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3.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,542 ratings  ·  1,040 reviews
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last...

Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Frid
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Berkley
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Emily May
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's not often that I can't think of anything good to say about a book, but Faker managed to annoy me and bore me by doing pretty much everything I dislike in romance. Why are these borderline abusive relationships still being sold as romantic?

It tries to do the love/hate thing, but fails. I've said before that I'm partial to a bit of the old love/hate angst, but so few authors seem able to do it without it feeling either a) fake, or b) emotionally abusive. For me, this book fell into the second
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maybe
OMG here comes my FOUR what a swoony, sweet, heartwarming love/hate relationship at office story I’ve read, I’m smiling like an idiot for hours and don’t forget the irresistible, undeniable, pant-melting chemistry of the couple, amazing break for me after all the thrillers giving me nightmares I’ve read lately STARS!

Hating Games meets Beautiful Bastard meets Allure of Julian Lefray meets Tangled! It’s a great combination of frenemies at office novels. I was about to pass this book at first, bec
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
A debut author who brings a combination of THE HATING GAME and FIGHT OR FLIGHT, making you fall in love with Tate and Emmie in the best of ways...

Okay let's all be honest over here, because when am I not? Berkley Romance is killing the illustrated cover game! It's a hit or miss for me for sure, but thank god I gave this beauty a try because I loved everything about this enemies to lovers romance, and I am addicted to the unique aspect of it because of the nationality of both characters of Ta
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

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No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to fake anything with him.

Faker was a great debut novel! Hate to love/work place romances... I'm always here for them. The synopsis of this gave me serious 'The Hating Game' vibes, and that's one of my favorite romances so I knew I had to read this one. I'm so happy I did.

Emmie and Tate have worked across from one another for years. Emmie is with a company that is primarily men, so she's learned to hold her own. It's different with
Whitney Atkinson
DNF at 150ish pages

I was originally loving this book from the first 100 pages. It actually mirrors my life really similarly, and I was enjoying seeing a main character whose shoes I could step into so fittingly. From her workplace situation to her state of mind, I really embraced the way she navigated conflict and I was excited to see where this was headed.

However, this book took a steep downhill when the romance began. I didn’t mind the love interest—in fact, I only wish I’d read on so that I

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
2.5 stars. I'm rounding up just because I'm feeling generous.

When I read the blurb for this book, I got excited. I thought it was going to be a fun little rom-com. And I guess for some it will be....

If you are a hateful old bat like me you need to ask yourself some questions that go like this:

This book is very cheesey. It's one of those enemy then they are in lurrrrve books, but usually I like a bit more of enemy stuff. This one just didn't fill that need.

Next: I love that the story include
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emmie is a faker. It’s literally her job. Well, her job is actually working at a power tool company with few women and tons of men.

Emmie is 100% real in her disdain for one of her coworkers, Tate. Emmie has tried to be kind to him and she’s been rebuffed at every turn. Oh, and Tate is hot. Of course.

Emmie and Tate are assigned a project together, and they quickly see each other beyond their “work personas.”

The hate to love trope is always a fun one and Faker is especially redeeming. I found the
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This contemporary romance novel is ... a lot like The Hating Game. Except with most of the wit and humor sucked out.

26 year old Emmie Echavarre is a copywriter at a power tool distributor called Nuts & Bolts. She's surrounded by men in the workplace, so she acts a lot tougher than she really is to make sure she gets respected ... and it works, mostly. But the hardest person for her to get along with is handsome Tate Rasmussen, who's in charge of the company's social media and treats her with unr
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book because it is an own voices book written by a biracial Filipino American woman. As some of you may know, I too am a biracial Filipino American woman. I knew I had to read this book because representation matters!

All in all, I found this to be a cute romance.

I loved Tate. Despite his tough exterior, he was such a softie and a generous lover. I loved that he pu
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With all the mixed reviews I’ve read, I went into this book with the lowest of expectations. I wanted so badly to, at the very least, enjoy it. Especially because the main character is half-Ilocano.

But!!! This isn’t just badly written with hilariously unrealistic dialogue, it’s borderline problematic as well. There is a lot of... weird fixation on whiteness that happens. And for some reason, the “conflict” of the story (if you can even call it that) is the love interest is too introverted, which
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Before anyone gets all up in arms about the 3 Stars I’m giving this one, let’s get things clear. I use the Goodreads’ rating system. Therefore, 3 Stars = “I liked it.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a 3 Star rating. Also, I read this one here . . . .

So momma sho ‘nuff wasn’t complaining. When it comes to romance novels, they either click with me or they don’t. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of hate to love tropes (not to
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Sarah Smith has written a sweet, swoony, and steamy romcom. This book is being compared to “The Hating Game” I think this is an accurate comparison. Both are workplace enemies to lovers romances filled with Snark, humor, and charm. So if you loved THG as much as I did you’re definitely enjoy this book. But as similar as they were they were also quite different. Emmie is one of the few women at The tool company where she works. For this reason she spends her days “faking“ that she is a tough cook ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
2-ish stars

I wanted to love this book. I really did. It has everything that would attract me to a romance book; enemies to lovers trope, office romance, and a cute cover. But, they were all done badly which turned something that I was suppose to enjoy and love to a huge disappointment.

