Mini review: 40 and (Tired of) Faking it by Ella Sheridan

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Last updated on April 12th, 2024

40 and (Tired of) Faking It by Ella Sheridan is the first instalment in the Black Wolf’s Bluff series and it’s a charming small-town romance between John, a local boy who left town to escape the family who hated him, and Lily, the town’s mayor.

With low angst and steamy scenes, it’s a wonderful quick read for anyone looking for a mature romance that shows that love is possible after 40.

40 and (Tired of) Faking It – Ella Sheridan

4 out of 5
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GENRE: Contemporary romance
PUB DATE: May 31, 2022
TROPE: mature romance, small town

With low angst and steamy scenes, it’s a wonderful quick read for anyone looking for a mature romance that shows that love is possible after 40.

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Overall Enjoyment
4 out of 5


healthy communication

low angst

steamy scenes

character development


abrupt ending

overemphasis on physical attraction

Table of contents


She’s turning forty.

Lily Easton’s series of lackluster boyfriends ended three years ago with the ex from hell—self-absorbed, thoughtless, and seriously bad in bed. After she dumped him, he told everyone in their small town she was the horrible lover. Being made the dating-pool pariah allowed her to focus on her goal of becoming the first female mayor of Black Wolf’s Bluff, but with that accomplished, the arrival of Lily’s fortieth birthday is a stark reminder of everything she’s still lacking: love, commitment, and some seriously intense orgasms.

He’s here to do a job.

John David Lane walked away from Black Wolf’s Bluff thirty years ago, determined to find his own success and leave behind the family who hated him. Now he’s back, but not to stay. He plans to turn the family estate he has inherited into a high-end resort, the kind that would completely transform this backwoods town. To succeed, he’ll need the help of the “lady mayor,” but he didn’t count on the desire for something far more personal with Lily than political negotiations.

Why you should read it

  • no back and forth teen angst
  • healthy communication between MCs. They didn’t avoid having real conversations and sat down to talk when they needed to.
  • it was interesting to learn about the process that goes into getting a property developed (eg. effects on local and surrounding small towns, environmental considerations) that I never would have thought of
  • steamy scenes did not disappoint
  • loved Lily’s character development. I wanted to high five her at the end for the way she stood up for herself.

Why you should skip it

  • Abrupt ending that left me disappointed – didn’t expect it to end where it did, just when they started to work things out between them
  • too much of the story was spent on their physical attraction and not enough on their emotional connection that it made their romance feel like insta-love

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