Why did I wait so long to read this? It was SO good, and such a feel good read! I’ve been a big fan of Pippa Grant’s work for years, but I’ve also been reading every series completely out of order, so this just got lost on my TBR for a long time. It’s the kind of light and sexy read that catches your attention from the start and holds it the whole way through, and I loved the chemistry between this adorkable cinnamon roll of a hero (who just so happens to be an underwear model and former boy band member) and the woman he falls for by accident. It’s low angst, playful, and JUST quirky enough – one of my new favorites from the author, easily. The whole story put a smile on my face, and it made for a great, very bingeable read.
The story follows Sarah, a woman who has been avoiding the spotlight for years. She’s got her reasons to shy away from the camera, but one accidental social media post by a famous heartthrob makes her the center of everyone’s attention. Beck didn’t mean to insult Sarah via social media, so now he’s asking for a favor – fake it for the cameras, and he’ll both restore his reputation AND be able to do a lot of good in the world. It’s an offer Sarah can’t resist, and pretending not to hate Beck is much easier than expected. She should hate him for shoving her back into the spotlight, but the man is entirely too happy and caring to resist. The situation makes both Beck and Sarah reevaluate the way they’ve been living their lives, and their interactions feel so natural that maybe they aren’t so fake after all.
It was interesting to go back and read a book by Grant from three years ago, because it’s easy to see how her style has changed since then. This was less overtly funny and certainly less “ridiculous” than some of her more recent books, which have been trying a little too hard to make the reader laugh. I loved how effortlessly charming the story is, and – while it’s still quirky and funny – it’s less over the top. Beck made a MUCH more compelling hero than expected; he’s made appearances in other books over the years, and I guess I just pictured him differently. He’s sweet and loving, a hot guy with a nerdy side, and I LOVED how determined he was to make things work with Sarah. Their relationship was refreshing and comfortable, and there are a few heart-melting scenes in here. The slow burn really worked for me, and the swoon-factor was high with this one. I loved it!
Highly recommended on audio! It’s dual narration with Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon. Need I say more? The runtime was perfect for bingeing in one day, and the slow burn romance lended itself to a workday listen. I was laughing, but not snort-laughing, and the steam is pretty minimal. Probably one of Grant’s least steamy books. The combination of narrators was great, and they both have such easy voices to listen to – it was relaxing and compelling at the same time, and the audio narration definitely enhances the reading experience.
Remember that time you accidentally sexted your boss?
Yeah. I just basically did the equivalent. Except worse. Now my millions of social media followers are reading and sharing the rude, smartass message I meant to send privately to my little sister as a joke…and I’m officially public enemy number one.
I’m Beck Ryder. Former boy bander. Underwear model. Fashion mogul. And I buried my entire leg in my mouth—not just my foot—modern internet style, and publicly insulted my sister’s neighbor.
Also known as the woman of my dreams, who loves geeky TV shows, baseball, and giraffes, who’s just as turned on by food as I am, and who has a huge secret that I didn’t see coming.
Now it’s time to grovel and apologize publicly on social media and hope that those same followers who helped start the raging shitstorm will help calm the waters.
Because Sarah doesn’t want the spotlight. For very good reasons that I can’t tell you right now and trying to convince her to be my fake girlfriend to fix this mess and make me look like less of a jackass is worse than taking a kick to the nuts by Jackie Chan.
And I thought modeling underwear made me feel naked.
Trying to start a relationship in the era of the Twitterazzi isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
America’s Geekheart is a rockin’ fun romantic comedy featuring a billionaire fashion mogul who got his start modeling underwear, the geeky girl next door with a secret the size of California, and more superstitions and secrets than you can shake a baseball bat at. It stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers.
About the Author:
Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.
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