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The Fake

(Smart Jocks #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,638 ratings  ·  241 reviews
I've made a lot of dumb mistakes but none dumber than losing her.

Senior year. I should be partying and living it up with my friends before graduation, but one more mistake and I'm off the team.

Enter Chloe. She comes into my life at a low point, but she becomes the bright spot I reach for every day. She's the kind of girl who makes a guy want to be a better man. And for a
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published November 18th 2019
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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The Fake is the fourth book in Rebecca Jenshak's 'Smart Jocks' sports romance. I love new adult and I love sports romance, so this series has been a real win for me.

Nate is one of the guys on the team with Wes, Joel, and Zeke. We don't know much about him, but in the last book, I feel like we got a bit of insight. He's Gabby's best friend and has something in his past that haunts him. Nate has responsibilities and a past, but he's a really fun-loving guy.

Chloe is a new character to
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
I feel like we’re finally seeing each other without any pretenses or expectations, and us like this—as a real couple—we’re even better than I ever imagined when we’d been faking.

What is it about Rebecca Jenshak's books that just make me giddily happy every time I finish one? She has this knack for writing completely addictive sport New Adult romance that I fall head over ovaries for and The Fake was no exception! I simply ADORED Nathan and Chloe's story.

I've been a huge fan
Melanie (mells_view)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved Chloe & Nathan!

I’m so sad that this is the last Smart Jocks book, BUT I think that Nathan was the perfect Valley U basketball player to end the series. His story is fun and sweet, but has a bit of an emotional edge to it. For his heroine and him especially. It’s senior year and Chloe is a new volleyball player transfer that comes with a rumor mill and something to prove. Nathan has stuff going on that no one really knows about and when it comes to light you’ll just want to hold him. I love
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions)

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Chloe Macpherson is a 21 yr. old college student who comes from a wealthy family. She transfers from California to Valley U her senior year and is excited to get a spot on the Valley U beach volleyball team. She’s hoping to escape some drama in her past, and is looking for a second chance, and a fresh start, but things aren’t going so great. She’s at a new college, and in a different city, and wants to make a good impression. She wants
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "Hot and awesome." Stars!

Book four, the final book in the Smart Jocks series (cries uncontrollably) gives us Nathan’s story, basically the party boy from the previous three books, his life is literally unravelling in front of his eyes in this one. Enter stage left, Chloe; new-girl, and someone who is trying to get her life back together by moving to a new college after her life also spectacularly unravelled at her previous one, albeit through no fault of her own.

"Who are you hiding from…"

Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
2.75 disappointed stars. I really enjoyed the Smart Jocks series, especially books 2 and 3, but this one was sadly almost a miss for me.

Too many things bothered me from the start:

NATE SELLING DRUGS. Running the risk of losing your scholarship and ruining your future? Sorry, does not compute and makes Nate kind of an idiot. Even if he wants to help out his family/his brother. (He only stops because he us caught.) This was the biggest issue I had which seriously diminished my enjoyment.

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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AUTHOR: Rebecca Jenshak
SERIES: Smart Jocks #4
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2019
GENRE: Sports Romance, New Adult
TROPES: Fake Relationship
NARRATORS: Jason Clarke, Ava Erickson
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 32 mins
RATING: 4 Stars


Jason Clarke and Ava Erickson are two of my top favorite narrators and they knocked THE FAKE out of the park. Ava has such a melodic, young voice and performs her characters so well, she's perfection for New Adult romance. And
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
From all the books that i read in this series, The Fake, is i like less. This book is meant for new adult audience. I still love the idea of the hero character is actually a talented and smart men. And not man whore.

Nathan is no difference. He has a traumatic past that left him with guilt. When he met Chloe, he feels he is given hope to redeem himself. Chloe also have past that she is running away from. Both of them fix each other. Overall it is sweet story. Its just the banter and conversation
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

‘I don’t want to be the guy who saved her, I want to be the guy she chooses.’

There’s nothing better than becoming so attached to a series and watching the characters grow through each of their standalone books, and every book in the Smart Jocks Series by Rebecca Jenshak has made us just as eager for her next release, and The Fake, again reminded us why we love this series so much.

Brimming with friendship, loyalty, camaraderie, sweetness, heat and just enough drama to make us catch our b
Carmen Rae
So I had this idea that Nathan's book was going to be heartbreaking. After the bits and pieces I had picked up from him as a secondary character I knew that he had issues at home and was absolutely the least fortunate of the white house boys. And I guess I made assumptions. And I was pretty much wrong on most of them.

The things I learnt about Nathan in this book made me hurt for him but not in a sad, broken way. Because Nathan was so much more than I thought. He was so sweet and all the stupid
Awwwww I'm bummed because back down my rating goes 😭, I was bored.....a LOT. The h annoyed me because the H was so great and I was like girl you're wasting a good man like damn stand aside let me get a chance! Then I remembered he wasn't real so I had to continue scoffing at her hesitancy and her reaction to the drugs just irked me. All in all, not bad but unfortunately it didn't stand up to the reread test 😔

Original thoughts
Spoilers ahead, 3.5* not quite 4 but what the heck??!

