Faker by Sarah Smith

Since the second Emmie met her coworker Tate, she believes he hates her. In turn, she has kept up her walls around him, but after being forced to work on a project together, will they see that it was a misunderstanding all along?

Romance, 336 pages, published in 2019

Since the second Emmie met her coworker Tate, she believes he hates her. In turn, she has kept up her walls around him, but after being forced to work on a project together, will they see that it was a misunderstanding all along?

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I love hate-to-love relationships, so I was really excited when a friend recommended this book to me! I was a little hesitant going in because I had seen some bad ratings, but this book was overall pretty good!

I don’t think that Emmie and Tate were super unique characters, but they were fun to follow. Emmie has to pretend to be confident and unwavering at work because she works with mostly men. Tate is so quiet that he sometimes has a hard time communicating his feelings.

Hate-to-love romances are among my favorites to read because I love the tension. This one didn’t have the most tension in terms of the actual relationship, but there was a fair amount of sexual tension that I did enjoy.

One trope I adore is the one where one person takes care of the other while they are sick. There was an abundance of that in this book and I loved it! I love soft, tender moments like that. One trope that was in this book that I hate is toothbrush sharing. Truly, it’s so gross to me and I know it is supposed to be romantic, but I totally don’t see it that way.

Some of the dialogue was a little cheesy, but for the most part, I didn’t have a problem with it. I did think it would focus a little bit more on the workplace, since Tate and Emmie are coworkers and they really begin connecting during a work project.

Overall, this was a fun and cute romance! It wasn’t an all-time fave, but I definitely enjoyed it while I was reading it.

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Synopsis: After moving in with her sister to help with her recovery, Emily gets roped into doing a Renaissance Faire with her niece. After clashing with Simon, the guy in charge of the Faire, Emily isn’t sure about the thing, but quickly starts having fun as the tavern wench. Most surprisingly, she is having fun flirting with Captain Blackthorne, a charismatic pirate, who just so happens to be played by Simon.

Romance, 336 pages, published in 2019

Synopsis: After moving in with her sister to help with her recovery, Emily gets roped into doing a Renaissance Faire with her niece. After clashing with Simon, the guy in charge of the Faire, Emily isn’t sure about the thing, but quickly starts having fun as the tavern wench. Most surprisingly, she is having fun flirting with Captain Blackthorne, a charismatic pirate, who just so happens to be played by Simon.

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I was immediately drawn to this book for both the cover and the premise. These cute drawn covers are my romance novel weakness!

This was such a cute book overall! I liked the characters, their relationship, and all the of the stuff going in both of their lives. I found Emily super relatable. She is 24, doesn’t know what to do with her life, and get anxious going into unknown social situations. The only difference is that I’m 25! I loved seeing her figure out where she wants her life to go. Basically, I am her at the beginning of the book, but I want to be her at the end of the book 😂. I also loved watching her relationships with her sister and niece grow.

I didn’t feel as strongly for Simon, only because we don’t get to see things from his point of view. I did think that his struggle with grief and doing things because they are expected of him was really interesting.

I love the Faire aspect of this book! It made me really interested in going to one sometime. It just seemed like such a fun atmosphere and the acting aspect of it was so fun. During the Faire, Emily and Simon are pretending to be married for their roles, so it was similar to fake dating. The pirate and wench energy they had was so good!

This book definitely was not as steamy as I thought it would be. I guess the romance I’ve been reading recently has been steamier, so I forgot that romance could be tame! It definitely didn’t take away from the story or relationship at all.

Overall, this was such a cute, fun book! I think what makes it stand out to me is that I enjoyed all the other parts of the plot, not only the romance. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Jen DeLuca in the future!

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