Faking It

Faking It

by Christine d'Abo

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Max Tremblay should be happy. His nightclub, 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.

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The Ringside Romance stories can be enjoyed in any order -- jump in wherever you'd like!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157421328
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Series: Ringside Romance , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 295,143
File size: 1 MB

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Faking It 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
While I liked Faking It more than the previous in the series, I still struggled to connect with the characters and to find the underlying emotion in the story. Fake relationships are pretty much my favorite trope so I was really excited for this one. The tension that usually comes from pretending to be a couple was completely gone from this story and the first sex scene felt a bit abrupt. However, after a rocky start, I felt the rest of the book was good and I did like both Max and Grady as characters. A bit selfish, stubborn, and outspoken, Grady is used to being looked down upon by his father and his family so he has no problem living up to that expectation. But he wants so much more for himself and Grady really grows throughout the book as he learns what it means to be an adult and put others before himself. I loved Max as a side character in Working It and he was my favorite part of this one. Max is easy going, steady, and dedicated, but with Grady in his life he begins to see the rut he has put himself in. I liked watching Max embrace a life outside of his bar as well as mending his relationship with his father. My biggest issue with Faking It was that it felt a bit like a rehash of the first book. Both have power dynamic relationships, both have an angry and selfish hero, and both have a blackmailing scheme that breaks the couple up. Overall, these are unique stories but there were also just too many similarities for me to not mention it. Because of my lackluster responses to the first two books, I do not plan to continue with this series.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
Faking It is a fun fake fiance story. I love these stories - the couples in question are always to clueless and while the stories are often predictable, I find comfort in them. And their silliness. I hadn't read Working It, when I grabbed Faking It, but they can be read as standalones. Max and Grady come together at a time when they are both are examining their lives and finding them wanting. Grady's got some angst, but together he and Max find something worth fighting for. Faking It is an entertaining story. It's not my favorite in the Ringside Series, but definitely enjoyable. Making It is my favorite. I love that book so much. Book 3 - Making It released last week, you should check it out while you are at it.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This story is book #2, in the Ringside Romance series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading this in order. Grady has reasons for being far from home. He is helped by a stranger one night, a night he barely remembers. What does impress him, is how little the stranger cares about his celebrity status, money, or h is family. Max has his focus on his club, his friends, and keeping Ringside open. When he meets Grady, some of that focus is off. He cannot help but be attracted and quickly smitten with someone who needs him so badly. This couple is obviously meant to be. It is a joy to read about men who can be both strong and sensitive. This book is packed full of lots to enjoy. There is heat, heart, and some hot sexy times. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Faking It, Christine d'Abo Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA I really enjoyed book one in this series, which was also a first read of Christine's books. Book two is Max and Grady, Max being involved in Ringside as well as owning a busy nightclub. I loved that we met Zack and Nolan from book one again too.  Grady kind of stumbles into Max life, escaping from his bullying father, his unwanted fame and now he discovers he's not escaped. Dad's taking advantage of the Gay side of him, hoping to cash in on the Liberalist views, marry Grady off to the son of a wealthy connection and bring even more profit to his investments. Poor little rich boy....and yet Grady's likable, we can see that underneath his seeming to despise his father he really just wants his approval. But that's not been forthcoming for a long while, and Grady isn't prepared to marry a stranger just to get it. Max seems like an honest guy, he didn't try to rip him off when he had the chance, didn't snap photos or tell stories to the press, and he wonders - would he pretend to be engaged if they agree a suitable recompense? It would only need to be for a few weeks.  Max's first thought is no, he feels sorry for Grady, is of course strongly attracted and knows that's reciprocated but no, just no, he can't do it. Well, until something happens to change his mind on the spur of the moment.  Its a fun story, I liked Grady and Max, loved seeing updates on Zack and Nolan but overall it was a bit ..slow. There was lots going on but it was all very subdued, understated and when it came to the wrap up, I just couldn't really see it happening that way. It was such a complete turnaround that it didn't feel real, and that's a kicker for me, situations need to feel that they could happen. This time I didn't see how it could roll out that way.  Its still a good read, a well written story with the good sex v story balance that book one had for me. I hate when sex overtakes the story, for me that just doesn't work, but this read had it just right. Of course the lack of drama and the ending that didn't work for me will be perfect for others. Such is life so make your own judgement, if you liked soft and understated romance this could be just right for you. I love drama and an element of realism, and that lack was what brought it down for me.  Stars:Three, a good story but I felt for me it needed more drama and a bit more realism in the ending.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
amatate More than 1 year ago
Faking It features a fun, fast-paced plot which follows two relative strangers from different socio-economic circles who enter into a fake engagement. This is the second book of the series, but can easily be read as a standalone like I did. As this was my first book by this author, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but will happily watch for more from Miss d’Abo in the future. The writing style in Faking It has a casual, vibrant tone that kept my attention and made it a joy to read. The dialogue flowed well, fit with the character profiles, and included a good amount of humor to carry the lighter vibe of the book. I found both characters likable with an interesting backstory and a good amount of depth. The timeline for the book is condensed due to the plot depending on Grady’s brother’s upcoming marriage, so things evolve quickly between Max and Grady and there’s a touch of instalove here. However, this was a really cute couple who are fun to watch learn each other’s ins and outs and just enough sexiness to round out the romance. The conflicts driving the plot are a bit of a stretch in some ways, but make for a good story adding a touch of drama. The resolutions did feel a little too convenient and quick to wrap, but I was happy with how the book ended and finished with a smile on my face. While there are some less believable moments in Faking It, the characters and entertaining story make it easy to roll with it. Simply put, this book made me happy. This would make for a great pick-me-up read- it’s a fairly straight forward, lower angst romance with good characters and a fun, flirty style. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*