Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a review copy of Ten Rules for Faking It!

ten rules for faking by sophie sullivan book cover

While romance books are definitely my favorite genre of books, there isn’t usually a lot of mental health representation. When I found out that Ten Rules for Faking It had a female lead with anxiety, I couldn’t wait to dive in and finally enjoy a rom-com with good anxiety representation and a Bachelorette style twist.

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want for Christmas


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I Hope Santa Brings. Honestly, these days my family doesn’t really buy me books, because I often get advance copies or I buy the books I want for myself. However, they do give me indie bookshop gift cards, so this is a list of books I hope that I can snag with the gift cards I might get. Some of these are preorders and some are books that I want a physical copy of even after reading them as eBooks.

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Mini Review: Mr Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain

mr malcolm's list by suzanne allain book cover
mr malcolm's list by suzanne allain book cover

I’m going to keep this review short for one simple reason: Mr Malcolm’s List was one of the worst books I’ve read this year. I went in with low expectations: the reviews were… not great. But I decided to give it a shot because it was a short standalone book, which is not very common in the historical romance genre.

The Honorable Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife, but not just any wife. He’s determined to elude the fortune hunters and find a near-perfect woman, one who will meet the qualifications on his well-crafted list. But after years of searching, he’s beginning to despair of finding this paragon. And then Selina Dalton arrives in town…

Selina, a vicar’s daughter of limited means and a stranger to high society, is thrilled when her friend Julia invites her to London.  Until she learns it’s part of a plot to exact revenge on Mr. Malcolm. Selina is reluctant to participate in Julia’s scheme, especially after meeting the irresistible Mr. Malcolm, who seems very different from the arrogant scoundrel of Julia’s description.

But when Mr. Malcolm begins judging Selina against his unattainable standards, Selina decides that she has qualifications of her own. And if he is to meet them he must reveal the real man behind…Mr. Malcolm’s List. 

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston book cover

Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston book cover

The Prince and the Pauper has never been one of my favorite fairy tales to be retold – adaptations are often over the top and not very believable. However, when I found out that the second book in the Once Upon a Con series, The Princess and the Fangirl, I was excited to see how Ashley Poston would tackle the tale.

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

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