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If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?
Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.
Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.
As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.
Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.
I don’t mind angst in a story. I also don’t dislike fake dating. I’m also okay with miscommunication issues as long as they’re worked out early enough. Furthermore, I am also okay with insta love / lust.
What I am not okay with is when the entire book is all that at the same time for the entire book. For a couple of hours, I was in a world full of miscommunication, insta love, fake dating, angst, one man (Max) being used for nothing more than sex, while the other man (Karson) pretended to not care. There were things that I liked… Lydia, best friend to Max. I liked Max when he wasn’t letting himself, and he knows this is happening, be used. I liked Karson when he was trying to come to terms with the fact that he’s just using Max, realizing that he’s sabotaging himself. Sadly, there was not enough for me to like before I got to the end and it was over. It’s a sweet story, really. The characters do have a lot of good qualities. It just didn’t work for me.