The enemies to lovers aspect is pretty much NONEXISTENT! The “hating” part was over before I get the chance to remember the characters names! I couldn’t see an actual plot, it was just so basic and boring and I co
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Story 🌟🌟🌟
This was a book where I hoped it would land on my favorite shelf, but sadly it didn’t win my heart over.
At least not enough.
It was a work related hate-to-love romance with two people who looked really different but who had the same personalities.
Even though it was a different story, different characters etc. it still had a lot of similarities with my favorite book - the hating game.
I don’t know if I really felt the connection between those two, but I was still really happy when they
TheBibliotheque ♡
"Every single woman in our vicinity was gawking at you like you were something to eat. A couple guys too, actually. You didn't notice. Too busy death staring at me. If you eased up on the steely facade, they would approach you."
I expect him to chuckle, to roll his eyes in assessment. (...) He doesn't speak, not right away. All he does is swallow and stare.
"Maybe I don't want them to," he says.
There's a flutter in my stomach. It surges up my chest and to my throat, making it impossible to talk.

Ellen Gail
Mar 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
2009 Ellen Gail: "ewww, rom coms are so cheesy. why would I read that?"

2019 Ellen Gail: "rom coms are so cheesy. I effing love it."
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
You know how in most genre people use the phrase “predictable” as a criticism? To me the best part about contemporary romance is that it is predictable in the best way possible. Sometimes a girl just needs a happily ever after!!!

Sarah Smith’s debut novel Faker is an enemies-to-lovers co-worker romance novel that just hit the sweet spot of steamy, funny, and heart-melting. Wonderful!

I think enemies-to-lovers is probably my favorite romance trope, and I also love a steamy romance between co-worker
Larry H
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cute, light, steamy rom-com in the hate-to-love sub-genre.

Emmie spends her days faking it—being tough, that is. As one of only a few women working for a company that sells power tools, she needs to show everyone that she’s no-nonsense, and that nothing anyone says or does bothers her. It’s exhausting hiding your true self from people.

One person she doesn’t hide her feelings from is her colleague, Tate. For reasons Emmie can’t understand, he seems to hate her and always has. He takes wh
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this!! I thought the whole thing was going to focus on the enemies to lovers romance but it was so much deeper than that and because of it, so much more enjoyable. I loved that the characters communicated really well and I love seeing multicultural couples portrayed so well and with so much heart. This made me swoon, I genuinely laughed out loud a few times, and I was rooting for both characters from the get go!
Steph's Romance Book Talk
1 Star / 2 Steam (maybe)

This was a huge DUMPSTER FIRE!! I wanted to enjoy it but after the third or fourth mention of how "pale/milky/white" Tate's skin was in only two chapters, this turned into a hate read rather than a read for enjoyment. Emmie is employed in a male-dominated shop dealing with tools. Tate is the social media coordinator and Emmie has taken the companies digital visibility to the next level but when the two of them meet Tate doesn't take to Emmie the way she thinks is accepta
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Faker is a debut romance that caught my eye after the cover was revealed and then I read the blurb and my excitement grew because I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers romances so I knew that I had to get my hands on this story. 

As one of the few female employees at a male-dominated company, Emmie Echavarre is a pro at being just "one of the guys". She has tough skin, doesn't let anyone put her down and
nick (the infinite limits of love)

If books received awards like at the MTV Movie Awards, Faker would be awarded the title of "Hottest Kisses". Does that entice you enough? No? How about an enemies-to-lovers office romance? Yes, you read that right! Faker has two of my favorite tropes and Sarah Smith's spin on them were fantastic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I think others will too.

The enemies-to-lovers vibe were strong from the very beginning of this book and I was living for it. Emmie is one of the handful of women
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦
4.5 STARS!


A debut novel by Sarah Smith, Faker was a real treat and so much fun to read! The cover and then the blurb drew me in instantly, making me want to read this novel. Off the bat, I can see how and why people may get The Hating Game vibes but honestly, there really is no comparison. This story is so very different, diverse, and special in its very own way and right.

The story begins with Emmie our heroine, she's of Filipino and Hawaiian descent. Working in a mostly male dominated caree
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-heroines
3.5 stars

Damn I was in so much love with this book...I actually started getting excited because I thought finally after months of waiting and searching, I had finally found my next 5 star read. I loved how cute and sweet the romance was. I loved the characters, their banter, their personalities. Basically everything. But then that plot twist came around 75% into the book and...

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I was SO frustrated with where the author took their romance. It w
I really wanted to like it, but I hold grudges. It must be the Scorpio in me. I know it ends with a HEA and everyone is smiling but I can’t get over the main conflict of the story. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: hate-to-love
I am such a huge fan of enemies to lovers romances, so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement. I went into this one with some pretty high expectations and was sadly disappointed.

Working at an office full of men, Emmie is used to faking confidence to make it as a professional. She doesn't let anyone walk all over her and she speaks her mind, even though she's really not that confident on the inside. Especially when it comes to her infuriatingly annoying coworker, Tate. When Emmi
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Comparisons to The Hating Game are easy to make when it comes to this hate to love work place romance.
I thought this was OK but I have to say I enjoyed The Hating Game much more.
Props for the own voices biracial rep though!
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Follows a 26-year-old half-Filipino woman fighting to make her way in a male-dominated industry of power tools, while resisting her attraction to an office foe.

Jacob Proffitt
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, unfinished
It is truly unfortunate that this book has surface similarities to The Hating Game because it's almost impossible not to compare them. Unfortunately, this book is like The Hating Game if you remove the charm, wit, and banter. I am not the first one to point that out.

The thing is that Emmie isn't a bad romance character. She's working hard in a job she kind of likes and appears to be good at, but has the challenge of being one of the only women in the company. So she's hyper-conscious of how she
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Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and ad ...more

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