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.
Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 29, 2020
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I received a complimentary ARC from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TEN RULES FOR FAKING IT by Sophie Sullivan
Everly and Chris’ story in Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan, is an emotional, slow-burn and heartwarming story. Introverts and those with anxieties will definitely be able to relate to the story and especially Everly.
Birthdays have never been good for Everly Dean, she has a list of some really awful ones, but this year radio producer Everly has definitely hit rock-bottom. First she caught her boyfriend cheating on her with her assistant. Then, walking into the radio station Stacey the DJ starts to sing “Happy Birthday” to her. Not realizing they are on the air, Everly let loose with all that has gone wrong that day ranting about her cheating ex and how she dislikes birthdays.
Everly wants to overcome her anxiety and pitch her podcast idea to her boss. There’s just one problem, her boss, Chris is very cute and he’s extremely distant. That means he must hate her. Maybe that’s just her anxiety talking. Ok, that’s three problems, not one.
After hearing her rant, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, and fans are voting. Suddenly, the idea takes off into a contest, run by the radio studio, to find the one for Everly. Working with Chris on the contest she discovers her interest in him is a two-way street.
Chris seems to understand her and her anxieties. He knows how to anticipate when she is having, or about to have, an anxiety attack. The contest and all that goes with it is too much for Everly; she’s just going to have to fake it until she makes it through all of this. Everly, the queen of avoiding people, the one who lives by lists and rules, realizes that she just needs to make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It, to get through this. After all, sometimes making the rules can help you find happiness when you least expect it.
Chris, the station manager, has been attracted to Everly since his first day at the station; but Chris is hiding secrets from the employees. He does understand Everly, better than most but the station has a strict no-fraternizing policy preventing them from exploring the attraction between them. Their magnetism pulls them together, forcing Chris to want to take care of and protect Everly. Everly has recognized the chemistry arcing between them, making it difficult to go on dates with other men, when she wants the winner to be Chris. When Chris opens up and deals with his secrets, he knows he might lose Everly, but then again, she, and what they have, just might be stronger than he realizes.
Ms. Sullivan wrote an emotional, slow-burn and heartwarming story that should not be missed. She provided a tale rich with emotions, sizzling chemistry, sarcasm, revealing conversations, and endearing characters giving Everly and Chris a chance at a life together. I recommend Ten Rules for Faking It to other readers.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.