The Cheat Sheet
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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).
I have a new favorite Sarah Adams’s book!!! I know, I know. I say that with each new release of hers, but I can’t help myself! I love them all and they just keep getting better and better.
What did I love about The Cheat Sheet? GAH! Everything! I love a best friends to lovers romance, and this one hit the spot with both Bree and Nathan secretly pining for each other for YEARS. Years, people! Their secret love for each other was so sweet. I couldn’t get enough of it. And then for Bree and Nathan to be brought together by a possible fake dating situation? There’s another one of my favorite tropes that was adorable in this situation. Add in some help by Nathan’s teammates in getting them together and there wasn’t really anything else I could ask for. I guess I could have asked for some funny or swoon worthy moments, but Sarah Adams had those covered, too. The Cheat Sheet was one of those low drama, highly entertaining contemporary romances that made my heart happy. I could have read 100 more pages about Bree and Nathan.
As I say with each new Sarah Adams’ release: I LOVED IT! I’m so sad it’s over and I can’t wait for her next book. I really hope she decides to write another book in The Cheat Sheet world. I would love for all those football teammates I met and loved to get their own books. They’re so worthy!