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After seeing this book all over bookstagram and reading various reviews about it, I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile; a slow burn enemies to lovers romance? I am always here for that.
Meet Emmie; a strong, sassy, take no rubbish character who spends 8 hours a day in her job surrounded by burly, gruff men. In order to survive in the testosterone fuelled atmosphere of work, she has created a whole kick ass persona so that she's not seen as incapable just because she's female. To make matters that bit more difficult is the fact that she has to work in close proximity to Tate; grumpy, abrupt and with an apparent dislike for Emmie.
These pair, for me, were the ultimate in enemies to lovers; constantly trading quippy one liners and trying to outdo each other, I felt that this heightened the chemistry between them to the point where I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting for them to realise their feelings for each other.
Both Emmie and Tate weren't the typical perfect heroine/hero; they both had their insecurities that held them back from showing their true selves to each other. That is until an accident puts Emmie in the hospital. This was the turning point in the story where we got to witness these two gorgeous characters finally realising the depth of their feelings for each other.
A perfect blend of slow burn chemistry, gorgeous characters and steam, Faker kept me hooked until the very last page. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then you definitely will not be disappointed by this book.
I loved this book! Really fun enemies to lovers with underlying angst and tension but soft and yet steamy. Both mcs go through an emotional journey to their hea, which was great to follow along with. I love the cultural diversity in it, romance needs more diverse voices and Smith delivers that. Can't wait for more from this author!
Lighthearted, well written, romcom brilliance!! I follow Sarah on Twitter and she is so lovely, I had no doubt her book would be just as fab as she is! Im a sucker for a love story, and this was some love story! Emmie and Tate are a whirlwind and I love the build up of their relationship! I would 100% recommend this book!
I've never really been into romance novels but this book is just wonderful. I was hooked from the first chapter and despite the perfect ending, I was disappointed when I finished it as I was enjoying it so much! I can't wait to read more of Sarah's work.
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.