*ARC provided through TBR and Beyond Tours*
Publication Date: August 3rd 2021
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?
About the author …
GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kid lit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format to present. She edited ands elf-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key
✨Top 5 reasons you should read Like a Love Song✨
Living out my dreams of fame!
I cannot sing, I cannot dance, and my acting career started and ended with my Oscar worthy performance as Charlotte and Girl 2 in my primary schools production of Oliver Twist (I was so good they gave me two parts … with 3 lines in total😂). What I’m trying to say is that I was not put on this earth to be famous and I’m salty about that so I like to read about fame and fortune instead.
Like a Love Song focuses mostly on famous pop star Natalie following the break up with her equally famous actor ex-boyfriend who broke up with her on live TV the night of her winning a big award.
If this happened in real life, sure there’d be some memes of Natalie’s crying face, but I think the majority of the internet would be on her side and trolling Trent, her jerk of an ex, but either way I digress, I still enjoyed the story.
The cuteness and angst of the fake-dating
To fix her image following the break-up, Natalie’s PR team think it’s a good idea to set her up with a fake boyfriend: insert British indy-actor William Ainsley, who has his own reasons for wanting to start a fake relationship.
William reminded me a lot of Joe Alwyn, a British more indy actor who happens to be Taylor Swift’s boyfriend. I don’t know why my brain connected the two. I barely know anything about the Joe Alwyn but I just thought I’d mention that.
I love a good fake-dating story anyways, but what made this one even better was the fact that there was a contract involved, so anytime 💕romance💕 happened, there was that added angst of “is this for real, or is it for the camera’s”.
A bed sharing scene 😍
I can’t talk about this too much because then I’ll be spoiling, but just take my word for it: this one scene is worth reading. This was when I was like “ohhh I’m liking this book”.
If I’ve learned to pronounce Gwyneth and Sean, and spell Kathryn, Katherine, Catherine, and so on in a thousand different ways, you can learn my name”
Natalie’s Character ARC
Once again I can’t discuss much of this because I don’t want to spoil too much, but this story, sure follows the fake-dating relationship with Natalie and William, but more then that it’s about Natalie finding her true self.
She’s Brazilian but she’s toned down and almost been ashamed of her culture since moving to America and making it big, and so we really see her regaining her culture and learning to be proud of it.
Besides from the catalyst of the story being everyone hating on Natalie when in real life it totally would have been the other way round, I thought this was a sweet and enjoyable read that blended social commentary on the Industry™ being very USA-centric (does that make sense?) with a sweet romance and even better story of character growth and I would definitely recommend it.