Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Faking It
Authors: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Series: Metropolis #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.
Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?
Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.
They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…
Review: Another dynamic writing duo hits the scene! You get the gist of this story from the blurb, but the rest is what really makes this story work. It is full of fabulous dialog, delicious dirty talk, and plenty of smexy time to go along with the romance that neither of these guys planned on having.
Gary is trying to get back at his cheating ex by making him jealous, and Travis ends up needing Gary to help convince a potential investor that he can be serious about things. Perfect scenario for each of them. All goes great as they spend more and more time together doing boyfriendy things and even enjoying the other benefits.
When Gary realizes he wants more with Travis but that Travis is just not an actual relationship guy, things get a bit more complicated. I absolutely loved these guys. What’s not to love? Two genuinely nice guys who were just perfect for each other. I loved how Gary turned into Sexy Gary for Travis and their banter and nicknames were such fun! Go Superass! And I loved how Gary never gave up trying to help Travis and how they supported each other were their parents and families were concerned.
As a secondary story line, both men are having parental issues, but it was lovely to see them make some progress or achieve some type of resolution there. With the help of their support systems and each other, it feels like these guys can tackle any obstacle.
As for everyone else, Metropolis sounds like a fabulous place to live, entertaining to say the least! There were plenty of great side characters to enjoy here as well, from Travis’ brothers and bff to Gary’s friends. I sure hope we get so see more of these guys in the upcoming stories. Perhaps Derrick is next?
This story is full of wonderful story telling, a good amount of angst and feelings and loads of hot sex and happiness. Devon’s quick wit shines throughout, and Riley’s fabulous writing tops it all off. I loved this series opener and can’t wait to see what they come up with next for the Metropolis tenants!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*