Review: LIKE A LOVE SONG by Gabriela Martins

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend.

Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak?

Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.

Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

I’m so glad an ARC of this was dropped in my inbox a while back! I was sold by the fake dating trope, which I knew would not disappoint and my presumptions were right. I had so much fun flying through this, an adorable read about a Latin pop star fake dating a British indie actor to bring her public image back up.

One thing I absolutely loved about this book is Nati’s struggles as a Latina woman, a celebrity at that, and how she grew to realise she didn’t have to give up her heritage to be loved by her fans. It was a topic were woven lightly but effectively into her character arc—her reconnecting with her culture, her realising that she doesn’t have to Americanize herself by going by the name of Natalie instead of Natalia her real name, her not choosing to go by the nickname Nati as people would find it hard to pronounce, or even her modifying her Latina image for the public. Gabriela adds this to the story so well!

William was a pretty likeable character too. He’s bisexual, which made him all the more interesting. would’ve loved to know his struggles on a deeper level but he was charming nonetheless.

His and Nati’s fake-dating-to-oops-we-caught-real-feelings romance was so fun to read. I loved the tension and uncertainty of feelings, a fluffy happy romance that made me grin.

Nati’s friends, Padma and Brenda formed a great support system for her! Their friendship is delightful.

Like a Love Song also dealt with the downside and pressure of fame and spotlight. How it strains her relationships and her own self.

Overall, this is a short and sweet book, warm and uplifting with a cute romance and a heartfelt protagonist. If you’re in the mood for a story like that, get your hands on Like A Love Song!

Thank you Underlined and Netgalley for the ARC!

Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins releases August 3rd 2021

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CW: some exploration of racism, toxic relationships, and online harassment (relating to fandom, specifically), and brief mention of parental abandonment

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