When Lucas Hunt proposes that we fake a relationship to get what we both want, I think it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Yes, I need my car fixed, and yes, he needs to publicly move on from his disaster of a past relationship, but I’m not sure my anxiety or my preference for solitude can handle what he’s asking of me.The Fake Dating Trope

After all, as an avid reader and the star employee of Books & Beans, I’ve read enough fake dating trope storylines to know how this ends.

I refuse to be the girl who falls for the guy she’s pretending to be with.

Even though we’re spending all this time together, and I’m getting to know the real version of him, and he’s absurdly nice to look at—


Nope. Nope. Nope. Not me.

Definitely not.

…I’m in so much trouble.



About the Author

Jennifer Ann Shore is an award-winning, bestselling author based in Seattle, Washington.

She writes romance stories that go a little deeper than the standard tropes. Her lineup of more than a dozen books includes standalones, a dystopian series, and a vampire series—with titles such as “Perfect Little Flaws,” “Young at Midnight,” and “Metallic Red.”

Prior to publishing, she led an impressive career in New York, first as a journalist and then as a marketing executive, gaining recognition for her work from companies such as Hearst and SIIA.

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This is my second read from Jennifer Ann Shore and I am slowly becoming a fan of her work. I am a sucker for high school romances and I sure fell hard for this book. the story off with Kate and Lucas, two high school students with pretty much nothing in common. Kate is the quiet book nerd who spends much of her time at the library or the local coffee shop, while Lucas is the popular jock, who’s pretty much dated the entire cheer squad. The two form an arrangement to start a fake relationship in order to make Lucas’ ex-girlfriend jealous.

This is a fun and cute story with plenty of quality moments and highlights typical teenage drama. I appreciated the author tying in serious topics like alcoholism and divorce which brought an authentic feel to this high school romance. But I must say, the best part about this book was the humor. I found myself giggling and at some points, laughing out loud. The banter between Kate and Lucas was flirty and fun and put a smile on my face while reading.

Kudos to Jennifer Ann shore for another great YA romance. I will continue reading her collections and can’t wait to dive in!