Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: Faking It by Christine d'Abo

Faking It 
(Ringside Romance #2)
by Christine d'Abo
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance

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 fiancĂ© 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.

This is my first Christine d'Abo and I didn't read the previous book, but this works very well as a standalone. We have a Mr. Nice Guy, Max who is a bar owner and also a silent partner of a gym. Next come Mr. Trust Fund Baby/Reality Star, Grady. These two men are so different yet they just click seamlessly.

Grady is in need of a fake fiance to avoid an arrange marriage by his tyrannical father. I find the way he came up with such a scheme is totally unfathomable especially with Max. They hardly know each other and now he is proposing such impossible task and what is even more unbelievable is Max agreeing to it. 

Max is too kind in this story. I can see he long for a connection with someone special and he thinks Grady is it. 

Faking It is quite a humorous light romance with some minor drama due to Grady's immaturity. He is the classic example of a rich kid with first world problem. I find it hard to sympathize with his ordeal, wishing he will grow up already. Their relationship development lacks romance, basically started off with insta-lust and getting off. But ultimately, I think he and Max is a good match and wanted to see how will they pull of their act.