author herself once worked in aNo2019SmithReleaseStandaloneFaker Title: FakerSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Sarah SmithRelease date: October 8, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: contemporary romanceI hate that this book was just okay for me, but unfortunately that's the case with Sarah Smith's debut novel. My first impression was pretty good and I thought this had some real potential. The enemy banter in the workplace with Emmie and Tate was entertaining me and easy to engage with. Emmie is a copywriter at a power tool company named Nuts & Bolts and is in charge of creating product descriptions for the tools. The author herself once worked in a similar position and borrowed from her experience in this male dominated environment. Sexism and sexual harassment are common for the heroine which she combats with a tough, no-nonsense attitude. It's all about showing who's the alpha in the room, and she believes this is simply a disguise that she dons like a sheep in wolf's clothing. Hence, the title Faker.Even though I was enjoying it, the first niggle I had was the repetitive descriptors of the hero's skin color which I found to be really strange. We are constantly reminded that he is pale, milky, or white to the point where you start to wonder why in the world it was necessary. I don't need to be told almost thirty times how glowingly white he is. Tate is very rude and abrasive in the beginning of the book. Strangely, that was the most enjoyable part of the story because once they got over hating each other I got bored really fast. The pacing could have used some work. A huge chunk of the story was the two of them "taking things slowly" while making heart eyes and acting like lovesick teenagers. Her internal dialogue had an immature quality to it that became a little cheesy for me. This is coming from someone who regularly reads and loves YA romance. Every minute spent with Tate makes me want a hundred more. Every time he says something sweet, I want to hear it over and over. I’ve never been this level of smitten in any prior relationship.It felt like I was just watching them do routine things day after day while internally swooning and making out occasionally. There was nothing to push the plot forward and create the necessary conflict between them. Tate being an introvert and bad at relationships because of it wasn't accomplishing much. On the other hand, what did cause some drama was his persistent jealousy and uncalled for rudeness towards an acquaintance of his. Jamie seemed like a good guy who did nothing more than ask Emmie out on a date and flirt with her. It was so immature and over the top how Tate behaved towards him, and at some points his behavior got so cringy I had to skim past things. Another thing I wasn't the biggest fan of was the sexy times in the book. The author used the most unappealing ways to describe things and I couldn't take the scenes seriously. Again, there was a lot of repetition used. Like the heroine's obsession with Tate's "clean mouth" and how it had a complete lack of flavor. Or the over-usage of "between her legs." But with words being thrown around like squealing, yelping, and slurping...instead of feeling any sexual tension between the two of them I was rolling my eyes or fighting the urge to laugh. The plot could have used more focus on Emmie's work issue with Brett, and her belief that she's putting on an act rather than being another version of her genuine self. So much time was spent on their saccharine exchanges that I never felt it scraped very deep below the surface in any regard. Maybe it's just a case of not connecting to this author. You're not going to click with everyone, and that's okay. But to be honest, if I were to pick a book out of a lineup that I thought was a debut work, I would zero in on this one immediately. Unfortunately this was in the majority a big miss for me, but don't just take my word for it. You may find that your own subjective reading experience is altogether different from mine. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I am such a huge fan of enemies to lovers romances, so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement. I went into this one with some pretty high expectations and was sadly disappointed.Working at an office full of men, Emmie is used to faking confidence to make it as a professional. She doesn't let anyone walk all over her and she speaks her mind, even though she's really not that confident on the inside. Especially when it comes to her infuriatingly annoying coworker, Tat I am such a huge fan of enemies to lovers romances, so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement. I went into this one with some pretty high expectations and was sadly disappointed.Working at an office full of men, Emmie is used to faking confidence to make it as a professional. She doesn't let anyone walk all over her and she speaks her mind, even though she's really not that confident on the inside. Especially when it comes to her infuriatingly annoying coworker, Tate. When Emmie is forced to work with Tate on a project, she doesn't know how she'll survive. Until they are forced together in ways they force them to confront their feelings for one other and see beneath their animosity for each other. When this book started, I was loving it. I loved how much Emmie and Tate bickered and how you could just tell there was more to Tate that Emmie had to discover yet. What was distracting, though, was how obsessed Emmie was with Tate's pale skin. She mentioned it at least 20 times in just the first half of the book. WE GOT IT. He's pale. Cool. I was not a fan of that infatuation. As the story progressed, Emmie and Tate pretty much got over their hate to love halfway through, and the story just went downhill from there. Some things were thrown in as conflict and the rest was just them dating. I feel horrible saying it, but I'm not a fan of just reading about a happy couple. I love the angst of them trying to get together and not being able to be together. I was just not as interested after they stopped hating each other so soon. While I really enjoyed this book as it started and thought Tate was a super adorable love interest, the rest of the book didn't really hold my interest. I wasn't a fan of Emmie as much as I thought I would be and I wish the enemies lasted just a little bit longer. In the end, my expectations of this were high and were just not met.
