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Peek Inside Artificial Sweethearts

It’s not chemistry between Tinka and Sam that made them agree to fake date. Tinka’s suggestion had nothing to do with Sam’s muscular arms and quick wit. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances go on way too long. So there’s no way fake couldn’t be perfect.

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It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.


"You want a fun and easy summer read, HERE IT IS. Of course I loved Tinka and Sam. I'm a sucker for fake-dating stories. GIVE ME ALL OF THEM. Seriously. [...] This was just SO DAMN CUTE!!!!" ~Bookish Thoughts

"I loved this book! It was an awesome romance! And I'm totally in love with Sam! He was so cute and adorable and sweet...I found my new book boyfriend! Yay!" ~Sara, Goodreads

"Sam and Tinka are truly good people, ones that I would love to know in real life.I LOVED their story, as well as how much they evolve (on their own and together) from the beginning until the end." ~Dauntless Books and Penguins

"This book was very cute and I really liked both Tinka and Sam. It's an incredibly fast read that kept me entertained throughout..." ~Bibliophagist

"Tinka and Sam were such a cute couple. I love the fake relationship trope anyway and in a YA read it was extra cute. [...] A nice clean read with some truly great characters." ~Bette H., Goodreads

"I thoroughly enjoyed Sam and Tinka's journey, and look forward to both more in this series and by this author in the future. Definitely recommend to fans of the young adult genre." ~Erica C., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631403
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 10, 2017
Page Count: 263
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: boy next door, fake relationship

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By Samantha (WLABB) July 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this fauxmance-romance! It was a wholly enjoyable big bowl of awww-cute.

I loved this fauxmance-romance, and I found it to be quite the quintessential summer read.

The book is set in the summer time. This book begins with Tinka returning from boarding school to find out that ...more

By Deniz July 09, 2017

Cute cute cute !!!

Artificial Sweethearts is the second in the North Pole, Minnesota series. And while Any Boy But You was the perfect winter holiday read, Artificial Sweethearts is the perfect summer vacation cute & fluffy. And that's where their similarities end. Well, that's not quite accurate: th ...more

By Danielle's July 09, 2017

There are certain storylines that just do it for you, and I love a blooming fake relationship.

Artificial sweethearts is the second book in the North Pole, Minnesota series, however, can definitely be read as a standalone.

Sam needs a date for his brother's wedding, or at least that's what his famil ...more

By Siobhan June 27, 2017

Actual 3.5 Stars.

A cute, fun, well-written coming of age romance. Standalone with HEA.

Tinka has come home from boarding school for the summer with her bestie Jane in tow only to discover that her parents have moved home without telling her. This is nothing new to Tinka who feels like she is always ...more

By Cindy July 21, 2017

Heads up! This review contains spoilers.

This was a quick read for me. I loved Sam and Tinka and their denial of the chemistry they kept feeling throughout the story. I'm a huge sucker for fake romance books! Artificial Sweethearts didn't disappoint! It was a nice change to read about a female charac ...more

By Nicole July 01, 2017

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
This book comes out july 10th.

This book is the second book in the North Pole, Minnesota series. But it's one of those series, were the books centers around different characters in the same setting/town and you don't have to read all the book ...more

By Erica June 26, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Stars

Young Adult age-range: 12+. Kissing.

Artificial Sweethearts is the second installment in the North Pole, Minnesota series and can easily be read as a standalone. Some mentions of the past book, and cameos by past narrators, ...more

By Gata Leitora / Cat reader July 09, 2017

Sam is getting ready to go to college and his family put him to take care of the preparations for his brother's wedding. Sam is a gentle, educated, extremely responsible young man who has low self-esteem, a true prince who does not realize his value. Because he does not think he's cute and thinks he ...more

By Sophie June 22, 2017

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is as good as the first one. You find all the elements you loved before: the great characters, the fun aspect of the story, the more dramatic one, the heart and the writing.

I loved it all.

