Faking It

Faking It - Devon McCormack, Riley Hart Review originally posted at Sinfully.

The Metropolis is an apartment complex with a large population of gay men who thrive on gossip, sex and working out (if you follow Devon McCormack on Facebook, it might sound familiar). This does little to help Gary get through his breakup with his longtime cheating boyfriend Peter, who promptly moved in with his new lover at the Metropolis, so they can’t help running into each other and being the hot topic of gossip.

Gary has seen the super sexy and hot Travis around and knows him by reputation, but he gets the full-on up close and personal when he wakes up with a naked, hungover Travis in his bed. They make the best of an awkward situation (spurred on by Gary’s best friend) and the next time they meet Travis jumps in to save Gary from an awkward moment with his ex by claiming Gary as his own. And soon the plot is hatched; Gary will pose as Travis’s boyfriend to help him with a business deal and Travis will be Gary’s new, super sexy boyfriend to rub Peter’s face in things. Oh how I love a good fake boyfriend story and this one worked very well for me.

Of course, as the fake relationship progresses a real one develops. Gary is insecure and can’t believe someone in Travis’s league would ever want him. Travis is outwardly confident, but has his own insecurities based mostly around his family drama. A friendship with benefits is wonderful, but soon other feelings creep in. Jealousy, possessiveness and a genuine affection are things Travis has always balked at and something Gary has always wanted. There wasn’t a dull moment as both Travis and Gary help each other gain confidence in areas where it is sorely lacking.

Clichés abound, but I found the story fun, sweet, sexy and very entertaining. It’s not all fun and fluff as Travis’s family issues come to a head. His brothers are lovely but his parents are horrible. Gary is also having some family issues of his own making and has to decide if he’s finally going to completely be himself and open up to his parents.

Told in alternating points of view, the collaborative writing flowed seamlessly. There was great banter between Travis and Gary and a cast of secondary characters begging to tell their own stories. Most of them come off at first glance as shallow, sex starved men, but there is more to that lurking under the surface. I especially adored the sweet and supportive Hayden and the snarky but vulnerable Derek.

If you enjoy the fake boyfriend trope and are looking for a sweet, sexy and fun read, take a trip to the Metropolis and just enjoy.