Faking It With the Grump

He’s grumpy, boring, and thinks it’s okay to wear a suit and tie to a small town bar full of lumberjacks. But when I kiss him? Let’s just say I wasn’t expecting THAT. 



It’s one thing to be dumped by the huge Hollywood star you thought you were going to marry. It’s quite another to move back to the small town you’re both from.

As a booby prize for being shown the door by Dex Ryder, everyone is trying to set me up with their son, their nephew, or their long-lost cousin’s gardener. Either that or they’re throwing me pitying looks that say, “You’re a big loser.”

I’m not going to put up with their patronizing sympathy anymore.

So, when I spot new-guy-in-town Christopher Young, I set out to make him mine. Or you know, pretend to make him mine. I’m still in a horrible funk over Dex, and Christopher is an uptight grump. Not exactly my type.

The fact that despite appearances, he’s gorgeous and doing weird things to my blood pressure doesn’t mean a thing.


Not. A. Thing.



Hunter’s Creek, population next to nothing, is the reason I work all the time. I’m solely focused on buying the town’s lumber mill so I can go back to NYC and get my big promotion. This small town is a means to an end. Nothing more.

That is until the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen superglues her lips to mine in an unexpected and very public way. She’s not the kind of woman I usually go for with her boho dress and ankle boots, but that kiss…

I’m disappointed when she comes up for air and tells me it’s all for show. But if Harper Cole wants me to be her fake boyfriend while I’m here in town, who am I to turn her down? Being attached to a local might ingratiate me to the townsfolk and make my job that much the easier.

After all, dating Harper can only be make believe. Not when my entire future is at stake.


Faking It With The Grump is a grumpy-sunshine, opposites attract, fake relationship romance set in the small town of Hunter’s Creek, Washington. It’s the first book in the new Second Chance Café series. Each book follows a different sister’s love story, and can be read as a standalone novel or as part of a series.

This is the first book in the brand new series, Second Chance Café, about 3 sisters in the small town of Hunter’s Creek, Washington state.


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Praise for Faking It With the Grump:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Small town, fake relationship, grumpy sunshine. All my favorite tropes wrapped up in one gorgeous, feel-good rom com.” –USA Today bestselling author, Whitney Dineen

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What a charming rom com! I have already packed my bags, ready to move to Hunter’s Creek.” – bestselling author, Melanie Summers

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Escape to the charming small town of Hunter’s Creek in this hilarious and heart-warming rom com.” – USA Today bestselling author, Delancey Stewart


Reader’s LOVE Faking It With the Grump:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Like a Hallmark movie with much better kissing.” – Bookstagrammer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “L-O-V-E-D this book!” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Um, how can a book be so dang cute?” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Oh what joy, what a brilliant start to a new series, I have already packed my bags ready to move to Hunter’s Creek.” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “The pacing, writing, and characters were perfect. I read this in a couple of hours. I just could not put it down.” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This is a Hallmark movie in a book (which the book even pokes fun at), and I am so here for it.” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Faking It With the Grump by Kate O’Keeffe is the perfect mix of romance in the does she/does he style — just adorable.” – Bookbub reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This was the perfect book. I devoured it. Loved the chemistry and the slow burn. Loved the small town. I was smiling the whole time I was reading. I can’t wait for the second in the series. Everything about this book was perfection. I didn’t want the book to end!” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This book was sweetness times two. I loved the premise, the characters, the community, the conflict, the slow burn, the groveling, the drama, the reconciliation, and the conclusion.” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What do you get when you mix together opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine, fake dating, and slow burn tropes, and then you add a cute Hallmark vibe to it? An absolutely adorable story, that’s what!” – Apple reviewer

Titles in the Second Chance Café series:

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone as each book is about one of the three Cole sisters, but if you want to read them in order, here it is:

Book 1: Faking It With the Grump

Book 2: Faking It With My Best Friend

Book 3: Title Coming Soon!