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.
Gah! I wanted to love this but I couldn’t…
Max is celibate for the last six months because he’s “saving himself” for someone he hopes will become a forever boyfriend. Karson got dumped YEARS ago and is hopelessly jaded against relationships as a result.
So Max doesn’t do one night stands and that’s all Karson does… except Max sees Karson at a bar one night and agrees to be a one night stand – well bathroom fuck if we’re being specific. Karson is clear from the start that there is NO future with him. Max falls for him anyway…
Karson is terribly attracted to Max, the sex is hot and he essentially keeps leading Max on. He’s hot, he’s cold, he’s mean, he’s sweet… Max sucks it all up and keeps coming back for more.
I don’t really know much about either MC – we don’t spend a lot of time with them unless they are having sex or lamenting about their (non)relationship.
Though I liked the writing style and admired the MCs development (what we got) I got so FRUSTRATED by the back and forth ridiculousness.
Max was nothing but a door mat. Completely. Karson is a dick over and over and tells him there is no future but please keep coming back to have sex with me… and Max DOES!
When the ex comes into the picture and Karson reacts like they broke up yesterday instead of years ago I wanted to scream! Then Karson has the gall to ask Max to be his fake boyfriend after shaming him and Max AGREES! Ugh!!! Why? I just couldn’t stomach it – Max had no reason to believe in Karson AT ALL and he keeps coming back.
The two have a very dysfunctional relationship and though we get our ILYs at the end I couldn’t trust them. No way is that relationship working out.
Lydia is the BFF and she only sometimes makes sense, but she makes the most sense of the group. When she tells Max to enjoy the “fake boyfriend night” because it’s what he always wanted even though its totally fake and she knows how horribly Karson treats Max, I had to discount her advice as well.
So… though I wanted to buy in, I couldn’t and as a result… 2.5 of 5 hearts – mostly for the sex scenes and the cute cover.
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