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Pretend for Me

(Madison Morning #4)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A Morning Madison Fake Boyfriend Romance.


My boss’s son has been hitting on me at work. I devise the perfect scheme to politely turn him down, by saying I have a boyfriend. Unfortunately, my loud-mouthed cousin happens to overhear me. She says I just have to bring my new boyfriend to the family reunion this weekend. The boss’s son seems skeptical, and says he can’t

Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published September 18th 2018
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DNF @ 39%

Fake boyfriends is one of my favorite tropes but this story is told kind of bluntly. I wanted more subtlety. At best it was going to end up a 3 star read. No rating since I'm not willing to invest the time in finishing.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, promo-deals
DNF at 17% it seemed pre-teen at the start, the two women present very OMG. Then I quickly started to dislike Wes, the switch to Flynn's pov made him a lot less appealing too. Wes looks down on Flynn. Flynn thinks Wes uptight but maybe good for a...

Yeah, not feeling any romance blossoming here. But then the story telling became very info-dumpy over irrelevant things, possibly something to do with this being forth in a series. Anyway it's not for me, I don't want to spend any more time with
If you are wanting a fake relationship read, this one will do. A piece of trope filled candy with a strange family and a really awful co worker.
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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My boss’s son has been hitting on me at work. I devise the perfect scheme to politely turn him down, by saying I have a boyfriend. Unfortunately, my loud-mouthed cousin happens to overhear me. She says I just have to bring my new boyfriend to the family reunion this weekend. The boss’s son seems skeptical, and says he can’t wait to see photos on her social media accounts.

Okay, so maybe it isn’t the perfect plan after all. Now I have to come up with
Fani *loves angst*
Had the bones of a good romance, but there were many awkward moments and dialogues. Also, it was very unbalanced, going on in detail about the various games the family played or the food they ate, yet not a single glimpse on Flynn's and Wes' daily routine, after they became a couple. To be honest, the book seemed to stop after they came together, and the rest of the pages added nothing to the story. There was something missing here :(
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at the right now:
Matthew Angelo
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not my thing

I couldn't finish this book. Both character's personalities geared on my nerves. No depth and the dialogue was weak at best.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
My review of this book is actually split. The first half I rate a 4 out of 5. The second half seems almost written by someone else entirely, someone not as talented and honestly is only worth a 2. So I am giving this a 3 out of 5 overall. Let me explain why.

The characters, in the beginning, were great. So different but exactly the type to bring out the hidden attributes of the other. One was smart and so put together seeming to live inside of his head (Wes) but had a fairly carefree side once
Julianne Macneil
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i read this book as part of an arc program. I loved this book. This is the fourth book in the Madison Morning series. This book features Flynn and Wes. Wes is being harassed at work by the bosses son who keeps hitting on him and refuses to take no for an answer. Wes finally tells him he has a boyfriend, only to have Wes's cousin overhear and tell him to take him to the family reunion this weekend. Wes agrees, only now he has to find someone to pretend to be his boyfriend. When asked his ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
While this is the 4th in the series, it is the first I’ve read, and I have to say, I am somewhat disappointed. Ok, the storyline is cute but I don’t think it was executed well. For about two thirds of the book, I found the writing to be choppy and disjointed. I’m not sure what criteria the author was using for chapter breaks, but for every chapter that was Flynn’s, Wes has two or three in a row; each one mostly a continuation of the current scene followed by some quick jumps forward. Perhaps ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, contemporary
I received an ARC edition of this book from the author.

3.6 stars

This book works well as a stand-alone. There is some overlap with the other books, but not enough to make you feel like you're missing anything by reading this one first.

Wes and Flynn were cute together. Their relationship, though starting out as fake, wasn't drama filled, but more discovering that given the chance they work well together despite their different backgrounds. I liked Wes's family (or at least the immediate family!),
Maria R.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings

So the first half is fun and sexy....going along as Wes and Flynn get together. After the weekend and they decide to be a real couple I was like whoa! Everything happened at lightening speed which can work but we, the reader wasn't really a part of their relationship...we got generic synopsis of large chunks of time with major events briefly told to us but with no detail. I love opposite attracts, friends to lover, fake boyfriend...all of those themes but we never got to really see
Nicole Henderson
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book this was. But I loved that there seemed to be a bigger story going on in this book with the idea of you cant judge a book by its cover. And that was proven correct with this wonderful couple. In this story we get to meet some colourful characters like Candy (Wes’ cousin) man that girl was a hoot, Darla (Wes’s grandma) but don’t call her that she may have been old and everyone thought a little crazy but she was smart. There was also Wes’s parents who were very loving and ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I complain that this author needs to write faster. I keep a watch for when his next book is coming out. I just love this series and this story is a great addition to the series.

