Title: Fake It
New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real.
Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she. Letting chemistry this intense go to waste would be a real shame. Soon, though, the thin line between fantasy and reality fades. Jake may not be what every buttoned-up fast-tracker wants, but he’s sure as hell what Anna needs. And if she takes a ride with him, their adventure never has to end.
Author: Jennifer Chance
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Risk It
Series: Rule Breakers
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Risk It
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: July 1, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Anna Richardson is a newly-graduated corporate go-getter in Boston who’s never stepped outside the lines of good-girl behavior. Jake Flynn is a bad-ass motorcycling demi-god intent on getting her to notice him as more than a neighbor.
Anna made up a boyfriend to get everyone off her back – six months of “Dave” made into the perfect guy that no one has met and her friends don’t believe anyway. Anna is super spun-up about making it seem like her lie was the truth, and thank God for Jake. He makes a comment in the first third of the novel that makes so much sense it makes Anna seem even more ridiculous and drama-prone than I originally thought:
“You don’t want to show up to the party with a guy who’s seriously into you and not afraid to show it? Who can barely keep his hands off you?” As if to punctuate his words, Jake rubbed his hands along Anna’s arms, up over her shoulders. He threaded his fingers through her hair and teased her head gently back until she was staring up at him again. “That wouldn’t show your friends—and this Todd guy—that you were happily involved somewhere else? With someone else?”
As the story progresses, Anna fights with herself over whether she should be with Jake. It took the entire story (literally until I was at 98%) for her to realize that JAke was serious, and that he really did want to be with her. My recurring thought? If she’s this much trouble before the relationship starts, that should be a red flag, Jake. Run! Run quickly!
Of course, their issues were laid out and that was supposed to make me understand why Anna could command an entire boardroom (at the tender age of what? 20?) yet was unable to make a simple decision in her real life. She was whiny, annoying and overdramatic at best – and not redeemable at worst.
It took until the very end of the book for Anna to flip her personality 180 degrees, decide Jake was the love of her life (after 48 hours, mind you) and walk away from the beginning of her career (in which her boss begs her to reconsider). It was, for me, an unrelatable heroine, unbelievable story, and very flat plot line.
Two and a half stars.
*Disclaimer: I was provided an eARC of this book.*