From the publisher:
What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?
As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.
Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?
Even clichés sting.
But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.
There’s just one problem.
Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?
And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).
That’s three problems.
Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.
Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.
Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.
Everly has sucky birthdays, and her 30th is the worst yet. She catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. To make matters worse, she doesn’t realize she is complaining about it in front of a live mic at the radio station where she works. Listeners get involved quickly, but Everly suffers from social anxiety. I really liked the way that was handled in this book.
The romance is a super slow build. The new station manager is hot for Everly, but is afraid to get involved as this is just a stepping stone for him. His family owns the station and he is being groomed for much bigger things, a continent away in New York. Meanwhile, he quickly realizes that he has a viral moment that can lead to big ratings, so he convinces Everly to commit to a Bachelorette style radio dating show.
Everly is a likeable character, as is Chris, the station manager, and the dates they set her up on are more funny than fun. This is a light and enjoyable romantic romp, and a fast, fun read, but nothing really special.
2/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
TEN RULES FOR FAKING IT by Sophie Sullivan. St. Martin’s Griffin (December 29, 2020). ISBN: 978-1250624161. 384 pages.
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