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    "Fake can be empowering. It’s human nature. It’s necessary.'' I really enjoyed this one, you guys! As soon as I saw that this had the enemies to lovers trope I knew that I had to read it. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while then you know that this is one of my favorite tropes. Let me say this, this book gave me The Hating Game vibes and I was head over heels for it! Emmie was such an easy to care for main character. She felt that she had to have two personalities while working since she worked "Fake can be empowering. It’s human nature. It’s necessary.'' I really enjoyed this one, you guys! As soon as I saw that this had the enemies to lovers trope I knew that I had to read it. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while then you know that this is one of my favorite tropes. Let me say this, this book gave me The Hating Game vibes and I was head over heels for it! Emmie was such an easy to care for main character. She felt that she had to have two personalities while working since she worked at a male dominated place. She was such a spitfire but was also sweet!Tate stole my heart so early in this book. I will always love and stan soft guys and Tate is such a cinnamon roll! While he was closed off in the beginning, you soon get to realize why he is the way he is. Also, reading about a man who wasn’t scared to voice the insecurities he had about himself was gold. The romance. The F R E A K I N G romance! I don’t think I could have loved this couple more if I actually tried. They had steamy chemistry, was WAY too adorable for words, and they made me smile so hard my cheeks hurt. Reading about Tate and Emmie falling in love and navigating their relationship added years to my life. What I really enjoyed here was the low conflict. I know that isn’t a popular thing for most, but I love it. I’m not big for angst and drama in my romance. While we did get a conflict, it was like a speed bump and the couple quickly moved past it. As much as I did enjoy this, I did have to take off a star because there were a few things that made me raise an eyebrow. Such as her seeming to be really obsessed with his pale skin and then the actual conflict of this story. However, I let the good outweigh the bad here. All in all, I really enjoyed this debut and can’t wait to see what else Sarah writes! ✨I received an ARC via the author for an honest review and the quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.Blog | Instagram | Twitter Buddy read with the lovely Sue over at @beautybookcorner 💜
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  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
    January 1, 1970
    1 Star / 2 Steam (maybe) This was a huge DUMPSTER FIRE!! I wanted to enjoy it but after the third or fourth mention of how "pale/milky/white" Tate's skin was in only two chapters, this turned into a hate read rather than a read for enjoyment. Emmie is employed in a male-dominated shop dealing with tools. Tate is the social media coordinator and Emmie has taken the companies digital visibility to the next level but when the two of them meet Tate doesn't take to Emmie the way she thinks is acceptable. Th 1 Star / 2 Steam (maybe) This was a huge DUMPSTER FIRE!! I wanted to enjoy it but after the third or fourth mention of how "pale/milky/white" Tate's skin was in only two chapters, this turned into a hate read rather than a read for enjoyment. Emmie is employed in a male-dominated shop dealing with tools. Tate is the social media coordinator and Emmie has taken the companies digital visibility to the next level but when the two of them meet Tate doesn't take to Emmie the way she thinks is acceptable. There is also the constant mentioning of how the men at the tool company objectify the female employees so Emmie has to have her "bitch boss" attitude in place at all times. Tate steps in after an incident with Emmie while taking care of her in an intimate way getting someone in the company fired. Although there was a similar incident in reverse nothing happened to that offender. This story tried and failed to do the hate to lover trope and I found myself utterly annoyed with this story from the obsession/objectification of skin color, why there was supposed to be "hate" between Emmie and Tate didn't really make sense, and there is a love triangle that was just unnecessary. Overall, this was just a mess IMO and a waste of my day. This specific video review will be included in the September/October 2019 wrap-up.For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Faker is an exceptionally good debut romance from Sarah Smith. The blurb caught my interest and the writing made it a fun enemies to lovers’ story. Emmie works in a predominately male environment as a copywriter