Faked
Every action has a consequence, and Claire Ward knows it. And yet, even knowing that her decision to swap places with her identical twin sister, Lia, for a night could be disastrous, she still does it. Why? Because it will give her an evening with the man she’s been crushing on for years, Lia’s best friend, Finn. Miss Straight A Student has thought through all the angles, and knows the risk is worth it. And everything would have been fine, if Finn had been the one to show up at her door. But it wasn’t. Bauer Davis— Finn’s half brother and his exact opposite in just about every definable category is the one waiting for her instead. A professional snowboarder, Bauer is covered in ink, full of attitude, and has a chip on his shoulder the size of Mt. Olympus. The kind of bad boy that Claire has never been attracted to before. Now the good girl is with the wrong brother for a night, and when the consequence is that they have to pretend to be together for an event, it’s nothing she could have predicted. But maybe, just maybe, what makes Bauer so bad, is exactly what Claire needs.

Faked Details

TitleFaked
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2020
PublisherDutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Rating
GenreRomance, Sports, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Faked Review

  • Phuong ✯
    January 1, 1970
    – 3 starsFaked was a cute story. If you liked Focused, you will like this one too, if not even more. I think this is a "it's me, it's not the book" thing. For once I have a thing with names. If I don't like the names of the characters the book is already to a medium start. Guys don't name your children after numbers *X Æ A-12 is leaving the chat* or Bauer. You're asking what my problem with Bauer is? Well, Bauer means "farmer" or "peasant" in German and honestly that's just not an attractive nam – 3 starsFaked was a cute story. If you liked Focused, you will like this one too, if not even more. I think this is a "it's me, it's not the book" thing. For once I have a thing with names. If I don't like the names of the characters the book is already to a medium start. Guys don't name your children after numbers *X Æ A-12 is leaving the chat* or Bauer. You're asking what my problem with Bauer is? Well, Bauer means "farmer" or "peasant" in German and honestly that's just not an attractive name. Sorry, I hope no one feels offended. The other reason was that I was completely bored with the first half of the story. Despite his name, I found myself quite liking Bauer. He is the 'bad boy' and black sheep of the family. Claire on the other hand was not that interesting. She the A-student, the quiet twin and the girl who has a crush on her twin's best friend. So when Lia (the twin sister) asked Claire to do a twin-switch to go to an event with Finn (Claire's crush), but got the other brother instead, that should been fun right? But the execution was pretty lukewarm. Another trope this book has is insta-love. After a few days Claire and Bauer are all heart-eyes for each other and I was not feeling it. On paper the opposite attracts trope looks good, but I just didn't see much chemistry between the main characters until the second part of the book. On a more positive note. I absolutely love the Ward family. Every scene with Paige, Logan, Lia, Isabel and Emmett made me smile. The support and relationship they have with each other is just adorable and I love reading about these healthy family ties. Overall a pretty sweet, safe and unproblematic read that just didn't leave a memorable impression.
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  • zaira
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s you. That’ll always be the best part of my day.” Claire Ward is the quiet one among her siblings. Growing up she was constantly facing comparisons with her twin sister Lia and she often felt overshadowed. She wants people to think of her as her own separate person from Lia — for people not to compare them nor group them together. This book finally puts her in the spotlight and I loved getting to know her even more! She’s very empathetic and cares a lot about helping others, I can’t h “There’s you. That’ll always be the best part of my day.” Claire Ward is the quiet one among her siblings. Growing up she was constantly facing comparisons with her twin sister Lia and she often felt overshadowed. She wants people to think of her as her own separate person from Lia — for people not to compare them nor group them together. This book finally puts her in the spotlight and I loved getting to know her even more! She’s very empathetic and cares a lot about helping others, I can’t help but admire her. If you’ve met the Wards before Faked… you know she’s had feelings for Finn, Lia’s best friend, for a while. She’s set to attend a family event with Finn in Lia’s place (a twin swap!). Instead, it’s Finn’s half-brother Bauer Davis who picks up Claire. He’s a snowboarder and the exact opposite of Finn.Bauer really won my heart over. He has his flaws (who doesn’t?) but I could see that he was willing to try harder and work through his emotionally-stunted all for Claire. He’s someone you really just want to give all your love to because you just know he deserves it and needs it but never got a lot of it growing up.
I love the kind of relationship they have. They understand each other in different ways. Bauer was “the other brother.” The black sheep of the family. Claire was the twin who had always faded into the background. She is one of the very few people in Bauer’s life who thinks good of him and isn’t expecting him to mess up any second. Bauer, who is usually closed off, allows himself to be vulnerable around her. As always, I love the scenes of the Ward family!!! To think Claire and Lia were barely teenagers in The Marriage Effect… Logan and Paige really did raise them well. It’s evident how much the love and support they had for each other growing up affected Claire. In contrast, it’s also shown how the lack of a good family dynamic affected Bauer. Admittedly, I wanted more scenes with the family but I guess they really are growing up huh. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know more about Lia and Isabel through their books!
