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 no cliffhanger.*
“I’m on it”
“I’d love to say I’m doing this because I’m your friend, but honestly? The tought of you having to pretend to be gay for forty-eight hours entertains me immensely.”
Fake Out was amazing and I loved it from the very beginning. It is absolutely hilarious, to the point where I was afraid I would wake people up laughing. It is fun and wholesome and the chemistry is amazing. And it is something that I really, really wanted to read.
Maddox lied to his fiancee in high school, telling her he is gay to get out of the relationship. A relationship that has given him massive commitment anxiety ever since. Now that ex-fiancee has invited him to her wedding after they ran into each other at her bachelorette party and now he has to bring a made up boyfriend back home to go with him to the wedding. Good thing Maddox’s best friend has a gay brother, Damon, she can ask to go with him.
I love Maddox and his oblivious bi self. I’m finding that I have a thing for stories where one of the characters realizes that they may have had a gay thing in years past and only come to the realization now that they find they’re attracted to someone they’re not used to finding attractive. Maddox hates confrontation and commitment and is known as a bit of a man-whore. Wanting to be with someone for more than a quick fuck is unknown territory for him.
I also love Damon and his self-protective, hurting self. He was going to be a baseball player, the first openly gay baseball player, until he got hurt and it ended his career. Now he is going to school to become a sports agent. Damon is sweet, and kind, and he has been hurt before by guys wanting to experiment. Now, he doesn’t want to be anyone else’s experiment. But boy is he thirsty for Maddox, anyway.
Fake Out was fun and light and I loved Maddox and Damon together. They fit together well and they had the best banter together. And I love my oblivious boi. I feel like perhaps the attraction was there a bit too quickly for my liking, but it worked out anyway. I also liked how the story was from the perspective of both of them, though I will say that the audiobook made who was narrating a bit confusing in the beginning.
I just really liked this book.