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The Cheat Sheet

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A super cute rom-com, with a lot of predictable turns that don't really take away from the ending. Bree and Nathan have a clear friends-to-lovers trajectory, and spend a lot of time trying to respect the boundaries of their friendship. The author does a reasonable job of explaining away why they don't just talk about their feelings already, but anyone looking for sophisticated character development and plot should look elsewhere.  A cute and fun read that will entertain most romance readers.
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***Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Though at times a little repetitive, this rom-com was delightful. The characters had wonderful banter and chemistry and their love story was strong.
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3.5/5
While this was definitely an enjoyable fake-dating story, I thought the second half of the story was rushed. I liked the characters and their voices. I appreciated the depiction of anxiety and how Nathan eventually accepted his condition and made strides to working on bettering himself. I really just wanted the fake-dating to continue a bit more, or have more situations that Bree and Nathan had to deal with as a fake couple. Overall, a fun romance.
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A cute but predictable sports romance, this book was a good palate cleanser while I was reading books with heavier topics. I did recommend this to a few friends as a good summer vacation read!
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I'm not usually a fan of sports stories. I usually find them much too testosterone-injected. I didn't particularly care for this sports story, either, but it had nothing to do with too much testosterone. It was just too - immature? Annoying? The level of "pick me, pick me" demonstrated by the female MC was just cringeworthy. And the first person POV made it worse.
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Bree and Nathan's story is so cute. Bree runs her own dance school and Nathan plays football in the NFL. They are best friends, but they both secretly want more. I loved how Nathan wanted to take care of Bree, but Bree kept pushing for her own independence. A wonderful story with characters that had depth and real feelings.
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A 3⭐️ for the 25% I managed to read...

Unfortunately this was not the book for me...as much as I had higher expectations for a "friends to lovers" sports rom-com, I was served the same cliches: she is not confident/he thinks she is the goddess; all his friends love her and know they are meant for each other; rich guy/poor girl; she is tiny/him and all his freinds are massive. I hoped I might find something to make me continue after being 25% into the book, but the "getting drunk and admitting some feelings" was too much for me...

I do love their banter and their thoughts about each other were so much fund to read 😂 probably the only reason this is not a 2⭐️

Alas...I have decided to not continue reading 😭

P.S. Who the hell gives their best girl friend a key to their appartment for her to come inside at 5 AM while the girlfriend is there?! No, just...no...this was clearly not the book for me...
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The Cheat Sheet is the first book that I have read by Sarah Adams and it certainly won’t be the last.  The Cheat Sheet is a best friends to lovers type of romance.  The Cheat Sheet is about Bree, a dance teacher and Nathan, a NFL quarterback who have been besties for years, but they each are harboring a secret they have been secretly in love with one another for years.  What will happen when you add in them fake dating each other to the mix, will they finally have the courage to admit their true feelings to one another?  Read The Cheat Sheet to find out if Bree and Nathan will get their own happily ever after or will they be forever stuck in the friend zone.

I absolutely loved reading Bree and Nathan’s sweet romance story.  I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a friends to lovers type of romance with some football and dance thrown in and of course some funny mishaps that happen along the way, that will have you laughing out loud.
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Como vocês já sabem, essa resenha é em parceria com a Random House Internacional, de quem recebemos esse eARC (Advance reading copy: algo como “uma cópia de leitura avançada, ou seja, o livro ainda pode sofrer alterações antes de ser publicado). Também lembrando que essa resenha terá um formato diferente: por ser um ARC, não haverão quotes, já como os livros podem sofrer mudanças em seu texto antes de serem comercializados. Gostaríamos de agradecer profundamente a Editora pela oportunidade de parceria.

A primeira coisa sobre o livro “The Cheat Sheet” que vocês tem que saber: logo no início tem um aviso de gatilho para ataques de pânico, porque um dos personagens passa por isso em algum momento. A segunda coisa que vocês precisam saber: “Cheat Sheet” é um termo usado lá entre os jogadores de futebol americano que é basicamente uma “cola” que os quarterbacks usam para lembrar os nomes das jogadas que o técnico passa. E a terceira coisa que vocês precisam saber: é um dos livros mais fofinhos que eu li atualmente.

Eu até brinco com a Virna volta e meia sobre isso, porque eu vivo falando que não gosto de romances, mas eu vivo lendo romances clichês e me divirto bastante com eles. E com “The Cheat Sheet” não foi nada diferente. Então vamos a resenha:

O livro conta a história de Bree e Nathan. Os dois são melhores amigos desde uma manhã completamente aleatória no ensino médio em que eles começaram a correr juntos e não se desgrudaram mais. Nathan era o famoso jogador cheio de fãs no colégio, super popular e todo resto. Enquanto Bree era uma grande nerd que, entre os estudos e os trabalhos para ajudar a pagar as contas em casa, não tinha tempo para se preocupar em fazer amizades. E assim, essa amizade completamente improvável nasceu entre eles – e também uma paixão que nunca foi anunciada por nenhuma das partes.