I’m really grateful Karla Sorensen took a turn and started from scratch when writing this book. I still remember her posts when she did that, and it definitely paid off. Claire and Bauer are amazing together. They feel right. I wish this book was a little bit longer, actually. I want more!!!Rating: 4.5/5I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.6/16/2020: Now LIVE and FREE on Kindle Unlimited! myBook.to/Faked
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  • Miftahul
    January 1, 1970
    3.7 stars I am not a fan of insta love but Bauer and Claire were so freaking cute. Bauer is totally a boyfriend material and his love for Claire is so precious. I really enjoyed reading this book, i wasn’t expecting much since i have read some books by the author and i didnt like any of them but this one was different. I liked Claire wayyy more than Lia and if Lia were my sister then she would have to do more to earn my forgiveness, I seriously didnt like her character, she is rude and petty for 3.7 stars I am not a fan of insta love but Bauer and Claire were so freaking cute. Bauer is totally a boyfriend material and his love for Claire is so precious. I really enjoyed reading this book, i wasn’t expecting much since i have read some books by the author and i didnt like any of them but this one was different. I liked Claire wayyy more than Lia and if Lia were my sister then she would have to do more to earn my forgiveness, I seriously didnt like her character, she is rude and petty for no reason since all the characters in this book are lovey dovey. There are no negative characters but yet Lia is so mean, she didnt come out as sassy or overprotective rather she was just plain annoying. This book was short, i want more Claire and Bauer. * sigh *, their relationship is so unique, i cant get over them. The plot was interesting which kept me hooked till the end, i finished it in one sitting and loved every moment of it. Although the whole identical twin thingi put me off a bit, mostly cuz i hated Lia but anyway it was a cute read.
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    "You Ward women, you should come with a warning label, princess."Claire and Bauer were not the pairing I was expecting, but I don’t think any other couple would have worked. Finn boy seems great, but Bauer ohhhh Bauer is Claire’s perfect other half for sure. In this one we are served a little twin swap, a little fake date, and a little forced proximity. All delicious tropes. These two fall pretty quickly, but it’s sweet. They both have past and parental issues, and I love how they sort of open u "You Ward women, you should come with a warning label, princess."Claire and Bauer were not the pairing I was expecting, but I don’t think any other couple would have worked. Finn boy seems great, but Bauer ohhhh Bauer is Claire’s perfect other half for sure. In this one we are served a little twin swap, a little fake date, and a little forced proximity. All delicious tropes. These two fall pretty quickly, but it’s sweet. They both have past and parental issues, and I love how they sort of open up to each other like they’ve never done with anyone else.All in all a good read. Love these Ward sisters and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Lia is up next and her small POV at the end sounds promising for her book!
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  • bruna
    January 1, 1970
    "His smile was small and sweet, and the way he was watching me made me blush in a different way. It wasn't sexual. Bauer looked… fascinated. Enamored. Like a man who was falling in love." >> 4.5 starsFaked is the kind of romance you read when you just wanna relax and witness two people falling in love with each other very quickly and without any major drama to keep them apart. Even though Claire Ward and Bauer Davis' relationship can be considered insta-love, I wasn't bothered by that because "His smile was small and sweet, and the way he was watching me made me blush in a different way. It wasn't sexual. Bauer looked… fascinated. Enamored. Like a man who was falling in love." >> 4.5 starsFaked is the kind of romance you read when you just wanna relax and witness two people falling in love with each other very quickly and without any major drama to keep them apart. Even though Claire Ward and Bauer Davis' relationship can be considered insta-love, I wasn't bothered by that because they shared such a deep connection that it honestly felt like they already knew each other for years. Everything between Claire and Bauer was natural and effortless, so it was easy to believe that they were perfect together. I loved that Bauer was smitten with Claire from the very start and didn’t try to hide it. He was always trying to make Claire flustered and her reactions were hilarious because she didn’t want Bauer to think he was growing on her. Bauer was also sweet, funny and the biggest flirt in the world. I honestly don’t know how Claire managed to not kiss him the first time he called her "princess". Moreover, I loved that this book had so many of my favorite tropes: bad boy/good girl, fake dating and "just one bed". They definitely made Claire and Bauer's relationship even more interesting and captivating. I never thought Karla would create a hero as perfect as Logan Ward again, but she did it. I'm a sucker for lonely characters that think no one could ever love them, so it was impossible to not love Bauer. Behind the bad boy exterior, there was a man who suffered a lot and was so afraid of being rejected that he just stopped letting anyone in, but as he started trusting Claire, he also started trusting himself. His growth from a closed off and sarcastic guy to a soft and funny one was amazing. Even though we saw glimpses of Claire in the previous book, it was incredible to finally see what went through her head and what a focused, successful and determined woman she became. Considering she has always been a quiet and observant child, it made perfect sense that she was the one who decided to study and work with child development. She often wondered what made children become the people they were and those scenes offered a lot of great insights about the subject. The connections Claire made between her studies and what she and Bauer went through only made the book seem more real. Besides that, you can see that Claire was definitely raised by Paige because she didn't take any shit and stood up for herself when it was necessary. The Ward girls are simply perfect <3However, I was disappointed by the lack of family scenes and the abrupt ending. I know that Claire and Bauer are mostly drama free characters, but I felt like they should have discussed what happened in more depth instead of just letting it go. Other than those minor problems, Karla Sorensen once again delivered a solid romance with cute, strong and amazing characters and a straightforward plot. I think it's safe to say that she’s now one of my favorite romance writers and I can’t wait to read her other books (especially Lia and Isabel’s stories)!*ARC provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARSAnother fantastic read from Karla, if you haven't read yet her books do it now!!The chemistry between Bauer and Claire was smoking hot, I couldn't get enough of them!"His wide grin held the slightest secret edge to it that was meant only for me. It made my heart race."Claire and Bauer had such a nice dynamic, I loved their momments together!I adored them!Faked is a standalone, it's sweet, sexy and refreshing!     4 STARSAnother fantastic read from Karla, if you haven't read yet her books do it now!!The chemistry between Bauer and Claire was smoking hot, I couldn't get enough of them!"His wide grin held the slightest secret edge to it that was meant only for me. It made my heart race."Claire and Bauer had such a nice dynamic, I loved their momments together!I adored them!Faked is a standalone, it's sweet, sexy and refreshing!    
