Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.
Did Not Finish-30 percent.
I cannot read any more fake relationship romances. I am tired of them. It feels like lately all I am reading is fake relationship which turns to lovers. I thought the premise of the book was good (football star running a cupcake bakery meets a social media “star”) but I really didn’t like Jada and thought her and Donovan didn’t work. I initially was going to try to push through and finish this but just got fed up. I can feel a reading slump coming on and I am trying to work my way through it. But books like this make it hard.
“Fake It Til You Bake It” follows NFL star Donovan Dell. Donovan is struggling to keep his cupcake business afloat. A woman comes in and insults his decor and his cupcakes (without eating one) and then he challenges her to eat one. The woman in question is Jada Townsend-Matthews who is “hiding” out after social media users have turned on her after she turned down a proposal on a reality dating show. A reporter thinks that they are together, yadda yadda yadda, fake relationship. Both realize that if the world thinks they are dating, it can help improve their own situations.
So Jada is hard to like. Full stop. She’s rude. And I hate it when authors write Black women like we just run around acting like assholes. There’s a difference between being strong and just nasty for no reason. When we first meet her she started getting on my nerves. Who rolls into someone’s business talking crap?
Donovan being into cupcakes was cute and honestly if it was just him and his friend trying to get their business going I would have enjoyed it more. He and Jada don’t make sense and I got tired of reading about them.
The writing didn’t work for me and the flow was off so much. I just thought I was reading a very rough draft of a book and not the finished product at all. Also it didn’t help that I didn’t like the two leads as a couple at all.