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I had been waiting to read Faker since I heard about it a few months ago. The premise reminded me of 'The Hating Game', and there were quite a few similarities to it (standoffish male love interest, office romance, a perfectly nice guy thrown in to make a love triangle etc) - but I don't see it as a bad thing as I loved that book. This was quite an easy read and the writing style made me pretty much devour the book in one sitting. I do, however, agree with another reviewer that there isn't quite enough tension/angst as there could have been. (Again, I compare it to the Hating Game, whereby the tension built up there is truly 'delicious'). Another off putting thing is the price - £7.99 is quite a lot of money. Luckily I enjoyed it, but I don't like that books are getting more pricey.
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!
This book is a cross between “99 Percent Mine,” and “Hating Game,” except the dialogue reminds me more of a 50 shades-type emulation. Emmie is a boss-bitch faking her way through life. Far from being a take-charge kind of gal, Emmie considers herself to be super introverted and has to act her way to be an assertive girl boss at her mostly-male dominated workspace. Emmie shares a neighboring cubicle with Tate, the sexy star of our novel. Sparks PLEASE. This one had great steam scenes and was dripping in sexual tension. Although the dialogue got a little cringy, the steam scenes definitely balanced it out. I liked that Emmie wasn’t really faking the boss-bitch part and that she was able to realize just how awesome she was.
Such a cute story. I enjoyed every minute of Emmie and Tate! The characters were likable and real and best of all there is not a millionaire or virgin in sight! The big but is--IT'S THE EXACT SAME STORY AS MY FAVORITE, THE HATING GAME!!
I’ve seen hints of this book on social media, and was so excited to finally read it. This is Sarah Smith’s debut novel, but I wouldn’t have known. The story and characters kept me hooked and reading into the night with the result that I devoured it in a few days. The cover copy tells of an enemies to lovers romance, and the first quarter or so of the book did that well. However, that was resolved maybe a little too quickly, so I docked a star for that. But another story took its place, built well upon it, and kept me hooked. A few weeks ago as of this writing, the Fated Mates podcast did an episode dedicated to “sickbed scenes,” and this would have fit right in. Emmie’s concussion and appendectomy gave Tate a reason to be close to her (after she made it clear she wanted him there) and prompted them to open up to each other. After that, the physical demands of her recovery forced a slow burn that kept me hooked and made the consummation all the more satisfying. The main characters had my attention, and the side ones captured my interest, too. I’d love to see more about Emmie’s backpacking sister and her adventures. I didn’t see Jamie as a bad guy, just the wrong one for Emmie, and hope he finds someone special. And I see that the author’s next book is set in Hawaii...might a certain couple on vacation make a cameo appearance? I’m excited to find out about that, and to read what she comes out with next.