[ARC REVIEW] “Fake Empire” by: C.W. Farnsworth

What is Fake Empire by C.W. Farnsworth about?

There’s rich.

Then there’s the Ellsworth family. The Kensingtons. American royalty.

Money buys power, and power always has a price. The fear of those who already possess both? Losing it. The best way to ensure keeping it? Alliances. And elites don’t marry down—they marry equal.

For Scarlett Ellsworth and Crew Kensington, that leaves one option: each other. Accepting that inevitability is very different from embracing it. That’s the only thing they agree upon.

It was meant to be a union for better and for business.

Instead, it challenges everything Scarlett and Crew thought they knew about themselves, their families, and most of all…each other.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Of the three C.W. Farnsworth’s books that I’ve read so far, “Fake Empire” has been my favorite. I absolutely love Scarlett and Crew, and how they challenge and complement each other.

Considering how they’d grown up without any sort of positive example on how a healthy romantic partnership should look, I liked how we got to see how each of them rejected the social norms of their high society when it comes to how their relationship transpired. Granted, it didn’t start out in the most conventional way, but that made it all the more interesting. We learned a lot about the two of them individually in the way that they acted towards each other versus the way they were feeling, which we knew because the book is told in dual POVs.

This book does include my least favorite trope (if you don’t know what that is from previous reviews of mine, I don’t want to say it, because spoilers!), HOWEVER, I think it worked well for Scarlett and Crew’s story. It added to the plot, it didn’t take away from it, which I don’t think happens all that often — so props to Charlotte for writing the book in such an artful way!

Overall, I really really enjoyed this enemies-to-lovers book, and I’m so happy to have read an early copy! The book is available now, and I highly recommend you go read it!


Reviews of C.W. Farnsworth books:

“Famous Last Words” (ARC)

“Like I Never Said” (ARC)

Playlists for C.W. Farnsworth books:

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