Book Title: Bona Fide Fake
Author: Rebecca Raine
Cover Artist: Bec Rivers
Release Date: 24/01/22
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Fake boyfriends, Rock star, Mild sub/dom vibes
Themes: Authenticity, Trust in self and others
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 80 000 words
This is Book Two of the Experimental Love series, but it can be read as a standalone.
The book does not end on a cliffhanger. It has a solid HEA.
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My new fake boyfriend may not like me, but he needs me. There are worse foundations for a relationship.
Toni Fairweather is a liar and a fake. I suspected it the day we met, but when he lies to his friends about being my boyfriend, I know for sure. I’ll play along with his deception, but Toni will owe me – big time.
I have my own reasons for needing a boyfriend. Someone who can handle me. Someone who can keep me in line. Toni is demanding enough to fulfil every requirement.
I don’t need to like the man… to obey him.
I never meant to fake a relationship with the lead singer of a local rock band. But the fib popped out over lunch with my best friend, and now I’m expected to present my new boyfriend at his engagement party next month.
The good news? I’m not the only one in need of a date.
Being boyfriends for a month shouldn’t be hard, but I do have one condition: this won’t be some fake boyfriends deal. I want a real relationship, and Ned’s going to give it to me.
AUTHOR NAME: Rebecca Raine
I’m an Australian romance writer who loves to write about the many and varied ways people fall in love. I live in Queensland with my very own hero husband, two quirky kids and a big, black dog. Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy loud music, lazy Sunday afternoons, and spending too much time on the internet.
Bona Fide Fake will be my 11th published novel. Writing has been a long and often surprising journey. I’ve slowly but steadily moved from MF romance, through MMF, to my current home in MM Romance. I’m planning to stick around this genre for the foreseeable future.
What/who inspired you to start writing?
I began reading fanfiction in my 20s. One day I had an idea for a fanfiction of my own, so I picked up a pen and began to write. A couple of years later, after finishing a 30,000 word fanfiction, I thought, “If I can do that, I could write a book.” That’s how I began writing my first book.
Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?
This book was never supposed to exist. When I wrote the first book in the Experimental Love series, The Experiment, it was a standalone novel. I had no intention of writing a sequel. My readers had other ideas.
They fell in love with one of the side characters, Toni with an I. He only appeared in two scenes in The Experiment, but boy did he make an impression. When readers asked for his story, I had to admit I was also intrigued by him. So, I dug a little deeper into his character. He was only too happy to lap up all my attention. Bona Fide Fake is the result.
How did you decide on the title?
This is my first foray into using the fake boyfriends trope, so I knew I wanted to use the word fake in the title. But the thing about Toni is, he flatly refuses to ‘fake’ anything. So what if his relationship with Ned is time-limited and plucked out of thin air? He wants a ‘real’ boyfriend, and he’s determined to have one.
That idea of Toni and Ned being really ‘real’ fake boyfriends was the thing I loved most about the story, so I wanted it to be reflected in the title. I played on synonyms for ‘real’ for a while, to see what I could come up with.
Bona Fide Fake had a nice ring to it.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m about to start working on Book 3 in the Experimental Love series. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, as I’m still in the brainstorming stage but… Anyone who reads Bona Fide Fake will know exactly who I’m writing about.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Want Me by Neve Wilder. I’ve read that book so many times it’s bordering on ridiculous. How she managed to pack that much heat into one story astounds me!
What book/s are you reading at the moment?
I just finished reading Without You by Marley Valentine and I loved every angsty, romantic page. What a great read!
What novels do you adore/re-read?
I’ve already mentioned Want Me. I’d like to add Riven by Roan Parrish. Of Sunlight and Stardust by Christina Lee and Riley Hart. And I recently read The Boy Who Loved Wicked by CP Harris. I know I will definitely be re-reading that one! Amazing work!
Which other writers do you follow?
Roan Parrish is at the top of my Favourite Authors list. There are so many others! C.P. Harris is an author I’m recently obsessed with. Also, Marley Valentine. AM Johnson, Anyta Sunday, Briar Prescott. I’ll read anything by Cat Sebastian. I know I’ve forgotten people, but there’s a start.
Are any of your characters based on you or people you know?
