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Ten Rules for Faking It

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Cute, lighthearted read. Thank you publisher and netgalley for this arc in exchange of an honest review
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I was really excited to get the opportunity to review this as I thought the description definitely sounded like something I would enjoy reading. The characters were likeable, both the MCs (Everly and Chris) and the side characters, and the overall story was lighthearted and cute. Well this was a nice book to read, I did feel like the plot progressed a rather slow pace, especially with the inner monologue going on. In the end, it is an overall alright book to read.
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i think it was the third book in a row that featured  an unlikeable main character and honestly i was done.
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I really struggled to get into this one, and the main character wasn't very likable. But there were some very funny moments. And I loved Chris.
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Everly has it rough.  Her birthday is terrible, her boss hates her (or does he?!), and her anxiety is through the roof.  But a little mistake at work has everything turning around!  

This was a super cute and uplifting read.  Just when you think all hope is lost, things can surely turn around.
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Ten Rules for Faking it
By Sophie Sullivan

This was a fun and refreshing take on a rom com ala Bachelorette style. Everly Dean is a radio station producer who on accident ranted on air about her cheating boyfriend, which then created a huge outpouring of support. I loved the premise and Iove the slow burn romance between the characters. Sophie Sullivan wrote a fantastic character that many people could relate to, someone with social anxiety - I am glad to see that in this story.

I thought that this was a super fun read, and  I loved the tender moments between the characters Chris and Everly. I feel that there may be more to this story in a sequel - cross fingers. 

Thank you @SMPromance and @netgally for the eARC. All opinions are my own.
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THIS BOOK WAS SO MUCH FUN! I recently read The Ex Talk (I'm obsessed), so when I realized that Ten Rules For Faking It centers around a radio station as well, I knew I had to add it to my Netgalley tbr. AND BOY, OH BOY, I LOVED IT. Many thanks to the publisher for the e-ARC 💜

Reading Everly's story was a joy through and through. The whole bachelorette inspired storyline was very interesting, and I couldn't help turning the pages fast enough to know how the plot turned out in the end. The anxiety representation through Everly's character was spot on. I related to her in so many situations, I literally wanted to scream "HUGE RELATE" a lot of times throughout the book. 😂 

The slow burn romance was enjoyable to read, but sometimes it was too slow for my liking. 🙄 Nevertheless, I appreciated how everything got settled, Love-story wise! I've been reading a lot of workplace romances recently, and I loved the author's refreshing take on this popular trope. I loved how Chris supported Everly in her mental health related struggles. It was very heartwarming. :') Since Chris was such an amazing character, I wished to see more from his POV in the book, but unfortunately that wasn't done. :( The book demanded more screen-time for the couple, in my opinion. That's honestly my only complaint about the book. 

4.75/5 ⭐ If you're looking for an unique, adorable read, pick Ten Rules for Faking It up!
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What a fun book! Eeryone who makes a list should make sure this one is on it. The chemistry between the main characters was terrific and the slow burn kept propelling me forward. I lovd the way Chris and Stacey handled Everly's severe anxiety but I really wish the author had sent Everly to therapy to deal with it better.. Clueless parents, job instability, and this crazy radio promotion event to basically play Bachelorette with Everly's love life made up quite and enjoyable story.
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Sophie Sullivan's new book, Ten Rules for Faking It,  should be added to your reading list.  This cute romance is a quick read.  My favorite aspect of this book is that the main character has anxiety.  For those of us who also have anxiety, the author does us all a favor by recognizing and normalizing anxiety.
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Easy read, something perfect for the time when you can't focus and you just want to chill out after a long day at work.
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This book follows the story of Everly and Chris, two c0-workers (DJ and station manager) who work at a radio station. To boost the ratings for the station, they decide to have a "dating contest" where Everly is matched with different listeners who have sent in applications/videos to try and score a date. In the end, she will pick the guy she likes the best.  Will it be one of them or someone else?

I had such high hopes for this book - unfortunately, it was just okay. First of all, I was not a fan of the story line. The whole "lets play a game with all these lives" sat weird with me. It sat extra weird because Everly suffers from social anxiety (as do I, so I get it) and being put in this type of situation would have been awful for my mental health (and, frankly, it was for hers.. she had some panic attacks along the way.

I didn't like Everly, I just.... didn't. I could not vibe or connect with her, minus her anxiety. I felt she was very judgemental (judged her parents and their marriage, judged Chris). Because of this, I didn't really care what happened to her and I wasn't rooting for her.  I feel the guy she ended up with deserved better.

I appreciated and liked Chris as a character much more.  I felt he had a good head on his shoulders and I love what he did in the end (regarding a situation with his father). I was rooting for him!

