Title: Trick Play (Fake Boyfriend #2)
Author: Eden Finley
Publisher: self published
Release Date: June 24, 2018
Page Count: 306
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Want to know the fastest way to get screwed out of a football career? Get photographed in a compromising position in a gay bar. Yep, welcome to my life.
My agent says he can fix my image. He wants me to become the poster boy for gay football players. Me? I just want back on the field. I’ll do anything to play for the NFL again, even pretend to have a steady boyfriend. If only my fake boyfriend wasn’t Noah Huntington III—the most arrogant, entitled rich guy in the world.
Pretend to be Matt Jackson’s boyfriend, my best friend said. It’ll be fun, he said. What Damon neglected to mention is Matt is surly and bitter. Being his boyfriend is a job in itself. From his paranoia over being constantly photographed to his aversion to PDA, being with Matt isn’t the care-free fake relationship I expected when I signed on to do this.
It’s supposed to be a win-win. I get to stick it to my politician dad who thinks no one is good enough for the Huntington name, and Matt’s reputation of being the bad boy of football dies.
What I don’t expect is to start caring for the guy. That’s not part of the plan. Then again, neither is fooling around with him on my private jet.
Since the first book was slice of charming fun, the second one was a shoe in. I was hoping to something similar to the first one and the glimpse I got of heroes in the first book was certainly enough to pique my interest.
Well, I got all that and more. I was hooked from the first chapter. Matt’s surly attitude and Noah’s “what the heck did I get into” make for an interesting setup. Their interactions are filled with delicious tension. There is enough of emotional overtone and characters’ background to give real depth to the story/ Both Matt and Noah have rough edges and trust doesn’t come easily to either of them. But they are forced to spend time together and surprise they gravitate toward each other. While Damon and Maddox were fun, Noah and Matt are more sarcastic version. They have different hang ups so real relationship doesn’t seem to be in the cards but they still develop feelings for each other. On top of it both are dealing with significant changes in their lives so falling in love is so not on the agenda. It does work out for the best and the differences in their upbringing and circumstances make up for lively interactions.
They are both reluctant to commit which almost spells a disaster. Their biggest enemy are themselves and insecurities they have. The portrayal of the struggle is very well described and kept me on my toes the whole time. It wasn’t overdone and unrealistic and I was cheering from the sidelines for the guys to get their act together. I liked this book even more than the first one. I swallowed teasers about upcoming stories hook line and sinker and can’t wait to get my hands on Talon’s story!