Title: Faking It
Author: Rebecca Smith
Release Date: 29th October 2020
Publisher: One More Chapter – HarperCollins UK
I received a complimentary ARC of this book on NetGalley in exchange for a review. Please note that my words and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Meet Hannah Thompson: wife, mother, teacher and… secret erotica author?
My Guilt List:
1. If we have a date night then I’m always asleep before it’s halfway through and honestly, if I had to choose, I’d rather have a hot bath and read my book than engage in any other nocturnal activity.
2. If we do actually have you-know-what then it’s not unheard of for my mind to wander… and I’m not talking about sexy things – I’m talking about what food there is in the fridge and when the car is due for its next service.
3. I am struggling to write about anything that could be classed as even a little bit sexually adventurous which is a problem when I’m supposed to be an erotica writer and I am speaking at Sex Con in exactly one month.
With a book to publicise, Hannah has no choice but trade her M&S cardis for S&M parties, and become her writing alter-ego. What could possibly go wrong…
First off, I didn’t know that this was a sequel to the book, More Than Just Mom until after I finished the book, but that being said, I didn’t feel like I missed any information as I read. The story held up on its own, but sure, more background on the characters and how Hannah had come to write her first book would have been nice, but alas, here we are and we’ll make do with just Faking It.
Embrace your inner Sex Goddess!
Faking It focuses a lot on family and the family dynamics of a typical British family and I think many women who are wives and mothers can recognise themselves in our MC, Hannah because it deals with real life problems and scenarios. It wasn’t over the top or exaggerated, but more real. It’s a great motivational story about getting out of your comfort zone and, as the amazing Spice Girls said, spice up your life.
It can be the start of a sexual reawakening.
Faking It is a good look at how to balance being a mother and an author of erotica.
The book is definitely not as raunchy as I first thought it would be when I read the blurb and saw it involved erotic fiction. Instead it’s very mild and borderline PG13 in the writing. I had honestly hoped for more, not to the extent that we’re talking Fifty Shades, but just a little more.
The story sort of just dragged on and nothing too exciting happened. The “sexy” bits of the erotic novel Hannah is writing aren’t even that sexy. The language is mild and not explicit in the slightest. I’m sorry to say that it is almost bordering on boring. Like it has been censured or maybe it’s just me that can’t read an “adult” novel without needing it to involve constant explicit sex scenes etc…. ehm yeah, moving on.
I think what disappointed me was the whole build up to Sex Con. It made it out to be this grand event where Hannah would have to reveal herself as her alter ego, Twinky Malone, but the big event comes tumbling down as it’s quickly over in one chapter and it falls rather flat. Nothing exciting happens, no one is there to see Hannah (unless you count the 8 people in the audience). I had really expected more and it kinda bummed me out.
I would have liked to explore the event more and had anticipated that there had been someone in the audience who had recognised her and how Hannah would have handled that situation.
The characters are likeable, but not in any way memorable, but that’s okay because this is a lighthearted novel that is not meant for you to question your life decisions or anything like that. It’s here to entertain you and make you laugh and it does.
As you can tell from reading my review, I struggled slightly with this book, but nevertheless I did smile and chuckle and there were great bits, especially the whole “gathering” at Hannah’s house. I loved that bit. And also I like that it was actually more of a family story than an erotic tale.
If you plan on reading this book don’t expect the next Fifty Shades, more like three shades at the most, but with good laughs along the way and with family as the heart of the story.