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Fake Out

By: Eden Finley
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese,Iggy Toma
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Publisher's Summary

Maddox - The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I'm a liar.  

When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire.  

Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend-the boyfriend who doesn't exist because I'm straight.  

At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I'm bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.  

Damon - When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy's boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It's because of guys like him people don't believe me when I tell them I'm gay. 

But Maddox has something I need.  

After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I'm trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister's best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this.  

I just wish he wasn't so hot. Or that he didn't kiss like he means it.  

Wait... why is the straight guy kissing me?  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Eden Finley (P)2018 Tantor

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So Funny!!

This is my second MM book and it was just as good as the first! I didn’t think I would like MM as much as I do! should I be concerned? Lol :-P
I loved it! So much humor and realness from these characters you cant help but to fall in love with them! There is something to be said about the discovery of ones sexuality, so much confusion and emotion you can really feel it in this story. I loved how open Maddox is and how he is open to trying new things to discover what makes him happy. Super fun and enjoyable listen!

I love Alexander Cendese he was amazing and it was a first for Iggy and he did amazing too! they are a perfect duo for Maddox and Damon!

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This would make a great movie!

I originally bought this book because of Alexander Cendese, who is one of the best narrators of audio books. I was immediately pleased with my decision because the story was brilliant. I wasn't familiar with Eden Finley but I will tell you the writer has a delightful sense of humor which shows throughout the story. The novel was well thought out. I particularly enjoyed how everything was credible, all very believable. Without getting bogged down in an extensive history of the characters, the author gave us enough information to understand and truly appreciate them and the story. I rarely laugh out loud while listening to an audiobook, but throughout the entire story the author had the character say things that would make me laugh so hard my dog would run into another room. This book so kept my interest I didn't want to put it down. I actually listened to the entire six-and-a-half-hour novel in one sitting. In this crazy world we live in, it's nice to be able to listen to a great, fun, love story. I really can't wait for book two.

The narrator, Alexander Cendese, has a voice that is perfect for telling a story. This is so important in an audiobook. I have passed up on audiobooks because the narrator's voice was a bit too shrill or so annoying I couldn't focus on the story. That's never been the case with Mr. Cendese. Kudos to the author and narrator for a job well done. I highly recommend this.

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Amazing!

First of all, Iggy Toma is one of my favorite narrators, so just for that I already have to kinda love the story I’m listening to.
Now onto the actual book, amazing! I have no idea why I waited so long to read Eden Finley, I already have my fingers ready to purchase book 2!
This was the fake boyfriend plot but with a totally different twist, and I just loved it!
Not only that, but, sexy much? 🔥🔥🔥
Definitely a must read!

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love love this book

this is a great book it has every thing in it and the duel narration is the best I would use a credit for this book

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This is a WONDERFUL, FEEL GOOD, LOVE 💕 STORY!

This is a HILARIOUS, HEARTWARMING, story about two people FALLING IN LOVE.
The NARRATION was PERFECTION!

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  • JC
  • 11-06-18

awesome audible book 👍😎

I rate it 20 stars ⭐🌟💫✨ if I could, great narrative voices!! must read/listen, funny, erotic, upsetting but overall great ending.

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Maddy & Damon

I loved this book, so I knew I had to have the audio when it came out. I love the Fake Boyfriend trope, as well as the first time gay so I knew this was going to be great, and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought the characters were well developed and we got some great background on future characters for this series. Maddy and Damon has great chemistry and the story was sexy with a little bit of angst.

This was first listen with these narrators, and a dual narration at that, and I enjoyed it!

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Great Narration, Great Story

This was a really fun low-angst story with characters with chemistry. I also like when authors describe the main characters’ in the minds of the other characters in a detailed way. This author did a good job of painting the mental picture as well as a creating a sexy good book.

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So good.

I loved it. The two different voices really put me in the story and it was amazing.

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Amazing

loved it! I wish there were more than 2 books in the series!! will definitely be listening to them again!

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  • Avid Listener
  • 08-22-20

Fake Out - Losing my review virginity!

Hilarious laugh out loud book, i must of looked like an idiot driving along belly laughing, narrators are so good especially Alexander Cendese, who just knows how to build the story up contrasts so well with Iggy Toma's deadpan wit. These guys just work!
If you want an easy to listen to story, humourus, but still a good plot this is the one!
Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-24-20

Loved this book

The narrators really brought the witty banter between the two main characters to life, at times I laughed out loud. I will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy listening to it again.

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  • Book addict
  • 09-13-18

Juvenile characters

This author has potential, and the story could have been a 3 star easy listen, but the characters are just so juvenile! It really started to annoy me as the book went on. They act more like young teenagers than 24ish year olds. The relationship drama towards the end seemed unnecessary and just put in for the ups and downs of traditional plots - it didn’t really fit though and was just another thing that was annoying. I think if the author bounced ideas off more people and got more feedback as they were writing they could create a good book as the style had the potential to be good and was comparable to other authors out there, it was just the characterisation and plot points that needed tweaking.

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  • K S
  • 07-15-22

Loved the book!

