Title- The Ten Rules for Faking It
Genre- sweet romcom
POV- two alternating POV, hero/heroine- third person past tense
Trope- friends to lovers, workplace
This romcom was fine but didn’t stand out and will be forgettable in a few weeks. I usually don’t enjoy reading about characters with anxiety because it triggers my own but I was still interested enough in reading the entirety. “Friends to lovers” and “work/boss trope” also aren’t my favorites, so I’m unsure what hooked me to keep going. Maybe because the book was like the Bachelor but radio-style. (Insert shrug emoji). It also felt like there were contradictions between body language of Chris moving closer to comfort her and back away to respect her anxiety. These opposite actions happened back to back, suddenly switching which was hard to grasp. I also wasn’t fully on board with the strength and weakness theme shown in this novel.
I became a bit bored about 60% through and frustrated with the main characters. I’m glad they lived happily ever after but the layout of the “kiss” and “grand gesture” didn’t seem strong enough to even put the struggle.
Everly wasn’t super likeable for me and Chris felt a little bland
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.
What I’d change-
I became a bit bored about 60% through and frustrated with the main characters. I’m glad they lived happily ever after in the end but the payout from the “kiss” and “grand gesture” didn’t seem strong enough to even out the struggle. Though I loved the condom piñata and kickboxing scenes