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Ten Rules for Faking It

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  223 reviews
What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this years 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 Everlys year! She wont let her
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 29th 2020 by Griffin
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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 is
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! Its 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 lets 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 like
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-airand 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
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
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
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 Everlys story so much!

Perhaps best of all? I dont 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? Youre gonna get her. That doesnt mean she didnt occasionally drive me crazy (I mean, lets be real I occasionally drive myself crazy), but I got her. I
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.
ARC received!!!

An office romance set at a radio station...

Thank you so much, St. Martin's Press. I appreciate it!

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. Im definitely going to recommend it as an easy feel-good book.
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
Ten Rules for Faking It has a fairly unusual plot I think, or at least one that Ive 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
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 ...more
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come! This was such a lovely read! If you're looking for a romance that's not steamy but is a wonderfully fun slow-burn this is it! Also, the anxiety representation here is fantastic!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  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
Cat Duffy
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
2.5 stars rounded up.

Ten Rules for Faking It is about Everly Dean, a woman who discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her and accidentally rants about it on air at the radio station where she works as a producer. After a huge outpouring of support (and interest) from the radio station's audience, Everly's boss, Chris, pitches a Bachelorette style dating game where Everly will date a set of men, eventually picking her happily ever after. But while Everly is supposed to be falling for one of the
Sherwood Smith
Sep 14, 2020 added it
Shelves: romance
Spoilery discussion ahead.

Everly has the worst birthday ever, arriving home to discover her boyfriend in the sack with his assistant. She goes to work, because she can't let Stacey, her best friend and partner in their morning radio show, swing in the wind, as Everly is Stacey's producer. Everly is usually very quiet in the way of those with extreme social anxiety, but she lets it all go about the crappy boyfriend and scummy men in general . . . and discovers too late that Stacey had flipped the
Silvia F.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I must say this book was not bad! I didn't set expectations like I usually do which may be why I quite enjoyed it!

I sped right through the book. Sophie Sullivan's writing style is quirky, fun and entertaining. There were parts of the book that were funny, others that completely broker your heart and others that made your hear flutter. She definitely has a way of writing that makes you feel what the characters are feeling which is something I really enjoy in books. She also focuses a ot of
Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan totally caught me by surprise. {Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.}

4.5, rounded up!

I don't enjoy the Bachelor(ette) reality show, so I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this. BUT - this is nothing like that, and for that I'm thankful.

This very slow burn romance was so genuine and honest, which was nice to be able to dissect feelings without the physical aspect as well. It really made the
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story with all the feels!
I really liked Everly and Chris together and individually,an office romance set at a radio cute
Everly is such a strong woman and I liked this book approach to the anxiety.
The characters were so endearing and had their hearts in the right place, namely Stacey and Everly's friendship. I hope this turns into series, the ending chapters were quite good and fun to read.

*𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕. 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏'𝒔 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝒈𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏 𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒊𝒏
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-in-2021, 2020, arcs
ARC provided through NetGalley by the publisher.

This book was not really my thing. This does not mean it will not be yours, but I am certainly not into the book overall. It isn't bad, but I also cannot say that I enjoyed it. Throughout most of the beginning of the book, I thought it was fine, not good or bad, just fine. But as the novel progressed, I became less interested in the story and that characters and less satisfied with the resolution to plot conflict, hence the 2-star rating as opposed
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-arc
On my god, my heart!!!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

Honestly, I feel like this is one of the books the world needs. This is a book that represents a completely relatable female character with social anxiety that readers can understand, and some, can identify with on a personal level. Social anxiety is more prevalent than most people can guess. Many people with social anxiety feel the need to try and hide it because they are under the impression that
Ashlee Bree
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Since my 30th birthday was no picnic either, thanks to White Coats and un-fun diagnostics and sickness that colored me in various shades of fever-chartreuse, I felt an early kinship with Everly Dean and her roiling Birthday Disasters. (I've been there, too, girlfriend! I've been there, too!) Mind you, you'd think it would've been bad enough for her to only catch her skeezy boyfriend in bed with another woman, wouldn't you?

Well, throw in accidentally broadcasting her romantic woes, live, on air,
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
*Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Sophie Sullivan for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review

Sometimes giving a book a three star review is complicated. At times, it means the book just wasn't for me and other times it means I loved the book but there were parts that just needed editing or I couldn't get through. This time, it was the latter. I loved this book but less is more. For a sweet romance, I felt like it could have told the story in 100 less pages.

Here is
Michelle Rodriguez
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Sullivan is a new-to-me author. I read the blurb on Net Galley and requested this book. I love me a rom/com, add an office romance and that's my jam for sure.

I adored Everly from the very beginning. Her social anxiety makes many of coworkers think she's standoffish. She just doesn't do well with lots of people. Sophie, her BFF, gets her. We all need a Sophie. Enter Chris, the stations manager, who is only there for 18 months, yet he's been harboring some strong feelings from a far for
Donna Hines
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're like me the days of partying, dating, being able to relax and unwind, and not sweat over the small stuff is a thing of the past.
Social anxiety has been magnified in the days of a global pandemic but in many cases for those of us with anxiety who prefer staying home than going out it's working out well.
While I can relate to this main character with Evelyn I can relate to Chris and his father's business deals in which he's one of several brothers just like this reviewer.
As the only girl
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
When Everly has a bad day after catching her boyfriend cheating (on her birthday) she is mortified to find her rant about it was broadcast on live radio. The radio station she works as a producer. Station manager Chris (secretly son of the owner and also with a big crush on Everly) organizes a 'bachelorette'-type dating event where Everly goes out with several guys and chooses mr Right. This so save Everly's job (and her best friend's) after his father wants to give the time slot to his daughter ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ten Rules for Faking It is a thoughtful, funny rom-com that does a great job at normalizing anxiety disorders.
The dialogue felt witty, sarcastic and real.
I appreciated the attention paid to Everly's anxiety, as well as its realistic portrayal of what it is like to live with it. I found her inner monologuing relatable in every way as I also struggle with anxiety. But after all, this was a romance book, and that aspect took forever to develop, making the story drag. I found Chris' infatuation
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
"Sweetie, turn the car around no matter what kind of heaven he promised you."

Super cute story. I loved that it was centered around a radio station although there was not a lot about the show in the story. I liked the friendship between Everly and her best friend Stacey. It was a good, funny relationship that built on getting stronger and more real. I'm glad the story also touched on Everly's anxiety and how it shaped some of her decisions.

I'm also really glad we had two POV - Everly and Chris.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for an Advanced Reader Copy in return for my honest opinion.

Ten Rules for Faking It is another office romance. It was cute and heartwarming, but extremely frustrating at times. I really liked the way the author wrote about Everly and her anxiety. I felt like it was way more relatable than any other book I have read where the character struggles with anxious thoughts. I did however felt like this might have taken over her
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 Everlys 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 ...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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