New Release Romantic Comedy

Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

June 26, 2022
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Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a delicious, sweet treat! Fake dating while baking by gorgeous footballers – how fun is that??

Jada Townsend-Matthews is a social influencer currently being ravaged by on-line trolls for refusing a marriage proposal from the “bachelor” on a wildly popular reality show. She’s in hiding and trying to blend in some place where nobody knows her. Jada and her bestie walk into a cupcake shop and the owner challenges her to deny the yumminess of his pastries.

Donovan is a pro footballer and cupcake entrepreneur as a side gig. He co-owns Sugar Blitz with his baller buddies and is thrown off by the beauty currently side-eyeing his cupcakes. At a meeting with his team owner, Mrs. T (AKA Jada’s Grandma), Jada coincidentally walks in looking for employment advice from “Grams” (AKA Donovan’s Mrs. T). Grams offers Jada as an option to help Donavan’s bakery up its game in the cupcake playing arena.

Jada’s sucky meddling parents are cutting her off and she has several months before she can gain access to the trust fund her Grams has set up for her. So, she NEEDS the job – being an impulsive and insecure trust fund socialite isn’t going to pay the bills her lifestyle requires. Donovan has based his life on setting goals and sticking to obtaining those goals in an orderly fashion. In other words, no time for any drama queens.

A pesky on-line entertainment blogger/journalist recognizes Jada at the register. Suddenly there is a real kiss (for show) and the couple is thrust into a fake dating relationship and another social media blast. Lots of back and forth – are they fake dating or should they really take the chance on a real relationship hilariousness. Once the jilted “bachelor” shows up begging for Jada to reconsider her marriage refusal, Donovan knows Jada is it for him. Sorry, too late — now she decides she needs to find out if she can make it on her own. Don’t worry they get their HEA in a grand finale, and it is swoon-worthy for sure.

Fake It Till You Bake It is a funny, charming and sexy read. Jamie Wesley does a superb job of mixing the humor (come on, a cupcake baking football player) and the craziness of the social media bullying obstacles. She also weaves some fun side characters who will be making MVP appearances of their own in future installments. Overall, an enjoyable, Instagram worthy rom-com for the summer beach reading season.

I was provided an ARC from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an honest review.

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