Title: Fake Off
Author: Michelle McLoughney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Polly Doyle hates her job, her life, and being stuck in her home town. Being a twenty-something, newly single, phone-sex operator isn’t exactly where she saw herself on career day. When Polly lands a spot on the popular TV show, The Bake Off, she vows to win. Baking is her passion and her ticket out of Cavern's Bend. There’s just one, very big man-shaped problem. It’s couples year. Polly doesn’t want a man, but for the first time in her life, she needs one. Faking it for a living comes naturally to Polly. Faking The Bake Off, should be a piece of cake. If only her fake boyfriend wasn’t so edible, so hot, and so damn infuriating!
Keane Marshall loves his job, his life, and moving back to his home town is the icing on the cake. Being a twenty-something, newly single chef of the hottest restaurant in Cavern’s Bend, is exactly where he wants to be. Until he gets roped into a competition with a woman he hoped he’d never see again. Polly Doyle was the first girl he ever wanted. The first girl he fell in love with. And the girl who sucker punched him into 6th grade infamy. Faking The Bake Off should be a piece of cake. If only his fake girlfriend wasn’t so sinfully spicy, so teeth tingling sweet, and so damn infuriating!
A spoonful of sugar, and a whole lot of spice.
I so wanted to like this book but it fell short for me. I feel like it had so much promise!! I loved the main character, Polly Doyle. I guess there was just too much thrown in this story for me... it would have been perfect if we picked a main plot and stuck with it. I just felt so scattered with the Bake Off, that was almost a background thought, the cheating ex slimball, the friendship group, all the crazy awesome characters, and the phone sex operator, plus the fake fiance stuff. I'm not saying this book is bad, not at all... don't think that! I think it has great potential!!
I read an advanced copy but I am hoping that they grammar mistakes are fixed... there were a TON! I'm used to some, as I mostly read ARCs, heck... I make some! But there was a ton in this book. I didn't remove any stars for this though, since like I said, it is an ARC and is to be expected in my opinion.
So, if Michelle is reading this... I LOVED your book, I laughed through it and really wanted to give it 4 star. I don't feel like I can though. I think if you had omitted either the fake fiance stuff and/or the sex operator scandal... it might have made it. I think you could have written two books off everything you had going on in this one and I don't feel you gave the Bake Off the due it deserved.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.