I didn't dislike this book. It was just... okay.  I loved the beginning and I loved the end.  The middle just dragged on too much. Sloooooow burn.   I appreciate the mental health/social anxiety that was covered in this book.  I don't often see social anxiety represented so it's nice to see.   I just wish I cared at all about the main character and the story.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of book!
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Everly was such a unique and wonderfully written character, with how her anxiety overtook everything she did I found it made her so relatable. I was charmed by her personality flaws and how she took on her struggles. 

A slow burn workplace romance, I adored the premise of this one - a Bachelorette style radio show that throws our anxiety filled protagonist into a flurry of dating way out of her comfort zone. It was refreshing to see a new take on this trope, as well as seeing Everly take charge and stand up for herself while also keeping all the potential dates in a more positive light - no “bad guy” dragging down the plot and taking away from the main story.

Fun side characters like her best friend Stacey made this an easy,  light-hearted read I really enjoyed. I was delighted to host this title as our first @loveARCtually book club read, the author was an absolute joy & I just really enjoyed everything about reading this title as a club! 

Thank you to NetGalley + SMP Romance/St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me a gifted copy of this eARC in exchange for my personal review.
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I really enjoyed this book and it made me laugh throughout. It was really well written and loved the style of the writing. You can't even imagine what this poor character must have been feeling with everything she'd had dealt to her and it's gutting. It really is empowering to see her rise up from it and make her own rules in life and have a laugh at it all. Girl power is what it's all about!
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As someone with anxiety, I appreciate how this was depicted. This story was overall cute and likable. It was a quick easy read. 

thank you for my copy in exchange for a fair review
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Ten Rules for Faking It was a sweet, adorable, light-hearted romance novel that will appeal to fans of the Bachelorette! Although the pacing can be a bit slow, it was fun to watch Everly’s journey (okay, mostly her interactions with Chris). The dating portion was my favorite part of the book, the guys Everly dated felt so realistic and the dates themselves definitely made me laugh. But it also felt like there was just too much crammed into the book. Everly’s slightly fractured relationship with her parents didn’t get nearly the page time that it needed and I would have liked to see a bit more of her and Chris together. Definitely a cute book overall though!

*Disclaimer: I received a digital advance copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Review of Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Radio producer Everly Dean is used to having terrible birthdays.  But the morning of her 30th might be the cherry on top because she walks in on her boyfriend underneath another woman.  And as if that weren’t enough, Everly goes to work and immediately starts spewing a stream of hate to her friend and co-worker, Stacey.  But what Everly doesn’t know is that the mic is unmuted and all of their listeners are hearing about Everly’s very notable morning.  Instead of her career ending, Everly’s boss Chris, suggest they capitalize on the listeners investment in Every’s love life.  Enter the radio version of The Bachelor.  This is the perfect opportunity for Everly to step out of her comfort zone and check off some things on her list including being bold.    What Everly doesn’t expect though, is falling for someone who didn’t sign up for the dates.  Or for him to fall for her back.

This was 100% a slow burn read but such an adorable workplace romance with likable characters.  I was disappointed that it wasn’t heavier with the steamy romance and the chemistry between the two main characters missed the mark for me, but it was the perfect lighthearted read that I needed.  I also appreciated Sullivan creating a character who lives with social anxiety; that was a big part of the plot and I think it can be relatable and validating to many readers who also live with anxiety.  I also found her spin on The Bachelor to be a refreshing new take that I enjoyed.  And who doesn’t love when characters put their foot down and stand up for themselves?!  The controlling Trump-like daddy was put in his place and it was so satisfying to read.  Although this book took me longer to finish because of life… I very much looking forward and enjoyed picking this book back up.

Thank you @SMPRomance {#partner} for gifting me with a finished copy in exchange for an independent and honest review!  This book is on shelves now!
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Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan was a fun romantic comedy. I enjoyed the characters immensely, and I loved the anxiety representation in Everly’s character. It was a sweet and enjoyable read, and I loved the support and acceptance that Chris gave to Everly throughout the book. I appreciated Everly’s growth as a character throughout the book, but I wish that she was able to seek professional help in dealing with her anxiety. I also would have loved to see more of the characters together as a couple. Overall I felt that this was a cute romance that I would recommend.

I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect the contents of my review and all opinions are my own.
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This was great. I liked the way the author portrayed Everly's anxiety. It is something that isn't in a lot of romance books, but such a real thing. The story was cute
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Such a good book if you have anxiety. The main character and the love interest just jive so well. There isn't anything horrible that happens so you don't have to worry about the sudden plot twist. Instead the love interest is sturdy, dependable, and just lovely.
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This ARC was given through St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is voluntarily written and full of my own personal opinions.

I was expecting for this book to be good but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it. Overall this was a solid 4 stars for me because I did feel a bit of disconnect with Everly and Chris on certain aspects like their relationship with their parents. I am not usually a fan of slow-burn romances but this book had me on the edge of my seat with the urge to say 'KISS ALREADY!' I think this book had wonderful representation of anxiety and the romance was very enjoyable. I definitely recommend purchasing this book and I personally have plans to purchase it in the near future.
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