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Posted August 1, 2013
I read this book with mixed emotions. Sorry I did not find it lame as some have posted. I found the characters were well developed and I felt their pain and happiness. I don't know much about writing a book but it seems to me Diane does. I feel like she sees the characters flaws and strengh. I enjoy and feel all the things one is suppose to feel when I read her books. Loved Derek and Stephanie . Loved this book. Get it what do you have to lose???
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Posted October 21, 2013
This is a fun story about Stephanie and what she is willing to do to get a permanent job. She doesn’t want help from anyone in her family as she wants to make it on her own. However she is down to her last dollars and needs to impress her boss and a new client. In comes Derek, who is her brother’s old college roommate and the next thing you know they have a “fake engagement” to impress the client. Derek is impressed with Stephanie’s independence but wants to help her as well especially since it includes kisses. He needs to remind himself that she is his best friends little sister and that means “hands off”.
The chemistry between them is hot and at first they try to fight it. She is such a sweet and generous person but knows that Derek is a man who could break her heart. I liked that Stephanie is a klutz and has flaws and that Derek thinks she is perfect for him. He has been going through the motions of life but not really living. Stephanie brings the human side out of him. He wants to help her but he ends up taking over and hurting her. Can she forgive him and get past their difference?
I continue to enjoy books by Ms. Alberts. They are fun, fast-paced and sexy. This is a fun book to read!
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: Donna McClaugherty
Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted July 5, 2013
Posted June 19, 2013
By: Diane Alberts
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"Faking It" by Diane Alberts was a contemporary romance read. This novel is one of those novels that will leave you 'smiling and giggling to yourself with some of the things that are going on in this good read. We find this read of a fake engagement and the brothers best friend fail in love with the sister of the said brother. 'When Stephanie's boss insists on her posing as Derek's fiancée to lure in an important investor it goes against everything she believes in but she doesn't have much choice unless she wants to risk losing her job.' Will this work out as planned? This is where I say you must pick up "Faking It" to find out if it gets pulled off. In the read you will see that there is chemistry between these two but will Stephanie be able to 'help him be the man that he always wanted to be' bringing him out of the shell that he seems to be in? Now, for Stephanie, being immature and with all of her stubbornness, will these two opposites finally come together?
I found the characters were all well developed and intriguing giving you a good read. If you are in for a quick romantic read with some hot steamy scenes then I would recommend "Faking It" to you.
Posted June 8, 2013
Stephanie is out to prove herself. She has a temp job at a major firm and her hopes to become a permanent staff member and senior investment manager there all hinge on her luring in a big investor for a project. The day she is to present her proposal to the investor is also the day she meets Derek, one of her brother's best friends. Having dashed out to meet her brother for lunch, she's forgotten her umbrella, got soaked to the skin, and Derek unwittingly comes to her rescue with his umbrella. Stephanie is at first mortified when she realizes who he is...then more so when she realizes her brother has to leave town again and wants her to play tour guide to Derek!
When Derek shows up at Stephanie's office after lunch with her forgotten purse, her slimy boss spots him and convinces them that in order to secure the investor, who is 'big on family', Derek and Stephanie need to fake an engagement. Stephanie is unsure of this at first, but Derek is willing to go along with it if it means helping Stephanie. Yes, he's just met her, but she is his friend's sister, and from teh moment he spotted her he was dazzled by her. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, but they can do a fake engagement!
Or so they think...as they go through the motions of being a couple, somewhere the line starts to get blurred. Derek is tender and loving towards Stephanie and wants to take care of her and make things easier for her. Stephanie feels shaken after just kissing Derek, she will not let this illusion get personal. There is too much at stake for her...her career, her independance. Derek is domineering, wanting to be in charge and take over...in her personal life and her business! But soon their relationship is much more than a fake engagement. Derek is falling for Stephanie and her love of life, her charm, even her clumsiness. Stephanie finds herself falling for Derek, wanting him to open up to her and to be the man he really is, not the cold person he is on the outside.
Derek and Stephanie are complete opposites that attract. They live in different cities and have different outlooks on life. Is there any hope at all that there can be a future together? Or will their differences and power struggles drive them apart permanently?
Faking It is not a really original story line, but Diane manages to mix it up a bit by bringing Stephanie's work in to the picture. The beginning of Faking It was somewhat confusing, and it took me a while to figure out exactly what Stephanie did. I felt that this could have been a lot clearer, making the entry into the book a lot easier to do.
Stephanie was also quite immature. She is on the brink of being evicted, is broke, has no permanent job, but is adament she will not accept the help that can be available for her. I understand she wants to stand on her own two feet, but it's ok to accept that people who care for you want to help you, like she wants to help Derek. Stephanie can be funny and loving, but she's also extremely stubborn! Derek I just wanted to hug! He had a horrible childhood after his mother died, and has been raised by his father to believe that there is no place for emotion. But Stephanie makes him see that he isn't the cold, business driven shell of a man he thinks he is. She forces him to dig deep inside of himself for who he really is, but will it be too late when he finds himself? Both Derek and Stephanie were believable characters. I also really liked Stephanie's brother. He's had some tragedy in his life...I don't know where he is in dealing with that, but he is also hilarious!!
Faking It is a quick, romantic read with some real steamy scenes!
