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Peek Inside The Sweetheart Sham

What happens when a little white lie to protect her best friend’s secret gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

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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.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now.

Each book in the Southern Charmed series is STANDALONE:
* The Sweetheart Sham
* The Crush Collision


5 stars: "I soaked up every ounce of this book’s undeniable charm." Jaye Robin Brown, author of Georgia Peaches & Other Forbidden Fruit

4 stars: "Good YA romance. Cute and sweet, but with plenty of feels as well." –Alison Kuey, Amazon Reviewer

5 stars: "As big-hearted and warm as they come. I feel right at home in this book, which is so wonderfully Southern." Will Walton, author of Anything Could Happen

4.5 stars: "This book is about a small town and two families. It's heartwarming and sweet. It's a fabulous winter read when everyone is thinking about how much family means." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

4 stars: "The Sweetheart Sham was not good not great but EXCELLENT! Combining delicious southern charm, heartwarming characters, and a swoon worthy romance, The Sweetheart Sham is yet another wonderful addition to YA contemporary, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen!" –Lauren, Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

5 stars: "Sweet little romance slathered in a whole lot of Southern." –Lissa Hawley, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "The side characters really shone in this book with Will and Lyla being particularly awesome (I am hopeful they will get their own books in the future as this appears to be a series)." –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Books based on the South are hit and miss for me. But like I keep saying, I loved this book! I felt like I was at home. Danielle Ellison captured what it truly means to live in a small town where everybody knows you and your business." –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

4 stars:  "I liked how Georgie was such a good friend to Will, how she accepted him for who he his regardless of who he loved. Georgie is the kind of friend I aspire to have one day." –Brooke, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I loved this book. So full of Southern Charm." –Kim, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "It has all the trademarks of an awesome YA novel. Romance, friendship, swoon worthy guys, and loveable protagonists." –Husnaa Hassam, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "All around this was just a fabulous book to experience. I highly recommend this one!" –Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633551
Series: Southern Charmed, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 4, 2017
Page Count: 250
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: fake relationship

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By Danielle's November 26, 2017

Georgia Ann is a southern belle, and her best friend Will is the towns golden boy. Their families would love a Monroe/Montgomery wedding. They are two of the towns founding families. Unfortunately, this pair has absolutely no interest in heading down the aisle together.

Beau has been in love with Geo ...more

By Sophie December 15, 2017

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that contemporary YA fiction is one of my favourite genres to read - I simply adore them. When this one became available to request on NetGalley ...more

By Lauren November 25, 2017

As soon as I saw the cover and the summary for Danielle Ellison's The Sweetheart Sham, I knew I had to have it! I mean, a small town setting, a fake relationship, AND a second chance romance? My YA contemporary loving heart was beating rapidly with excitement and hope.

The Result? The Sweetheart Sha ...more

By Ashley December 13, 2017

I want to thank Entangled: Crush and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review. I'm also really excited to be on the Blog Tour for The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison. I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it contained a fake relationship and was set in a small souther ...more

By lacy November 23, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Initial thoughts;
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! Like omg, I really loved this book. I know, that sounds like the least eloquent thing I could say. And I know that as the profes ...more

By Dani December 19, 2017

There's a certain movie I love and can watch again and again. It starts with two Southern kids growing up together, drifting apart, then reuniting thanks to a wedding. It's filled with sexy accents and charm and dancing. It just so happens to have a very attractive man in it, too. Of course, I'm tal ...more

By Deniz December 12, 2017

I loved this so much!
The Sweetheart Sham is a beautiful coming of age story about love, faith and courage.
It's a story about moving on from past mistakes and accepting the people we love most. A story about a small southern town with all its charm and quirkiness.
Simply beautiful and heartwarming. ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) December 22, 2017

Rating: 3.5 Stars

I am always happy to read an Entangled romance, because I can expect a sweet romance filled with likable characters and an HEA, and once again, Entangled delivered.

•Pro: This was a second chance romance AND a small town romance. Those are two things I fancy.

