Hate To Fake It to You

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jul. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250906243. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Beginning as a joke and an outlet to hone their talents, three friends create a fake rich influencer personality named Lillibet, who happens to catch the eye of Hildy Johnson, beloved niece of a massive media mogul. After being rescued from an avalanche by Jefferson Jones, Hildy brings both the hot and observant Jefferson and the salivating media to find Lillibet in Hawai‘i, hoping to create her own media empire with Lillibet as the feature. Libby, Jean, and Keoki quickly throw together a plan—fake house and fake husband for Lillibet included—and begin to put on the act of their lives in the hopes this will finally be the break they all need. With faux lovers, real feelings, hidden agendas, and imaginary lifestyles crashing together, hijinks quickly ensue, and Libby is sure it’s only a matter of time before everything comes crashing down.
VERDICT In her first romance book geared to adults, Sellet (Belittled Women) captures the banter and antics of an old Hollywood screwball romantic comedy while bringing the North Shore of Oahu to life. A perfect beach read.
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