Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance 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.
Faker is an impressive debut about an office romance with an enemies to lovers vibe! Emmie is a Filipino living in the midwest and arguing daily with her whiter than white bread coworker, Tate. Their banter in the beginning is really biting. They do NOT like each other. However, Tate is strangely concerned about Emmie being hassled by a coworker. It isn’t long before Emmie and Tate’s relationship changes. Emmie is still a bit hesitant-Tate had really hurt her feelings in the past.
The focus of the plot of Faker is on their relationship and on each character’s growth. Emmie shared her struggles with having to leave Hawaii as a teenager and being the only non-white girl in her midwest town. Tate shares his struggles with being supremely introverted. I felt a connection with Tate because I really understood his struggle-not wanting to be in certain situations, not enjoying social events, etc.
My only struggle with Faker was an event near the end involving Tate. He does something that I just found unbelieveable and while it isn’t unforgiveable, I do think Emmie probably should have been a bit more questioning and unsure of his motives. View Spoiler »Tate brings Emmie to his high school reunion. While there, Emmie sees a girl who looks EXACTLY like her, and it turns out its Tate’s ex. He walks up and kisses the ex. He tells Emmie he thought it was her. « Hide SpoilerHowever, I found Faker to be highly entertaining and think that readers will enjoy the low angst and unique characters!
Audio fans: Donnabella Martel is a new to me narrator and I thought the story was well performed! The entire story is told from Emmie’s POV and Martel does a great job brings Emmie to life.
- POV: 1st (Emmie)
- Tears: no
- Trope: office romance, enemies to lovers
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes-no epilogue « Hide Spoiler