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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.
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 liked the representation of Emmie as half Asian and the constant reference to Hawaii which makes the book a great holiday/vacation read. I also loved the personality of Tate and how he voiced out for Emmie against sex discrimination at work.
However, I feel like there was a lot that could have been addressed in this book that was sidelined. The development of Emmie in a male-dominated work environment could have been zoomed into and I just did not like that there was not enough of that in the book. Also, I don’t think there was any significant plot development as I found the storyline quite predictable (it was still fun to read though). I also really disliked the ending.
It's well written, I just didn't like the plot. Emmie looking exactly like Tate's ex didn't sit well with me, even with the sweet messages to his sister explaining everything it felt like such a weird plot device, especially when he kissed his ex accidentally thinking it was Emmie. Just weird. I don't know, the enemies to lovers thing was rushed... Both characters had potential but I never really felt their chemistry.
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.