We know Nath
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

The Fake is my new favorite book in Rebecca Jenshak's series of interconnected standalone college sports romances. From cover to cover, I loved every bit of this story of two college athletes agreeing to a mutually beneficial fake relationship. Of course their attraction is FIERY and their chemistry is off the charts and the feelings are REAL, but with neither believing they're in any position to commit to an actual relationship, things are left unsaid, the sexual tension is bubbling,
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“For the next forty minutes, we workout side by side. We take turns picking the exercises. I push her to add more weight, and she pushes me to move quicker between sets. Her competitive spirit and my desire to flat out not be shown up by a girl makes me work harder. She has this effect on me, I’m finding—she makes me want to be better at a lot of things.”

Have you ever become so invested in a book world and it’s characters that you felt completely gutted when it was all over? That’s how I feel a
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Gabby and Nathan's friendship...
Overall this is a fun new adult series!!
I recommend it!!

She's so much more than a girl I'm dating. I call her my princess, but I'm not the white knight. She is. She saved me.

I'm sad to say that I didn't love this one as much as the previous books in the series. The Smart Jocks novels have played such a huge part in renewing my interest in contemporary NA novels, so they will always hold a special place on my shelves. The beginning of this novel just felt a little too forced and I didn't feel the connection between Nathan and Chloe beyond their fo
Book Snob Sue
Damn did I love these two. I think they may rival Zeke and Gabby for top couple in this series....yes, they were that good. We already know Nathan, but in this book we get to meet Chloe. She’s a volleyball transfer, that has teammates that are pretty nasty to her. Don’t worry, it’s all explained in the book, is it a good reason...not in my opinion, but I did understand. Anyway, these two are down on their luck and just kind of find each other. They have a hot night together and then, because he’ ...more
Jen (jensdreamylittlereads)
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge and I love this series so much and I have been waiting for Nathan's story! It was sweet, cute and sexy. This series is a must read for sports romance fans!

I loved Nathan and Chloe. In the previous books, you knew something was going on with Nathan and in this book all is revealed. Chloe supported him and he supported her. Nathan and Chloe may have started off as a fake relationship, but in the end there was nothing fake about it or their genuine feelings for each other. Their attract
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
If I have learned anything from reading this series, it is that I am helpless against the charms (such as they may be) of a Smart Jock.

Nathan. Siiiiiigh. This guy. He wasn't what I was expecting. I mean, having read the other books in this series, I felt like I was already primed to love him. But I had no idea how easy it was going to be to love him. He was so much more than I anticipated. He was loyal, steadfast, earnest and true.

So. Wonderful.

I mean, and also wounded. And imperfect. And some
Anna Doe
A sweet conclusion to Smart Jocks series! Nate was a mystery from the beginning and I loved learning more about the guy we've met so far. He's keeping some heavy secrets and carries serious weight on his shoulders but he finds his match in Chloe. These two will make your heat ache, but they'll also make you swoon. I can see what next Jenshak has in store for us! ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
I love this series so much and I was waiting for Nathan's story!It was sweet,cute and sexy.For fan's of sports romance this series is a must!

Nathan is one of the best things in the story, this man is amazing, I loved him with all my heart and he is my top favorite man!Chloe was the perfect match for Nathan. I loved their connection, they have an amazing chemistry!


Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Giving away my stars because I love Rebecca Jenshak and I have been waiting for this book on Nathan since reading The Assist. I can't wait to get it in my hands.

Now let's get to the real review after having read my ARC!

"The End." Two words have never made me more sad about a series ending. I've loved going on this journey of meeting these Smart Jocks and watching them fall in love. It's bittersweet to say goodbye but it was done perfectly!

Nathan, oh my boy Nathan. He's always been a complex char
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much cuter than I expected it to be!

Rebecca Jenshak
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I had so much fun writing this series and especially this book. Nathan has a special place in my heart. Hope you guys enjoy it too! <3
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ilaria &#x1f338;
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fake relationship and college in one book
=> insta purchase
I was not disappointed
1 star less for the drug dealing I did my internship in a rehab facility two painful years seeing beautiful boys and girls my age at that time flushing their lives down the toilet this is a hard limit to me Nathan is sweet and fragile Also Chloe has her burden
But they find their way to deal and grow stronger together
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of the whole series! I absolutely LOVED Nate and Chloe. I love that whole the story line was expected, the author still took it down a different avenue! The ending had me swooning! I’m in love .

Audible review
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
My favourite from this series!
Oh Nathan! He’s been around in some degree since the first book of this series. And in The Tip-Off we learn that something is going on with him, we just don’t know what. I couldn’t wait to read about Nathan! Well we certainly find out in The Fake what’s happening with him and we learn what kind of person Nathan is. He’s someone who will give up so much of himself for those he loves! And we also get introduced to Chloe and get immersed in a new sport. I love Chloe and Nathan together! They comple ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
“She tastes like summer. Sunshine, lazy days, carefree nights, endless possibilities — things that I'd have sworn only moments ago don't even have a taste.”

Coming from two opposite ends of the social spectrum, Nathan and Chloe couldn't be any more different.. Humbled by circumstances that both teach them some hard lessons, the two cross paths at exactly the right time they're meant to. When Chloe asks Nathan to pretend-date her in exchange for cash, he initially refuses as he intends to date
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Other books in the series

Smart Jocks (6 books)
  • The Catch (Smart Jocks #0.5)
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