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I’ve chatted about Sarah Adams over on Instagram, but I just finished her newest release, The Cheat Sheet, and wanted to share a more in-depth review here.
Sarah Adams is great at writing romcoms that will make you laugh out loud and swoon. The Cheat Sheet was no different. It follows two best friends, Nathan and Bree who have been in love with each other for six years but still don’t know it. After a drunken confession, Bree and Nathan start to fake date. Ah. So many fun tropes in this one!
These characters really drew me in. I feel like they are some of my favorites by Sarah Adams (though you really can’t go wrong with her books). They were loveable and so real. One of the MC’s has anxiety and I felt so seen on the page.
As for steam level, this book definitely has some steam, but it’s also a closed-door romance (no sex on the page). I appreciate that in romances sometimes. Sarah does a great job of still having steam in this book, without ever seeing what’s happening in the bedroom.
The Cheat Sheet is a book that made me laugh out loud and swoon so hard by the end. If you’re looking for a fun, sporty romance to kick off the football season this year, this one is for you. I promise you won’t regret it (or any other romcoms Sarah has written!)
About The Cheat Sheet:
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?
Buckle up for a slow burn, sports romance with combustible chemistry from the first chapter, laugh-out-loud humor, and easy to love characters. The Cheat Sheet has all the sizzle, but no on-page explicit content (PG-13 equivalent for mild language, implied sexual situations, and alcohol use).