Book review: Fake Fiancée

Fake Fiancée
Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“God has been using his A game when he’d created my hero.”


Whoever doesn’t like Tim Riggins better stop reading now, ’cause I’m gonna use a lot of Tim gifs for this one. Fair warning!

Yeah, I was a big Friday Night Lights fan back in the day, so when I read Max’s description I immediately thought of Taylor Kitsch aka my honey pumpkin sexy bear Timmy.


You sexy beast you

What was I saying? Oh, right! So the story is that our Tim Max here is a big colledge football star who doesn’t have time or patience to deal with groupies, so he convinces his new neighbor to be his fake girlfriend to fight them off. There’s a big football prize looming on the horizon and a good stable relationship is always good for this sort of things. You know, optics. The girl, Sunny, is not ecstatic about that idea at first and she just had a bad break up with another athlete, so yeah, she has her doubts. But of course, who can say no to that face, right? They agree to keep it strictly platonic out of the public eye though, so no hanky panky.

Both exes are not happy about our new couple, especially Bianca, Max’s ex. She also happens to be dating Max’s teammate and archenemy Felix, who dreams of taking Max’s spotlight. There’s healthy competition and then there’s criminal intent. It’s a team sport, dude, trying to bring down your best bet at winning is a big no-no. Play nice!


You really thought I wouldn’t put this in?

While all of that is going on, Sunny and Max are growing closer together, trying to get to know each other better. Basic stuff really, like last time they had sex, fear of spiders, favourite colors, pets…

“You have a dog or a cat?”
“Pet unicorn in the bathroom.”

…and the important ones, of course, like why boys want to put “it” in the girls butts?

Getting caught up in the media attention Max takes it a step too far and proposes to Sunny in the middle of a game. For the whole world to see. Literally. It was on jumbotron and news stations, the whole shabang. He even involved Sunny’s unsuspecting grandma. Without discussing it with Sunny first. Way to put a girl on the spot.

Cue appropriate groveling and temporary cold shoulder. But that’s ok, they lived happily ever after in the end.

The story was a little sappy at times, words like fate and destiny got thrown around a lot, but I didn’t mind it much. The backstory to the characters kind of demanded it. I liked the way Max and Sunny dealt with the obstacles they were handed, that the level of immature behaviour was at a minimum, no unnecessary drama. All in all it was pretty entertaining and enjoyable read for me.

Over and out

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