Book Review: Fake Out by Eden Finley

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Fake Out
Author: Eden Finley
Series: Fake Boyfriend #1
Heroes: Maddox/Damon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Not available
Publisher: Eden Finley
Release Date: March 5, 2018
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Maddox:

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?


Review: This was pretty funny. I don’t think it was meant to make me laugh as much as it did, but there were so many aspects that were just too humorous for me take seriously and that bled into the entire story for me. No, it is not a complete comedy, and there were some rough patches for our guys, but for the most part, this was a feel good story with a great ending.

Maddox is a liar, but mainly because he is a coward. I use the word coward loosely, because he is a good guy; he just didn’t have much of a backbone when it came to dealing with his ex-girlfriend and his family. Sadly, he does find that backbone with Damon…the one person he should have given more credit. Damon thinks Maddox is hot as sin, but he is an enigma and playing his fake boyfriend for the weekend is messing with his head. The warning signs in his head are screaming at him to run, run far away.

These two have a lot to work through, but they do it in such a fashion that the reader is thoroughly invested and never loses interest. I liked Maddox and Damon together. I like coming out stories, especially when one isn’t even one hundred percent sure if there is a reason to come out. Maddox was a little slow, and maybe in a bit of denial….faking being gay while your attracted to a guy should be a wake up call…but it took him a little while to get there. Damon really had his work cut out for him…and he also had some baggage to work through himself. But all in all, it was an enjoyable first story in this series and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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