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Ten Rules for Faking It

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,586 ratings  ·  953 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Slow-burn, soft, sweet, easy to read with likable characters and thankfully sweet, kind, adorable hero with great and realistic approach to the anxiety! It’s one of the feel-good romances but I wish it was shorter because way too much depictions and slow paced story-telling made me lose my interest about romantic involvement between characters.

So let’s get look at the blurb: Everly Dean has such a bad luck when it comes to her birthdays. At those days something always unexpected happens just li
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The Bachelorette Radio Style!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📔
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: California

The Hero(s): Chris – His father owns the radio station and Chris is the station manager, only working there sort of as a proving ground before he can before he can work as the head of communications for his fathers companies in New York.

The heroine: Everly – She is a radio producer and she has social anxiety which
This book and I really, REALLY didn't mesh well.

First with the good! Ten Rules for Faking It is cute and lighthearted, and I was majorly intrigued by its fun premise: After catching her ex cheating, radio producer Everly Dean accidentally spills her guts on-air—and kicks off a Bachelorette-esque series of dates that will, hopefully, help her step out of her comfort zone and into the big, bold life she's always wanted.

I really appreciated this book's rep of social anxiety, and the myriad ways th
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 16, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ ~40%: I'm sad to say that this book just did not work for me. It wasn't necessarily a terrible book, but even after 150 pages I really struggled to connect to or care at all about the characters or anything that was happening. I also found myself rolling my eyes a bit at the cheesiness of the way the dialogue / inner monologues were written and I just got to a point where I couldn't look past it any further. Overall, this book wasn't The Worst, but it just did absolutely nothing for me and ...more
**2.5-stars rounded up**

Everly Dean is a radio show producer, who on her 30th-birthday catches her boyfriend with another woman. Not a great way to start the day.

Arriving at work after the run-in, she proceeds to rant to her coworker, Stacey, who also happens to be her best friend and the DJ at the station. Unfortunately, the microphone was on for the full rant and now all their listeners know Everly's love life is a mess.

Trying to spin a negative into a positive, Everly agrees to participate in
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, romance, 2-stars
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

ten rules for faking it by sophie sullivan opens with radio producer everly dean reeling after learning that her boyfriend simon is cheating—and on her birthday no less. what follows is a furious rant about his betrayal blasted to an audience of live listeners and all because everly's best friend stacey didn't mute the mic in time. if this premise sounds flimsy, that's because it is. that an experienced radio dj of many years and one w
Romance novels have slowly become my go-to genre and I'm not mad about it. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't it for me.

I always feel bad giving two-star reviews. I only ever give one-star reviews to the worst of the worst and give three stars to everything that was alright but not that great. So, two stars always hang somewhere in the middle all awkwardly and it makes me feel bad. But, here we are. A two-star review of a book that I had some problems with, didn't really manage to entertain me
10 reasons to Read This Book.

• this was a delightful feel good story with a “The Bachelor” vibe.
• Sophie Sullivan has put a fun fresh spin on the romcom.
• The radio station setting was fun.
• we can all relate to how mortified Everly must’ve felt when her BFF Stacey announces on the radio that she caught her boyfriend cheating on her on her birthday.
• Chris was a great guy and I liked the cute chemistry between Everly and him.
• stacey was such a great supportive friend. Loved the friendship betw
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ten Rules for Faking It is a fun romantic comedy. The characters are great. Everly has social anxiety which makes it hard for her to get close to people. Dating multiple men is not something she has ever done before and sometimes too much for her. Stacey is a great friend and always there for Everly. She accepts Everly’s social anxiety. Chris and Everly soon develop a friendship, and Chris is there for Everly when she needs support. This story is cute and funny.

I recommend Ten Rules for Faking
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest review'

I mostly skipped around to the cute parts. I like the theme of mental health. Overall, a good romance novel.

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already kinda feeling 'eh' but we'll see what happens

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Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Griffin for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Although there were certain parts of this book that I did like, I didn't really feel all too invested in it, or the romance (which is really a shame, because the romance basically makes up the entire book).

