Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fake It ’til You Make Out
Author: Isla Olsen
Series: Love & Luck #1
Heroes: Heath & Declan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 198 pages
Publisher: Moonwalker Press
Release Date: February 6, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
It’s a classic story: Boy meets girl, girl breaks boy’s heart, boy pretends to be gay to get back at girl, girl outs boy to everyone on Facebook…
Okay, maybe it’s not that classic. But it’s what happened to me.
When I bump into my cheating ex and catch sight of the moon-sized rock on her finger, there’s only one option to save face: pretend to be dating my gay best friend, Declan.
And when she outs me on Facebook and everyone I know sees it, there’s still only one option: keep pretending to be dating Declan.
And when Declan and I have to kiss to keep up the ruse and it turns out there’s actually a spark between us (more like a blazing inferno, if truth be told) there’s once again only one option…
Warning: this book is not appropriate for anyone who doesn’t like laughing, anyone who doesn’t like dogs, or anyone who doesn’t like hot men having a lot of sex…with each other.
*Happily Ever After included
Holy shit, this book! It might just be my favorite book this year and as soon as I finished it, I wanted to reread it already and I wanted to listen to it in audio (except there is no audio, so I hope that changes soon!!) and I wanted to buy the paperback so I could read it in print, it was just that amazing! Honestly, it’s hard for me to review this one because I loved it so much and I feel like I’m just going to gush about it and ramble on about it. I’ll try not to, though!
The first thing about this book that drew me in is Heath and Declan’s relationship. They are very clearly friends but they’re such great friends that Heath literally will spend an entire day helping Declan clean up dog poop. The two together have such great chemistry and are so funny that I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them while laughing at their antics. The great thing about this book is that it’s alternating POVs so you really get to know both of them and both their ‘voices’ are so distinct, there’s no way you can confuse them (which is often an issue for me).
As characters, I absolutely adored these two. Heath was a bit oblivious sometimes but it was the cute oblivious instead of the frustrating oblivious. I also loved the fact that when people found out he was in a relationship with Declan most of the women responded with some variation of ‘that explains why he loved doing butt stuff’ and Heath’s response was hilarious EVERY SINGLE TIME. It was interesting to see Heath work through his newfound feelings for Declan. As for Declan, I loved his easy going nature. I enjoyed seeing him interact with Heath but I really love how close of friends they were to the point that when Heath randomly says to his ex-girlfriend he’s dating Declan, Declan doesn’t even bat an eye and goes along with the charade. I loved how well he took things and I absolutely loved his family and seeing how close they all are but also how easily it was for Heath to fit in with Declan’s family.
All in all, this was a spectacular story. I was drawn in right from the start and couldn’t put it down. I adored Heath and Declan as friends but couldn’t get enough of them as a couple. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them because I’d really love to see these boys again but I’d also love to see Declan’s brothers find their HEAs!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*