Faking It by Elisa Lorello
Published by AmazonEncore
Review copy sent by the publicist
Andi Cutrone has just broken things off with her fiance and moved to New York City to take a job as a writing professor. When she meets drop-dead gorgeous Devin, she is surprised to find out that he is an actual male escort, one whom many of her coworkers hire quite frequently. After getting to know him a bit, Andi and Devin strike a deal – he will teach her the finer points of being with a man, and she will teach him to become a better writer. But an unexpected bond forms between the two of them – the type of bond that makes Andi question whether this is just a business relationship or if it has the potential for something more.
I was expecting to find a lighter, fun and romantic read when I picked up Faking It – and that was just fine with me. I saved the book for when I needed something a bit “easier” on my brain, and I sat back, ready to enjoy the wonderful fluffiness that I was expecting. And while the novel definitely delivered on that front, it ended up having more depth than I thought it would, thus surpassing any expectations I had about how much I would enjoy it.
Andi is the kind of character the reader can’t help but like. I really felt for her and couldn’t help but root for things to work out in her favor. I saw myself in her at times, especially when she was honest with Devin about her insecurities about her body – I’m no stranger to those feelings myself, and I could literally feel her vulnerability as she revealed those parts of herself to him (emotionally and literally). She is an extremely authentic character and the fact that she was written so honestly was a huge part of what was so great about this book.
The romantic tension between Andi and Devin was seriously hot. I don’t read a lot of romance novels, and Faking It isn’t a romance in the technical sense, but there are some majorly romantic scenes in the novel – and what fun they were to read! I definitely rooted for Andi and Devin to get together and live happily ever after… and you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens!
About a month after I received Faking It in the mail I was delighted to find out that there is a sequel, which I subsequently received as well. I can’t tell you how excited I am to read the sequel in the very near future. The novel really did capture me that much – I just loved it.
I definitely recommend Faking It – it has an extremely likable main character, an exciting romance, and an extremely fun plot. If you like any or all of these elements in a book, don’t miss this novel.