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Ten Rules for Faking It

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This is cute and lighthearted, and the fun premise kept me reading.
Fun and loving characters.
The start was a bit slow but it picks up.

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Everly Dean had the worst birthday ever! She discovered her boyfriend (now ex) cheating with his assistant! Now, as she tries to put the pieces back together, she decides that she needs to make the rules, not just live by them. Can her rules help her find herself again?

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This was fun, if a little silly. I really liked Everly - although, as in so many romance novels, the situations she found herself in just got sillier and sillier. And I just wanted the main couple to have an actual conversation and hash things out.... So a mixed bag overall.

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This was a nice book, I enjoyed the writing and the characters were fun to read about, would surely recommend!

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Thanks so much to the author, Netgalley, and St. Martin's Press for the complimentary advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts. All opinions are entirely my own. { gifted book } All of my reviews can also be found on Instagram @Tackling_TBR and on my blog at tacklingtbr.home.blog

TW : social anxiety, infidelity

What a fun and different take on a Bachelorette-type of storyline!

When I picked this book up at the end of last year I was expecting a light hearted romcom, and while it definitely had those elements, I was not expecting such a sweet (and important) storyline about the pressures and struggles of social anxiety to tug on my heartstrings the way that it did! And in the best way possible.

I fell in love with Everly so fast while reading this book, and I found myself needing to read one more chapter, and then one more chapter, because I needed to see what was going to happen with her next. And the DATES! Some of these dates that she went on were so bad that they were almost good? Not quite. But definitely good for a laugh! Let's just say that her boss was definitely the best catch out of the bunch. Unless we're taking best friend and DJ Stacey into account, because I want to be her friend so badly.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, sweet read, with a whole lot of heart. I think that the best way to read this book is curled up in a big ball on your couch, under a super soft blanket, hiding from the rest of the world. Just how Everly would have wanted it!

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This book was super cute! But, I think the main character's social anxiety started making me anxious the more I read. Still, I enjoy a good love story and romantic comedy and this one did not disappoint.

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This one was good. Pros: another romance about podcasts which is fun, I appreciated the depiction of anxiety which felt realistic, didn't have too much of the swirling. Cons: it was too long with several subplots, I couldn't help but compare it to The Ex Talk which was stronger overall, and the leads needed more chemistry. But it was still a solid read, and truly represented anxiety well.

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This was a really great read! I really enjoyed the entire thing and had a really hard time putting it down.

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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. I enjoyed the characters in this book. The pacing of the romance is good. I would recommend this romance to anyone and everyone. It is in stores for $16.99 (USD). The friendships in this book is great. The romance is slow and sweet. I absolutely adored Stacey and Everly’s characters.

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This was a very fun read! I related to Everly probably more than I should, but enjoyed this story immensely. I loved the journey/transformation she went through, learning to live with her anxiety and open more, and stand up for herself. I do feel on Chris' side that the story kind of really quickly glossed over how he cut ties with his dad and went independent, would've liked to see more development there. I also wanted to know a wee bit more about Owen, and about how things would pan out between Rob and Stacey.

4.5 / 5 stars.

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Thank you for the review copy. I really loved this book and the trope. I would love to connect with Sophie at a future podcast episode.

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While this book was a fun, enjoyable read, I have a very hard time with a romance with no steam and very little romance. I honestly wasn’t feeling it between the h and H. The slow burn was too slow.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the arc. All opinions are my own.

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3/5 stars

I really loved the premise of this one and enjoyed the super slow burn, light romance between Everly and Chris. While the chemistry between the two characters was good, don't expect anything with steam! It was definitely on the light romance spectrum with nothing hot and heavy. The overall story was enjoyable, but it felt like this book ultimately couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The focus of the story tended to shift between the budding romance between Everly and Chris to Everly dating to promote the radio station, family drama, friendships, Everly's anxiety and introvertedness, and everything else in between. It felt like this story tried to be more than a romance. It felt more like a women's fiction story and honestly left me confused and wishing the story was shorter in parts. I think if some of it could've been edited out or figured out, this would've been a higher rated book for me. Some of the best parts were some of the honest moments between Everly and Chris as well as romcom funny bits with Everly and her best friend Stacey. Overall, I'd recommend this one if you're looking for a lighter romance read with a more women's fiction, character focused vibe.