Everly Dean is a radio producer who loves her job and hates her birthday. On the morning of her thirtieth birthday, she walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her, and accidentally blurts it
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Sophie Sullivan
SERIES: Standalone
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Mental Health, Anxiety, Bachelorette on Radio
RATING: 3 Stars


ARGH! TEN RULES FOR FAKING IT could have easily been a 5-star read. I loved that the author talked about something we all can relate to in some way because I'm sure most of us have been afraid to make the first move, to stand up for ourselves out
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
3.5/ 5 stars

Ten Rules For Faking It is the author's romantic comedy debut. She has written books in other genres under the name Jody Holford.

The main narrator in this book is 30 year old Everly Dean (3rd person POV). The story takes place in a small town in California called San Verde.

It is interesting that this is the second book that I have read recently where the heroine is a radio producer. And it's also the second book that I've read recently where the heroine has bad luck on her birthdays.
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan is such a refreshing novel in the sense that it represented what I believe is sometimes an underrepresented subject; mental health. Specifically, generalized anxiety, panic attack disorder and social anxiety. The protagonist, Everly, suffers from it all. Sullivan does a phenomenal job accurately portraying the reality of these anxiety disorders!

I adored this story; it quickly became very special and very personal to me. I, too, suffer from anxiety diso

Title: Ten Rules for Faking It
Series: standalone
Author: Sophie Sullivan
Release date: December 29, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: rom-com, contemporary romance

“I’ll choose you again and again and again,” she whispered. His heart tumbled. Right into her hands. “I’ll choose you back.”

This book was such a breath of fresh air! My favorite thing about the whole package was the heroine Everly in all of her neurotic imperfections. I can fully understand that not everyone will "get" her, and she may push so
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ten Rules for Faking It was a sweet, slow-burn romance that focuses heavily upon the protagonist, Everly, and her struggle with anxiety. Although it was slow at times, this book gave me a lot of the warm, fuzzy feelings I wanted.

Everly's birthdays are always horrible, but this one takes the cake. She walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her, and now her friend has managed to broadcast that news at the radio station she works at. Suddenly people are lining up to date her. She gets involved in a
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Not much to say here. I liked the premise of the book, but think that things got fouled up when Sullivan switched from Everly's point of view, to Chris's. I just didn't care what he had to say or think throughout the book. And honestly there is a lot that was dismissed concerned Everly's social anxiety that I think should have been delved into much better than this book allowed. This is honestly remindin
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
Ohmygosh. This book was the sweetest!

My heart is filled to bursting with the most delicious sweetness of it all. I adored Chris and Everly’s story so much!

Perhaps best of all? I don’t remember the last time I read a heroine who was so perfectly relatable. I mean, your mileage may vary. But if anxiety is your jam the way that anxiety is my jam? You’re gonna get her. That doesn’t mean she didn’t occasionally drive me crazy (I mean, let’s be real – I occasionally drive myself crazy), but I got her
Read to 50% and then started skipping around.

I liked Everly and Chris well enough. They’re both good people looking for something. Stacey is a good friend who knows when to push and when to relax. I loved her constant acceptance and reliability that she provided. Chris’s brothers were also great.

Plot wise, it was so very slow. There’s loads of inner monologue and my main complaint is that I didn’t see the chemistry between Everly and Chris. I’m usually 1000% on board with longing filled glance
Addie Yoder
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big Bachelor fan, so the premise of this book stood out to me right away. When Everly makes an accidental announcement about her birthday break up on air at her radio station, her town goes bonkers with support and outrage. The station manager comes up with a Bachelorette style dating challenge to help boost ratings and also help Everly. The romance that comes out of this mess is so sweet and endearing. I loved the plot. I loved Stacey and Everly's friendship. I always love a story of gro ...more
Helen Power
The book is written with a sardonic tone that had me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Everly is extremely unlucky when it comes to birthdays, and right off the bat we’re introduced to that bad luck when she walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her.

