Sharon’s review Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

Posted June 22, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie WesleyFake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 21, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / African American & Black, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
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2 Stars

A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.

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 struggling 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.

Fake It Till You Bake It was a story that had promise but the execution of it was off. It pains me when a story has good bones but instead of reading through unable to put it down, I’m slogging through it wondering if it will ever end. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

 

The premise of this book caught my eye and I’m always up for trying a new to me author when the story sounds interesting but for me this book didn’t quite live up to the promise. Fake dating, yes…sort of and it turned into real dating very quickly with insta-love following and my problem was I didn’t feel it. I just didn’t feel the heat between these two and part of it was these characters got off on the wrong foot and they were written in caricature like fashion and neither one fit that mold they were stuffed into. I felt like the author was trying to make this story appeal to many different groups of people and thusly, it wasn’t cohesive, it felt contrived and that is a shame.

The set up was good, three pro football players open a cupcakery shop that was interesting but it also didn’t ring true that the shop was struggling. Sorry, if I know anything it’s that when a pro athlete opens anything people flock to it hoping to get a glimpse of them and with these three hanging around daily, they were going to be busy. I get that Sugar Blitz not being busy was a reason for the heroine, Jada, to find her calling, but again that fell flat because the reason didn’t ring true.

Everything about this book felt a bit off from the way they were manipulated to be together, the way Jada’s parents treated her, Donovan’s childhood issues, Jada’s dyslexia, Jada’s most hated reality star moniker; I just felt like the relationship they supposedly were building was lost in the shuffle of everything else going on in the story.

Fake It Till You Bake It was a story that had promise but the execution of it was off. It pains me when a story has good bones but instead of reading through unable to put it down, I’m slogging through it wondering if it will ever end.

2 Stars

About Jamie Wesley

amie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her debut novel, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, was released by Entangled Publishing in 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watching TV, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and/or planning her next trip to Walt Disney World.

Posted June 22, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments