How to Fake a Wedding Date by: Karen Booth

Releases: June 28th, 2022

I received an ARC, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This socialite left her fiancé at the altar and now she needs a fake date to a wedding! What could go wrong? Find out in the third Little Black Book of Secrets novel by Karen Booth!

It started with one simple request:

Pretend to like me for three days.”

Canceling her own million-dollar wedding made socialite Alexandra Gold infamous. Now the only way to avoid going alone to the wedding of this season—and keep vicious gossip account Little Black Book of Secrets quiet—is to bring a fake date. The almost-perfect candidate: architect Ryder Carson, her brother’s best friend. Ryder’s off-limits, yet tempting, despite their recent history. And as the celebration heats up, so do the sparks. But is it only a matter of time before Little Black Book reveals their secret?

Content Warnings: Loss of a parent, stalking, bullying, and verbally/emotionally abusive/manipulative parent.

It’s been about a year since Alex canceled her own wedding. Labeled the “Trust Fund Tornado”, by the media, it has been impossible to date once men realize who Alex is. The last thing Alex wants is to show up at one of her best friends’ weddings…dateless. Tired of the media casting a negative light on her she’s determined to find a date for the wedding and hopefully change the media’s narrative of her.

Ryder’s been best friends with Daniel, Alex’s brother, since college. Their friendship and partnership mean everything to him. Growing up with nothing was hard, especially after the loss of his mother, but Ryder’s friendship with Daniel changed everything. Though he can’t stop thinking about Alex, and they’ve crossed the line already, Ryder is determined to stay away to protect his relationship with Daniel.

The idea that her friend’s wedding has Alex sad and melancholy about her own canceled wedding made no sense to me. The way she describes her ex, even before admitting she didn’t love him, you can tell she had no emotional connection to him. It made it really hard for me to believe Alex believes in Happily Ever After when she stayed in a relationship with someone she really didn’t like…and then almost married them.

Ryder and Daniel’s friendship isn’t giving best friend vibes. It really felt like Ryder and Daniel are competitors, even though they own a company together, I was hoping to really see their friendship and why going behind Daniel’s back would break Ryder’s heart. Nothing I read helped me understand Ryder’s adamant stance of trying to stay away from Alex.

Going in I thought the Little Black Book drama, and reveal, would take up a good chunk of the story—as each book in the series felt like it was building to the reveal—so I was getting worried when we really hadn’t gotten any confirmed evidence, as the ending was looming closer. It felt like LBB’s reveal was an afterthought that was last minute, with very little time to explain it all. Something that I thought would have a grand reveal was left feeling rushed and incomplete.

I really wanted to like this book—with a plus-size cover model, failing for your brother’s best friend, and the reveal of Little Black Book—but sadly it just didn’t hit like I needed it to.

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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