The Holiday Hoax

The Holiday HoaxTitle: The Holiday Hoax
Author: Skylar M. Cates and K.C. Kelly (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: September 18th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5


I’m Evan Goodman, budding actor, future star, college freshman. Oh, and let’s not forget—recently dumped. If only my family wasn’t expecting to meet my new boyfriend over the holiday break. Enter JD Laurens—a sweet and quiet science major who mostly keeps to himself. When he gathers the courage to come out, poor JD gets abandoned by his only family right in front of me, and now he has nowhere to go for Christmas. But I have a proposition for him: pretend to be my boyfriend for the holidays so I can take him home. It’s a win-win. What could go wrong?

Belens Audio Book Review
4.5 stars for K.C. Kelly’s narration…2 stars for the story.

Let me start by saying I absolutely adore the whole fake boyfriend trope! I love it. Usually.


Evan Goodman has been recently dumped by his not-quite boyfriend. Unfortunately he’s bragged a lot to his family about him and they are all expecting to meet the new boyfriend over the holiday break.

While quietly freaking out in a coffee shop about going home dateless, Evan witnesses the coming out and rejection of JD Laurens by his only family.

Evan sort of knows JD. JD’s a quiet science major who lives in Evan’s dorm and after JD is abandoned right in front of him Evan cooks up a scheme to bring JD home with him for the holidays killing two birds with one stone…he gives JD a family and home for the holidays and Evan has a boyfriend to show off to his family.

And if that had been the story, I would be giving this 4, maybe even 4.5 stars. BUT. But it isn’t. Instead Evan makes JD lie and say he’s the sort-of boyfriend who just dumped Evan. That’s where it lost me. That whole storyline did absolutely nothing for me. Turns out I hate a story where the fake relationship is based on one of the characters lying about who he is and, wow, that whole bit went on way too long. How could you ask a guy who had just lost his family and home because he wouldn’t lie about who he is – turn around and quite literally LIE ABOUT WHO HE IS?!

That is stupid

So bottom line: This had loads of potential, the narration by KC Kelly is terrific and fans of the fake boyfriend lying about being someone else entirely trope should adore this.

It just didn’t work for me personally.

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Copy generously provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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