• Fake the Date

  • #Love Wins
  • By: Ana Byrde
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Needed: fake boyfriend for destination wedding

I came out to my parents when I was 15. Sadly, this has never stopped my mother from finding lovely young women for me to date. My sister suggests I bring my own date to her destination wedding. Problem is, I don't know how to find dates. The only man I've spoken to recently is my roommate. My way too hot - straight - roommate. My sister says I should ask him to play my boyfriend. It'll be fun, she says. 

Now, I'm sitting next to him on a plane, and I constantly have to adjust myself so he doesn't notice that I'm into him.

In a few hours we'll be at our hotel, sharing the only bed in the room.

I don't know how I'll survive this wedding without exploding. I do know I'll never listen to my sister again. 

Fake the Date is a 60,000-word stand-alone m/m romance with little angst and lots of laughter, featuring a tropical island paradise, a not-so-fake relationship, bisexual awakening, a sassy dog, and happy endings. Buy now if you need a vacation!

©2020 Ana Byrde (P)2020 Ana Byrde

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A sweet, fluffy feel good romance!

When Ben's sister suggests he bring is hot as sin straight roommate as his date to her wedding, he is both shocked and intrigued. But when Evan quickly agrees to the preposterous idea, he has to all but go with it. Can two men fight the pull of the attraction between them and survive the wedding without getting hearts involved? This was a sweet opposites attract, friends to lovers romance. I liked that there was instant attraction and chemistry between Ben and Evan. The characters were likeable, engaging and enjoyable. The writing style appealed to me and I like the setting of the story. John Solo's audio delivery and narration was absolutely brilliant! If you like a sweet romance with lots of fun and laughter, little to no angst and a steamy bisexual awakening I would absolutely recommend this.

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Fake becomes real

Well written story with a great flow. Friends to Lovers, fake relationship, sassy sister, momma drama, cute dog (lol) , some humour to boot and a Aunt Rosy everyone wish they had. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Ana Byrde, excellent work, I would more, can't wait to see what's next. Thank you John Solo for giving these characters a voice.

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Love Wins

I love this one. It is a sweet and no angst story. John Solo is the best with this narrations. Ben and Evan are fantastic characters and I love this genre.

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Lots of laughs and romance here

John Solo delivered the right kind of uplifting medicine at the right time. He gifted us with a fun, humorous and so-so romantic audiobook this Christmas. Definitely not to be missed when you are in need of a lift in your mood for a positive outlook to tackle the new year. Happy Listening

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#Lovedit!

OMG...from beginning to end this was fun. Ben and Evan were great and I just loved their story. So many great moments...HOT moments. Normally it's hard for me to believe that all of sudden you're gay when you have been straight all your life but with Evan...I felt like he had real emotions for Ben and he genuinely cared for him...so sweet. Too bad both guys had godawful parents but that didn't take away from the goodness of the story. What can I say about John Solo? He did a FANTASTIC job with this story. His narration kept me entertained...he brought a lot to the story...he is the reason why people love audibles...great job! This is a first for me from this author and I can't wait to read/listen more of her books.

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Cute story, but a stretch in reality.

The narration was the best (and most redeeming) quality of this book. The story line was interesting and if you suspend reality for about 6.5 hours you'll be fine.

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Loved Ben and Evan!

Super sweet and fluffy story, loved it. Ben is a total sweetheart that is crushing on his roommate. Evan has no idea that Ben is crushing on him. When Ben needs a fake date for his sister’s wedding, Evan agrees to help Ben out. John Solo did an amazing job with the narration!

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Terrific Narration Enhances Sweet & Steamy Romance

I've read/listened to a good many fake relationship trope stories, and this stands out as one of my favorites in audio. Narrator John Solo delivers a fantastic performance, hitting all the right notes with emotions ranging from funny and embarrassing to tender and heartfelt. His narration enhanced my enjoyment of an already good story. As Ben and his crush and straight roommate Evan pretend to be boyfriends at Ben's sister's island getaway wedding, the two unexpectedly embark on a week of steamy self-exploration and deepening feelings. Throw in a treasure hunt and adorable dog, and it'd be paradise if not for Ben's homophobic relatives. Ben and Evan are so thoughtful, loving and supportive of one another, and Ben is such a sweetheart that his finally standing up to his mother rather than stay financially beholden to his parents is cheer-worthy.

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Enjoyable!

Super cute and fun story! Well narrated, romantic, interesting storyline, and likable characters. Highly recommend!

