Faking it for the Holidays by Bethany Monaco Smith

Updated: Dec 28, 2021


Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. This book will be available on Amazon, November 10, 2021.


am and Kaila have been best friends their whole lives. Thirteen years ago, they made a pact never to date to protect their friendship. But when their well-meaning mothers keep setting them up on terrible blind dates, they decide to fake date through the holidays. With a set of rules in place, they won't break the pact, right?

Sam What the hell was I thinking? Fake dating? Fake dating the girl I've been madly in love with for most of my life? I'm an idiot. Of course, as always, I said yes to her. Like always, I'd do anything to make her happy. And, okay, maybe I thought If we pretended to be together, she'd realize how amazing we could be and forget about the pact. Instead, I'm more in love with her than ever and have no idea if she'll ever allow herself to see me as more than her best friend.

Kaila This is fine. It's all fine. We're just fake dating. We have our rules. We have the pact. We're best friends: always and only best friends. But the longer we fake date, the harder it's becoming to ignore the spark I feel between us. It's always been there, but I've always ignored it. I've focused on our friendship because I can't risk what Sam and I have. But his touch makes my heart race and his arms feel safer than ever before. It's okay. I can handle this. Stick to the rules. Abide by the pact. This will all be fine, right? Fine, fine, fine.

Faking it for the Holidays is a hot cocoa romance; warm and sweet with a bit a steam. Recommended for ages 17+


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This story was super sweet! Like Christmas Hallmark movie type sweet. If that is your jam, then this book is for you! It was a bit too sweet for me, but it didn’t make me enjoy it any less.


Bethany Monaco Smith is a fantastic writer. This story was so well rounded. Things that she wrote about in the beginning of the story was brought up throughout the story and around the end too. These “things” that I am talking about are also really important to the story. There are no holes at all! As a reader, I can really tell how much thought and planning went into this book, and I really appreciate it.


My favorite character is Kalia’s mom, or maybe it’s the relationship that Kalia and her mom have together that I really liked. I have a close relationship with my mom like and absolutely love it!


I am putting one star for heat because while there is a lot of sex, we don’t really get the nitty gritty dirty stuff. BUT it works really well with this story because it’s so sweet.

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Story/Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Heat: ⭐️

Cry Factor:

Humor: ⭐️⭐️


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