Ten Rules for Faking It

Sophie Sullivan

fiction contemporary romance
lighthearted slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2021

“Impossible to read without smiling—escapist romantic comedy at its heartwarming best.” —New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Layne

As birthdays go, this year’s birthday for radio producer Everly Dean hit an all-time low.

Worse than the birthday she had a tonsillectomy. Worse than the birthday her loveably reckless parents decided to split up (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Yea, even clichés sting.

But no matter. This is Everly Dean’s year! The year she doesn’t let her anxiety hold her back. The year she stops being the hot potato in the overblown drama of her parent’s marriage. The year she pitches her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is way too cute. (WHY did he have to be cute)? He’s also supremely respectful of her, to the point of being distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

Oh, and Stacey, best friend/ DJ, forgot to mute the mic as Everly ranted about Simon the Snake (syn: see Cheating Ex).

Maybe she has three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting for their favorite dates (Note to self: never leave house again), and meanwhile, that spark she feels for Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot to handle for a woman who considers avoiding people an Olympic sport. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list of three (that’s barely a list)

Five (no one likes an odd number)

Ten rules for faking it.

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

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Moods

lighthearted 92%
funny 65%
emotional 38%
hopeful 38%
inspiring 19%
reflective 15%
relaxing 15%
challenging 7%
informative 3%
tense 3%

Pace

slow 53%
medium 46%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 37%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | Yes: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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3.43