Review: Fake It Till You Bake It
FAKE IT TILL YOU BAKE IT - Jamie Wesley
St. Martin's Press
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEW: FAKE IT TILL YOU BAKE IT is a great summer read. Donovan Dell is a professional football player who loves to bake and owns Sugar Blitz with two of his teammates who are also his best friends. Unfortunately sales have declined since the bakery opened. Jada Townsend-Matthews is a reality show star who has received bad publicity after turning down a marriage proposal on the end of the show she was featured on. Half of the viewers of the show hate her.

Jada and Donovan’s first meeting leaves a lot to be desired when Jada insults Sugar Blitz, not liking the place. Despite that, there is an electric shock when Donovan provides Jada with a cupcake, seeking her approval. A little while later Jada and Donovan have to spend time together when Jada is forced to work with him to satisfy her Grandmother, who is also the owner of the football team. Donovan’s business partner Nicholas (who is quite the ladies’ man), notices the attraction. Somewhere between recipes, flour and close contact, the two almost kiss.

Things get interesting when Jada needs Donovan to fake a relationship with her until the dust settles from the reality show debacle.  Donovan finally let Nicholas and his friend August convince him that the situation could help their bottom line. Fake or not, their first kiss is very real and the “best first kiss” Donovan has ever had. Jada and Donovan look like soul mates as they gaze into each other’s eyes. The lines become blurred between what’s fake and what’s real. When a couple of villains rear their ugly heads, Donovan goes to bat for Jada when it matters. The two have a genuine desire to be friends, but Jada, who is trying to find herself, runs before she can self-sabotage what they’ve built.

FAKE IT TILL YOU BAKE IT is an interesting spin on the “fake relationship” trope. Despite a passion for baking, Donovan and his friends Nicholas and August are as masculine as men can get and have features that would attract any woman. I really enjoyed the scene where Jada’s friend has her book club meeting at the shop. It is very realistic and also puts Jada and Donovan in the hot seat. I also thought it was interesting how Ms. Wesley tackles dyslexia and how one of the characters manages this condition. Overall, FAKE IT TILL YOU BAKE IT is as sweet as the cupcakes and will make the reader smile. I’m interested to see what’s next by this author.

26th August 2022 | romcol@caribsurf.com
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