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Faking a Groom

(Marital Bliss #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Can a fake engagement help Avery embrace his true desires?

Avery Kinkaid has been repressing his deepest urges for as long as he can remember. For his father, he has remained in the closet as a gay man. Out of fear, he's buried his craving for pretty clothes, makeup, and anything else deemed too femme.
But when his father takes it too far--supporting a senate bill that under
Paperback, 362 pages
Published September 20th 2020 by Independently published
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Renae Reads
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
*** I received an eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

This was a fun and light read that I greatly enjoyed that cleverly finds a fresh spin on the fake marriage trope. I appreciate how this author navigated a difficult subject matter with government interference with individual rights within the confines of a second chance romance.

Both main characters are distinct and original in their own way and are great complements to one another. Both men have an interesting arc thr
Ed Davis
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
3 and 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. I liked the story and thought it was a good 4 star book. Unfortunately for me, I listened to this as an audiobook. It seemed stilted. This is the second audiobook in a row that I haven’t cared for the narration. It’s called buying an author you love without checking the narrator to see if you love them as well.

I was a little disappointed that after all the build up the confrontation with the Senator wasn’t more dramatic, but that certainly didn’t ruin the book fo
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable entry in this series from DJ which all centres around the idea of fake marriages.

Here it's a fake fiance, used as a means to try and encourage a state senator to do the right thing when it comes to legislation which would harm his closeted gay son.

It's also a second chances romance, as Avery and Rory rekindle feelings they had as teenagers at boarding school.

What I liked best about this book though, is that it plays around with ideals of masculinity, of what makes someone not
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-series, lgbtq
Wow! I went into it thinking it was going to be a lighthearted read but it was stunningly deep and emotional. It's written in dual POV and can be read as a standalone.

Fake engagement with the one that got away is a recipe for disaster! And I loved every second of it. Rory and Avery are perfect for each. I loved Avery's journey of self acceptance. And Rory was there with him every step of the way. It is written so beautifully and there were moments my heart broke for Avery.

Loved the cameos by Ju
Kendra T
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, own-review, reunited
Wow. This book hit so many emotions for me that I wasn't expecting. My heart broke for Avery, and I wanted so badly to hug him and let him know that he deserved happiness. Rory was such a great match for Avery. I loved how they finally got together for real and how they complemented each other. I loved this.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by Gay Romance Reviews
Szidi ☼
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started this book because the 'fake boyfriend/fiance' with second chance friends to lovers trope, and let me say I wasn't disappointed at all.

Both characters were lovely and I liked that Caleb & Julien (from the first book in this series) were there too. I haven't read their book yet, but it was really good to see them together, and I loved how they were trying to help Avery and Rory.

Avery's background and the whole history with his father was really heartbreaking to read about. I loved that s
Smut Librarian
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rarely can an author so vividly bring to life the temperament of characters and endear them to me so completely as DJ Jamison has done in Faking A Groom. This stunning story is amazing and you are not going to want to miss it! My favourite quote from the book shows what a beautiful heart warmer it is: “…caught in this constant struggle between who he was and who he should be.”

Avery is the closeted son of a politician – closeted only because it’s never quite the right time to come out, according
Mari  Cardenas
While this book is third in the series, it could be read/listened to as a standalone, although the characters from book 1 feature prominently in Faking a Groom, so for maximum enjoyment, you might want to read that one at least.

I really liked Avery and Rory, especially once their 'fake' relationship turned real. There were some portions that dragged a little and were hashed and rehashed, like Avery's relationship with his father. Really, how naive do you have to be not to realize your father is
Roberta Blablanski
Narration 3.5 stars
Story 4 stars

Wyatt Baker is a new-to-me narrator, and it usually takes a few books for me to get accustomed to a voice. At times it was difficult to distinguish which MC was speaking as both characters were voiced the same. For me, it's easier to follow along with a story when a narrator uses a different tone or inflection for each main character. Having said that, the narration was more than acceptable. Baker's performance was enjoyable and I would listen to another of book n
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion

Ok this author is growing on me. I loved these characters. And I’m a sucker for fake love. This one didn’t disappoint. Two men who hurt each other in the past, work to free their hearts in order to be together. I enjoyed the political side of it,I even enjoyed when I wanted to shake a MC and say stand up already! The smexy was good the writing was good and even though a couple was from the previous book made a few appearances this book is still a standalone. Can’t wait to see what’s next
Faking a Groom is the third book in the Marital Bliss series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

Personally, I think my rating for this book would be higher if I had NOT read the first book in the series, Surprise Groom, with a very similar plot featuring two boyhood friends entering into a fake relationship in order to best an overbearing father with nefarious plans.