for Nuts & Bolts. She has to deal with men all day and one particular coworker whom she can’t seem to get along at all. He seems to be always scowling at her and she returns the scowl right back. Now they are working together on a project and getting in each other’s space. She learns Faker is an exceptionally good debut romance from Sarah Smith. The blurb caught my interest and the writing made it a fun enemies to lovers’ story. Emmie works in a predominately male environment as a copywriter for Nuts & Bolts. She has to deal with men all day and one particular coworker whom she can’t seem to get along at all. He seems to be always scowling at her and she returns the scowl right back. Now they are working together on a project and getting in each other’s space. She learns things about him and he’s not the guy she thought he was. What’s his story? Emmie finds out there is more to Tate than the scowl on his face.It’s easy to understand why Emmie feels like a faker when it comes to being tough at work. She’s been doing it her own life being a different ethnicity and living in a predominately Caucasian area. She was teased and it was easy to become a loner. She shows one side of herself at work and has a softer side for her close friends and family. When she begins to see Tate regularly outside of work, she notices that they are more alike than different. They both are introverts who really don’t express themselves very well. Tate has had a hard time his whole life with expressing himself and it shows. Tate may not be good at expressing himself but he listens and pays attention. He shows you how he feels with his actions instead. Tate is definitely swoon worthy and a favorite hero of mine. Once Emmie sees Tate in a new light, a new relationship blossoms. The author captured the essence of what it is like to be in a new romance and all its nuances which brought back good memories of first love.It’s a bit of a gamble reading a new author but I have to say Faker was definitely a hit and she’s off to a great start. The story may have been a bit predictable and the conflict blown a little out of proportion, it still hit all the good marks and was an enjoyable read. I look forward to more stories from the gifted author.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    January 1, 1970
    A good debut novel by Sarah Smith, I really enjoyed the first half of this enemies to lovers office romance. Set around their workplace in the construction industry, they spend a lot of time together... But for some reason Tate treats Emmie with disdain and she has no idea why. .I would have preferred a bit more push pull and I felt like once they became friends it kinda fell flat for me but that's a personal preference - I like to feel a little more angst and emotion in my love/hate A good debut novel by Sarah Smith, I really enjoyed the first half of this enemies to lovers office romance. Set around their workplace in the construction industry, they spend a lot of time together... But for some reason Tate treats Emmie with disdain and she has no idea why. .I would have preferred a bit more push pull and I felt like once they became friends it kinda fell flat for me but that's a personal preference - I like to feel a little more angst and emotion in my love/hate tropes.However, an author to keep an eye on!
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  • Shealea
    January 1, 1970
    With all the mixed reviews I’ve read, I went into this book with the lowest of expectations. I wanted so badly to, at the very least, enjoy it. Especially because the main character is half-Ilocano.But!!! This isn’t just badly written with hilariously unrealistic dialogue, it’s borderline problematic as well. There is a lot of... weird fixation on whiteness that happens. And for some reason, the “conflict” of the story (if you can even call it that) is the love interest is too introv With all the mixed reviews I’ve read, I went into this book with the lowest of expectations. I wanted so badly to, at the very least, enjoy it. Especially because the main character is half-Ilocano.But!!! This isn’t just badly written with hilariously unrealistic dialogue, it’s borderline problematic as well. There is a lot of... weird fixation on whiteness that happens. And for some reason, the “conflict” of the story (if you can even call it that) is the love interest is too introverted, which is repeatedly used as a crutch for his abusive or shitty behavior. I am confuzzled (a cute way of saying I was hella confused as I read this).Full review to come (and tea may or may not be served).P.S. At some point, the love interest is compared to Thor and is described as “the god of thunder dipped in a milk bath.” This Marvel fan is not on board with this.
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