Posted May 26, 2013
This was such an awesome story. It had all the elements I enjoy in a great read - interesting characters, humor, entertaining dialog, a bit of angst and a whole lot of chemistry.
Stephanie was a wonderful character to get to know. She was smart, hard-working and determined to succeed. She had my attention from the start and soon I was relating to her as if she was my best friend. I enjoyed how she handled herself under pressure - especially when Derek pulled out the Latin mojo.
Derek. *sigh* Derek, Derek, Derek. What can I say about him? He was my half Puerto Rican, sexy businessman so closed off emotionally he could rival one of our Forts here in the island. Completely understandable after learning what he went through, but utterly heart breaking. I loved him from the moment he appeared on the page with that air of arrogance and then I adored him even more after learning his story and watching as he learned to let go, smile and be himself.
Although the concept behind the story has been done many times before, it was refreshing to see this time around that the heroine stood up for herself and made her own decisions. I also enjoyed the way that Diane Alberts brought Stephanie and Derek together. Through their flirtatious dialog and their banter, it was easy to see that their connection was real.
This is the first book by Diane Alberts I have read, but it certainly it won't be last. Faking It was a funny, sexy and romantic. All in all, a wonderful read.
I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted May 21, 2013
## This book was pretty good for the most part. The idea of the story was good, the writing style was top notch and the chemistry between the hero and heroine was delightful. However, there were a couple of things I didn't like. First, the extent of the heroine's klutziness was rediculous. I lost count of the number of times she stumbled, tripped, slipped, bungled and wobbled. And all the stammering, stuttering, babbling and jabbering was just too much. So annoying. How is this suave millionaire supposed to fall for someone like that? Second, I didn't like that she couldn't do anything without help. She kept saying she wanted to, but couldn't. I like capable heroines when I'm reading fiction. Third, the hero was the one who went behind her back and destroyed their trust yet she had to chase him down and beg for forgiveness. Backwards, for sure. Good but not great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2013
It was just perfect...
To be honest???
The author had me at the GPS tracking system... :D
Faking It was a perfect combo of great chick-lit book...
There's romance..confusion...heat....drama....love... and everything ending at an airport...
What else could you simply ask for???
I loved the characters...
All the three main characters... Derek.. Stephanie and Aaron... Just. Perfect...
They all had me laughing out loud or smiling every moment or the other...
The plot was simple enough for you to guess most of the story but it was so well written that it keeps you intrigued till the very end...
The only complaint? Epilogue could have been written better...
Plus an end to Aaron would have been good too... You know... an end to HIS pain??
I mean,it's not good to see such a great guy in so much of solitude and pain...
But the rest was just terrific...
Would love to see so much more from this author..
Posted April 25, 2013
Stephanie is a young woman, working as a temp at a firm. Her first big break in the business is to secure an investor for a huge project. This project means a lot to her because a project near and dear to her heart, helping the less fortunate with health care. She is determined to so a stellar job, all by herself without help from anyone, but her boss has a different plan.
Derek is a CEO of his own corporation. He is thriving in the business world, just like his father had groomed him to be. When Derek goes to Miami for a business meeting, he decides to see one of he old college friend for lunch, on his way there he meets her, without an umbrella and its pouring.
Stephanie and Derek had no idea who one another was when they met. But soon after they realize that he is a close friend of her overprotective big brother. After a short lunch together they go their separate ways. But she forgets her purse and proposal file at the restaurant, Derek saves the day by bring it to her office just in time, but not leaving quick enough leaves them in a bind. Her manipulative boss sees them together and forces them to pretend like they are engaged to show the investor that this is a family company. They go along with it so she can keep her job. But along the way the fake attraction turns very real.
I really enjoyed this book. Both of them have their own issues that they are working on and I love the fact that both of them change for the better for each other. Derek isn't your typical hero in a book, I love that he doesn't know how to express himself and that she brings out the true him that has been shoved down by his father. I wish Diane would have went into more details about his "Daddy issues". But even without them I fell in love with both characters.
Posted March 22, 2013
Faking It is a fun, enjoyable and sexy love story. Diane Alberts takes the fake fiancé scenario and turns it into a lively, entertaining read with sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, and humor. Her talent with words is evident by the way she’s able to take a well-used story line, mix in male chauvinism, an independent woman, a hero with repressed feelings, a meddling brother, and transform it into a witty, lively love story complete with a happily ever after.
The heroine, Stephanie, who has lived in the protective shadow of three older brothers most of her life, is trying to succeed without the help of anyone. She’s strong, determined and finds herself pitted against a male chauvinistic boss who manipulates her into a fake engagement with her brother’s best friend, Derek. Derek, a passionate man with repressed emotions, finds himself falling for Stephanie despite the numerous excuses he uses for not developing their relationship. The chemistry between them heats up, and it isn’t long before they realize there is more to their relationship than just a fake engagement.
Faking It is a delightful, sexy romance that will have you smiling and chuckling as you turn the pages. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance.
I received a copy of the book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Author of Fair Play
Posted March 18, 2013
This was a fun book, full of snarky and repressed feelings. I love those books. They drawn me in and get me emotionally invested. This was definitely one of those books. The chemistry between these two was steaming. I love the fact that her brother was the one who told them both to wake the hell up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2013
Diane Alberts never failed to tell a great story. And this one was the perfect mix of male ineptitude followed by dramatic redemption. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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