by Chris Delyani
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 26 May 2019
Chris Delyani, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Frank Mercer is a forty-year-old high school math teacher, newly divorced from his husband and struggling to make his mortgage payments. He thinks his problems will be solved by a romance with his old friend Jonathan Butler, a man Frank has secretly admired for over twenty years. But Jonathan is engaged to Marcus Pierce, his unfaithful longtime boyfriend. When Jonathan asks Frank to serve as best man at his wedding, Frank must choose between supporting his friend and speaking from his heart.
Julio Robles is Frank’s roommate and a popular yoga teacher. Julio’s star student is none other than Marcus, Jonathan’s fiancé and Frank’s nemesis. And Marcus has made it clear he’d like more from Julio than yoga lessons. When Frank asks Julio to pretend to be his boyfriend on a dinner date with Jonathan and Marcus, Julio can’t resist accepting the invitation. And finds himself in over his head.
Frank and Julio invent a fake relationship in the face of Marcus and Jonathan’s all-too-real relationship. But which relationship is real, which relationship is fake? Their story leads them to ask themselves fundamental questions about love, friendship, and what it means to be true to one’s partner.
Average rating from 37 members
I really liked this book! Kind of basic but a nice story with a good ending:). Frank was a great guy who has some bad things happen to him. He is super-nice, sweet, has a good job, but is just kind of a quiet and shy loner. Frank marries his love, Ethan who eventually cheats on him and they get divorced, leaving Frank lonely and sad in their house alone. Frank has one good long time friend Jonathan who is kind clueless and in a terrible relationship with Marcus who is a total cheating idiot but Jonathan just doesn't see it, or refuses to acknowledge it. Frank rents out a room out to Julio a flashy cute yoga instructor but they don't really talk or have much in common. Frank hates Marcus and knows that he is all wrong for Jonathan--that they have a terrible relationship and the Marcus cheats and treats Jonathan badly. Frank meets Jonathan for breakfast and finds out that they are engaged which makes him mad. Frank all the sudden says he is dating his roommate and turns out Marcus knows Julio and invites them to dinner which starts this who web of lies between the four of them. The story gets more interesting when Julio breaks his leg, how he and Frank seems to get close while they are fake dating. I love what happens near the end, how Frank realizes that he has been in a rut & not really living since he got divorced and starts to change his life and then how the story plays out. I don't want to ruin the ending but I loved it. Julio was awesome and Jonathan and Marcus got what they deserved! Hand to God! Definitely worth reading! Thanks to NG for the ARC!
Really enjoyed this book.
Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Read it in one sitting
I thought I knew how the book would play out based on the synopsis but the actual story was so much better than I had hoped. The characters were so well written and believably complex and messy that I kept cycling between wanting to shake, hug, and throat punch them. I went back and forth several times on who I wanted to end up together and at one point just wanted them all to be single and start fresh. At various times they were all villains and victims but in the end everyone's true colors were on display and they all got what they deserved, good or bad. I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for more from this author. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great story and a realistic view on how complicated love and friendship can be and the lengths people will go to keep it.
I really love this book! Frank is a sweet guy who was married to someone who cheated on him. Frank is love with his best friend Jonathan, who is married to Marcus, but Frank and Marcus don’t see eye to eye. Julio is a yoga instructor and Frank rents out a room to him. Frank finds out that Jonathan is engaged and Frank lies about his relationship with his roommate. I don’t want to go into detail because I might give the rest of the story away. There is angst, cheating, deception, romance, friends to lovers, and jealousy. The book is easy to read with a great flow. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. It’s a happy ending and truly enjoyed this book.