Mini-Review: Faux Pas by Lily Seabrooke

Paige just inherited a restaurant. Problem is, she can’t cook.

green, dinner plate

Synopsis

Faux Pas is a 70,000-word fake-dating small-town culinary romance between a hapless sunshine girl and the sexy grump who lives in the woods. Content warnings for open-door sex scenes, mentions of offscreen past drug use, some lesbian bullies who turn out to be all right in the end, and really, really bad attempts at cooking.

Willow Arches is a queer-destination small town, but Paige doesn’t know that—she’s never even heard of it before a granduncle she never knew about passes and leaves his restaurant, Faux Pas, in her name. A real estate developer by day, for Paige, renovating the restaurant to sell it for a tidy profit is a no-brainer.

But things get harder when the restaurant is in shambles, the town’s bustling queer population is in full force when she arrives right at the start of Pride, and all of them want her gone. With no practical or people skills, and no cooking skills to run the restaurant, she’s in a world of trouble—until Willow Arches’ most eligible bachelorette, brooding soft-butch lumberjane Madison Hartley, sweeps her off her feet and kisses her in the public square.

It’s a tenuous deal: Madison’s help with the restaurant, in exchange for a fake relationship, to keep the suitors off her back for Pride month. Sure, Paige has a massive crush on her, but it’ll all work out somehow, right?

Right?

This book is part of the I Heart SapphFic Pride Collection, which contains eight standalone books from some of the top authors in sapphic fiction today. Each one promises a Pride theme and a happy ending. The collection was organized by I Heart SapphFic, which is a website for authors and readers of sapphic fiction to stay up to date on all the latest sapphic fiction news.4

My thoughts

Paige is a unique character and I like her.

“Well, speaking honestly, you’re hopeless,” she said, taking a bite of her sandwich. “You’re a terrible cook, you have no idea how to navigate the community, and you have zero skills for actually doing renovations yourself.”

Lily Seabrooke has created a complicated mess to position Paige where she is needed. Then makes the most of it in the most delightful ways. I like the town and its people. They are just as important to Paige’s story as she is. I don’t know if I have a favorite “bad guy” as they are all pretty snarky. I do like Paige’s end, or should I say middle, response to them is and how she proceeds moving forward with them. Sometimes simplicity is best.

I like this story a lot. There is betrayal, multiple times over, in this story. I struggled with this, but decided to take a page out of Paige’s book (no pun intended (chuckle)). I like Madison and Paige together. I really like how Paige looks at Madison too…very hot. In the end, I got my happily ever after so that’s all a romance lover needs.

Seabrooke creates a memorable and unique addition to the Sapphic Pride Collection.

Thank you to the Author for putting this book in #KindleUnlimited otherwise I could not have afford to read it. Thanks again!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Meet the Author: Lily Seabrooke

Lily Seabrooke is a lesbian, trans woman and writer of lesbian romance that’s sweet, tender, and doesn’t break your heart too overly much. Her debut novel, The Christmas Ball, released in December 2019, and she has been very grateful to have gotten in on lesbian romance just in time for it to really be cool.

She lives in central Michigan, where the winters are awful and the summers are worth it, and she splits her time between her writing desk and her espresso machine. Her biggest lesbian romance influence is Cara Malone, but her other favorite authors include Monica McCallan, Erica Lee, Michele Rivera, and the woman who got her started on lesbian romance, Magnolia Robbins.

She is most notable for saying “oh my gosh” a lot. Like, really. She says it a lot. It gets kind of old.4

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Further Details:

Published by: 1 June 2022
Series: I Heart Sapphfic Pride Collection #4
Pages: 288
Secondary Characters include: Lesbian, Gay, Black, Asian

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