Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help.
My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name.
I really should’ve asked for his name.
Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly.
In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey.
I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter.
That all changes when my editor reassigns me.
It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.
*Deke is a full-length MM novel with a HFN/HEA and no cliffhanger*
Christelle's rating :
Another win for me from Eden Finley. Third in her series “Fake Boyfriend”, it can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest to read the whole series if you enjoy romances set up in the sport world, with a low level of angst, but a high amount of banter and steam.
So, this time, we get the story of Ollie, a hockey player, and Clark, aka Lennon, a sport journalist.
Ollie breaths hockey and is unwilling to risk his career by outing himself, apart from within his family. Said family is on his back about his break-up with his long-time boyfriend, so when a guy he has just met agrees to play “new boyfriend” during a family dinner, Ollie jumped on the occasion to get some rest from the familial pressure.
Ollie even finds funny to name his partner in crime “Clark”. Little does he know how close to the truth he is…Yep, you can guess the link between Clark and Lennon, the sport journalist 😉
From there, it’s a series of encounters between Ollie and Lennon over months of the Hockey season. A great recipe with a little bit of anger, a tad of friendly meddling, a big portion of sparks and an even *bigger* portion of banter and humor, nicely served on a “slow- burn” platter decorated with delicious “cock-blocking” moments, by a waitress going at a perfect writing pace.
As the reader who put this book in my radar wrote : ” A reporter that looked like a blond Clark Kent falling for a Nordic God of a jock? Yumm, YES, PLEASE!”. And **Yumm** I did…a LOT !!
ARC of “Deke” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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