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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 285 Pages
Genre: Women’s fiction, Contemporary romance
Source: Amazon, GoodReads
Rating: 3 Stars

Back of the Book

After breaking off her engagement, thirty-something writing professor Andi Cutrone abandons New England for her native Long Island to focus on her career and start over. When she meets Devin at a cocktail party, the sight of an honest-to-goodness male escort shocks her—and fascinates her more than a little. Months later, Andi impulsively calls Devin. Over cheesecake in Brooklyn, she offers him a proposition: he will teach her how to be a better lover, and in return, she will give him writing lessons. He agrees, and together they embark upon an intense partnership that proves to be as instructive as it is arousing. For in the midst of lessons in rhetorical theory and foreplay, Andi and Devin delve into deeper questions about truth, beauty, and self, gradually coming face-to-face with the issues at the core of their emotional limitations. Smart, witty, and introspective, Faking It is an engrossing novel about two people discovering their authentic selves.

Review

Ahhh Andi…I’m only 24 and all i can say is we have all been there at some point. You know what i mean? that nasty break up and that brief period where you ask yourself “what the hell am i doing?!” at least twice a day but keep going just because you feel so terrible. I loved this story. It was sweet and realistic and this woman traded her knowledge for sex tips. *shrugs* what’s not to love? For once it was the guy who was kind of slutty, in a sexy way mind you but the guy was the “pretty woman” in this story.
I liked the story but there are one thing that kind of got to me: For me the way it was written, while very detailed and easy to follow, lost me. At some point I was begging for this story to end. Not because it was awful or anything but because it just got slow. I wanted more Andi and Devin but the story veered off into Andi and the guy whose name i cannot remember right now. There is a second book from what i understand and i am sorely tempted to read it too.

I cheered for Andi all the way through this book. At first i felt like she was just being whiny but i did some self reflection and i realized that sometimes we are just full of self loathing and fear. Andi over came so much emotionally that it was fantastic. I just wish that these two would have just blurted out their feelings and lived happily ever after forever but i suppose that wouldn’t make for a good series. This novel could very well be read as a stand alone in my opinion. The only thing is that you may end up craving to learn more about these two wonderful characters who broke their own chains and decided to live the lives that they BOTH deserved.
Granted Devin is hot and rich and awesome but he was kind of being a floozy and Andi made him see himself in a better light. Andi made him come out of his shell and accept himself, all of himself. Devin was kind of the left hook in this book for me. Not only is his profession wonderfully weird for a male character but he was smart and sweet. In the end I was proud of him for pursuing his dreams.
This was a very believable, down to earth, heart to heart, easy to relate to type of story. One that can make you feel either really good or really crappy but at the end of it you want to go and paint the colors of the wind because that has always been your dream or something even more wonderful. I liked this a lot and am happy i read it. I would recommend it to someone else to read and will seriously consider reading book #2.

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