Alguns anos se passaram em que eles ficaram distantes: Nathan foi para a faculdade onde ganhou uma bolsa por esportes e Bree ficou para trás por motivos que não posso falar aqui porque é um pouco de spoiler do livro e é algo que vale a pena ler. Quando eles se reencontram, já adultos, ele jogando nos Sharks (um time da NFL) e ela sendo uma professora de dança, foi como se tempo nenhum tivesse passado entre os dois e eles pegaram a amizade de onde se separaram e não só a amizade veio junto, como também os sentimentos de amor que ambos achavam estarem adormecidos.

Porém, todavia, entretanto, com medo de estragar uma amizade tão rica para os dois (e também porque Bree estava namorando quando eles se reencontraram), eles nunca abordaram esse assunto e assim ficaram, um de cada lado, sofrendo pelo outro, entre troca de namorados, naquele clássico clichê de friends-to-lovers que todos nós amamos bastante. Até o dia em que, em meio a uma crise de bebedeira, Bree assume todos seus sentimentos para ninguém menos que uma jornalista do TMZ, que prontamente espalhou para o mundo todo – e o que todos não imaginavam aconteceu: as fãs de Nathan começaram a shippar os dois loucamente e graças a isso eles resolveram entrar em uma estratégia de marketing que ajudaria ela principalmente, com o dinheiro que ela precisava para montar a própria escola de dança.

E é aqui que entra a “Cheat Sheet” que ele precisa: com tudo isso acontecendo, os amigos do time de Nathan resolvem ajudar ele a partir para o ataque e tentar ver se os sentimentos dele são recíprocos e com isso fazem uma lista de ações românticas pra ele ter com ela e ver o que a agrada – e principalmente, se ela também se rende e demonstra se é apaixonada por ele ou não.

Como eu disse acima: esse é um dos livros mais fofinhos que eu já li nos últimos tempos. Cheios de momentos fofos entre os dois, não só sobre o amor que eles têm um pelo outro – o livro é dividido no ponto de vista dos dois, mas também mostra o quanto a amizade deles é bem forte e como eles se conhecem muito bem.

Mas não só o romance, o livro também aborda assuntos importantes (vale dizer que não muito profundamente, mas não de uma forma desrespeitosa também): depressão, ataques de pânico, pressão familiar. Tudo no livro é mesmo muito fofo, até essas abordagens assim.

O meu conselho é: se você está em busca de um livro tranquilo e de leitura leve para desanuviar a cabeça, para sair de uma ressaca literária, eu super indico esse livro. Ele não é aquele tipo de obra que marca a sua cabeça pra sempre e você vai levar pra vida – pelo menos não foi pra mim, mas ele é um livro divertido de se passar o tempo, engraçadinho e cheio de momentos que aquecem nosso coração.

Thanks for the free book, Penguin Random House International.
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I almost dropped it. Both of the leads are too dense, I just want to knock their heads together.

But it's all cute stuff so I still got to the end. It's a close-door romance by the way, which is something I am a bit meh when it comes to romance novels, I meaaaan.
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Bree Camden é completamente apaixonada por seu melhor amigo Nathan Donelson. Sendo um jogador de futebol americano famoso, Nathan está sempre com uma mulher diferente, o que faz Bree acreditar que ele não tem qualquer interesse nela. Durante uma noite de bebedeira, ela desabafa com uma desconhecida no banheiro, e no dia seguinte a internet inteira acredita que os dois pertencem um ao outro.

Bree fica apavorada com essa situação, ela não quer perder a amizade de Nathan, mesmo que nunca fiquem juntos romanticamente, ter ele por perto é mais importante. O que Bree não sabe é que Nathan também nutre sentimentos por ela, e quando sua equipe sugere que eles finjam um relacionamento até o Super Bowl e que façam uma campanha publicitária juntos, ele vê nisso a oportunidade de finalmente conquistar a mulher dos seus sonhos.

A Bree é uma personagem muito generosa, sendo uma bailarina que perdeu a chance de ter uma carreira após um acidente, ela dedica seus dias a dar aulas para garotas que não podem pagar aulas em escolas caras. Nathan quer ajudá-la financeiramente, mas ela não quer misturar a amizade deles com dinheiro, e é algo que dá para entender. Já Nathan tem o sucesso nas mãos, mas parece que nunca é suficiente para seus pais, principalmente sua mãe que sempre busca algo para criticar. Eles tem muito em comum, e por isso a amizade deles é tão forte.

Teve muitos momentos que eu só queria sacudir esses dois para acordarem pra vida, principalmente a Bree, que mesmo entendendo seus motivos, era um pouco cansativo vê-la fugir da felicidade e da esperança. Assim como outros romances que li da Sarah Adams, esse não contém cenas hot, apesar de ter uma grande tensão entre os personagens. É um romance de leitura rápida, que vai conquistar principalmente quem gosta de friends to lovers.
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I loved this story! The dual perspective about friends-to-lovers was so much fun. I loved the banter, I loved the characters, and I loved the plot. It was a great read to get me out of my slump and I read it one sitting!
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Sarah Adams's THE CHEAT SHEET is a friends-to-lovers romance with a cute premise undercut by weak writing.

