Faking It by Cat Blaine

Faking It by Cat Blaine
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Hart Vanter has been pretending his whole life. He’s the pampered son of wealthy parents and on the surface his life should be perfect. But Hart’s hiding a secret—he’s gay and terrified to let anyone know. So he sleeps with women and does everything he can to keep the facade in place.

When his regular bodyguard is promoted, Josh Lang appears on the scene to take his place. Josh is self-assured, gorgeous, and openly gay. And he seems to know Hart’s secret. Josh is there to protect Hart, but can he save Hart from himself?

Hart seemingly has everything, wealth, power and a different sexy female in his bed every other night. But he has a deep, dark secret, one he’s desperate to keep covered up. More and more he’s struggling to get it up for the hot women whom he continually beds. It’s the steamy image of a guy sucking him off, or thrusting into a tight, male which is getting him to the finish line. He’s faking it as best he can so nobody guesses it’s no longer women who light his flame. When a sexy new bodyguard comes onto the scene, Hart realizes Josh might be everything and more that he needs.

This is a fun, short story about a man who seems to have it all only to discover he needs to be true to himself. While Hart might realize he’s gay, he’s been deluding himself for so long – and covering it up so convincingly – that this read to me more like a coming out novel than anything else. Readers looking for a romance mightn’t find themselves satisfied with this story. While I enjoyed reading about Hart finally coming to grips with his sexuality, I didn’t really feel a strong romantic connection between him and Josh. While there was clearly attraction – and later chemistry – between Hart and Josh, the story is written in the first person perspective by Hart, and so it’s difficult to really sense where Josh’s emotions lie for much of the story. This didn’t strike me as a romantic relationship, more a very masculine, sexual connection between two men who wanted each other. I was also a little disappointed in the ending, it felt somewhat rushed and there was still the question of Hart’s parents lingering in the back of my mind. This hurried ending could have been due to a word count, but I’d have felt much more satisfied if the author had rounded out the ending a bit better.

With only one M/M sex scene, readers who are curious about such erotic books but not into the heavier scenes might find this a good entrance into the genre. And while there were a few questions left behind and not the depth of connection I’d usually like between the two heroes I found myself enjoying Hart’s conundrum and blossoming self-awareness. A good book.


  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I enjoyed reading the review and good points were made about the main characters I do like short stories so I may give this one a try.

    Wishing Will by Daniel Harvell

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