There are definitely pieces of me in a lot of my characters. I over-think like Patrick. I’m anxious like Sam. I get lost in my head like Tristan. I love to dress up and dine at fancy restaurants like Amber, but I’m also a bit of a minimalist like Lincoln. I adore pop culture references like Jeremy. Yeah, every character has a part of me in there somewhere.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I am a plotter all the way. By the time I start the serious writing of a book I know the whole story from start to finish. I’ll have pages and pages worth of detailed story structure, act structures, character arcs, GMC charts and chapter summaries. Granted, the story may change as I write it, but at least I’m not going in blind. Knowing a have a solid story from the outset stops me from panicking.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Tell us about your pets.
I have a big, black dog named Shadow. He’s a goldador (a labrador golden retriever cross). He has a beautiful nature, loves snacks, and rarely barks (but has an awesome growl when he deems it necessary). If he didn’t shed so much black hair on my white tiles, he would be the perfect dog.
Are you obsessed with stationery? And if so, what and why?
I used to be obsessed with stationery. Now, I’m obsessed with my reMarkable 2 writing tablet. My husband bought it for me as a gift back in August, and I use it constantly. It really is a writer’s best friend.
From Chapter Six (Toni’s Point of View)
“You need a date for the festival. I need a date for Rodney and Leif’s engagement party next month. The answer is obvious.” I place a hand over my chest in a show of sincerity. “I think we should be boyfriends.”
Ned’s head falls back as he laughs out loud. “That’s why you’re here? You want to rope me into going to the engagement party with you?”
Hilarity isn’t the response I’d hoped for, but it’s better than instant rejection. “You have to admit, a twenty-minute acting job does not equate to an entire weekend away. This is simply a way to bring our arrangement back into balance. It’s only fair.”
He shakes his head at me. “How long are you planning to drag this fake boyfriend thing out?”
“Just until after the party. Then, we can break up and go our separate ways. It won’t be messy,” I assure him. “If there’s any moping to be done, I’ll keep it to myself. You’ll never have to hear from me again. However…” I lift a pointed finger to make sure he’s paying attention. “I don’t want to be fake boyfriends. I want to be real boyfriends.”
Ned’s amusement is replaced by confusion. “Real boyfriends.”
“Just like that?”
“Why not just like that?”
He gapes at me in disbelief. “People don’t go around deciding to be real boyfriends as though a relationship can be plucked out of thin air. It has to come naturally. You get to know each other, spend time together, develop actualfeelings.” He gestures between us with one hand. “Do you have any actual feelings for me, Toni?”
“Yes,” I insist. “I think you’re incredibly sexy. That counts, doesn’t it?” His groan—half exasperation, half lust—makes me smile.
“Usually yes, but in this context not so much.” He crosses his arms over his chest. “We might be able to fake a real relationship for other people, but we can’t actually make it real. Tell me you know this.”
“Of course, I do.” In theory. My longest ‘real’ relationship didn’t make it to a monthiversary, so my practical experience is somewhat lacking. “But can’t we skip over all the getting to know you crap and go straight to the part where you adore me, and I make you happy?”
Groaning, Ned drops his head forwards.
“You need this as much as I do,” I snap. “Maybe more.”
Straightening, he places his hands on his hips. “How do you figure?”
“If we go down to the festival as friends, or let’s face it acquaintances, then I’ll be hard-pressed to stop you doing anything. This ex of yours will have power over you, and I will have none.” Ned opens his mouth as if to disagree with me, but then he must see sense because he closes it again. “If I’m your boyfriend… I will have power, too.” I give him a moment to contemplate my statement before I continue. “Trust me when I say I’m the jealous type. As long as we’re together, there is no way in hell anyone will be touching you but me. There will be no getting seduced by your ex. No sneaking off into dark corners to be fawned over by groupies. Nada. You’ll be my boyfriend, and I will not allow you to disrespect our relationship.”
He stares at me with wide eyes, a slow smile appearing as his ears turn a lovely shade of pink. “I take it you don’t like to share?”
The word alone makes me grit my teeth. “I don’t even want to share the air you breathe.”
His tongue darts out to swipe across his bottom lip as he contemplates my offer. Taking a deep breath, he nods his agreement. “All right, you’ve convinced me. Real boyfriends it is.” A smile bursts onto my face, and his eyes close on a quiet groan. “Holy fuck, those dimples will be the death of me.”
About the Author
Rebecca is a long-time lover of all things romance. Whether it’s a book, movie, or real life, she will always have more fun if there’s a love interest thrown into the mix. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her very own hero husband, two quirky kids and one big, black dog. Other than reading and writing books, her favourite things include loud music, enjoying a glass of wine on the patio, organising everything in existence, and spending too much time on the Internet.
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