Title: Faking It
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 fiancé 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.
Author: Christine d'Abo
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Dom Around the Corner, 30 Days, Rebound Remedy, Submissive Seductions
Series: Ringside Romance
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Working It
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: May 8, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
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The blurb had me a little worried. I enjoyed the d’Abo’s first Ringside Romance book so I really wanted to continue the series. The things that had me thinking I may not enjoy this were the whole arranged marriage and needing a fake fiancé. There are so many different reasons a father would want to arrange a marriage for his son. I had a guess at what this father’s might be and sadly I’ve read it too many times. Thankfully that is not what is going on here and Max and Grady managed this whole not wanting to work thing that really worked for them and this book.
Far too many people in Grady’s life seem to think that he needs managing. At twenty-eight years old he is doing this floundering party boy thing that isn’t really progressing in any positive manner. His character doesn’t come off as irresponsible immature. He is to a certain degree immature and in need of finally growing up. He’s just not sure what to do with his life. That’s how he finds himself in Toronto at a hot gay nightclub looking for his next hookup. What he finds is the back alley and a knight in shining armor.
Max doesn’t know it but he’s stuck in a rut. He has worked so hard for so long making sure that Frantic is successful and profitable that he has left little time for himself. As a silent partner in getting Ringside Gym back up and running he given more of what little time he has. Helping drunks in the alley behind his bar is just being a decent human. After making sure Grady was safe in his hotel room he never thought he’d see him again, much less under the circumstances of trip to Vancouver posing as his fiancé.
Under most circumstances Grady could easily be one of those characters that you just feel sorry for. I never felt sorry for him. A lot of Grady’s drama is brought on by himself. Some of it is from people having grown tired of his attitude. There is a huge factor (Father) that I didn’t really get but it also explains so much. Max’s treatment of Grady had all the feels though. Grady being on the receiving end of true generous kindness and loving for the first time was just heart melting.
Feel free to purchase Faking It knowing it will work as a stand-alone. Nolan and Zach have very little page time. The page time they do have they are simply secondary characters, friends of Max’s. The gym that ties this series together is simply that within these pages.