The (Fake) Dating Game

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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 23 Feb 2024
HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada), Afterglow Books by Harlequin

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“Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!” —Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive and Kiss Her Once for Me

Ready. Set. Faux.

Holden James picked the worst time to have a meltdown. His chance to audition for his favorite game show, Madcap Market, should have been a moment of triumph—a glorious, loving homage to his adored mom, who died six years ago. Instead, he’s destroying the minibar in a grim Los Angeles hotel room…recently dumped, partnerless and sliding into misery.

But at least the hotel service is sublime. It even comes with an unfairly fit and sexy (smart-ass) concierge who arrives at the door with pizza, Monopoly and deliciously distracting forearms.

All Holden knows about Leo Min is that he’s beautiful and unexpectedly sympathetic, and the chemistry between them is beyond. Maybe it’s even enough to convince everyone, including the show’s casting directors, that they’re a real couple. All they’d have to do is crush the competition, win the huge cash prize and all of Holden’s problems—his broken heart, his buried grief, his complete lack of money and direction—will be fixed.

Of course, reality doesn’t quite work out that way. But love is an entirely different game…

From showing up to glowing up, these characters are on the path to leading their best lives and finding sizzling romance along the way.

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“Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!” —Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive and Kiss Her Once for Me

Ready. Set. ...


A Note From the Publisher

This story contains (off-page) death of a parent and frequent discussions of grief and healing. I hope I have handled these topics with care and grace. As such, I hope you, dear reader, will give yourself the same when choosing whether this romance is for you.

If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, please visit my website for a list of support resources.

Much love,
Timothy Janovsky

This story contains (off-page) death of a parent and frequent discussions of grief and healing. I hope I have handled these topics with care and grace. As such, I hope you, dear reader, will give...


Advance Praise

“Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!” – Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive

“Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!” – Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive


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ISBN 9781335041555
PRICE CA$15.99 (CAD)
PAGES 288

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Featured Reviews

Everything about this book was so fun! I'm such a sucker for fake dating, and I thought our protagonists Holden and Leo were both absolute delights. The game show setting wasn't something I think I've encountered before in a book, and I found it incredibly charming. I'll definitely be pointing patrons this direction once I get a copy for the library!

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Okayyyyy bbies—I need everyone to drop what they’re reading to prepare for this book. It is ADORABLE, it is V Queer, it has loads of discussion of grief, it has a shitty ex boyfriend (or 2), a Korean Supermarket, a game show, and a fake dating trope. I am OBSESSED. I breezed through it in literally no time at all and I want—nay, need—more 😭😭😭😭😭 Holden and Leo are just the absolute most wholesome couple, with delightfully dirty spicy scenes. I just couldn’t have asked for a better book to break my slump 🥺

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