Light and easy, this fake relationship romance is low angst fun. It plays up the tropes for a lighthearted, laidback read, and I loved the hero. He’s a cinnamon roll sweetheart who knows his pro football career will end at some point, so he’s opened a bakery with his two best friends. This certainly felt like the start of a series revolving around the bakery, and I’d be interested in checking out more from this new-to-me author. Not only is the representation great, but the book has a pretty solid vibe once you get past the info dump at the start. It was perhaps a little too slow moving for me at times and the ending was kinda lame, but I enjoyed it overall. There’s nothing like a sweet hero who isn’t afraid of a relationship, and it was easy to see the chemistry between this couple.
The story follows Jada, a fashion-obsessed woman who is really hoping her inheritance will come through soon. While Jada is confident in most aspects of her life, she lives with dyslexia, and that has made finding a career that works for her a struggle. After a disastrous Bachelor-style reality show left her internet infamous, Jada is struggling more than ever. So when her friend takes her to a new bakery, Jada is… not the nicest. Turns out, the stern yet sexy guy she gets into an argument with is not only the bakery’s owner, but also one of the star football players on the team her grandmother owns. And in a troubling turn of events, Jada will now need to work for Donovan if she has any hope of getting her inheritance. As the two bicker and banter – and somehow fall into a fake relationship – they soon realize that opposites really do attract.
It’s my first time reading something from the author, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. That adorable cover gave me high hopes, and the story mostly lived up to that. I wasn’t a fan of the third person writing style at the start, but it became much easier to settle in once the many characters and somewhat complicated storyline was introduced. After that, we get a lot of Jada and Donovan falling for each other, which was a lot more fun to read. I never fully related to Jada, but Donovan was easy to love – such a great guy. And while the story tackles a few subjects that could’ve weighed it down, it remained low angst and easygoing the whole way through. There’s also a touch of steam and some playfulness, which made for a light read. I’m looking forward to checking out more from the series, Donovan’s friends have tons of potential. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this fake relationship romance.
A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.
Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego’s newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell.
When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the struggling bakery and rehabilitate Jada’s image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.
Fake it Till You Bake It is a sweet confection of a novel, the perfect story to curl up with and enjoy with a cupcake on the side.
About the Author:
Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her debut novel, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, was released by Entangled Publishing in 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watching TV, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and/or planning her next trip to Walt Disney World.
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