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  • Apoorva
    January 1, 1970
    First- I liked this one more than Focused.In this one the characters had more depth and chemistry as compared to that, in my opinion. Although this had a little bit of insta element for Bauer, I still liked the way it developed between them.Claire was a smart and intelligent character, which was emphasized a little too much at one or two points but overall she was really good. She was sweet, understanding and I felt that she actually connected with Bauer. Bauer was an amazing character. He was t First- I liked this one more than Focused.In this one the characters had more depth and chemistry as compared to that, in my opinion. Although this had a little bit of insta element for Bauer, I still liked the way it developed between them.Claire was a smart and intelligent character, which was emphasized a little too much at one or two points but overall she was really good. She was sweet, understanding and I felt that she actually connected with Bauer. Bauer was an amazing character. He was the black sheep of the family and I don't think he is to blame, it was just because of the way he was raised. His relationship with his step mom had alienated him from his father and half brother as well, and he never really had a true family to depend on. While both Claire and Bauer didn't have their biological mother with them, they were totally different because Claire had a family to support her whereas Bauer certainly never felt like he had one to lean on. What I really felt was their ability to read and understand each other. You can never know what's going on in someone's mind but you can feel when someone you care about is unhappy or vice versa. Bauer had that rough and tough thing pat down but he was as insecure as he was confident. Claire had her own insecurities to deal with, being the more quiet and shy twin of the two. She was a little similar to Molly but at the same time a bit better too. At least I thought so.In terms of plot this one too didn't have anything you would call new( okay one thing- he was a snowboarder and I am glad it wasn't another football or hockey romance lol) but it was certainly developed much better than Molly's story and I know I shouldn't be comparing since technically they are all stand-alones but we do usually compare an author's recent work to their previous work so I'm going ahead with it.I am not going to summarize the plot here because I have discovered that it kills a little bit of anticipation and if you've read Focused, you are certainly anticipating this one. I enjoyed this more and now I definitely have to read Logan's story before Lia's comes out because apparently the twins were little shits to Paige which I cannot wait to see. And I love Logan and Paige already so it won't be hard :DPS: I had just one problem- Bauer's father's name was written Robert thrice while thrice he was referred to as Tom, so idk what to make of that. It's a frickin tie.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Faked is the second story in a spin-off series that takes us into the lives of the 4 Ward sisters who we met as young teenagers in ‘The Marriage Effect’. I have loved the Ward sisters ever since reading Logan’s book and the fact that they are now getting their own stories makes me ecstatic. And let me tell you, Karla has delivered big time! I loved Molly’s book but this book for Claire... ahh, I absolutely adored it!I absolutely devoured this story! Faked is such a fun flirty, and light read tha Faked is the second story in a spin-off series that takes us into the lives of the 4 Ward sisters who we met as young teenagers in ‘The Marriage Effect’. I have loved the Ward sisters ever since reading Logan’s book and the fact that they are now getting their own stories makes me ecstatic. And let me tell you, Karla has delivered big time! I loved Molly’s book but this book for Claire... ahh, I absolutely adored it!I absolutely devoured this story! Faked is such a fun flirty, and light read that left me loving these characters and just wanting more. Bauer and Claire pulled me in right to their story from the get go and there wasn't a dull moment. They have such a great dynamic together and their chemistry is off the charts. Whilst their romance paced quite quickly, I felt the instant connection between them. They are the true definition of opposites attract, but boy, do they work. Their mutual banter and their vulnerabilities made them relatable and real characters. The Ward family just seems to give me all the feels while reading and this story was no exception. Another stellar book from Karla Sorensen; it was everything I could want in a romance story with a fun twin swap twist - two complete opposites unexpectedly thrown together yet end up fitting perfectly for one another.Faked was such a wonderful book. It ticked ALL my boxes! It was perfect balance of swoonworthy storytelling and steam, hot and sexy moments. Karla Sorensen has penned a beautifully written story which gave me feel all the feel good emotions. Claire and Bauer's touching love story is a absolute must read!
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying, I loved the Washington Wolves series. Then it was announced that the Ward sisters would also get books. I am not always a fan of "spin-off" stories, or the kids of the previous generation. This time, of course, it was more younger siblings, but still, I was unsure. Then came Focused, probably my all-time favourite American football romance to date. And I knew I should have just trusted Karla Sorensen to deliver great stories. Because Faked is no different. Is it a fun sto Let me start by saying, I loved the Washington Wolves series. Then it was announced that the Ward sisters would also get books. I am not always a fan of "spin-off" stories, or the kids of the previous generation. This time, of course, it was more younger siblings, but still, I was unsure. Then came Focused, probably my all-time favourite American football romance to date. And I knew I should have just trusted Karla Sorensen to deliver great stories. Because Faked is no different. Is it a fun story of a twin swap, meeting the bad brother instead of the good one, throw in some snowed-in escapades for good measure? Sure. But boy is it more. SOOO much more. Without being over the top drama, without being angsty. It is just real, and deep, and emotional, while never losing sight of humour, butterflies and sibling bickering. Claire is amazing. She is strong, she has ideas, and she has a twin sister who has always outshone her a little. Maybe sometimes she hid behind her, but sometimes it must hurt to not be seen as more than the other half. Her astuteness, her kindness, her empathy, make her exceptional. She doesn't stop at glancing at people, she wants more, underneath the surface, which I absolutely loved. I know that quiet, in the corner, but always watching, kind of behaviour all too well, and it is so refreshing to see it paired not with a wallflower-shy-virgin-needs to be saved by the bad boy to be shown the world kind of thing, but she is her own person. A truly unique and great one.Bauer, oh Bauer. The inked older half brother of Claire's affection, and everything she didn't want. Until maybe.... that proves much more interesting than the one she was always staring at from the corner of her eye. Bauer is a tough guy, and pulls up a wall like we all do, in order to not be hurt, but he's no asshole. He's had a bad set of cards that life dealt him, but he's making his way. He can be closed off and hurt by his past, but also opening up, and optimistic, which is just so endearing about him.I just enjoyed their conversation. Actual, grown-up conversation from deep to light, listening, truly listening. Their love grows so tentative through exploring one another and then bursts free in the sweetest, hottest, most understanding way. Their story was perhaps unusual, but in no way unreal or contrived. And most of all, it made me feel. I was there with them, from the first surprise, the fun, the butterflies, the heartache and the heart soaring. I felt. Big things. Just like them. And that is all you want from a book. Absolutely phenomenal. "You're just about the least forgettable person I've ever met, Claire." I mean, swoon, right? That's what we all want. To be seen. And they pay attention to each other. If there is anything to say.. then I wanted more. More Claire and Bauer, more Bauer and his mentor, more Agnes, more Ward family, more of everything. But that's just because I am greedy :D And boy, can I not wait for the next book!!!
