Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey
Published by Berkley on September 26, 2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase on: Amazon// Barnes & Noble
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Laurel Grant is playing house for the holidays--complete with a fake husband and kids--in this delightful, cozy rom-com by Kerry Winfrey.
Laurel Grant works as the social media manager for Buckeye State of Mind, an Ohio tourism magazine and website. She is most definitely not an owner of a farm...but one tiny misunderstanding leads her boss, Gilbert, to think she owns her twin sister Holly's farm just outside of Columbus. Laurel only handles the social media for the farm, but she's happy to keep her little white lie going if it means not getting fired.
And keep it going she must when Gilbert, recently dumped by his wife, invites himself over for the farm's big holiday dinner (as advertised on Meadow Rise Farm's Instagram, thanks to Laurel herself). Laurel immediately goes into panic mode to figure out how she can trick Gilbert into thinking she's basically the Martha Stewart of rural Ohio and keep her job in the process.
Laurel and Holly come up with a plan--all Laurel has to do is pretend to own the farm for one dinner. But when Laurel shows up at the farm, an unwelcome guest is there: Max Beckett, her nemesis since Holly's wedding. The annoyingly attractive man she hates will be posing as Laurel's husband just for the evening, but when a snowstorm traps them all for the entire weekend, Laurel is going to have to figure out how to survive with her job and dignity intact. Whatever the case, this promises to be the most eventful Christmas in ages...


This was such a cute and fluffy holiday romance! I absolutely was not expecting Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey to be as fun and sweet as it was. I picked it up only because I wanted some more holiday romances this December and saw that a fellow reviewer I really respect rated it super highly. I’m so glad I can trust her judgment because it was spot on!

We’ve got classic tropes of forced proximity, there’s only one bed, fake marriage, and grumpy/sunshine and they all work perfectly well with one another. Laurel is our messy heroine who seems to mess everything up and only be good at being a disaster. She lies at work, desperate to keep her job, and forces a classic fake family rouse. Max is a family friend that Laurel is convinced is a bad person, despite everyone telling her the opposite.

The romance that builds between Laurel and Max is slow and genuine. Misunderstandings come to light, illuminating the path away from enemies. Max builds Laurel up, loving all the aspects she hates about herself. He puts himself in such vulnerable positions time and time again just to show Laurel he can be a good guy and that she isn’t a mess-up.

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey is equal parts funny and romantic. There is no spice, but that is absolutely okay because sometimes, a fun and fluffy holiday romance is good enough! Definitely recommending this as a great, cozy, holiday read!


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