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Faking It (Ringside Romance #2) by Christine d’Abo #BookReview #GuestAuthorVisit #giveaway

Faking It (Ringside Romance #2) by Christine d’Abo #BookReview #GuestAuthorVisit #giveaway

by davincikittieMay 9, 2017

Hello, my name is Christine d’Abo and I’m so happy to be here today.

I’m a firm believer that the good friends are the family members that we get to choose. The get us on a level that sometimes our biological family doesn’t. When I came up with the idea of Ringside Gym and the men who were involved with it, I wanted to make sure that their relationships reflected that feeling.

Max would be the “middle” child of the trio of heroes. He’s my peacemaker, the one who wants to make sure everyone and everything is okay. But Max has a problem – he doesn’t know what to do when he’s not needed. Zack no longer needs him now that he has Noland in his life, and their other friend Eli has been MIA due to his MMA career. Max’s life begins to drift and he questions not only what he wants, but also who he wants in it.

When Grady Barnes shows up on the scene, Max is equal parts intrigued and annoyed. Here is a man who seems to have it all, but is seemingly at the whim of his father. When Grady asks Max for help, he takes a leap of faith and agrees. What Max doesn’t anticipate is how quickly Grady will work his way into his heart.

All Max needs to do is find a way to prevent Grady from being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want, while not giving in to his impulse to sweep Grady into his arm.

Simple, right?

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*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Christine D’Abo’s stories always have such heart, a solid thread of human connection, and Faking It lives up to that standard. The characters are likeable and relatable, and the emotional arc is full of that beautiful push-and-pull tension that defines a good romance.

Grady’s celebrity is of the reality tv and old money types, so the story centers around the social and family scenes leading up to his brother’s wedding. Max is solid and self-assured, a man who makes his own choices and thinks before acting out. He has a calming presence on Grady’s more reactive personality, and I enjoyed the easy, natural ways they fit together as as couple.

This story is part of the Ringside Romance series but doesn’t really spend much time in the gym or in Mac’s gay nightclub.

Faking It is recommended for readers who enjoy…

  • Contemporary gay romance
  • Celebrity heroes whose notoriety comes from wealth and reality tv
  • Self-made businessmen at the start of their careers
  • Strong heroes that don’t let others push then around and don’t act like alphaholes

Faking It is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

This review copy was provided by the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review.

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Faking It (Ringside Romance #2) by Christine d’Abo #BookReview #GuestAuthorVisit #giveawayMy star rating: three-half-stars
Faking It (Ringside Romance, #2) by Christine d'Abo
Series: Ringside Romance #2
Published by Riptide Publishing on May 8, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Celebrity, Fighter
Pages: 238
Source: Publisher
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Max Tremblay should be happy. His nightclub, Frantic, is one of the most popular gay clubs in Toronto, and his childhood refuge, Ringside Gym, is well on the way to reopening. But when he finds yet another drunk in the alley beside the bar, Max isn’t sure this is the life he truly wants.

Grady Barnes has it all. He’s rich, famous, and wants for nothing. Well, nothing but a good relationship with his father. When he discovers that his father is going to force him into an arranged marriage, Grady has had enough. He tracks down Max, the man who got him to safety after a night of overindulgence, and makes him a proposal: pretend to be his fiancé for two weeks and he’ll invest in Ringside Gym.

When the pair travel to Vancouver to attend a family wedding, the flames of their mutual attraction ignite, and they discover that the only difference between pretend and reality is how well they can fake it.

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About Christine d'Abo

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.


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  • H.B.
    May 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Congrats on the new release! It sounds fantastic =)
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  • Kristen
    May 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds interesting. Would love a chance to win it.

    KristenRene83 AT gmail DOT com

  • Trix
    May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I appreciate the review!


  • Purple Reader
    May 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats and thanks for sharing about Max, and the review. This sounds great. I like the faking it premise, and that of the whole series. And I love Toronto and Vancouver, so will enjoy those settings. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  • Lisa
    May 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats on the release & thanks for the review!

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