The characters were gorgeous. Sam and Tinka are truly ...more

By Cathy July 06, 2017

I haven’t read anything by Julie Hammerle previously but I have always adored Entangled Crush books. Ms. Hammerle did not disappoint in the very least. I think this book was well written and really sucked the reader into this small town in Minnesota. I was almost tempted to bring out some Christmas ...more

By books are love July 20, 2017

I love Sam. He is too sweet and kind. He is always there for everyone and always doing what everyone needs. It was sad to see him be walked on by his family although I don’t think they realized they were doing it. The question for Sam who is there for him? It didn’t seem like anyone was. Yes his fam ...more

By Sarah July 05, 2017

Thank you netgalley!
"Artificial Sweethearts" was a cute YA read with fun, emotion, romance and realistic relationship issues between family and friends. This story takes place in North Pole, Minnesota and is the 2nd book set here though it can be read as a standalone. I was happy to see that Sam wa ...more

By Monica July 06, 2017

I would like to thank Netgalley and Entangled: Crush for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cute, fun, coming of age romance. I have to say that even though the female main character makes a ton of mistakes in this book, she learns from them and her character develops ni ...more

By Sara June 28, 2017

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Entagled Teen (sent through Netgalley).

I loved this book! It was an awesome romance! And I'm totally in love with Sam! He was so cute and adorable and sweet and sexy! I found my new bookboyfriend! Yay!
Tinka really did bad things to her fr ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) July 18, 2017

Super cute - you'll be begging for Tinka and Sam to finally share their real, totally not fake, feelings for one another. ...more

By Kristi Housman June 26, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen sent through Netgalley.

Artificial Sweethearts was a cute, quick read. Sam was the sweetest boy and I adored him. There were some moments when Tinka got on my nerves, but I ended up really liking her, too. The movie references were a lot of fun. What ...more

By Anais August 05, 2017

Good Read.

Quick, cute and easy. Just what I needed after planning my own wedding. The writer did a good job at building up the tension and the building a believable relationship between the main characters. ...more

By Stacy October 22, 2017

Book Review- Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerlee

Tinka Foster has come home from her private school with her friend Jane in tow. She is shocked to see her parents. She doesn’t even recognize them. They surprise her by taking her to her new home in North Pole. They sold their house in Minneapoli ...more

By Eva July 11, 2017

the second book in julie hammerle's north pole series, artificial sweethearts, introduces us to tinka foster, who quite frankly is kind of an emotional mess. her entire childhood has been overshadowed by her brother's accidental death when she was an infant. and she's spent all her time avoiding con ...more

By Sara July 01, 2017

Tinka and her best friend-slash-roommate Jane head home to Minnesota for the summer after spending the year at their South Carolina boarding school. Tinka is looking forward to some relaxation. To shedding the party girl persona she wears all year. To just kicking back and catching up with her frien ...more

By Arys July 19, 2017

Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle is book two in her North Pole, Minnesota series. Though the story mentions characters from the previous book, overall, it can be read as a standalone.

The novel is about Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson who, with pressures outside of their control (i.e. family), ...more

By Krystianna July 11, 2017

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
I'm a sucker for stories with fake boyfriends because it always ends up turning into a romance. I mean, what's not to love?
Sam was a total nerd. He was hilarious and I really liked him. I ...more

By v July 09, 2017

I was kindly given an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much both to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley!

Ok, I have to admit, I am a major sucker for these types of novels. You know - fun and light, quite fluffy teen romances. And I've loved nearly all o ...more

By Samantha July 25, 2017

*3.5 Stars

Another cute, sweet visit to North Pole, Minnesota, which is a very Stars Hollow-esque town (Gilmore Girls, anyone?), complete with their own "Kirk" and lots of quirk!

Sam is the youngest son in the Anderson family and he is tired of the pressure he keeps getting to date someone. He makes t ...more

By Lynne July 10, 2017

3.5 stars

Artificial Sweethearts is the second book in the North Pole, Minnesota series. However, like most other Entangled Teen titles, this one can also be read as a standalone. North Pole, Minnesota is a town that takes its Christmas name seriously and I loved the descriptions of the various holid ...more

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Julie Hammerle

About the author

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Julie Hammerle

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana. Newsletter:

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