Review: Faking It by Christine d'Abo

Monday, May 8, 2017

Title: Faking It
Author: Christine D'Abo
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: May 8th 2017
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 Max Tremblay should be happy. His night club, Frantic, is one of the most popular gay clubs in Toronto, and his childhood refuge, Ringside Gym, is well on the way to reopening. But when he finds yet another drunk in the alley beside the bar, Max isn’t sure this is the life he truly wants.

Grady Barnes has it all. He’s rich, famous, and wants for nothing. Well, nothing but a good relationship with his father. When he discovers that his father is going to force him into an arranged marriage, Grady has had enough. He tracks down Max, the man who got him to safety after a night of overindulgence, and makes him a proposal: pretend to be his fianc√© for two weeks and he’ll invest in Ringside Gym.

When the pair travel to Vancouver to attend a family wedding, the flames of their mutual attraction ignite, and they discover that the only difference between pretend and reality is how well they can fake it.

Max and Grady first meet when Max is taking out the trash at the club he owns, and he sees Grady getting sick out by the dumpster.  Max doesn't feel right leaving him there, so he tries to find out if he is there with other people.  When he realizes Grady is alone, he calls him a cab and takes him back to his hotel.  Grady shows up at Max's bar again the next day to apologize for his behavior and thank Max for making sure he got home safe and not taking advantage of him.  While he is there Max finally realizes that Grady is celebrity who comes from a very wealthy family.  Grady later finds out from his brother that his father wants him to marry a man that he's never met to help him secure a good business deal.  Grady and his brother hatch a plan that he get a fake fiance, that way he won't have to be forced into a marriage that he doesn't want.  Grady decides that he wants to ask Max because he is a trustworthy person because he didn't take advantage of him when "it would have been easy to" (when he was drunk), and he doesn't know any other trustworthy people.  Max doesn't feel comfortable at all with the plan but decides to agree when he sees firsthand how difficult Grady's life can be.  They have a lot of chemistry but try to remind themselves that the arrangement is supposed to be pretend, but the lines start to blur and soon it doesn't feel so fake anymore.

Faking It is the second book in the Ringside Romance series, but can be read as a stand alone.  The couple from the first book does make appearances, but knowing their story isn't necessary to enjoy this book.  I love romance series because it's an added bonus to see another look into how that couple is doing.  I am a huge sucker for fake relationships, so I had a feeling I was going to love this one.  I always find them to be so much fun.

I ended up really enjoying both of the MCs.  Grady comes from a wealthy background, but has a shaky relationship with his father.  His father tries to control and watch over his every move, and Grady always rebels against that.  Max is a very thoughtful person, and is cool under pressure... most of the time.  Max also has some father issues, but no where near as bad as Max's relationship with his father.  These two has a lot of chemistry, which led to some steamy scenes but I didn't find them to be overly descriptive or too much.  There were also some great sweet scenes between the two of them when they let their walls down.  I thought they were really cute together

I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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  1. Oh I love the fake relationship trope so much so I need to add this to my wishlist. Great review!!

    1. I hope you love it if you get a chance to read it! Thanks, Grace!

  2. An M/M fake relationship? Love the idea! The characters sound really great too. Will check this one out!
    Great review, Julie!

    1. Yeah, this was the first fake m/m relationship romance that I read. I always enjoy that trope. I hope you love this one if you get to check it out! Thanks, Nick!

  3. Fake relationships can be a lot of fun. This sounds like a really great read. Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. I always love fake relationships in romances too. They are really fun. Thanks, Carole!

  4. I'm so glad you liked this one! I did too. I thought the romance worked really well between Grady and Max. I can't wait for the third book!



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