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A sweet love story

This was such a sweet love story, friends to lovers, bi-curious/first time gay tropes included. I typically like my stories a bit darker, or a bit more angsty, but it was a great listen thanks to the amazing narrator John Solo. He did an amazing job bringing the characters to life with just the right amount of humor. I loved how he was able to make the sexy times sexy, and the sweet times sweet. And you have to love Aunt Rosie and Toto, the dog! Definitely recommend this if you are in the mood for a sweet, low-angst story.

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  • HMM
  • 01-09-21

This is not an adult male

I was not able to finish this one, due to the performance. Ben was performed so whiny, squirming and wavering, it anoyed the * out of me. I am gonna download the ebook.

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  • ♡Dani♡
  • 01-05-21

"I want to be the reason you look down...

"at your phone and smile... then walk into a pole". ~Unknown~ That quote makes me giggle just like this story and truthfully Ben almost would have walked into a pole if it wasn't for his pup lol. It really is tooth aching sweet and there really isn't much angst at all. However, there is drama and it's mainly due to the inner monologs of both characters. Ben is a super shy kind of nerd whereas Evan is a workout buff with loads of confidence. I did enjoy the fact that the author never once had Evan come off as rude or mean no matter what situation they ended up in. I overall enjoyed the book but it's not one of my favorites. So even though this one is cute it won't be on my list of re-reads unless I need a serious sugar rush. ☆

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  • Rebekah
  • 01-04-21

Brill

This is a brilliant fun story to enjoy and listen to as Ben learns how to be free when he takes his room mate as his fake date to his sister’s wedding. Evan comes to realise that he has feeling for Ben and we follow as he comes to terms with it. They also have to deal with haughty parents who think they know best.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 01-03-21

Great Fake Boyfriend Story!

Fake the Date is the first book I’ve read by Ana Byrde and I really liked the story a lot. The fake boyfriend trope is one I really enjoy and she did a great job with this one. John Solo’s excellent performance of the story had me hanging on every word and I listened to it straight through once I started it. This may be my first book by Ana Byrde but it won’t be my last. A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 01-01-21

Ben and Evan

This was my first story by Ana Byrde and I was very excited about Ben and Evan. " Fake the Date” is an absolute feel-good story about a family chaos when Ben brings his fake boy friend to his sister’s wedding. Much to her mother’s disapproval. I liked the humorous writing style of the author very much. Ben is absolutely charming and it was great to see how he develops throughout the book. He blushes so sweet, too. I have also taken Evan into my heart and he is a perfect match for Ben, even if it takes a while for them to see it that way. I would have liked to have shaken the bitchy mother properly. What a family! The book is humorous and the characters are absolutely adorable.I found the dog Toto totally adorable, as well as the quirky Aunt Rosy and the sassy sister. John Solo did a great job. His narration is really well done with all the different voices. He brought the characters to life. I love this audiobook. Highly recommend!

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  • Lydia Devlin
  • 12-29-20

Perfect Fake Boyfriend Romance ❤

I absolutely loved this and I have no hesitation in recommending it! This story had my attention straight from the beginning and I was rooting for Ben and Evan all the way through. John Solo's narration is quite simply superb, bringing this story and these characters to life. I don't want to give spoilers for this, I want to urge listeners to immerse themselves in a beautifully written,expertly narrated delight.

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  • Nanta
  • 12-29-20

Sweet

I really loved this fluffy no angst story. It's just what I needed. The narration what very good like always with John solo. 🙂 So if you're in the mood for a sweet, not too much drama and an hea then I would recommend this book.

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  • XG
  • 12-28-20

So sweet...

This book was a very special treat for me, first the author is Ana Byrde, and she is part of my favorite authors' duo so this book was a must read for me, second, the narrator is John Solo, one of the best voice actors in the genre and one of my favorites narrators ever and third the story is simply amazing. Ms byrde showed us her brilliancy creating a very sweet and cute love story about Ben and Evan that went from friends to lovers in an entertaining plot about fake boyfriends. I loved the interesting plot in which I witnessed how Ben with Evan's support, found the strength to confront his family regaining the future and love that anyone deserves. The characters, so wonderful and endearing, were perfectly brought to life by Mr Solo in another unique performance that kept me enthralled as any other of his narrations. A perfect way to read and re read this marvelous love story.

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  • Jo Bird
  • 12-25-20

Great romance!

I loved Ben and Evan. A gay virgin has a crush on his not so straight as he thought Instagram influencer roommate. Cue a fake boyfriend scenario for Bens sisters wedding and much family drama. Lots of great secondary characters both good and bad and a great plot. A really low angst high romance story told beautifully by Mr Solo. Highly recommended!

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  • Shannon Vess
  • 12-25-20

a very charming book

enjoyed spending an afternoon listening to this charming book brought to life my John Solo.