Release Day Review: Faking It (Metropolis Book 1) by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack (Giveaway)
Faking It (Metropolis Book 1) by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack
There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.
Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?
Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.
They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…
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What, another surprise release from Riley Hart and Devon McCormack?!?! Yes! Faking It is Book 1 in a new, surprise series called Metropolis and it's going to be full of men, fun and love if this first book is anything to go by!
Faking It introduces us to the Metropolis condo complex located in Atlanta, Georgia. Gary, one of the residents of Metropolis, is going on with his life after his long-term relationship has ended. While he'd be working away in the condo, his boyfriend would be in one of the other towers with someone younger and hotter, until Gary caught on. When Gary kicks him out, Peter moves in with his new boyfriend Evan. Everyone in the towers knows that Peter's been cheating on Gary and that Gary is now alone. Gary tries to save face by blending in and not drawing attention to himself. That's what he's done his entire life, just tried to fade into the background. He just wants to go on with his life and forget the embarrassment. Gary's confidence is gone, and he has low-self esteem but his friend Derek isn't going to allow him to wallow. Derek insists they go out to the nearby club, Flirt. Gary goes but it isn't where he wants to be, no matter how many hot guys Derek tries to force his way. He takes Derek home with him to sleep the alcohol off on his couch and when Gary wakes up in the morning he isn't surprised that Derek ended up in bed with him. Except that's not Derek who's ended up in his bed. Travis is woken up by Gary's shock and is surprised to see that he's not in bed with Jacob, Gary's roommate.
Travis also lives in the Metropolis and has no interest in relationships. He comes from a wealthy family, who want nothing to do with him because he's chosen to be gay. He's spent his whole life being an outsider in his family and this is just one more thing to make him different. Travis is a massage therapist and is hoping to get an investor to help him open his own practice so he no longer has to travel between client's houses. Travis is sexy and known throughout the condos for sleeping with other men. Travis meets with the investor at a pool party and is surprised to see Gary at the party. After his meeting finishes, he heads to Gary who is now faced with his ex and his ex's new boyfriend. He tries to help Gary out by pretending that they're more than acquaintances but that backfires when his potential investor finds him with Gary and assumes they're together. To help each other out, Gary and Travis begin to have a fake relationship, only they're going to get more than either expected.
I loved Riley and Devon's previous collaboration, they both bring a lot to the storytelling world, but I would never use the words light-hearted and fun to describe it. Light-hearted and fun is exactly what Faking It is, but don't think that means it's light on the storytelling or hot sex because, uh, hello, Riley Hart and Devon McCormack!! Gary and Travis have to work for their HEA but it's a delicious ride to the end! I love when writers take care of their characters! There's a scene in this book that takes place during a fundraiser (and as much as I want to give more of it away, you have to read it!!) and I was nervous about what was going to happen with Gary. Was it going to be awkward? Would he be embarrassed and humiliated? No! Gary owned his scene and it made me love them even more for giving that to him!
I love everything about this new series and all the stories we can look forward to reading. And, listen, if you follow Devon on social media, you may recognize the set-up we have in these stories and can look at it as a little voyeurism into his life... I mean, not that I'm suggesting that you do that or anything! This is a must-read book and will definitely be one I will read over and over again. I can not wait to read what these two authors create next!
Rating: 5++++ stars!