Avery has remained closeted because of his father's political career, and it seems there is always a reason Avery stay in the clo
Emily Hernandez
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm stunned by how deep and emotional this fake fiances romance was! I was expecting a goofy, lighthearted tale of two men faking a relationship until it turned into something real, but what I experienced was so much more than that. Avery and Rory transformed themselves in this story, living up to their fullest potential and fighting back against injustice in a meaningful way.

Between the two of them, Avery's growth surprised me the most. The Avery I met at the beginning of this book was defeated
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Marital Bliss series and wow, it was a lot more emotional and heartfelt than I was expecting. It follows, but is so much more than the trope of a fake engagement, this time between former school sweethearts separated due to one MC being far in the closet. Avery is a politicians son, his sexuality acknowledged but kept hidden by his father to further his political ambitions. Rory is a social justice warrior, outspoken and driven but he was never able to completely fo ...more
Brianne McCallum
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was given a free audio copy from the author and Neon Rainbow to review.

About the narrator: He did a great job. With the different voices and emotion. My rating here is for the plot alone and has no bearing on him. I would definitely recommend the narrator.

I really wanted to like this and there are some great elements. I loved all the moments it was just the 2 MCs. They had great chemistry and so clearly loved each other from the start. That aspect made it a great second chance romance which
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This is a great book , this is about Avery and Rory, the one who got away, this is a fake fiancé, second chance at love, poor Avery he comes out a long time ago to his father who is a Senator and always finds a way to manipulate Avery into staying in the closet, Avery wants to enjoy being out, find a boyfriend and wear pretty thinks, but he knows that his father will be mad and he doesn’t want to lose him because it’s just him and his father, Rory and Avery meet again in a event, Rory is t ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Faking A Groom, the third book in the Marital Bliss series is a great fake boyfriend romance. This DJ Jamison had me consumed throughout.

Rory and Avery get their second chance in this book. From the beginning, the emotions come alive with the long lost love feeling. Of course, there's plenty of tension and unresolved feelings as well. There's frustration and political motivations at play. And then there's an agreement to become fake fiancees. Personally, I love the way it all develops.

This is
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Damn, Avery's character broke my heart. Living in the closet under the guidance of his father, he finally hits a wall when possible legislation comes through denying the rights to minority groups. His drunken plan to get himself a fake fiance brings Rory back into his life. Avery will use this relationship to uncover the legislation and Rory can use it to gain support and financial backing for the charity group he works for. Win-win if they can get through this with no feelings or acting on thei ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Avery, Avery, Avery … I really didn’t expect to swoon for him as hard as I did. He is broken and hurting and trying to find the courage to be on the outside what he feels on the inside. He finally decides to push back against his domineering father and calls upon the least likely candidate to help: his high school love, Rory, who Avery left behind when he ran away from who he is out of fear.

Rory is a great character: open, accepting, encouraging and willing to fight for what he believes in. He’s
Faking a Groom is the third book in the Martial Bliss series and could easily be read as a standalone; however, I strongly recommend the entire series. This book is a contemporary romance with a second-chance-love trope, forbidden/fake relationship trope, and friends-to-lovers trope, which are all set against a political backdrop. The politics, while an important plot device, are not overwhelming and do not take over the book. D.J. Jamison has written a beautiful love story with a sweet (and har ...more
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

This is the third in a series, now I won't lie, I did NOT read the previous stories. Caleb and Julian did come up and were in this quite a bit, I have no clue who the other book is about.. maybe those characters didn't speak out to me IDK. Anyways, I didn't think it did any harm not to read the other books and that is rare for me to say. Rory is Caleb's friend and that's where the tie in is. Avery and Rory had a thing way back in the day when they were both in school.
Surprise Groom & Wrangling a Groom by DJ Jamison

I admit I almost didn't read the books - A lesson reminder don't judge a book by its cover. I almost overlooked the books due to the cover. It just didn't capture my attention.
Don't make the same mistake grab the books!