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Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan (2021/08/03)
Rating 3.5/5 Stars
Disclaimer: Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (St. Martin's Press) for providing me with an eGalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ten Rules for Faking It is a standalone that follows Everly Dean. When it comes to birthdays, she has the worst luck. Something unexpected happens on those days, exactly like on her 31st she discovers her lover hooking up with his assistant. To make matters worse, her DJ bestie Stacey forgets to close her mic while arguing with her over her ex-cheating jerk Simon and it gets broadcasted on the news station.

However, she does not receive the humiliating reaction she expects, and her fans urge her to pursue her own happiness and wish to take her out on dates. Chris, Everly's boss, sees this as an opportunity to host a dating contest on the radio to boost the station's listenership and figures it will help Everly to overcome her breakup.

I enjoyed this romance. I found it to be very lighthearted and funny. I like that the characters were both in their early thirties, I found that really refreshing. I loved the social anxiety representation in this story, and I found it to be realistic. I really liked how friendship was such an important theme throughout the story. I loved Chris’s relationship with his brother.

What hindered my enjoyment of the novel was that I didn't really believe the characters' romance. I wish we had gotten flashbacks to the moment the characters first met so we could have seen why they were so drawn to each other. I also wasn't too keen on the heroine's family drama which hindered my enjoyment of the novel. I found the hero to be really sweet.

Overall, I am interested in reading more from this author and if you are looking for a short/sweet slow burn workplace romance then definitely check this one out.

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Unfortunately I couldn't really get into this. I'm not too sure why. I am actually going to give it another attempt in the next few days, so I might update my review.

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This was such a cute read. It keeps you guessing as to how long they can keep up a dating charade, and the tension between them is enough to make someone not want to be head over heels for the story. Also, the addition of the misogynistic boss was a great way to have readers rooting for Everly to stand up for herself. Every time he spoke, I wanted to scream at her to lash out, but alas… waiting until the end made it that much better. And the addition of putting Chris in a public situation where he basically had to declare his intentions with Everly only to succumb to stage fright was amazing!

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I was so excited to read a book about a character with anxiety. But unfortunately I just didn’t love this one. The writing was a little clunky and the plot was lacking.

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Love the focus on anxiety disorders. This book felt like I was watching an episode of the bachelorette or another dating show. Love all the blind dates and issues that come along with them. Not a big fan of slow burns, so I didn't enjoy this one as much as others might.

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I received an ARC of this novel from St. Martin's Griffen via Netgalley in exchange for my review. Everly is a radio producer who suffers from social anxiety, so when she is asked to be the "Bachelorette" on a radio version of the T.V. program in order to boost ratings, she is terrified. Everly is afraid to say no to her boss, Chris because although she is attracted to him, she wrongly feels that he doesn't like her. Once Chris gets to know Everly better, the last thing he wants to do is to run the risk that Everly would actually fall for one of the bachelors. Under the guise of work safety, Chris decides he should monitor Everly's dates. This was a fun read-mainly because I'm a huge fan of the Bachelor series. I also appreciate how the author, Sophie Sullivan handled the role anxiety played in the character Everly's life. Well done!

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4 STARS
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This was such a cute RomCom. This one has "Bachelorette" vibes. this was a delightful feel good story with a “The Bachelor” vibe. The radio station setting was very fun to read. The story was so fun and relatable (we've all been embarrassed about something, right?). The characters were wonderful! Chris and Everly (our main characters) had such cute chemistry. The side characters were so funny, and I loved all of them. There were many laugh-out-loud moments.

The thing I appreciated the most was the portrayal of Everly's social anxiety. It was done in a very realistic way, which was so refreshing to read! As someone who struggles with social anxiety, it is hard to find a book that portrays it in the same way that I experience it.

Overall, this was such a cute, uplifting, and enjoyable RomCom, and I highly recommend!

**Special thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.**

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