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.
Opposites attract in this low-angst rom-com from Wesley (Make the Play), which follows a self-centered reality star and a rule-following, cupcake baking football player who fake a relationship to save his bakery. Jada Townsend-Matthews is infamous for turning down the proposal of a fan favorite contestant on a reality-TV dating show. She's working to restore her image when her grandmother, the owner of a San Diego football team, ropes her into working at Sugar Blitz bakery, which is owned by the team's star, Donovan Dell. Jada must prove her ability to be responsible and hold down real work in order to gain access to her trust fund. When the tabloids mistake Jada and Donovan for a couple, Jada goes with it in order to save face, and Donovan, seeing an opportunity to increase sales for his failing cupcakery, agrees to fake a relationship. Proximity pushes their relationship to become more real than fake, but familial baggage could cost them their happy ending. After a slow start, Wesley does a good job bringing these two together through some fun tropes, though their chemistry remains a bit tepid. Readers will long for a greater connection between the romantic leads but will appreciate the mellow sweetness of the atmosphere.
Oh my gosh! That was just about too cute for words
Oh my gosh! That was just about too cute for words. I mean, cupcakes, reality television, and a fake relationship; what’s not to love about that? At first, Jada wasn’t my favorite person in this story, but it didn’t take very long before we saw why she’s as prickly as a porcupine. It took a little bit to get beyond all those spiky defenses to get to her soft mushy heart inside, yet it was pretty clear exactly what made Donovan so crazy about her. And he’s what book boyfriend dreams are made of: smart and successful, sweet and caring, alpha and vulnerable. Sigh! Where can we clone him so I can have one of my very own? They’ve also got an amazing supporting cast backing them up. There to lend a helping hand when the going gets tough or call them out when they get caught in the spiral of their own thoughts. I loved these characters so much that my fingers are crossed that we’ll get to see more books about these amazing men and women.
I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.