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  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    The moment I read the blurb for Faked I knew I NEEDED to get my hands on this book. I mean, talk about a BLURB JOLT MOMENT! I love a good twin switch! Add in the heroine ending up with the other brother, the bad-boy brother she’s never even met!GAH! YES YES YES, just all the freaking YESES.I was so here for that. And let me tell you, this book was all sorts of intoxicating. I was hooked right from the start. I LOVE the good girl/bad boy trope. That opposites attract thing is soooooo sexy! Add in The moment I read the blurb for Faked I knew I NEEDED to get my hands on this book. I mean, talk about a BLURB JOLT MOMENT! I love a good twin switch! Add in the heroine ending up with the other brother, the bad-boy brother she’s never even met!GAH! YES YES YES, just all the freaking YESES.I was so here for that. And let me tell you, this book was all sorts of intoxicating. I was hooked right from the start. I LOVE the good girl/bad boy trope. That opposites attract thing is soooooo sexy! Add in TONS of chemistry, a great build up, ALL the feels, and a storyline that is so easy, and you have FAKED. Just AMAZING from start to finish!Karla Sorensen is really great at creating a build, at giving her characters a good backstory, of adding tons of detail. There’s so much tension and feels, chemistry and sexy in her books! The moment Bauer shows up to pick up Claire, YOU FEEL IT. That sizzle. That “OMG, this is going to be so good” feeling. And it did not disappoint.Bauer is the black sheep of his family. Next to his step-brother Finn, he thinks he’s second best and that makes you want to snuggle and love on him! Claire is so opposite of Bauer. Where Bauer is mouthy and reckless, Claire is quiet and reserved, thoughtful and observant. Their dynamic is pure perfection and the way they are together is just delicious.Overall, Faked had EVERYTHING I want in a romance. Feels, swoon, sexy, a dash of angst, and ALL the banter. I ADORED every word. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a solid romance. Faked is a standalone in a series. That said, if you have time to pick up The Marriage Effect, DO IT. It’s where you’re introduced to the Ward Family. And then dive into Focused, followed by Faked. These books are just SO BEYOND good.
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  • abire
    January 1, 1970
    “This woman could ask for a knife to flay me alive, and I just might have handed it to her with a dopey ass grin on my face. It was the scariest shit I'd ever experienced in my life, which didn't explain why all I wanted to do was hold her hand, see her smile back at me, and know that she was in it with me. 4.5 stars.THIS WAS EVERYTHING AND IT JUST MADE ME MISS AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WARDS EVEN MORE!!!!ALSO, BAUER FUCKING DAVIS!!! That's it. That's all you need to know for now!I wa “This woman could ask for a knife to flay me alive, and I just might have handed it to her with a dopey ass grin on my face. It was the scariest shit I'd ever experienced in my life, which didn't explain why all I wanted to do was hold her hand, see her smile back at me, and know that she was in it with me. 4.5 stars.THIS WAS EVERYTHING AND IT JUST MADE ME MISS AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WARDS EVEN MORE!!!!ALSO, BAUER FUCKING DAVIS!!! That's it. That's all you need to know for now!I was excited for this book ever since I read Focused in the beginning of the year (in all honesty it was ever since I read The Marriage Effect and found out there was a spinoff for the Ward sisters but anyway), my excitement absolutely didn't die down in the last few months after the twist the author served us with. Claire Ward is the youngest Ward sister, only a few minutes younger than her twin sister, Lia. A fact she doesn't seem to be able to forget as she's unable to get out of her sister's shadow. Everyone she ever meets chooses or compares her to her sister, because they may look the same, but their personalities is very much different. Lia is outgoing while Claire is more of an introvert, and while people are generally drawn to Lia, they mostly tend to overlook Claire. So this book was finally an insight on who Claire when apart from her twin. Going into this, we already know Claire has a crush on her sister's best friend Finn, which is just another instance of someone picking her sister eventhough they look the exact same. So, when the opportunity presents itself in the form of a twin-switch where she has to accompany Finn to one of his family's events, she jumps at the chance to finally show her long time crush who she really is. Except, it's not the person she excepts that knocks on her door.Enter Bauer Davis, the black sheep of the family.Bauer is Finn's Half-Brother, and like Claire, he is often compared to his perfect doctor brother. Except, unlike Claire, it's his own family who seems to find him lacking. Which, seemed pretty crazy to me, because Bauer took over my heart pretty soon after we meet him. He is like any other character really flawed, and he made mistakes in his past that he tried his hardest to atone for and ended up doing. He has very low self-esteem which he gained from years of being told he is not enough by his family (mostly his step-mother), which he hides behind self-deprecating humor. For anyone who follows the author, it is no secret that she changed the direction of the romance for this book at the last minute, and let me tell you, it was a good move on her part.After reading this book, I have no doubt that neither Bauer nor Claire would've made sense or have been better matched with anyone else. The contrast of their home life, where Claire has a very loving and supportive family, versus Bauer who never seems to do anything good in his family's eyes was the perfect foundation of their relationship. Claire showed Bauer that he didn't need to believe everything his family says about him, that he IS enough; which lead him to finally opening up and being his true self with her, which was heartwarming, considering other than his mentor, he wasn't able to trust anyone with who he was. And Bauer, in his turn, SAW Claire, for WHO she is and not for how different she is from her twin.I ended up loving their relationship, and their chemistry just made it even more amazing!I have to admit, my favorite thing about this book/series is the Ward family relationship. I loved seeing how they grew up from The Marriage Effect under Logan and Paige's influence. This is a family that loves, helps and supports one another unconditionally. I loved seeing how protective Paige was of Claire, treating her as if she were her own daughter and going all MAMA BEAR on Bauer until he proved himself.Another thing this book managed to make me love more was Isabel. She is without a doubt my favorite sister in this series, I loved seeing a different, new side of her in this installement. I absolutely cannot wait for her book. This universe (Washington Wolves + Ward Sisters) may not have been my first read from this author, but it is without a doubt my favorite of hers, and one of my favorite of all times. And I would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone. I mean, seriously, if you haven't read it yet.. what are you waiting for? There is nothing better than healthy and supportive familial relationship, be it parental or with siblings... and this series has it in SPADES. (The incredible romances don't hurt either ;)) FAKED has now officially been added to my favorite reads of the year, and I just cannot wait to see more of this family. (Can they have long lost sisters so this series never ends? Pretty please? Thanks)* ARC kindly provided by Enticing Journey in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    3 ❤️🤔❤️⭐️sThe concept of the wrong sister with the wrong brother piqued my interest, yet up to 34% I couldn’t be invested in the story. It was well written, however such a level of inner thoughts and analysing psychological behaviours became uninspiring. Claire was a typical good girl and Bauer was just a not so much badass character as he was portrayed to be. Their connection and chemistry were not very convincing while their relationship developed so fast!It didn’t excite me that much...
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  • °˖ ✧ mer ✧˖ °
    January 1, 1970
    claire and baeur just became my favorite couple sorry noah & molly 😭😭😭thank you karla sorensen for giving me another 2020 favorite. if you havent started reading the ward family series i highly suggest you start it, every book is amazing. i remember thinking we were gonna get finn and claire but i was soooo wrong, however my expectations were exceeded. this book just gave me everything i wanted and more. we get fake dating, a hot snowboarder, great family dynamics and a wonderful heroine. claire claire and baeur just became my favorite couple sorry noah & molly 😭😭😭thank you karla sorensen for giving me another 2020 favorite. if you havent started reading the ward family series i highly suggest you start it, every book is amazing. i remember thinking we were gonna get finn and claire but i was soooo wrong, however my expectations were exceeded. this book just gave me everything i wanted and more. we get fake dating, a hot snowboarder, great family dynamics and a wonderful heroine. claire was probably my favorite character, she was kind, strong and just an amazing character. she took her own experience with her mom and made a career out of it to help others. i loved her so much, every interaction between bauer and claire was witty, funny and just so cute! the family dynamic was everything! paige was so supportive and the best step mother for the girls. we got to see the dynamics between lia and claire as twins and best friends. lia wanted the best for claire even though she didnt think it was bauer but at the end of the day, they still loved each other so much! hopefully soon we get a novella of the whole family in the mountains, that would be so cute!! arc received by author in exchange of an honest review
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  • Michelle Claypot_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this story! Karla just keeps surprising me with every book & pushing herself towards the top of my Favourite Authors List. This book is smart, it’s sexy and it’s just the kind of romance I love. Packed with honest, flawed characters who make you fall for them - even when you want to throttle them! Claire’s character is like an unexpected treasure. We obviously know her from other books in the series, but it’s here she blossoms. Quietly strong, witt I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this story! Karla just keeps surprising me with every book & pushing herself towards the top of my Favourite Authors List. This book is smart, it’s sexy and it’s just the kind of romance I love. Packed with honest, flawed characters who make you fall for them - even when you want to throttle them! Claire’s character is like an unexpected treasure. We obviously know her from other books in the series, but it’s here she blossoms. Quietly strong, witty and kind. She’s the type of woman you want to be friends with. Now Bauer, well he is Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame material. I am talking climb him like a tree, faint from his dirty talk kind of hot. But you know what I loved even more, his flaws and his vulnerabilities. Who said an alpha can’t have feelings! It’s a rich read with a cast of amazing supporting characters, fantastic pace and enough angst that had me happily reading until 3am because I just couldn’t put it down! Definitely a 2020 Favourite. This one gets all the “you’re everything I never knew I needed stars” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I received an arc of this book.
