A Serenade for Pretend Lovers Volume 1 by: Tochika Nekome

Releases: June 21st, 2022

I received an e-ARC copy through Netgalley, ahead of release, in exchange for an honest review.

Akari Sayo works at a TV station, and was on the job when she just happened to see her boyfriend—who just happened to be cheating on her. Before she can resolve anything, she’s asked to manage a documentary about a musician, Chizuru Kobuchi…but when he tries to shut her out, she barges in, determined to do her job right! But moments later, when he learns her name…he asks her to be his lover? Akari’s having a long day, and it looks like it isn’t over yet!


I don’t have any specific content warnings for this book though I wouldn’t recommend it for young readers as there are some sexually charged scenes.

We all know I’m a sucker for the fauxmance to romance trope so when I saw the summary of this book, on Netgalley, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.

First, we meet Sayo who happens to witness her boyfriend cheating while she’s on location for work. Then out of nowhere, the chief director lets her know that he’s no longer in charge of the month-long interview with the composer and musician Chizuru Kobuchi…now she is. Not only did he just pass her the reigns but their first interview with Kobuchi is today!

This is a hilarious case of: girl meets guy…girl thinks guy is hot…guy proposes fake dating…girl is flabbergasted…then agrees because why not fake date a hottie?

I can’t wait to get to know this couple more and see them develop genuine feelings for each other! Looks like, so far, this will only be digitally released on: Apple books, Izneo, and Kobo.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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