What a gift inside. Surprise Groom - A M/M romance. Caleb is in love with his Island Bliss and is the wedding & resort owner. He is delt a tough hand, he finally has the reins to take control after his father passes. Unfortunately t
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Story: 3 stars. I like a good fake husband/fiancé story. This is so similar to L.A Witts's Husband Gambit its scary. I liked that one better, maybe because of the audio. Back to that later... First I need to shout to the void that I an so tired of the dragging out forever that last bump in the road! Like in television and movies the counter on the bomb take 10-20 minutes to go form 10 seconds to the last 2 or 3 seconds they stop the bomb. In this book an hour and a half. It is not that thrillig! ...more
Jacqueleen the Reading Queen
This was another good read in the Marital Bliss series, although some of it was really heart breaking too. All the books in this series contain a fake marriage trope ( always a winner hehe ) with each of the marriages becoming real in their own way. Avery and Rory are old high school sweethearts who didn't exactly part on good terms. The reason for their "fake engagement " is simple. Rory will use the Avery Kincaid name to score donations to help his work to continue to help the unfortunate. Ave ...more
Deanna Murphy
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you mix an anti-LGBTQ Senator father, years of being forced to deny your true self, and some alcohol? The answer is you get a fake fiance. Avery's story is heartbreaking, so prepare yourself for some possible tear shedding. I despise his father, which honestly doesn't deserve the honor of that title, because a father he is not. Rory is Avery's ex from high school, and he is amazing. He is self-confident, secure in his knowledge of who he is, and has an incredible family that ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read the previous two in this Martial Bliss series so this one is my third read.

A second chance plot. Strong emotions are on about every turn of the page in this one. Politics and parental ambitions play it out here. Avery is out to his parents but isn't allowed by his strong-willed father to come out of the closet; this would upset daddy's lofty political ambitions; a man who as a senator wheels State power. Avery needs to grow a backbone badly. Into Avery's life reenters Rory Fisher and a
Kera’s Always Reading
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a fun fake relationship romance set fictionally in my home state of Maine, which I loved!

When Avery’s political father backs a bill that will take some rights away from the LGBTQ community, he scrambles to find a way to make his father see reason. Avery is gay and has come out to his father, but he hasn’t gone public with the truth yet for fear that it will affect his father’s career (and change things for him as well).

Rory was Avery’s college boyfriend, but the relationship sa
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Avery in particular is such an intensely complex character. Having spent a lifetime hiding at his politician father's request he is finally done hiding in the shadows. I have such a sweet spot for Avery, trying to break free of the toxic thoughts that his father has been force feeding him since he was a teen proves very difficult. I love how determined he is to be true to himself, not just in his sexuality but in how he expresses it. Rory and Avery were childhood sweethearts b ...more
Anna Torres
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Senator’s son and an Activist. To most it might sound like a disaster but to these two men, it sounds like forever!

Avery’s father is supporting anti-LGBTQ+ legislations and he has had enough of it! When his father thought it’d be better if Avery has a fiance, well, he looked for one.

Rory is an activist who truly believes in what he fights for, he takes it to heart! Seeing Avery again brings back all the pain of what happened to them in the past. Learning why that happened though made him under
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional story!

I shed a few tears reading about Avery's struggle against his father's psychologic dominance and manipulative ways. This is a man who spent most of his life battling between who he was and who he should be. The author did a marvelous job in describing the inner struggle, the conflict between what Avery wanted, needed, and the expectations of his father, of society. At some point Avery had just enough and Rory was there to help him, support him and show him that there was
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DJ Jamison writes sweet but spicy M/M romance that most readers consider relatively low-angst. She grew up in a working-class family, and many of those influences can be found in her books: family drama, workplace conflict, and of course, love! DJ lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, a timid snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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