Fake Out (Maya’s Review)

Title: Fake Out (Fake Boyfriend #1)
Author: Eden Finley
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
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Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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?

*Fake Out is a full-length MM novel with a HEA/HFN and no cliffhanger.

This story is a lighthearted romp with a side of “I can’t believe I am doing this and it will be funny later.”

Maddox in a misguided wish to avoid confrontation, managed to convince his ex, his family and his whole town that he is gay. The avoidance tactic worked for him up until now, when he is expected to show up with his boyfriend on said ex’s wedding. It’s a terrible time to be caught in a lie, so Maddox lies even more. He finds fake boyfriend.

His sister convinced Damon to pretend to be some guy’s fake boyfriend. Damon is not impressed by Madox or his lies, but his sister is Madox’s best friend and determined to get maximum enjoyment from the trouble he is in. If that means convincing her brother to participate in the charade, so be it.

The story is told in first person POV with switches between Maddox and Damon. It’s hilarious. They have just met, the situation is awkward, but attraction between them still manages to creep in their interactions. It’s very amusing story, but despite light approach, there is enough background on the characters to make them real. It’s nothing too angsty or troubling, but it does add touch of reality and makes both Maddox and Damon more likable. Their relationship makes sense and almost from the beginning I was rooting for them to get together. The emphasis wasn’t on them hooking up (though the sex is hot) but rather forming a lasting relationship. I followed the story with interest as they cleared hurdles appearing on their way to happy end. There are commitment issues, secrets from the past, differing life goal and meddling friends. It’s very charming love story.

It’s low on angst and high on amusement factor. I look forward to the next book in series!

Fake Boyfriend Series

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Galley copy of Fake Out provided by Eden Finley in exchange of an honest review.