Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend #1) by Eden Finley
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?
I’m a big fan of some man on man loving…
But, I’ve never been a real fan of gay guy converts straight guy books…which is what I thought this one was starting out to be.
I was really happy to find out that it does have a bit of that, but once you get into the meat of the story, it’s so much more, and I loved every bit of it!
How desperate do you have to be to tell your girlfriend and your entire home town think you’re gay to get out of a relationship? That’s some serious panic right there… But, it wasn’t mean and I loved that his family and friends just went along with it. That was my first hint that maybe there was more to the story than even Maddox was aware of.
Then there’s Damon…
I fucking loved Damon.
Let’s just say that Damon has some doubts that acting as Maddox’s fake boyfriend is ever going to end well. And he hates getting involved with straight guys who want to walk on the gay side, however briefly. He’s been there, done that. But, he’s a good brother and he needs Maddox’s sports contacts so he reluctantly agrees.
I liked that Finley didn’t try to fit either Damon or Maddox into any kind of stereotypical roles. I liked that both of them were confident men and there was very little angst. There were some career uncertainties, some broken dreams, and some disastrous past relationships, but they were what you’d expect from guys this age.
Stacy was just icing on the cake. She’s Maddox’s best friend and that woman is funny as hell. I questioned her setting the two up, but she loves her brother and wants to see him happy. So, if she can help out her brother and her best friend, that’s a win win, right?
I’m always happy when I find a new M/M author who writes real people, really well.
Finley has just been added to my regular rotation.