The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publish Date: December 4th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon


In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.

Opening Sentence: “Only three people in Culler, South Carolina, know that Will Montgomery is gay: Will Montgomery, God Almighty, and me.”


The Sweetheart Sham was full of fun, bad timing, and a whole lot of love. Secrets were kept creating often times awkward and strained situations. But in the end The Sweetheart Sham had a whole lot of love and heart.

The friendship between Georgia and Will made this story amazing for me. The sacrifice Georgia made for Will by entering into a fakeship not knowing what turmoil it would later cause her and sticking to it was admirable. The fact that she stuck with Will until whenever he felt comfortable coming out to his family and the rest of his friends was beautiful and I loved it. I also really loved that she was a person who didn’t judge Will in any way for his sexuality and that their friendship was unaffected by his confession. I’m glad to see that sort of reaction portrayed in a book.

Now let’s talk about Beau, our gorgeous southern gentleman. A childhood friend to both Georgia and Will, with a little bit spicer past with miss Georgia, Beau was a lot of fun to read about (especially because of his past mistakes). Beau coming back into Georgia’s life was something of a rocky time for both of them, but it sure was fun to read about on the sidelines. With secrets and the past keeping them apart, but a love forged in the happiness of childhood, the back and forth the ensued was both fun and agonizing.

The Sweetheart Sham is a read that you don’t want to miss. I enjoyed it with all my heart and had a smile on my face till the very end.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Check out more of Entangled’s Crush books here!

-Till next time!

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