Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Review: Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend #1) by Eden Finley

Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend #1)Blurb:


The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I’m a liar.

When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire.

Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because I’m straight.

At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I’m bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.


When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy’s boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It’s because of guys like him people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m gay.

But Maddox has something I need.

After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I’m trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this.

I just wish he wasn’t so hot. Or that he didn’t kiss like he means it.

Wait … why is the straight guy kissing me?

Todd's rating:

I have nothing but LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for this story.

On the surface, it was just your run of the mill "dude learns he's into guys and finds love" tale; however, the way that it was told turned out to be utterly entertaining.

Maddox was the consummate hetero man-whore and commitment-phobe. With a heart of gold, of course.

And Damon was the ex-star athlete, whose career ended abruptly due to an injury, and he was angry at the world because he'd never be on the field again.

I absolutely loved the cat and mouse play between Maddy and Damon. Once Maddy realized what he wanted, the chase was on. But Damon tried his hardest to not be "an experiment" for a (another) possibly-bi guy with a very high likelihood of running scared.

Maddy's attitude as the story progressed was nothing less than dramatic, yet always believable. The only part in the story that I found to be forced was the final "misunderstanding" chapter section, which was thankfully resolved quickly.

Then you have Stacy, Maddy's best friend and Damon's sister. She was a goddamn trip, no lie. Many times in romance, the female best friend character tends to either make me cringe or roll my eyes, but not in this story. The book wouldn't have been the same without her.
“That’s all you have to say? Huh?”

“What, you want me to throw you a pride parade for figuring out you like dudes? I don’t give a shit who you fuck, so long as it’s not me.”
There was also a bit of drama from Damon's homophobic ex-best friend, Eric (*cough-closet-case-cough*). He was an asshat of epic proportions and, while I didn't condone his behavior, I did BEGRUDGINGLY empathize with him. Even though I didn't want to. At all!

The story was moderately angsty, but nothing too gut-wrenching, as we saw the guys find their footing and finally realize they made one another happier than they'd ever been before.
I always used to think relationships meant compromising what you want for something somebody else wants, but I never realized that when you meet that one person who becomes your priority it’s not compromising because you’d willingly do anything to make them happy. Just like I know Damon would do the same for me.

As for you durty girls and boys out there, YES, the book was extremely steamy. Like fog up your glasses territory here, folks. I didn't skim a single word of those sexy scenes.
Apparently, I’m a greedy bottom. Interesting.
There wasn't much I'd have changed about this fun and flirty story, so if you're a fan of snark and banter, I'd definitely recommend it.

So I'm giving this adorable, bi-for-you story 4.75 *sweet-and-steamy* stars and I'm *DYING* to read more of this series. : )

Trigger Warning: There were a few humorous moments in the book that weren't particularly PC; however, I was able to just take them for the *JOKES* that they actually were. But I'm not that easily-offended, so just a warning.

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