Everly is a unique protagonist in that she suffers from extreme anxiety. She seems to think that she needs a partner who is her polar opposite–an extreme extrovert–since he’ll force her to do things that she’s uncomfortable with. She’s also
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a much better read than expected, I enjoyed the slow burn type love, the whole concept was entertaining. I like all the characters and their development. I´m definitely going to recommend it as an easy feel-good book.
Heroine : Everly loves her job as a radio producer. She has the bad luck of having the worst birthdays ever and on her 30th bday she not only finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she airs it to all her radio show listeners.

Hero : Chris’s end goal was to prove to his father he was capable of taking over his communications empire in NY. But while trying to save Everly’s job organizing a radio version of the Bachelorette, he realizes that he can stand on his own and that ther
‘Ten Rules for Faking It’ has a fairly unusual plot I think, or at least one that I’ve not come across in a while: the bachelorette within a radio setting, a harebrained idea of the station manager thanks to a hapless moment during which radio producer Everly Dean had her unfortunate private life and messy break up aired, quite literally, during a programme.

But her manager Chris Jansen slowly worms his way onto her radar and into her heart while this fake dating ensues, though there are many hu
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not going to lie. Ten Rules for Faking It was cute in all kinds of way. It's just.. that.. the romance was so SLOW sometimes that I just didn't care anymore at a certain point. Maybe it's just me or maybe it's because its new years eve. But pace is such a huge factor into getting intrigued in a book. Again, it could be me but that pace was just off when I was reading it.

The one thing it had going was that.. it was just
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars, it was an alright book but nothing particularly great. This book is lighthearted and fun but I found it to be just ok and it didn't stand out to me in a sea of romance novels. In Ten Rules for Faking It the main character Everly is struggling in her love life so the radio station she works at decides to hold a Bachelorette style contest for her to find the one. But Everly is secretly crushing on her boss and the book shows how this all plays out.

The description of this book sounded lik
Elizabeth Bosse
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so perfect! It was laugh out loud funny but heartwarming at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Everly. I love that the author talked so openly about Everly’s anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Everly learning to let other people care for her and love her, even the anxiety and panic, was so refreshing. Watching Chris grow and learn what he really wanted in life and stand to up his father was good. Watching the two of them fall in love and overcome was perfect. Go r ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
“I always worry that if I open up too much, all people will see is the anxiety. It consumes me sometimes, worrying about that. But I’ve recently learned that even when people see it clearly, it doesn’t always push them away. Not the ones who matter, anyway.”

I liked Everly and Chris enough. They had their very cute moments and their not so cute moments. I actually liked their list very much. I did have a huge problem with both of their internal thinking though. Chris worried so much about Everly
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie Sullivan Fans, Romance
September 23, 2020
This Feeling Of Dread Is Nothing New...
It's My Birthday, So It's A Feeling...
I Know Very Well...

After All, There Is A History Of Horror...
When I Think Of My Birthdays...
Balloons and Happy Times Do Not Come To Mind...

Instead, I Remember The Tonsillectomy...
Another Year, My Gift Was My Parents' Divorce...

Why Should This Recent Birthday Be Any Different...

Well, The Gods Gave Me...
A Cliche Ridden Cheating Ex With His Assistant...
And Giftwrapped It To Me...
By Catching Them In The Ac
Jan 23, 2021 marked it as abandoned
Overall this isn't working for me. I was feeling like I was slogging a little bit. It was just too cliche and over the top. Then when the author described a cannoli by its lemon and white chocolate flavors she lost me completely. ...more
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SOPHIE SULLIVAN is a Canadian author as well as a cookie-eating, Diet Pepsi-drinking, Disney enthusiast who loves reading and writing romance in almost equal measure. She writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. Ten Rules For Faking It is her romcom debut novel, but she's had plenty of practice writing happily ever after as ...more

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