Faking It (Lili’s Review)



Title: Faking It (Metropolis #1)
Author: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 235 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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…

I was all excited when Faking It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack was released. I love these two authors, and I’m a sucker for stories where the romance starts off as casual but grows into more. But I’m not, however, a big fan of the “fake boyfriend” trope.

I was worried.

But I shouldn’t have been. I need to apologize to Ms. Hart and McCormark.

I shouldn’t have doubted y’all. This is probably one of the best “fake boyfriend” stories I’ve read. Why?

Let me tell you.

-I loved the characters. They were endearing and fleshed out.

-Relationship growth. Now here is where the story truly excelled. Yes, it was a fake relationship, but behind the scenes, they became friends- friends with benefits. It was nice to see those casual feelings grow into more.

-Banter. <—will always score extra points with me.

-The sexy times were yummy.

-The story had a feel-good vibe; I had a lot of fun reading it.

-Dual POV

-And the end was quite sweet.

My only niggle was making Peter's (Gary cheating ex) pecker small. Not because he grew on me- cause he never did- but it just seemed unnecessary.

Do I recommend it? Yes! It’s a fun little story. You get some:

-Romance ✔
-Humor ✔
-Steam ✔
-A sprinkle of angst ✔
-Wrapped with a lovely HEA. ✔

4 Stars!



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Galley copy of Faking It (Metropolis #1) provided by Riley Hart in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I’m a thirty-something Colombian mother of two. My favorite pastime is to get lost in a book. I’m more of a fluffy romance reader- though I do love an angsty read. I don’t often read Mystery/Suspense nor dark stories. I also NEVER knowingly read stories that don’t end in an HEA or at least HFN. I LOATHE cliffhangers with a passion and not a huge fan of stories with cheating, but it’s not a deal breaker.

My favorite tropes are:
-Best friends to lovers
-May/December
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:
-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Strong Signal by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson
-Superhero by Eli Easton

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