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June 20, 2022

Fake it Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley ~ a Review

by MK French

Jada Townsend-Matthews turned down a proposal on a reality dating show, earning public ire. Coming home to San Diego, she bumps into professional football player and bakery owner Donovan Dell. They're mistaken for an item, and decide to use that to help the bakery's popularity and repair Jada's image. But a fake relationship might not be so fake after all.

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book cover of romantic comedy Fake It Till You Make It
June 2022; Griffin; 978-1250801852
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); romantic comedy

The fake dating trope is a fun one when done well, and is the main component of our meet-cute. 

Jada had been hiding to avoid those intensely angry with her and Donovan focused on his football career as well as baking. Jada at first insults the shop, then later it turns out her grandmother owns the team Donovan plays for. She has her own hang-ups about dyslexia and "ruining" everything she tried to do, though she's twenty-five and still figuring out a potential career. 

Donovan believes in tactics and study, and taking a logical approach; opening the shop instead of converting the building into apartments was as wild as he got, and even then he researched the business proposal thoroughly. 

Impulsive Jada and straitlaced Donovan are the opposites that needed to balance each other out. Each has their insecurities and supports each other to the best of their ability. Of course, there's the dark moment of the story, where the two separate before getting back together and being stronger for it. It's scary to be emotionally vulnerable, but we know they'll get there.

I adored the book and raced through it in a single day. It's as light and fluffy as a frosted cupcake. 

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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