Fake It Till You Bake It

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781250801852. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In this steamy contemporary romance told in dual–point-of-view narration, Wesley’s (“One-on-One” series) writing is accessible and readable, if a bit naive in style, with a fast-paced storyline. Professional football player and bakery co-owner Donovan Dell has been strong-armed by his team’s owner, Mrs. T, into hiring her granddaughter, Jada Townsend-Matthews, at the bakery. Jada is infamous for rejecting a marriage proposal on reality TV (she claimed there was a man back home who occupied her thoughts). She’s also broke. When word of her employment at Sugar Blitz hits social media, the bakery is mobbed with reality TV fans asking Jada who her mystery man is, so she does the first thing she can think of: kiss Donovan and hope he’ll go along with her ruse.
VERDICT  The strength of Wesley’s novel lies in the likable, relatable characters. who share witty, well-crafted dialogue and sizzling chemistry; readers won’t want their story to end. Fortunately, there are lively, amusing supporting characters waiting in the wings for their own happily-ever-afters. Recommended for general purchase.
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