Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review: Trick Play by Eden Finley

Trick Play
(Fake Boyfriend #2)
by Eden Finley
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2018


Want to know the fastest way to get screwed out of a football career? Get photographed in a compromising position in a gay bar. Yep, welcome to my life.

My agent says he can fix my image. He wants me to become the poster boy for gay football players. Me? I just want back on the field. I’ll do anything to play for the NFL again, even pretend to have a steady boyfriend. If only my fake boyfriend wasn’t Noah Huntington III—the most arrogant, entitled rich guy in the world.


Pretend to be Matt Jackson’s boyfriend, my best friend said. It’ll be fun, he said. What Damon neglected to mention is Matt is surly and bitter. Being his boyfriend is a job in itself. From his paranoia over being constantly photographed to his aversion to PDA, being with Matt isn’t the care-free fake relationship I expected when I signed on to do this.

It’s supposed to be a win-win. I get to stick it to my politician dad who thinks no one is good enough for the Huntington name, and Matt’s reputation of being the bad boy of football dies.

What I don’t expect is to start caring for the guy. That’s not part of the plan. Then again, neither is fooling around with him on my private jet.


**Trick Play is a full-length MM novel with a HEA/HEA and no cliffhanger**

I'm eager to start on Matt and Noah's story ever since I finished Fake Out. Noah is a trust fund baby who is a total manwhore. He volunteered to be Matt's publicity stunt/fake boyfriend in order to piss off his dad. Noah isn't a likable character in the beginning, he came off as shallow and a total jerk with the way he handle his pseudo-ex. 

Matt was recently outed by the tabloid and his new agent, Damon is trying to help him salvage his reputation by getting him a boyfriend in the form of Noah. Matt is frustrated with his predicament and Noah taunting him with sex is not helping at all. I thought the sexy banter is quite enjoyable and waiting for Matt to cave. Anyway, all the casualness between them isn't that engaging to me. They both insist it was all straight up sex and nothing more. 

Is not until way past half the book that I started to like Noah and rooting for him and Matt. After learning about his past, I understand why he acted the way he did. There are some angst involved with Matt needing to move, but wish he could stay, Noah wanting Matt to stay, but not give up on his dream, bla bla bla. All the angst happened simply because they both don't want to break the deal. By this point, I'm totally invested in their couple drama and I already can guess who will make the compromise. Overall, I think the second half of the book sealed the deal for me. This isn't as strong as Book 1, but I still enjoyed it.