Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ARC Review: Faking It (Ringside Romance 2) by Christine D'Abo

Max Tremblay should be happy. His night club, Frantic, is one of the most popular gay clubs in Toronto, and his childhood refuge, Ringside Gym, is well on the way to reopening. But when he finds yet another drunk in the alley beside the bar, Max isn’t sure this is the life he truly wants.

Grady Barnes has it all. He’s rich, famous, and wants for nothing. Well, nothing but a good relationship with his father. When he discovers that his father is going to force him into an arranged marriage, Grady has had enough. He tracks down Max, the man who got him to safety after a night of overindulgence, and makes him a proposal: pretend to be his fiancé for two weeks and he’ll invest in Ringside Gym.

When the pair travel to Vancouver to attend a family wedding, the flames of their mutual attraction ignite, and they discover that the only difference between pretend and reality is how well they can fake it.

Dani's rating:

What happens when a buff nightclub owner and a spoiled rich boy cum reality TV star meet? One of them pukes in an alleyway, and the other takes him home.

But then they meet AGAIN when rich boy Grady comes to apologize and thank Max for taking him back to his hotel room and not robbing him blind or taking advantage; that time, sparks fly.

Grady trusts Max implicitly and asks him to pretend to be his fiancé at his brother's wedding. In exchange, Grady promises to invest in Max, Zack, and Nolan's boxing gym. Zack and Nolan are the MCs from book 1, and while they are present in this story, Faking It CAN be read as a standalone.

Fake fiancé trope, oh how I love thee!

Max tries to keep Grady at an emotional distance, but when the clothes come off, it's all fair in love and sex.

I really liked both MCs (the story is written from a dual, third-person POV, which is by far my favorite narrative style), particularly Max, and definitely felt the spark between them (the steamy scenes are not overly descriptive but sexy nonetheless).

Neither man gets on well with his father, but Grady has it much, much worse. Grady's father is a controlling dictator who manipulates Grady and treats him like a pawn in his business dealings.

Like in book 1, the ending is a strong HFN. Not enough time passes between the last chapter and the epilogue to seal a HEA, but it left me feeling hopeful for Max and Grady.

The setup for book 3 is subtle; if I'm guessing correctly, then we haven't met one of the MCs, and the other was not a likeable secondary character in this story. I'm so in!

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