Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Faker Rulebook by Baylin Crow


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The Faker Rulebook: A perfect guide to a successful fake relationship with your straight best friend.

Noah—Rook Oliveira stumbled into my life when I was eleven years old.

Being the scrawny new kid at school with a mouth full of braces, I never expected to become unlikely best friends with the most popular boy in seventh grade.

At eighteen, I gathered the courage to tell him I was gay and admitted I'd never kissed a guy. He offered to be my first. Straight or not, that kiss had burned with nearly tangible fire and tattooed the moment on my heart.

I've spent the last four years trying to forget it.

Now we're seniors in college, and I've learned why secret relationships are a bad idea.

My brother is getting married, and my cheating ex is the best man. Honestly, Rook is more upset about it than I am. He comes up with this crazy plan to be my fake boyfriend for the week of the wedding.

If we're doing this, then we need to set some rules. Between fake kisses and sharing a bed, things could get messy. Because I'm in love with my best friend—and he has no idea.

The rules are simple. I never expected Rook to be the one that started breaking them.

The Faker Rulebook is a high steam, low angst standalone novel.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Faker Rulebook is a fabulous sports romance by Baylin Crow. With sports romances being my all time favorite, I was super excited for this book. Luckily it was everything I was hoping it would be!

I love this one from the start. Best friends, one kiss, and many years later. Ohhh...I love it. 

After one kiss when young, the story fast forwards to senior year of college.  Noah's newly single and everyone's joking about them being a couple. With Noah having to see his cheating ex again at a family wedding, Rook insists they attend as a fake couple. Cue the fake relationship that leads to more. 

Again...ohhhh. Love it!

I adore how close the men are, staying inseparable through all the years. They are each other's other half, despite Rook never realizing it. I love following their journey from friends to lovers. 

Everything about this book if perfect for me. I love a good sexual awakening tale and this one is pure delight. There are moments of pure want and need. There's so damn much emotion - pain, fear, and anxiety. And just when I'm becoming overwhelmed with the emotions, they make me laugh with banter, sass, and more banter. 

Take note that overall, this is a sweet, feel-good read. The tension is high at times between the characters, but never with the outside. There is no fear of coming out as an athlete. There is no fear of being friends with a gay nerd. None of that is there. Instead, this is a story of the way these two best friends come together to be more. 

The Faker Rulebook is an awesome friends to lovers romance. I love all of this Baylin Crow gem. I love these men and the ending is adorable, leaving me smiling. I could read this fluffy romance over and over. 

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