Wes is so funny. I laughed at his antics for getting away from Grant. His ability to be anything but mean seems too much for me. When he gets in a corner and uses Flynn, together they are heartwarming. I enjoyed how the author put Flynn in a uncomfortable situation and how he had little talks with himself while handling
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite simple story in the scenario, but very well written, so that I did not let go of the characters. In the end, it's pretty cute, hot, and the story could work well with a couple hetero, or lesbian.
There is still a little tension because of the social gap between the two main characters, as well as the problem of blackmail that Wes undergoes by a newbie at work (the son of the boss), but the whole remains really pretty cute.
Wes does not manage to get rid of the son of the boss who flirts with
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The story of Wes and Flynn was a nice read, it had some flaws, but it was also interesting and sweet.
The writing was not very fluent and felt constructed, as did the story.
Wes, who is stalked at work by his bosses son, asks Flynn, his neighbor to play his boyfriend for a family gathering. Everything was a little too much to be realistic or even plausible. The opposite attract trope worked and I liked that it was not exaggerated. I also loved that the transition from fake boyfriends to real ones
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
This is a heartwarming, emotional journey of two men (Wes & Flynn) finding their way to happiness and love. The journey starts with Wes trying to avoid his boss’s son (Grant) who is hitting on him. In desperation Wes asks his next door neighbor (Flynn) to help him by pretending to be his boyfriend.
There is: some intrigue, drama, persistence, avoidance, lies, disbelief, humor, plans, awkwardness, shock, family get-together, games, attractions, dirty stunts, insults, a meddling Grandmother,
So initially I quite liked this book about Flynn and Wes, neighbors in a condo. Wes needs a date for a family event and though he and Flynn are "hi and bye" neighbors, Wes decides to ask Flynn to be his pretend boyfriend. Started out strong but then the writing grew tiresome. There are LOTS of inner musings from Flynn and Wes that go on and on. The smexy bits are plentiful however they are a bit coarse, in my opinion "...his white and creamy seed is filling my anal cavity and making me feel warm ...more
E. R.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great M/M relationship!

This is the fourth book in the series featuring M/M couples finding love. this book has no cheating, cliffhangers, just a wonderful romance with steamy scenes.

When the boss's son kept flirting with him, in desperation Wes proclaimed that he has a boyfriend. And this begins the start of a fake-turned-real relationship between neighbors Wes and Flynn.

This is a great read, filled with a sweet relationship in which the couple actually falls in love during the farce and some
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is sweet, romantic and entertaining. Flynn is interesting, considerate and cheeky. Wes is sweet, caring and charming. When Wes has finally had enough of constantly being hit on by the boss's son he tells him that he has a boyfriend, a guy named Flynn. Flynn just happens to be the name of Wes's hot neighbor. Wes's cousin then jumps into to the conversation and tells Wes that he needs to bring Flynn to the family reunion. So Wes sucks it up and asks the neighbor to pretend that they're ...more
Evelyn Wark
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. The journey that Wes and Flynn find themselves on is captivating. We met Flynn in the previous book and when he joins up with Wes for a weekend with Wes's family as a favour neither of them expects it to turn into an event that will change their lives. We also get to catch up with all the characters from the previous books in the series which I always find its like catching up with old friends and love. Wes and Flynn's journey is not without hiccups but with their love for ...more
Julia Murdock
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you read a good story you just have to tell the world about it. This story is about finding love no matter what side of society you are on. Here we have two beautiful men that are complete polar opposites. One is kinda uptight and staight as a crease. The other is free flowing and worldly. Well when they collide it is nothing but fireworks and shouts. This is an intense story that shows love comes in all shades and types and can endure. A perfect story. And I must say the best in the ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by this author and I am getting hooked. I am looking forward to being able to go back and read some of the earlier stuff by him. The story of Wes and Flynn was heartwarming and emotional, sweet and sexy, a little bit of drama, and an overall good time. Wes and Flynn were great together. I enjoyed their interactions and seeing their relationship progress over time. This story was entertaining and I liked it.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
True Romance

Flynn and Was are neighbors. Wes comes from a bit of privilege and Flynn has not had it easy. Wes's family every summer have a family the every summer. One of his co-workers keeps hitting on him but he's not interested. His cousin Candy works with also. He lies and tells Candy & Grant that he's been dating Flynn for 5 months. Now he needs to bring him to the reunion. And the rest is a beginning of a great relationship.
Rachel Blomberg
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wes and Flynn's story shows that no matter your background and how you grew up, love always finds you. They started out as a fake relationship and as unlikely couple but as time goes by they find out that their differences is really good and compliments the other. It's really nice to read how these two slowly fall in love with each other.
I voluntarily review this Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, 5kin2019
This book was the written equivalent of combining a Hallmark sentimental movie with a Pornhub rough porn. It literally went from grandma telling an MC they should get married on one [kindle] page to a series of "f-ck yeah!"s on the next. It's tone whiplash.
There was unnecessarily fleshed out convos that didn't add anything to the story. I got really bored of reading some of them. I don't need a transcription of everything said in their conversations, I just want to see how the relationship
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok story

I was ok with the storyline and liked the characters but there were so many mistakes that it was confusing at times. Wrong names were used several times which is a big issue for me. There were also a lot of wrong words within the sentences. Hot sex scenes do not make up for poor editing. I’m surprised no one else mentions this in the reviews.
Angie Schneider
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This next book in the Madison series was a delight to read. What’s starts out as a little pretending blossoms into something special and romantic. I loved Wes’s family- I just wanted to hang out with them . Flynn had a harder beginning but turned it around to become a strong and loving soul. Opposites do attract in this fun and sexy read! ~Angie ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet MM romance. This was my first book by this author but it is definitely not the last one. The mix of humor, passion, pain, trust, emotional ups and downs makes it worth the read.
The book is fast-paced, the writing is fluid and easily read in one sitting. It is a standalone book with no cliffhangers and a HEA.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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