Faking It With the Grump

Welcome to my not-so-fairy-tale life, where kissing Mr. Wrong is my brilliant plan to avoid Mr. Right – or so I thought.


It’s one thing to be dumped by the guy you thought you were going to marry, but it’s quite another to move back to the small town you’re both from when he’s a huge Hollywood celebrity and you’re…not. But I need to be home right now, surrounded by the people I love, working in my new teaching job at Hunter’s Creek Elementary.

The problem is, everyone is trying to set me up with their son or their nephew or their long-lost cousin twice removed. Either that or they’re throwing me pitying looks.

What do I do? I spot the new guy in town. Christopher Young, the suit-wearing, definitely-does-not-belong-here stiff, and I go right up and kiss him. It’s…well, it’s unexpectedly nice. As in blow your socks off nice. But I’m not looking for a relationship with the guy. Not a real one, anyway.

As a temporary resident, Christopher is perfect fake boyfriend material, and just what I need to get the townsfolk off my back. The fact that he’s gorgeous in a buttoned-up kind of way and doing weird things to my blood pressure doesn’t mean a thing. Really.

Not. A. Thing.



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.


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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 Sisters & Sweethearts series:

Each title in the series can be read as a standalone as each book is about one of the three Cole sisters, Harper, Ryn, and Marlowe. 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: Faking It With the Guy Next Door