Faker by Sarah Smith
Publication Date: October 8th 2019
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy rom-com where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last….
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails–the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.
One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***
Faker was hot and sensual romance novel that revolved around Emmie and Tate’s workplace enemy-to-lover story. It was about Introverts and their issues, Fake exterior people creates to shield from their vulnerability, office environment for women in male staff dominated workplace, multicultural relationship, misjudgment, love and friendship.
Emmie was Filipino, worked as copywriter who wrote about tools on company’s website. She faked to be bold and confident at workplace but outside workplace she was sweet, lovely and vulnerable person. She was developed character. What she didn’t realize was her fake demeanor at workplace was not really fake. It was a part of her personality. I liked the way she realized it. Her emotions were well described. Her fear, confusion, feelings for Tate and insecurity was all realistic and relatable. What surprised me was she didn’t ask Tate why he ignored her in the beginning only.
Tate was not really likable at first but was so swoon worthy. He was this grumpy, rude, and antisocial guy who managed company’s social media. Odd, right? I was not sure how I was feeling about him for long. I didn’t expect him an introvert. It all made sense when I knew more about him. Inside he was such a sweet, caring and true gentleman. I started to like him by the end of the book.
What I Liked-
Isn’t that cover cute? Writing was easy, so feel good that kept me smiling throughout the book. The story focused on Emmie’s life and her stifling relation with her coworker- Tate, written from Emmie’s POV. Her voice was fun and realistic.
It started with Emmie telling about her fake demeanor to survive the Nuts &Bolts Company dominated by male staff. One thing she didn’t have to fake at workplace was her disdain towards Tate. She hated him for his rude behavior. They both never talked to each other and if they did it was all work related discussion that ended with snide comments and witty remarks. Tate started this hateful and suffocating working environment by being rude and ignoring all friendly approach of Emmie. Things got exciting when they started working on charity project. Why he gave disdainful look and why he was talking bad behind her was big why and I was curious to find it out.
The enemy-to-lover trope was well written. I enjoyed banters between Emmie and Tate. Their development from disdainful enemies to passionate lovers was great. What I loved most was their conversation in hospital and how their perspective changed from that point.
Chemistry between them was irresistibly sexy and enticing. There were many intimate moments that were balanced by characters sharing their life story, family and past with each other. Their surprises and dates were steamy and fiery.
I also liked cultural difference and about Filipino culture. Introvert’s issue was shown perfectly through Tate’s story. How difficult it was for him to open up, give words to his feelings and how he was cautious to let anyone in his life. Emmie’s demisexuality was also nicely written. She didn’t exactly admitted it but it was visible in the book.
Climax was okay but I liked the end. It was filled with heated romance and sweet moments. I enjoyed the story. I would like to read more books by Sarah Smith.
Why 4 stars-
That twist at climax didn’t feel right and unique, which was the big revelation on Tate’s initial behaviour. And that came almost near end. I wanted something different. Moreover, I wouldn’t forgive that easily if that happened to me. Some making out scenes were overly described.
Overall, it was interesting and enjoyable debut novel with enemy-to-lover trope and hot and steamy romance.
What do you think about the book and review? Have you read this book already? Are you going to add it to TBR? Which is your favorite office romance? Which was your most favorite fall read?
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