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  • mlovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read this book and Karla didn’t disappoint! Faked was a sweet and beautiful story that I entirely enjoyed and loved! Bauer and Claire were everything! Both as individuals and together. I can't even find the right words that would explain how much I loved these characters and how incredible they were! They were so cute together, so adorable, and so perfect for each other.I’m not a big fan of insta-love but with Claire and Bauer it worked. There was so much chemistry between th I was so excited to read this book and Karla didn’t disappoint! Faked was a sweet and beautiful story that I entirely enjoyed and loved! Bauer and Claire were everything! Both as individuals and together. I can't even find the right words that would explain how much I loved these characters and how incredible they were! They were so cute together, so adorable, and so perfect for each other.I’m not a big fan of insta-love but with Claire and Bauer it worked. There was so much chemistry between them, the kind you can literally feel. I loved this book so much! I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. And I'm already impatient to read the next book in this series. Especially Isabel’s book. ARC provided by Enticing Journey in exchange for an honest review.
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  • gilda
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5*No matter what it was, she had me. And she always would.AHHH this book!! It was so cute, seriously the cutest book I’ve read in a while. Let me start saying that yes, this is kinda insta-love and usually I don’t like that but this was so cute, Bauer truly was, in Claire's words, a sweetheart I LOVE him. So Claire was supposed to cover her twin sister Lia and go to a dinner with Finn, Lia’s best friend and Claire crush since forever. But instead she ends up going with Bauer, Finn’s half brot *4.5*No matter what it was, she had me. And she always would.AHHH this book!! It was so cute, seriously the cutest book I’ve read in a while. Let me start saying that yes, this is kinda insta-love and usually I don’t like that but this was so cute, Bauer truly was, in Claire's words, a sweetheart I LOVE him. So Claire was supposed to cover her twin sister Lia and go to a dinner with Finn, Lia’s best friend and Claire crush since forever. But instead she ends up going with Bauer, Finn’s half brother. After the dinner, and some events that happened there they’re are kinda forced to spend more time together. In so little time they get to know each other so well and they understand each other as well. Claire was so understanding with Bauer, something that he didn’t have with his family. Besides the two of them, I really love the other characters, the Ward family, what can I say about them? They are just perfect. And the last part!! Lia's book looks so promising already I can’t wait!! *ARC provided in exchange of an honest review*
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    *4,5*THIS WAS EVERYTHING *4,5*THIS WAS EVERYTHING
  • yasmin.
    January 1, 1970
    "Love is always a risk, Claire. Always. Every day, even when you're together, because the day you stop choos­ing your part­ner is the day you risk los­ing them. That's the truth in love and rela­tion­ships and busi­ness and life. It trans­lates across every line. We make choices in what mat­ters to us, but not every­one is brave enough to take that step without know­ing we have someone ready to take it with us." how to fall in love with someone in 5 days sounds about right. i enjoy their stor "Love is always a risk, Claire. Always. Every day, even when you're together, because the day you stop choos­ing your part­ner is the day you risk los­ing them. That's the truth in love and rela­tion­ships and busi­ness and life. It trans­lates across every line. We make choices in what mat­ters to us, but not every­one is brave enough to take that step without know­ing we have someone ready to take it with us." how to fall in love with someone in 5 days sounds about right. i enjoy their story a lot but i did expected more. it was super duper fast and they're developing things really quickly but at the same time im not mad at all because i like this pairing so much.claire and bauer are the babiest baby. i enjoy their moments together. them stranded in bauer's trainer house because of snowing and they'll cook a lot of food, play a lot in the snow, feeding agnes the grumpy cat. please please please it's the cutest thing ever. and what bauer gave for claire is just 🥺🥺🥺 umm please give a girl a moment to cry. also lia's pov 👀 i am looking respectfully. i can't wait for her story to serve!
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  • Izzie d
    January 1, 1970
    It's okay.I'm not a fan of the twin swap troupe but I have to say it doesn't follow the usual troupe in that the Hero of this book knows immediately that the twins have swapped.The story was sweet. Not huge angst, bit boring at times.Bit predictable, not difficult to see where the angst at 75% will come in.No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.There is mention of their 'relationship' past.The Hero is a snowboarder so he has a bit of a reputation with women but I felt the book gave m It's okay.I'm not a fan of the twin swap troupe but I have to say it doesn't follow the usual troupe in that the Hero of this book knows immediately that the twins have swapped.The story was sweet. Not huge angst, bit boring at times.Bit predictable, not difficult to see where the angst at 75% will come in.No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.There is mention of their 'relationship' past.The Hero is a snowboarder so he has a bit of a reputation with women but I felt the book gave mixed signals about that.It's mentioned by his mentor that he knows he's not as bad as the media say he is.The Hero tells the heroine, at one point that he hasn't had relationships, we know what that means.There is a comment he was a bit of a man-whore type in his early successful days but not anymore yet he still only does ONS it seems.Details are vague and it doesn't feature much.Both Hero and heroine are described as having a long dry spell.No cheating.No flirting.Other man drama in a sense as the heroine originally had a crush on the Hero's half brother, though nothing happened, she never told him and he didn't notice.Lots of previous characters scenes from authors other books.Teaser chapter for next book about the twin sister Lia.One thing which I found odd was the phrase WWLD was used.It was a line of its own.WWLD.Maybe it's my age but I had to Google it, it means What Would Lia Do.I just found it really odd in the middle of a passage.HEA.Epilogue, 2 months later.
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  • zaraa
    January 1, 1970
    claire and bauer were SOO cute and soft, i loved them. also, all the ward family moments, ugh they’re just bunch of comedians. p.s. the sneak peak at the end, lia’s love interest though— i’m looking the same way i’m looking at isabel and that mma fighter.
