Fake Out
(Fake Boyfriend #1)


Eden Finley



Release Date

March 15th, 2018



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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?



Book Cover

  • Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original^


  • Memorable after I put it down for a few hours


  • When they tried to fool Maddox into thinking a flamboyant guy (Richard) was Damon and he turned it around on them
  • I found the whole sex dream thing interesting; it looks like Maddox's subconscious is rearing its head there*
  • That Maddox was able to work things out with his former roommate (Matt) since Damon gave him a different point of view; it was experimenting for Maddox, but Matt already knew he was gay
  • That Damon explained bisexuality to Maddox because he seemed extremely...misguided
  • Maddox is a stand-up guy...

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy


  • Very few typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot
  • Decently sweet


  • Maddox's best friend Stacey is only his friend because each time he asked her out she turned him down...for six months**
  • There are a lot of stereotypes and almost-slurs; while a occasionally a bit funny and I know they're meant in a joking manner, they make me want to downgrade the rating for this alone
  • There was a plot twist I saw coming
  • ...once you get past the whole lying thing
  • The big misunderstanding near the end of the book

Emotional Depth

  • Apathetic

Content Warnings

  • Kink (namely, bondage - main, one, present)

^The lighting is weird, but a decent layout.

*He was afraid of commitment because he didn’t want to be trapped in his small hometown, and I can understand that; it’s why I didn’t even try to date anyone until I moved away.

**No means no, and it’s clear he wouldn’t have given her the time of day unless he hadn’t wanted to get into her pants. If they’d had sex, she’d be long gone, which is a sad way to live.

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