Published by Berkley on October 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers, Office Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Narrator: Donnabella Mortel
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
Cliffhanger: No


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.


by Sarah Smith

I had high hopes for FAKER. Maybe too high – I don’t know. This started out quite entertaining. Emmie, our prickly heroine, is used to the male display of dominance and pissing contests. She works as a copywriter for tool products so, putting up a brave front, she seems to have it under control. Except when it comes to Tate.

I wish I could rave about Tate like others did but to me he was rude, so freaking rude and unlikable. It was so off-putting how he treated, well, pretty much everyone. His unreasonable jealousy got on my nerves fast. Once Emmie and Tate worked out their issues I didn’t hate him as much but I never really warmed up to either of them. I thought they both acted like teenagers.

There were also a couple of things that didn’t make much sense to me – like Emmie’s appendicitis. The doctor explained Emmie’s not noticing it with the symptoms of a concussion she contracted when she fell from a ladder. Everyone who has had appendicitis knows how much in pain you are…so…no. That didn’t make sense.

That last incident towards the end…

It was too much. It was all so far fetched and only created unnecessary drama for the sake of it.

This book is being compared to The Hating Game and it was what drew me to it. I think it’s universes away from Sally Thorne’s bestseller. The only thing these two have in common is the enemies-to-lovers and office romance trope. But that’s me – so as always when a book doesn’t chime with me I urge you to check out other reviews – what didn’t work for me may absolutely work for you!


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