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  • Jeeves Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO GOOD! It’s my first time reading something by Sorensen, and I might just need to go a little one-click crazy on her books, because it was FLAWLESS from start to finish. Twin swaps are a guilty pleasure trope of mine because they can play out in a variety of ways and there’s a level of tension that just works for me. This is the kind that’s executed just right, so it won’t hit on any of the things that might bug some readers - it's definitely not a love triangle, there’s no question t This was SO GOOD! It’s my first time reading something by Sorensen, and I might just need to go a little one-click crazy on her books, because it was FLAWLESS from start to finish. Twin swaps are a guilty pleasure trope of mine because they can play out in a variety of ways and there’s a level of tension that just works for me. This is the kind that’s executed just right, so it won’t hit on any of the things that might bug some readers - it's definitely not a love triangle, there’s no question that these two are perfect for each other, and the backstory is handled with care. I was incredibly impressed by how well Sorensen structured the relationship, because a story that starts out with the “wrong” brother and the “wrong” sister can go down a questionable path quickly, but that is definitely not the case here. It’s got so much great dialogue, characters who are complex but easy to like, tension that comes from the CHEMISTRY that sparks between them, and a bad boy hero who will absolutely melt your heart. I loved every minute of it.The story follows Claire, a 21-year-old who has been harboring a secret crush on her twin’s best friend for years. Though she was able to put it behind her for a long time, its recently resurfaced, so Claire’s more willing than she probably should be to step into her sister’s shoes for an event. Thinking she’ll spend an evening with her crush (albeit, while pretending to be her sister), Claire is shocked when her crush’s brother shows up instead. Nothing like his brother, Bauer is tattooed and temperamental, the outcast of his family. Bauer’s always been more of a good time guy, but there’s no way he’s turning down his chance to spend the evening with the kind of girl he’s only ever dreamed of ending up with. As the two navigate the complexities of the evening, there’s no denying that they’ve got the kind of chemistry you don’t see every day.I loved the opposites attract feel, the deep conversations, and the level of depth that’s achieved over the course of such a short time. These two have never met before, so they’re starting fresh and getting to know one another in a way they wouldn’t have considered before. It plays out like it’s in real time, and the reader definitely feels like they’re falling along with these two. There’s something incredibly enticing about a bad boy being so vulnerable, opening himself up to something new and different. Bauer is definitely that guy; you will fall for him within minutes of their first meeting. This stays light and reads quickly, but absolutely touches on some subjects that aren’t easy. I devoured it at an embarrassingly quick speed, and can’t wait to check out more from the author. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this opposites attract romance.
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  • iasmin
    January 1, 1970
    "This woman could ask for a knife to flay me alive, and I just might have handed it to her with a dopey ass grin on my face. It was the scariest shit I'd ever experienced in my life, which didn't explain why all I wanted to do was hold her hand, see her smile back at me, and know that she was in it with me.” Karla started surprising me when she said that the hero wouldn’t be Finn as everyone thought but I was already all in when she reveal us who claire’s love interest was and she wasn't wron "This woman could ask for a knife to flay me alive, and I just might have handed it to her with a dopey ass grin on my face. It was the scariest shit I'd ever experienced in my life, which didn't explain why all I wanted to do was hold her hand, see her smile back at me, and know that she was in it with me.” Karla started surprising me when she said that the hero wouldn’t be Finn as everyone thought but I was already all in when she reveal us who claire’s love interest was and she wasn't wrong about us loving BauerClaire, after reading Faked, I can't imagine liking FinnClaire.Bauer is perfect, my kind of guy, he’s all bad boy attitude on the outside but on the inside is a sweetheart, from the way he acts and treats Claire to the jokes he throws around her... everything is so cute, i want to wrapped him up in a hug, I loved that he was fascinated by Claire from the first moment he saw her, I loved him so much and honestly for me Bauer was the star of the book, he sweep me off my feet and stole the #1 place in my heart that belong to Logan and I wasn’t expecting that. "Because you are the most frustrating, adorable, mystifying woman I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, [...]." Claire is too precious for this world, she’s so smart and sweet, she’s also quiet and keeps to herself unless when she’s talking about the things she loves, in that case she bloomed, I’m so proud of the person she became, it's as if I raised her, and excuse me, she psychoanalysing Bauer?? everything to me, as a psychology major I feel you claire. “I wanted this feeling to last forever. It was the closest I'd ever come to skydiving, to bungee jumping, free-falling through the air, and my blood sang violently in my veins at how heady it all was.” I love seeing them together, they had so much chemistry, I swoon in all their moments together, they’re are perfect for each other, it was beautiful to see Claire looking past Bauer‘s facade, showing him that he deserved to be loved for the person he actually is and not judge for the person other people thing he is, this love story couldn’t be any different because they fit perfectly. Talking about the secondary characters, in some situations Lia and Finn annoyed me a little but by the end of the book everything was just fine, anyway, I was missing my Ward family so much, they're so chaotic, their interactions give me life and THAT little scene from lia’s book??? send it my way already please!!Karla keeps outdoing herself, i'm in love with her writing, faked was incredible and it helps the fact that I’ll never get tired of the ward family, I just wish it had more scenes with the family together but overall this book was so amazing, the epilogue melted my heart, definitely my favorite book from her and I’ll be rereading many many times.* 4.5
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  • anna .・。.・゜✭・
    January 1, 1970
    Claire Ward owner of my heart
  • Manoela
    January 1, 1970
    3.8 Stars Faked is the first book I read from this author and it was a thank you, it was the reading style I needed to forget a little bit of trouble and embark in a light, romantic and fun book together with these characters.The story here has the instant love thing, which I have to admit, I'm not a fan but in this story it didn't bother me, because I think the author did a good development between the characters that sometimes even forgot about it.Claire and Bauer, they're practically the oppo 3.8 Stars Faked is the first book I read from this author and it was a thank you, it was the reading style I needed to forget a little bit of trouble and embark in a light, romantic and fun book together with these characters.The story here has the instant love thing, which I have to admit, I'm not a fan but in this story it didn't bother me, because I think the author did a good development between the characters that sometimes even forgot about it.Claire and Bauer, they're practically the opposite and it was fun to sail this story with them and see how Bauer made the spontaneous and carefree side of Claire showing up and Claire got Bauer to open up. Their story was cute and I loved the bond they developed in a short while.I think the author could have worked a little more on Bauer's relationship with her family, after all that was a gift topic in the book and in the end I felt that it was all there.But in general, I really liked the story. It's a Sweet , light and romantic to read.I Received an unreleased copy of this book
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  • Beneath The Covers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Full review can be found HERE --> https://beneaththecoversblog.com/2020...*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal Full review can be found HERE --> https://beneaththecoversblog.com/2020...*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
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  • Lori R.
