Release Day Reviews: Fake Dating the Prince by Ashlyn Kane

Title: Fake Dating the Prince
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Pages: 210

Dreamspinner Press  |  Amazon

A royal deception. An accidental romance.

When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.

Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.

Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.

Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart…

4.25 Stars!

Flip wants to avoid having matchmaking schemes at a charity ball. When Brayden, a flight attendant on his last flight, shows up as a fellow passenger on his flight to Lyngria, Flip asks him to pose as his boyfriend for the night. These two have seen each other on several flights before this flight. Brayden was planning on sightseeing in Lyngria, so why not attend a ball? Flip initially neglects to tell Brayden that he’s the crown prince, but they work that out pretty well. 

I liked Flip. He’s treading the line of being himself with those he can and being the diplomat and heir to the throne the rest of the time. I liked that he felt comfortable enough to be himself with Brayden from the start. I also liked that Brayden could read Flip as well as he could and helped set him at ease. There were some communication issues that I wish wouldn’t have happened, but then it’s never easy to listen carefully when your heart is on the line. Brayden, for all his past heartbreak, was a great guy, and I was happy to see him letting go of the guilt that had plagued him for so long. I loved how Brayden was with Flip’s cousin and how well he fit in even as he had to adjust to all the scrutiny. I did think that Flip seriously underestimated his country’s interest in his new man, but I was happy to see things work out for them. 

I loved the cast of characters in this book. I really enjoyed Flip’s father and would have loved more of Brayden’s grandmother; she seemed like she would have been a blast. A fun, light story that made me want to travel to Finland to see the Aurora Borealis like Brayden and Flip did. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *** 

4 Stars

Faking Date The Prince by Ashlyn Kane is a classic fake romance turns real read. In this easy-to-read and sweet novel, we meet Brayden, a Canadian flight attendant, and Crown Prince Antoine-Philippe (Flip) of Lyngria. After meeting, Flip asks Brayden to be his fake date (no strings attached) for a charity ball. Brayden is intrigued by the prince and agrees. After a successful first fake date, Flip convinces Brayden to keep up the charade and the two eventually share a bed and fall in love.
This is an easy read. The storyline is OK, sometimes the characters got in their own way and miscommunication was the source of friction in this story. The rouse was a bit flimsy from the start and I just never really bought why Brayden would agree to it.
Nevertheless, I’d read some pretty angsty novels, so this was a nice light read.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

4 stars

This book was literally my dream Hallmark movie come true in book form! Every year when my mom watches those sappy Christmas movies, I long for one with a great leading M/M relationship. Alas, it’ll probably never happen but this will tide me over and keep the hope alive.

Brayden was a wonderful character full of heartache and trying to be the footloose and fancy-free guy. He was funny and sweet and I loved seeing how he grew closer and more comfortable around Flip.

Flip was so great; while he had his “uppity” moments, he was funny and loving and hardworking. I loved his family, his mom and dad were funny and his cousin was adorable.

This is the second book by Ashlyn that I have read and I loved it just as much as I did the first!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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