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I just finished this book and while I enjoyed it in general- many swoopy feelings, heart thuds and chuckles- it was a total rehash of Sally Thorne’s “The Hating Game”. Literal rehash. The main plot points followed exactly, from a stolen kiss to an illness to a apology gift to a trip together (that and more folks). It’s disappointing because I’m a rabid fan of The Hating Game. I love this trope and would really have enjoyed this book were I not constantly expecting Sally’s next plot point to crop up. A little more originality would have gone a long way!
Ok ok, I know there are no truly NEW and original ideas, but cmon, this follows WAY too closely to the plot of The Hating Game. Even the writing styles, way things are described are SO SO similar. Sure, a few things were changed, but thats like someone rewriting Harry Potter and switching out the names. I don't want to say more or give more examples because that would be SPOILERS, but pretty disappointed in both what I read and the author.
The book was well written, but it's almost an exact copy and I can't forgive that.
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. Being one of the few females in her industy and Nuts & Bolts, she has to be tough as nails. Not her usually easygoing self. One thing she doesn’t have to fake is her hatred for her coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day he started. Her friendly greetings and repeat attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than a scowl or one world 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. Maybe beneath Tate’s scowling exterior lies a caring heart. But can the past be so easily forgotten? It’s going to take more than a few kind words to convince her that what they have is real. I know a lot of people have been raving about this book! I was so excited for it’s release and to read it! However, I kept finding myself make a lot of connections with things in this book to The Hating Game. THG was one of my favorite reads this year so it’s not necessarily a bad thing! I just feel that this office enemies to lovers romance has been done so many times that this one didn’t feel all that new to me.There was a few steamy scenes in here though, however I did not connect with the emotions! I enjoyed Emmie and Tate’s characters and the conflict they faced towards the end for the plot twist was well done. Overall I did enjoy this! It was a cute and quick read and I can understand why it’s getting a huge hype, It just fell a little bit flat for me.
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!
Plagiarism is just not cool. I get it - all stories follow a trope but to copy the Hating Game plot point by plot point is kinda cheap. It’s annoying to read a story when you know exactly what’s going to happen next. Kinda feel you owe the other author an apology. Also - having a brown girl fawn over some white guy’s glowing skin is.....icky. Though it’s nice to see albinos given some love I suppose.
Guys, gals, and NBs… This. Is. To. Die. For. No, but seriously. Smith’s voice is gripping and witty and takes you on a romantic journey of enemies to lovers that’ll leave your heart melting into a simmering puddle of starry-eyed goop.
Okay, you may be thinking I’m a bit biased considering I beta read for Smith, which obviously means we’re friends. But if you’re thinking that, you’d be wrong. I practically begged this beautiful soul to let me review for her because I truly believe in this story and in Smith’s wow-factor as an author. I promise, if you give this a read, you’ll see what I mean.
Not only does Smith provide an #ownvoices heroine filled with fire and spunk, she also built a hunk’a hunk’a burnin’ love interest with dashing and dang near devious deliciousness. (Okay, okay… I got a bit carried away with the alliteration there, but Tate’ll do that to a person. And by “do that,” I of course mean turn your brain into mush.)
This story has a fresh and energetic take on one of my all-time fave tropes. Actually, it fits several of ‘em… enemies to lover, workplace romance, opposites attract… shall I keep going? But, really, I would recommend this to any lover of romance. It has a little something for everyone.
Faker, by debut novelist Sarah Smith, was one of my favorite reads of 2019. The premise of the book caught my attention so strongly that, when I didn’t end up with a review copy, I just had to buy this particular book because it sounded like such a fun read. It was money well spent, because Faker was thoroughly enjoyable and devoured it within hours of beginning it. It turned out to be one of those books that you just can’t put down; the kind that give you ALL the feelings. I laughed, cried, and angry-flipped pages to see what Emmie would endure next from her surly coworker, Tate.
Emmie, you see, is a big faker. She is one of just a handful of female employees at Nuts & Bolts. And everyday she has to deal with the bull-crap that the men she works with deal out. So she puts on her tough-girl mask and marches around work everyday as if none of it bothers her. But, on the inside she’s just a big softie who has felt beat down since day one of dealing with her number one N&B nemesis, Tate. He’s given her the cold shoulder time and time and time again. But, when Tate and Emmie are forced to work together on a big project, they’ll have to figure out a way to deal with one another. And little does Emmie know that there may be a reason for Tate’s cold shoulder that may explain his treatment of her. However, things definitely aren’t as they seem for either Emmie or Tate …
Ahh! This was SUCH a great read. It’s one of those books that I wish I could read again for the first time. Grab a cup of cocoa, snuggle up in a blanket, and enjoy this fantastic story.
Tate and Emmie work together in a hardware company called Nuts & Bolts, a predominantly male dominated company. Emmie feels the constant need to prove herself. Something that so many women can relate to. Tate doesn’t help the situation. At first he comes off abrasive, cocky and as rude (as many of the other men in the office have been to her). Tate is pretty much public enemy #1 in the to Emmie, so of course fate would have it that they’re forced to work on a project together.
Emmie is my type of heroine. Feisty, funny, strong. Great sense of humor & sarcasm. Good work ethic, totally the type of gal I can relate to. Especially because she feels so much of the time that she’s faking her way through life, that people don’t really know her. That she's got to put on this tough facade, but the thing is, it's not a facade, it's who she is. Emmie is strong. She is smart. She's brilliant. She’s not afraid to tell these men exactly how she feels.
Tate comes off at first a bit alpha. I like the strong, silent ones. You never really know what’s going through their head, and it makes them that much more desirable. He’s brooding, anti-social, quiet and at times a bit abrasive, but he’s got his reasons, (and I won’t spoil the book by telling you what they are, because honestly I didn’t see it coming. Sarah kept me guessing until the end as to WHY he was so cold to Emmie at first and why he fought his attraction so long).
Both of these two have issues opening up to people. Trust is a biggie for them. I loved watching their relationship blossom as they both learned to trust each other more.
Enemies to lovers is my all time favorite type of romance to read and I loved how their relationship unfolded. No unnecessary drama, just two people finally becoming honest and open.
And oh my lordy, the bedroom scenes were off the charts hot. I knew they’d be great (I’ve read Sarah’s stuff from her blog and this is where she shines bright).
The cover is absolutely freaking perfect for this book. It fits Emmie to a tee. Such an amazing debut novel by a talented author. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.
RomCom isn’t my usual go-to, but I couldn’t put this book down! Sarah Smith did such a fantastic job weaving threads of humor, work tensions, attraction, and societal norms into a solid but lighthearted story. I can’t wait to see what she publishes next, i think she has a very prolific future ahead of her.
This book was such a fun time! Such an excellent slow burn with a satisfying end. Emmie and Tate are now my favorite couple. Their enemies to lovers relationship was consistently hilarious and their chemistry was sizzling hot. The whole narrative was first person through our protagonist's perspective, which was a smart move for building the tea-kettle tension.
Highlights for me:
•hilarious enemies •grouch who's so soft in the middle •forced proximity •female friendships/positive relationships with sisters •own voices •women navigating male dominated workplaces