This story was so hilarious. I read the book while I was having difficulty sleeping and had to put my hand over my mouth to avoid waking anyone with my laughter. The storyline was interesting and the narrators were very good as well. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Skinfull
  • 11-20-21

fun story with unnecessary drama

I really liked both characters, they were smart and funny and I defo lold on the bus while listening.
their will they won't they build up was great and I was rooting for them both. but the drama of the bio mom turning up was just unnecessary and the house hunting mix up also needless.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 08-28-21

Fake boyfriend or not?

Need a fake boyfriend for your ex-girlfriend's wedding? Well, that's just how Maddox got himself into a deeper mess than what he already had.

He asks his best friend to pair him up with her gay brother Damon, but Maddox has feelings, should he act on them.

This is a good story, ex-sports college guys, faking relationships for parents, then falling for them.

Well narrated didn't realise until I was writing this review that there were two narrators, clean editing. However, I enjoyed the whole story/narration.


Fake Out
Fake Boyfriend Series, Book 1
By: Eden Finley
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Iggy Toma
Series: Fake Boyfriend, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

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  • Janet
  • 09-23-18

Enjoyable and easy to listen to

The voices were pleasent even though it'd be nice if they could get women to do the women voices I realize that takes extra money most wouldn't have.

The being said the voices given to the female roles weren't bad.

The plot was interesting and I can't wait to buy the next book.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 12-20-18

Great narration for a great story!!!

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🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5

What a great opener to the series! I love Maddox and Damon!!

This was my first book of Eden’s and was surprised to learn she’s Australian too! I love discovering Australian talent! I loved the dynamics of Eden’s writing and the depth of her characters. I’m so glad I found Eden’s stories!!

Maddox endeared me to him from the start. I felt his awkwardness, anxiety, confusion and commitment phobia. He seemed like a (somewhat confused) free spirit from he start and I enjoyed ‘watching’ him evolve throughout this book and discover who he is and who he could become. Maddox had a server phobia of commitment and being ‘stuck’ or ‘trapped’, I felt Eden did a wonderful job in allowing Maddox to find his perfect person in Damon, that changed his fear, phobias and ultimately himself.

Damon seemed a bit uptight in the beginning of this book but eventually he comes out of his shell and is loveable, bold and confident in who he is. He journey to finding Maddox is an interesting one and I love his sister Stacy and her ongoing pranks (which occasionally backfire) and her crazy dynamic with Maddox.

I felt like this was a well rounded book and loved the main and secondary characters. With some wit, drama and a prank gone wrong this book is a great example of the fake boyfriend trope and has made me a forever fan of Eden Finley!!

🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5 headphones; Review:
I found the Narration by Alexander Cendese (Maddox) and Iggy Toma (Damon) for Fake Out really good. I loved the characters and how Alexander brought Maddox to life with wit, humour and sass and how Iggy played Damon’s seriousness, pain and love so well I could feel these guys falling for each other. The sex is also hot, hot, hot 🔥🔥🔥!
All in all, great narration for a great story!!!

Thanks for reading 📚!

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  • Miss Dysfunktion
  • 02-17-22

Great start to the series!

Fake Out is book one in the Fake Boyfriend series. This was my first Eden Finley book and sparked my interest in MM sports romance reading.

Maddox dug himself a hole when he broke up with his high school sweetheart telling her he was gay now he has to pull himself out of it. When he’s invited to her wedding and needs to bring his boyfriend as his date. One problem, this boyfriend doesn’t exist because Maddox is straight.
Damon is asked by his sister to be the straight guys fake boyfriend, which he’s totally against the whole idea. Until he realises Maddox could help his career and meet a possible client.

Holy sass. The wit and sarcasm is one of my favourite things about Eden’s writing.
The chemistry between these two is undeniable and i really enjoyed the progression of their relationship

The ex girlfriend is the definition of stage 5 clinger, even when she’s engaged to someone else. Can’t say I blame him for fleeing her in the first place

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  • The Word Nerd Reviews
  • 03-03-21

A Fantastic First Book in an Amazing Series

1st read - book only - loved it!!!

2nd read - read & listen via Whispersync - loved it so hard!!!

Alexander Cendese and Iggy Toma do an amazing job at bringing these characters and the story to life. These narrators play off each other so well it makes it extremely easy to listen to them.

Read, listen, or like me do both. Any way you do it, this is a fun book that will also give you the feels and LOTS of heat ! :)

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  • Dylan
  • 11-23-20

bad narration but fun story

the narration was a bit of a let down, it constantly sounded aggressive. but the story was fun and I enjoyed it generally

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  • Tine
  • 08-06-20

Narration was painful.

Characters were fantastic, writing was excellent, story was brilliant, secondary characters were funny but the narration... sigh. Iggy Toma was great! Alexander Cendese, not so much. He rushed his sections and all of the lines ran together.

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  • Lilian Stewart
  • 08-01-19

I adore this!

I had previously read the book and loved it.
I adore Maddox and Damon so much!

These Narrators are Fantastic! They did such an amazing job with this book. Listening to them was a complete pleasure!

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  • Tracey
  • 01-17-19

Am loving this series

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it and now having listened to the audio version I’m even more in love with it. I especially love the internal dialogue that occasionally pops up usually giving me a good laugh. Am looking forward to seeing this Series unfold. Great job Eden!!