Fake It Till You Bake It – ARC review

Fake It Till You Bake It
by Jamie Wesley
Release Date: June 21, 2022
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Griffin
Standalone (for now, I’m sure there will be more)
Number of pages:  336
Kindle Edition
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Contemporary Romance
Ages 15 and up
Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego’s newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell.

When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the bakery and rehabilitate Jada’s image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.

Fake it Till You Bake It is a sweet confection of a novel, the perfect story to curl up with and enjoy with a cupcake on the side.

Something I don’t see enough of in books of any genre is a dyslexic main character, especially a dyslexic FMC. Jada’s dyslexia is by no means the main storyline, but it’s not just mentioned and brushed aside either. I really appreciate that the other brought the issue up organically throughout the story because it DOES effect Jada and how she interacts with the world around her.

Jada and Donovan have a spark right from the start. But their start is a bit contentious. I guess you could say this is an enemy to friends to lovers story. Their journey was a joy to read and very sweet, with plenty of underlying sexual tension to boot.

For the first very little bit, it’s easy to think Jada will be an unlikable character. But as soon as things switch to her POV I was won over by her grit and determination. Sure, growing up rich with a trust fund means she has grown up privileged. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t had her struggles or family issues. Plus, Jada recognizes her privilege so is very self-aware.

Donovan and his two best friends, the owners of a bakery, are wonderful together. I love their comradery and that they keep it real with one another. I’m positive this will be the first book in a series and we’ll get to see each of these big, tough guys find their HEA. It must be noted that, although it seems Donovan’s football career may feature into the story at the beginning, it really doesn’t. So much so that I found it odd. Not that I thought this would be a story about football, I just thought it would be mentioned more.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did find myself easily able to put it down. It was engaging to a certain point, but I cannot put my finger on what was missing for me to be fully engrossed. I definitely want to read more by this author. Hopefully, as I already mentioned, a book about Donovan’s buddy’s getting their stories told.

3.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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