**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**
Title Fake It Till You Make It
Author Anne Harper
Description from Amazon
Sloane De Carlo is going to have to move to Antarctica.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that she accidentally made her private blog very public, and all her innermost secrets and embarrassing moments are trending, now the entirety of the Internet is dying to know who her all-consuming, never-get-over-him crush “Guy” really is. She’s even got a literary agent dangling a book deal in front of her nose—but there’s a catch. She’ll have to get closure with “Guy” and give her story that pitch-perfect ending.
Too bad the real “Guy” is engaged to someone else. #Blessed
The only person in her teeny hometown of Arbor Bay who knows the truth is local bartender Brady Knox. And he’s not telling…for a price. He’ll pretend to be Sloane’s “Guy” if she’ll use her newfound Internet fame to bring more business to his struggling local bar. Brady’s always been a lone wolf, but there’s something about the pint-sized, supremely awkward, yet beautiful Sloane that charms him.
But keeping secrets in a small town like Arbor Bay isn’t easy. And Brady was never meant to be the guy for a pitch-perfect ending…
Release Date April 20, 2020
I was excited to read this one. I really liked the idea of a protagonist who felt like she held back and was too shy to admit her feelings. I was hoping that this book would be a story of growth for Sloane’s character.
Some Things I Liked
- Sloane and Brady. I really liked their characters. For a shorter standalone, I thought we got to see a ton of development in their characters. Each had problems and we got to see them tackle those issues very clearly.
- Sloane as a blogger. I loved that Sloane wrote all of her feelings in her blog. As a blogger myself, I thought that was a fun connection to share with the main character.
- Fake dating trope. This is one of my favorites. I thought it was well done here and both characters had something to prove. Often, this trope is used when the situation only really benefits one character so I liked that both Brady and Sloane had something to gain from this.
This felt like a standalone. However, I would read more if Anne Harper wanted to do a spin-off about Sloane’s brother.
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and it had one of my favorite tropes in romance novels. I would definitely recommend it and I would continue to read if this became a series.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras – if you liked the fake dating trope as well as the family drama, try this April release.
- Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher – again, if you liked the fake dating idea, give this one a shot.