My new fake boyfriend may not like me, but he needs me. There are worse foundations for a relationship.
Toni Fairweather is a liar and a fake. I suspected it the day we met, but when he lies to his friends about being my boyfriend, I know for sure. I’ll play along with his deception, but Toni will owe me – big time.
I have my own reasons for needing a boyfriend. Someone who can handle me. Someone who can keep me in line. Toni is demanding enough to fulfil every requirement.
I don’t need to like the man… to obey him.
I never meant to fake a relationship with the lead singer of a local rock band. But the fib popped out over lunch with my best friend, and now I’m expected to present my new boyfriend at his engagement party next month.
The good news? I’m not the only one in need of a date.
Being boyfriends for a month shouldn’t be hard, but I do have one condition: this won’t be some fake boyfriends deal. I want a real relationship, and Ned’s going to give it to me.
Bona Fide Fake is Book Two in the Experimental Love series by bestselling Australian author, Rebecca Raine. This 80,000 word fake boyfriends romance can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. It’s a fun read with some angst and plenty of steam. Perfect for lovers of the first book in the series, The Experiment. HEA guaranteed!
Trigger Warnings: Discussions of past experience of bullying. Past relationship involving manipulation and the threat of exploitation. Angst level: Moderate.
Well this was a pleasant surprise. I liked the premise, but fake boyfriends have been done before so it wasn’t something new. What was new is how broken these men were in different ways and how being together helped heal. Add in some light Domination and submission and it was a page turner for me.
There is a character connection to the previous book, The Experiment, but it isn’t necessary at all to read. And I hate to say this but I didn’t like The Experiment very much. Another reason this book was a pleasant surprise.
Toni is the life of the party and everyone’s friend. “Fabulous, as always” as he says. Completely put together, he was unapologetic for liking cocktails instead of wine or beer, of dressing well, having his hair perfect, speaking with a bit of flamboyance he was known for. His best friend tries to call him out for not being real, not letting anyone in, but Toni scoffs it off.
Ned is a former wanna be rockstar. He is back home in Brisbane, bartending and singing lead for a local popular bar band. And that is as far as he wants to go. He no longer has the stars in his eyes of celebrity. He also hasn’t dated in the three years he has been home.
They come to a mutually beneficial agreement to be fake real boyfriends for about 6 weeks. But in those six weeks they get to know each other pretty well. And yet, there are still facades up. So, break his heart before he breaks yours, right?
These guys had depth. They had deep seated issues that made them who they are. And while one of them needs to exorcise his demons, the other needs to show the world his true self. But first they have to struggle to do those things together.
I just loved these two together and the trust and intimacy that grew with them. Toni being everyone’s friend without considering many to be his friend hit me right in the feels.
4 pieces of eye candy