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story so much!I more than loved it actually.First off, I’d like to thank Karla Sorensen for Bauer Davis. I do believe he’s my favorite hero created from her beautifully talented mind. Claire Ward, twin sister to Lia, agreed to go to an event dinner and act as Lia. Claire thought her date was going to be Lia’s best friend Finn, whom she’s had a crush on for years. Little did Claire know that her date was going to be Finn’s half brother - a tattooed, hot as hell snowboarder & bad boy, I loved this story so much!I more than loved it actually.First off, I’d like to thank Karla Sorensen for Bauer Davis. I do believe he’s my favorite hero created from her beautifully talented mind. Claire Ward, twin sister to Lia, agreed to go to an event dinner and act as Lia. Claire thought her date was going to be Lia’s best friend Finn, whom she’s had a crush on for years. Little did Claire know that her date was going to be Finn’s half brother - a tattooed, hot as hell snowboarder & bad boy, Bauer Davis. The bad brother with all the muscles. But was he really that bad? The big sexy lug just needs LOVE and to feel wanted. (I volunteer.) When Bauer picks up Claire for the event, she’s surprised and shocked to see it’s not Finn. But seeing Bauer up close, after spending some time with him, she just might not mind that it’s not Finn. The chemistry between Claire and Bauer was electric. They were instantly attracted to each other, the sexual tension was thick. They were opposites, but couldn’t have been any more perfect for each other. The things they said, the things they did, the looks they gave, always at just the right times, gave me ALL THE FEELS. I loved these two together!! In addition to the event dinner, they also get at stranded in a cabin hours away from home because of a snow storm. It’s there that these two get to know each other...very well. They bonded and connected on a level that kinda scared him. What if she’s too good for him? He’s not boyfriend material. No one would want a forever with him.He’s no good. Those were his thoughts. I’m here to tell you he couldn't be more WRONG. He’s perfect boyfriend material. He just doesn’t have a lot of experience with it. He hasn’t dated, and hasn’t wanted to date anyone, for a long time. But he wants to try. For her. *SWOON*This heartwarming love story satisfied me in every way possible. It grabbed ahold of my heart and didn’t let go. Bauer Davis owns my heart. He was so bad he was good. And delicious.
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  • han
    January 1, 1970
    wasn’t really feeling the plot,,, did not feel any chemistry from them and didn’t really connect with them,,,, not a fan of insta love,,,,and the lia pov at the end,,,,, why am i not excited for her book?,,,, anyway but of course i would still be hopeful bc i love the ward family :(
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  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    "𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅, 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒆."Claire and Bauer story is fluffy insta-love I liked the most Ward family scene these were scene stealer.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 stars. I loved it! Great main characters and I enjoyed that it had a little bit of a twist. I’m quickly becoming a fan of this author and can’t wait for the next book.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely devoured this book!! It is a fun and flirty, quick and easy read that will leave you loving these characters and just wanting more. Bauer & Claire pulled me in right from the start and there wasn't a dull moment in their story. Bauer is the epitome of the badboy hero with his tattoos and broody attitude. As their story unfolds, his walls come down and you learn the real depth of why Bauer holds people at such a distance. Even though he puts off this persona of being "too cool" and a I absolutely devoured this book!! It is a fun and flirty, quick and easy read that will leave you loving these characters and just wanting more. Bauer & Claire pulled me in right from the start and there wasn't a dull moment in their story. Bauer is the epitome of the badboy hero with his tattoos and broody attitude. As their story unfolds, his walls come down and you learn the real depth of why Bauer holds people at such a distance. Even though he puts off this persona of being "too cool" and apathetic about everyone and every thing (other than snowboarding), you immediately know the moment he meets Claire that there is much more to him. He is charming, witty, and even gentlemanly when he wants to be. His sexual thoughts hidden behind his genuine curiosity about Claire were such a perfect mix for a hero. As his feelings increased for her, I fell for him more and more. He truly was perfect boyfriend material. This guy had some sweet surprises up his sleeve!You can't help but cheer for Claire throughout this book. She truly got duped into standing in for her sister and ended up with the biggest surprise. Every time she tried to act like her twin and her real persona surfaced, I just grinned and cheered because she is just SO endearing. Claire is brilliant, inquisitive, compassionate and a dreamer. I loved how she never held back her true feelings and even faced her biggest fears about falling too far, too fast. Together, Claire & Bauer's chemistry was honestly just SO much fun. They had me grinning constantly and Bauer's flirty personality lit the match to set them on fire!!!This book will surprise you in the best way. This was my first book I've read by K Sorensen, but it won't be my last! Well done!*4.5 stars*
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