Warning: If you have not read “Faking It” by Carly Philips and Erika Wilde, don’t read this review if you don’t want spoilers!
I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “Faking It” by Carly Philips and Erika Wilde! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn’t into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there’s only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.”
Max and Hailey have an amazing chemistry from start to finish. From being merely physically attracted to each other, to getting to know each other more personally, to faking an engagement to get their families and friends off their backs (as well as one possessive ex-girlfriend in Max’s case) to actually getting engaged in the end, their relationship in all angles is actually not just fun in chemistry, but it’s also quite safe, sane and rather healthy. Max and Hailey both mutually consent to the whole faking an engagement idea, and both of them take each other’s comfort into consideration when diving into deeper parts of their relationship (especially on the sexual side). Heck, when it seems like they’re on the verge of breaking up and Max finally confesses that he does love Hailey, he gives her time and space by herself to process her feelings to determine whether she loves him back. He actively lets her make the first move and is respectful of her needs. Both partners take the time to talk out their issues instead of going straight into fighting as well.
Individually, both Max and Hailey are also fun to read. As a reader, I can relate to Hailey’s insecurities about getting into a serious relationship and the fear of being rejected and not being enough. I also liked how she became increasingly open with her own self and what she desired. I loved Max’s patience, but also understood his frustration between him wanting to find the right person for himself and him not wanting to let his family down because they’re worried he’ll be a single person forever. I do like how he clarifies early on that he would personally like to be in a relationship with someone, but he just wanted the right person (who so happened to be Hailey in the end).
Side characters such as Natalie and Wes are also quite fun to read as well. Natalie was especially one I rooted for when she verbally sparred with Addison, Max’s ex-fiance, in defense of Hailey late in the book. Natalie and Wes are also portrayed to have a sexual and established relationship in this book, but it’s also clear that both are happy in their relationship.
I found out after reading this book that Natalie and Wes are also the main characters from a previous book by the same two authors entitled “Big Shot,” and so these two books are loosely connected (with this one taking place after the second). However, like “Wild About You,” “Faking It” is set in a series that has its own continuity nods in place but can also be nicely read as standalone, which is convenient for me as reader who happened to pick up this book first.
Please note that this is not a book that anyone younger than adults should be reading, due to the multiple, explicit sex scenes in this book. While I’m on this topic, however, they were well written and described nicely, adding to the chemistry that the romantic leads have between each other.