Title: The Cheat Sheet
Author: Sarah Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrators: Renee Dorian, Teddy Hamilton
Length: 9 hours (306 pages)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Recommended for fans of: The Bromance Book Club
Content Warnings: panic attacks, car accident
Is it ever too late to leave the friend-zone?
Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I’m hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn’t see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us.
Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I’m not crying, I’m just peeling an onion.)
Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think me and Nathan belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with…oops, forgot I can’t tell anyone about that!
Bottom line is, now my best friend is smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I’m just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me.
How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sort-a-kinda seems like he’s fighting for a completely different outcome?
I adored this book! It’s a super cheesy, sweet, and hilarious clean romance with friends to lovers, fake dating, and sports. Bree and Nathan, who have been harboring feelings for each other since high school, had such fun banter after years of friendship. The story also included really tender moments and realistic mental health rep.
I’ve seen some complaints that this book is too immature, unrealistic, and cheesy for an adult romance. I do think those are fair criticisms, but I love cheese, a certain whiteboard scene had me crying laughing, and I don’t think a story needs to be 100% realistic to be entertaining. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to making my way through Sarah Adams’s backlist!