Faker by Sarah Smith

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


by Sarah Smith
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: October 8th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

If books received awards like at the MTV Movie Awards, Faker would be awarded the title of "Hottest Kisses". Does that entice you enough? No? How about an enemies-to-lovers office romance? Yes, you read that right! Faker has two of my favorite tropes and Sarah Smith's spin on them were fantastic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I think others will too.

The enemies-to-lovers vibe were strong from the very beginning of this book and I was living for it. Emmie is one of the handful of women that work at a very male-dominated company. Over the years she has had to create a persona for herself to avoid being seen as weak or someone to trample over. Emmie is really the perfect sort of heroine for this kind of contemporary romance. She is fiesty, funny, and very much headstrong. We also get to see quite a bit of her attachment to her Filipina background and culture. It's not a difficult task to want to be on her side.  Emmie's most-hated co-worker happens to be Tate, who sits right across her in their office. The two of them don't mesh well together and are constantly at each other's throats. Tate was the quiet and intense type of hero. You're not 100% sure what's going on inside that head of his until it's slowly revealed to you throughout Faker. He is much more introverted than Emmie, but equally smart and passionate. His broody and frowny persona did it for me, especially because it was so delightful to watch him become entirely unraveled by Emmie.

These two and their chemistry are ON FIRE. Seriously, the sexual chemistry is out of this world - they nearly lit my Kindle on fire. Their relationship is HOT and it's not because the book has a ton of sex scenes or anything. It is just HOT. The touches, the kisses, and just the air around these two are fiery! This book also has one of my other favorite plot devices: taking care of the significant other when sick. It brings Emmie and Tate closer together and had my heart all mushy and happy. Admittedly, their "hate" for each other does not last long, but I have no complaints about that because I enjoyed seeing them together so much. The cute little flirty texts they share with each other are one of the best parts of this book! The way Tate was so patient and attentive of Emmie was very romantic! There was some drama towards the end of the book, as you would expect with any book. I was glad that it wasn't dragged out for the sake of angst and these two actually communicated and used their words to get over this hurdle. The only thing I did not care for in this book was the constant mentioning of how "pale" Tate was - it seemed like a fetish for Emmie and I could have personally done without it.

All in all, Faker was a very strong and enjoyable debut romance. I'm looking forward to reading more hot makeout scenes (and more) from Sarah Smith.

Have you read any books with any steamy kissing scenes?
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