New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real.
Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she. Letting chemistry this intense go to waste would be a real shame. Soon, though, the thin line between fantasy and reality fades. Jake may not be what every buttoned-up fast-tracker wants, but he’s sure as hell what Anna needs. And if she takes a ride with him, their adventure never has to end.
I love marriages of convenience in historical romances – let’s put these two strangers together and watch sparks fly! The contemporary counterpart is a boyfriend of convenience, the hot guy that you need to have on your arm for an event, usually a wedding, to avoid gossip or discomfort.
In that sense Fake It is wonderful – a super hot motorcycle dude from down the street is more than willing to go to a wedding with the heroine. It turns out that they’re admiration from a distance has been mutual, so with some time together things are sure to heat up. And they do, slowly and deliciously.
The first book of this series, Rock It, is angst-free so I was surprised how much teeth gnashing Jake and Anna do. Her job is a pressure cooker and her ex goes to the wedding in question, creating hellish situations as he goes. Jake is content with his work but has family problems. Both have troubled pasts and baggage to go with. It’s a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone’s hangups feel real and earned. They’re worked through in realistic ways and I never felt any whiplash. Jake and Anna need each other, and it’s lovely watching them come to that realization. And holy cow, Jake is hot. Muscled man on a motorcycle that always remembers to bring your helmet hot.
But when it comes down to it I was hoping for a less angsty story. I don’t like feeling nervous and all “noooo, don’t do that, your ex sucks!” while I’m reading a romance, you know? If you like inner turmoil mixed up with sexy times you’ll love this book.