Sunday, January 13, 2019

Release Blitz: Deke by Eden Finley (Series Reviews+Giveaway)

Release Date: January 9, 2019
Cover Design: Kellie Dennis / Book Cover by Design


Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help. My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name. I really should’ve asked for his name. 

Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly. In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey. I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter. That all changes when my editor reassigns me. It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.  




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Fake Out (Book Boyfriend Book One)
Trick Play (Fake Boyfriend Book Two)

Fake Out 

4.5 Stars!

Maddox/Maddy is straight, yet he came out to his high school girlfriend 5 years ago so she would break up with him and in turn, she outed him to everyone in their small hometown, including Maddy's very accepting family. Fast forward to the present and he stumbles upon Chastity, his ex, and she invites him and the boyfriend he invents on the spot to the wedding. Together with his BFF Stacy, they decide their best option is Damon, Stacy's gay brother.

When Damon agrees to help out Maddox and be his fake boyfriend for the weekend, he didn't expect to actually like Maddy or that Maddy would end up not being as straight as he'd thought.

This was such a fun read! I loved Maddy from the start and was rooting for him to get his man, even if Damon got a bit on my nerves at first. They had amazing chemistry and were really hot together. This book would've been perfect if it hadn't been for Stacy, Damon's menace of a sister, who I hated. Really, she was not only annoying, but her antics instead of cute came off as mean and made me hate her. Other than that, I have no trouble recommending this book!

Trick Play

4.5 Stars!

We met Noah and Matt on book 1 in the series, which you definitely should read before this one. Trick Play can be read as a standalone, but there are mentions of things that happened/characters we met in Fake Out and the book is soooo good, you don't want to miss out.

I wasn't too sure I was going to like Matt at first, he was so gruff, but he got better after he bonded with Noah through their respective daddy issues. And well, Noah was great and I liked him ever since we first saw him in Fake Out and that only grew when I got to know him better. Noah and Matt were fantastic together, in and out of bed and it was nice that they managed to overcome all the obstacles in the way to their HEA.

I'm really intrigued about Talon and Miller, so I hope they will get a book at some point. And maybe one for JJ, too, pretty please?

Very recommendable!


4.5 Stars!

This series just keeps getting better and better and really, if you haven't read the first two books, what are you waiting for? The books are somewhat connected, so I think it's best to read them in order.

I loved Lennon, yes, he was a journalist, but he had principles and we'd already seen in book 2, that he was trustworthy. It took me longer to like Ollie. Between his self-doubts and the fact that he didn't want to come out, I kept growing more and more frustrated with him.
This was a bit more of a sort of enemies to lovers and a slower burn than the previous because of how difficult Ollie made things for Lennon, who didn't exactly help his case with his well-intentioned articles, still, it was nice to see their relationship progress and them finally making it right. I actually cheered when Lennon stood up for Ollie with Ollie's family and Ollie backed him up. I really enjoyed them together and I think they complemented each other in the best of ways.

As with the other books, I loved seeing the previous couples in this one and getting to know Jet even better, he's just freaking adorable!

I love Eden Finley's writing style, it's fun, entertaining, steamy with the perfect amount of angst to keep moving things along. And while this was the last book with the fake boyfriend trope, I was very happy to read Eden's note at the end that we'll be getting books for both Talon and Miller and Jet and Soren, whoot! Best news ever! And I'll be looking forward to those!

Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***


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About the Author

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart. With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. She's also an Australian girl and apologies for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.  

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