I wanted to like this book because I thought the premise had so much potential--the friends-to-lovers between a dancer and a quarterback. I really wanted to be able to recommend it at my library. Unfortunately, the prose and dialogue were clunky, the characters one-note, and the final product underwhelming.
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I loved this sport romance. I have not read friends to lovers romance for a while and i was so glad I finally gave got the chance and I am grateful to Prhinternational  and Netgalley for this great arc.

I love both main characters. I loved the idea of true friendship. They were both finally singel and how to risk something. They are  both succesful in their professtion. But then come a challenge for them as fake dating and then .... Sweet and tender. Just perfect.

"I think some things are worth waiting for, no matter how long it takes."
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Ok, here’s my dilemma with this book: I love love love fake dating, and I Do Not Like Friends-to-Lovers (on very rare occasions, I will enjoy one. But that is few and far between)

I requested <i>The Cheat Sheet</i> because if I see fake dating mentioned anywhere I have to read it. As such, that’s my main concern in this review. 

So, how was the fake dating? Mediocre to Terrible

My opinion, as mentioned, is tainted by my dislike of friends to lovers. It took a while to get to the fake dating, and we already know at this point the main characters have been in love with each other for nearly a decade (I can’t remember the ages of the characters, so that’s a rough estimate. They could be thirty, they could be twenty (they act more like teenagers so it’s hard to judge)). 

<i>The Cheat Sheet</i> featured many of the aspects of Friends to Lovers that make me dislike the trope. The central premise of the book is that Nathan and his friends come up with a list of things to try to get Bree to see him in a romantic light. Aka – getting out of the friendzone. A plus of this situation – he’s fairly sure she might have feelings for him already. A negative – it gives me the ick. I can’t express well what puts me off, but the fact they don’t just sit down and have a conversation now that they’re grown adults and both single is annoying. Also, it feels underhanded. Relationships change, and friends do become lovers. But it feels like a violation of trust when Nathan uses the pretense of the fake relationship to kiss, hold hands, and touch Bree when she isn’t aware of his feelings and purpose. It made all my favorite parts of fake relationships feel slimy because there was a personal agenda behind it.

Another drawback: the writing. It read like mid-tier fanfiction (and no, I can’t expound on that. That’s just what it is) It’s the kind of writing where if you’re reading a fanfic of a ship you love and it’s an intriguing premise, you don’t care about writing as long as you can understand what’s happening. When it’s a published book with characters you don’t already know or care about, I expect more.

<i>Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.</i>
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I could not connect with this one. The characters and pacing were off and I couldn't get through it. I don't usually leave a goodreads review if I can't finish the book!
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Bree and Nathan are  so fun. It’s sweet and cute the way their friendship evolves. Nathan being in football and the best friend and Bree always being there for him and her passion for dance. I love how they interact and how fun this book is. Would recommend,
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Thank you to Netgalley and @prhinternational for the chance to read this book in advance.
The Cheat Sheet is a very sweet story, the perfect one if you love the friends to lovers kind of relationship and you want something light to read. And I think here lies the "problem" too. 
The story was so cute and adorable, and I've really appreciated the main characters and how the dealt with their personal problems and issues, but the ending was really too predictable and like a sort of "fairy tale closure", not really relatable with how things works in real life. It was too fast, like the author wanted to close the book in a rush and I think instead it deserved at least 20-30 pages more. That disappointed me quite a lot because until that point it was fun (really fun) and I was enjoying the reading so much..
The extra ending chapter suffers from the same problem, it was nice but it doesn't add something that can really capture the reader attention. 

So, 3 stars are absolutely deserved, but I can't give it an higher rate.
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Thank you PRH international #partner for my eARC!

If you’re looking for a friends to lovers trope with unrequited love, a lot of pinning and banters and fake dating then I suggest you add this to your tbr!

Nathan and Bree’s friendship was really adorable and heartwarming, they had a perfect friendship and relationship dynamic. Their romance was a slow burn, and it was so good yet frustrating at the same time. I love how they were always there for each other, providing support for everything.

Bree is very quirky and eccentric and I love her for it. She is one of the most thoughtful characters I’ve read about. She takes care of everyone around her and always making sure everybody is doing okay.

Nathan is not a stereotypical football player here, which made me love him more. His friend group was also hilarious, I always enjoy scenes where the men try to figure out how to get the girl!

Highly recommend especially to those looking for a cute fluffy read.
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4.5 stars!! This book was so so cute! It’s a sports romance, best friends to lovers, and fake dating all wrapped into one book. Nathan has my whole heart. That man is the sweetest person in the world, and he deserves the most wonderful things in life. As for bree, i genuinely liked her a lot as a character but she definitely had her moments where i was like “girl what??”. Overall there was soooo much angst between bree and nathan! like you could cut their sexual tension with a knife. The end of chapter 27 through the end of the book was everything i was waiting for *chefs kiss*. That’s all, 4.5 stars!! Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!
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