ELLE GONZALEZ ROSE at Books Inc. Laurel Village

Author image of Elle Gonzalez Rose and Taleen Voskuni and cover photo of their book Caught in a Bad Fauxmance

Books Inc. Laurel Village presents debut author Elle Gonzalez Rose in celebration of her YA romance, CAUGHT IN A BAD FAUXMANCE! 

Elle will be in conversation with her friend and writer Taleen Voskuni, author of SORRY BRO.

From debut author Elle Gonzalez Rose comes a fresh, fun contemporary rom-com about an aspiring artist who agrees to fake date one of his family's longtime enemies in the hopes of gathering intel strong enough to take down their rivals and keep the family cabin they gambled in a risky bet.

Devin Báez is prepared for a relaxing winter break after his rough, first semester of art school. Sure, his family's old Florida lake cabin is falling apart, and everything in it reminds him of his late mom. And yes, the Baezes' next-door neighbors, the Seo-Cookes, are still petty, but things could be worse. That is, until Devin runs into the Seo-Cookes' now annoyingly handsome son, Julian, who comes to him in need of a fake boyfriend.

Despite having a prestigious mentorship application and their beloved cabin to worry about, Devin reluctantly agrees under one condition: He can use the Seo-Cookes' luxe vacation home to concentrate on his art. More importantly though, he can use his time there to infiltrate the rival's domain and uncover secrets to prove they've been cheating at the Winter Games, an annual event where the Baezes have taken back-to-back Ls.

Passing off loathing as love is more difficult than it seems, especially when the stakes for this year's competition are higher than ever. Bragging rights and the deed to the Baezes' cabin is on the line. Julian may not be the pretentious jerk Devin thought he was, but with their families at each other's throats, there's no room for anything but fiction between them. Which is definitely a problem because Devin's feelings for Julian are starting to feel very real.


"There's nothing faux about the iron grip this book has on my heart. I'm in urgent care right now because I swooned so hard I pulled a muscle!" --Sonora Reyes, National Book Award Finalist

"Sharp, hilarious, and pure delight. Caught in a Bad Fauxmance combines the comfort of familiar tropes with the thrill of an original story that left me rooting for Devin and Julian through the very last page." --Robbie Couch, New York Times bestselling author of If I See You Again Tomorrow

"An utterly charming debut filled to the brim with humor and heart. I adored being immersed in it. Choco pies. Broccoli. The pier. Tres leches cake. Devin and Julian's delightful journey is the kind of fauxmance you won't soon forget!" --Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man

"Caught in a Bad Fauxmance is such a charming debut! Elle Gonzalez Rose wrote a novel that made me laugh and cry; it touched all parts of me that adore books about first loves and family joy." --Tif Marcelo, USA Today bestselling author of The Holiday Switch

"A charming and hilarious debut that puts a fresh new spin on the fake dating trope!" --Adiba Jaigirdar, award-winning author of Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating and Henna Wars

"Caught in a Bad Fauxmance gave the summer-camp-romance vibes in the middle of winter that I never knew I needed! Effortlessly witty and warm. I adored every minute in Devin's snarky, creative mind, with his lovably chaotic family, and in his cozy lakeside town!" --Kaitlyn Hill, author of Love from Scratch and Not Here to Stay Friends


Elle Gonzalez Rose is a YA author and Writer/Producer at MTV. Elle has produced promos for a variety of ViacomCBS properties. She writes about short Boricuas like herself.

Taleen Voskuni is an Armenian-American writer who grew up in the Bay Area diaspora surrounded by a rich Armenian community and her ebullient family. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English and currently lives in San Francisco, working in tech. Other than a newfound obsession with writing romcoms, she spends her free time cultivating her kids, her garden, and her dark chocolate addiction. Sorry, Bro is her first published novel.

Event date: 
Friday, January 5, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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