•Pro: Speaking of small ...more

By Romancing the October 12, 2019

Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher

I simply fell in love with this new author to me. The way she presented a subject that is still hard for adults to deal with let alone teenagers; it was so tenderly written. I know small life and how hard it is when everyone out there knows you. Georgie ...more

By Eva December 05, 2017

the town of culler, south carolina in the sweetheart sham reminds me a lot of bluebell, alabama in hart of dixie. it's one of those quintessential southern towns. small. traditional. where the old families still rule society and everyone knows everything about everyone. except will montgomery has a ...more

By Esther December 04, 2017

I am not joking when I say that I did NOT read the description of this book before diving in. I literally looked at the cover and said "This looks interesting." Because the title itself is intriguing. The word SHAM always grabs attention. What comes to your mind when you think of this word? Exactly. ...more

By Kris November 30, 2017

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

I enjoyed this story about small town Culler SC and it's close knit very small population. Will and Beau are cousins and along with Georgia Ann, best friends. The 3 amigo's all growing up together in a small town. But, Will has a secr ...more

By Tami December 04, 2017

Second chance YA romance. She has a fake relationship with her bff to protect him before he comes out. Our hero is the bff's cousin. Nice LGBT with a twist.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Mimi April 12, 2019

Georgia Ann Monroe is a Southern Belle, sweet, charming and the perfect example of what life is like in Culler. There is only one problem, she’s been hiding the fact that her best friend and towns golden boy, Will Montgomery is gay. Georgia will do anything for Will and when a little white lie to pr ...more

By Tammy February 07, 2018

Georgia Ann is a sweet, smart southern belle who would do anything to please her parents and other adults in her small southern town. Her best friend, Will has entrusted in her a secret that he has to hide from his old fashioned family. Will is gay and no one will understand except Georgia. His fami ...more

By Kimberly June 17, 2018

I have to say, there’s something quite refreshing about picking up a YA romance novel after reading a few horrendous NA offerings. There’s a certain simplicity that always leaves me reminiscing about my teenage years, my first love, and my best friends (who I’m happy to say are still friends today). ...more

By Angel December 10, 2017

Georgie was the only person who knew Will was gay. Will was Georgie’s best friend. Georgie had been telling Will to come out of the closet for months but Will was the Golden Boy of the town and didn’t want a lot of drama about his sexuality. Will and Georgie had known each other since before birth. ...more

By KarenJo December 07, 2017


Set in a charming small Southern town filled with quirky and lovable characters, The Sweetheart Sham is a wonderful story about friendship, family, forgiveness, and love. It’s extremely adorable, delightfully sweet, and amazingly swoony you won’t be able ...more

By Olivia November 22, 2017

"The Sweetheart Sham" was a cute YA romance that followed Georgia Ann (Georgie) and Beauregard (Beau), two very Southern teenagers. Georgie and Beau dated one summer a few years back, but then Beau stood her up for a dance when they planned to reveal their relationship and left town entirely without ...more

By Morgan December 04, 2017

the sweetheart sham by danielle ellison was such a fun read.

there a lot of great characters in this book, but georgia ann, will, and beau are fantastic as this kinda-sorta love triangle’s key players.

georgia ann is what i would imagine to be an all-american southern girl. she is charming and witty a ...more

By Lily December 03, 2017

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 pro ...more

By Emmyjo December 06, 2017

I truly enojoyed the friendships in this book. Georgia and Will's friendship is so great and right away you see it.
Will has a secret about himself that he doesn't want out and enlist Georgia his best friend to help him to keep the secret. Georgia right away helps him even if she thinks he should te ...more

By Sara December 15, 2017

My review is also up on my blog as part of a blog tour.

In the small town of Culler, South Carolina, anything that makes you stand out from the crowd can be enough to ruin your life. When Georgia Ann’s best friend Will starts dating another boy, he knows that he needs to do something to deflect suspi ...more

By Kayla March 23, 2020

I loved reading this book. The characters were fun to get to know and had a lot of depth. They were also fun, loyal, real and just plain great. Like the other two Entangled Crush books I have read, the characters develop a lot.

I love the fake-ship trope, and this one was no different. Georgie is hel ...more

By Richelle December 02, 2017

Georgie and Will are best friends that decide to pretend they are dating because Will is homosexual and is still in the closet. They both live in a small town in the South so you can’t blame him for wanting it to stay a secret. I really enjoyed this story by Danielle Ellison because it promotes acce ...more

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Danielle Ellison

About the author

Danielle Ellison

Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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