Title: Faking It (Metropolis #1)
Author: Riley Hart, Devon McCormack
Publisher: self published
Release Date: 17th Jan, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count : 235
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.
Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?
Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.
They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…
“Faking It” is the collaboration of the writing geniuses of Riley Hart and Devin McCormack. It’s mostly a fluff romance based on the “pretend/fake relationship” trope with a lot of cheesy banter and steam but there is also a heavy touch of emotions at the end as both the MCs confront their fears.
The MCs here are completely opposite in character. In one hand we have Gary, who is shy and a one-man kind of guy whereas on the other hand we have Travis, who is sexy, wild, a complete horndog and the king of ‘casual hook-ups’.
Gary and Travis had only known each other before in passing but when Travis wakes up in Gary’s bed mistakenly one morning, they get acquainted real fast. To help Gary with his shitty-ex troubles, Travis pretends to be his new boyfriend and this charade becomes more difficult to get out of when Travis himself needs the fake relationship to impress his potential business sponsor.
The attraction between them was already intense from the get go so when Gary finally says “Fuck it” and gives in, clothes fly and the steam level hits the roof. As can be expected lines between fake and real starts to blur pretty soon after that.
Travis is not a fan of commitment. He does not have any plans to be in a relationship but his rapidly developing feelings for Gary blindsides him. What starts as “fake” starts turning real and that scares the bejesus out of Travis. He kept on telling himself that their “naked-time” is just a pleasurable bi-product of their deal but deep down he realizes that there is far more to it than just sex.
Gary has been betrayed by his ex in the worst possible way and that hurt him something terrible. He has a lot of insecurities about himself and he considers Travis completely out of his league. But it’s only with Travis that he can let loose and be himself. Gary gains a genuine friend in Travis while also falling hard for the guy.
“Yeah, it’s scary to open my heart again—to know Travis could hurt me, but I’d rather that than spend the rest of my life like I did with my parents, living in fear.”
I loved the characters of both Gary and Travis very much. Both had flaws and were vulnerable in different ways and that’s what them so real and solid. Travis was like the cure to Gray’s insecurities whereas Gary provided the necessary and unwavering support Travis needed to confront his parents and fight for his future. They were complete opposites but fit together perfectly.
“Fuck whoever made you believe you should ever feel wrong or embarrasses about something you desire. You are who you are, and fuck anyone who wants you to hide any part of that person.” ~ Travis
I loved how the authors brings out the vulnerable side of both the MCs. The back stories of their past and about their families were very nicely used to detail their characters effectively. Travis struggles with not acknowledging his homophobic parents whereas Gary hided who he is from his parents as he is scared of being a disappointment. At the end both face their fears head-on and claim their much deserved HEA.
The setting of the story is in Metropolis, a building complex where the majority of the tenants are gay. There are a lot of hot and happening secondary characters whom I am pretty sure will be featured in the future books of this series. I loved the concept and I will be waiting more from Metropolis.
All in all, this is a very fun and light book with steamy romance, a very hip crowd and just enough angst to pull off the “fake relationship” perfectly without being too heavy. I love both the authors’ works very much and this collaboration of theirs is a huge hit for me. Can’t wait for more!