Deke (Fake Boyfriend, #3) by Eden Finley

Deke (Fake Boyfriend, #3)

Ollie Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help. My family believes I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name. I really ...

Details Deke (Fake Boyfriend, #3)

TitleDeke (Fake Boyfriend, #3)
Release DateJan 5th, 2019
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

Reviews Deke (Fake Boyfriend, #3)

  • ☆ Todd
    Wow, this feels like some big ole' Eden Finley book 1 déjà vu, because once again...I have nothing but LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for this story. At 24, NHL player Ollie had zero problem with the fact that he was gay, but his entire family took major issue with him not coming out yet, as they didn't understand that the issue was way less about shame and way more about holding onto a job in hockey that he truly loved.So after one family dinner, accidental...
  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    5 Stars!My favorite in the series thus far! Their meeting was unconventional and by chance. Their arrangement was only supposed to last for one meal. They were sure they wouldn't see each other again. But fate had other plans for this hockey player and this sports journalist. Lennon is a sports reporter for a magazine who was recently reporting on football until a few papers he wrote on a certain hockey player got him transferred to writing for t...
  • Wendy
    I have loved all the books in this series, though I have to say that they seem to get better and better with each book. So it shouldn't be surprising that this one is definitely my far !! I had so much fun reading it ;) And most of it is because of Clark ...Ollie is a hockey player in the NHL. He's gay, he's proud, but he isn't fully out. The only people who know are his close family and they support him 200 %... It's the 200 instea...
  • Sabrina
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKEnter Giveaway HERE.Deke is the third installment of Eden Finley's Fake Boyfriend series and brings us to Ollie, closeted hockey player, and Lennon, a out and proud journalists that gets roped into helping him out in an odd situation. Ollie may still be in closet to most of the world, but his family and friends all know that he's gay, which puts him in the hot seat whenever they're around and want to know why he's st...
  • Shile
    3.75 starsI enjoyed this one, but book 2 is still my favorite. -It was sweet and fluffy- Funny-Hot-Ollie and Lennon are so adorable. Ollie's family is goals.Can't wait to read Talon and Miller, Jet and Soren books.
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I liked Deke by new-to-me author, Eden Finley, but the longer I sat on my review, the fewer positive things I could come up with about the story. Huh.Ollie's family dynamics were memorable and well written, but the fake-boyfriend set up was kind of an awkward fit here. I didn't quite get it, and the romance felt a bit abrupt and thrown together from that point forward. I love, love, love hockey romances, but we barely get any hockey details here....
  • Lorraine Lesar
    She shoots, she scores!I really don’t read sport related theme books, but Eden Finley certainly deked me (see what I did there?) with this Series, I’m really enjoying it.The way Ollie guided his puck into Lennon’s goal to win against all odds to get their happy ending was a joy to read.Will definitely be reading the rest of the Series.4* from me.
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Cute, But Not Awesome*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The third book in the series centers around the winger in the NHL (hockey) for the Dragons, Ollie Strömberg (24) and sports journalist/reporter who works for Sporting Health Magazine, Lennon ‘Clark’ Hawkins (how old?). The two meet when Ollie is hiding from his family in the bathroom. Lennon agrees to pretend to be his boyfriend so Ollie's family will back off. And then they'll neve...
  • Christelle
    Another win for me from Eden Finley. Third in her series “Fake Boyfriend”, it can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest to read the whole series if you enjoy romances set up in the sport world, with a low level of angst, but a high amount of banter and steam.So, this time, we get the story of Ollie, a hockey player, and Clark, aka Lennon, a sport journalist.Ollie breaths hockey and is unwilling to risk his career by outing himself, apa...
  • Ky
    *4.5 stars*Sports romance and a fake relationship seem like two tropes that don't go together in m/m books, right? Well, in this book they did go together and they were perfect for each other!Ollie is a hockey player, he's out and pretty open about his sexuality with his huge family and some close friends, but he's still closeted when it comes to the rest of the world. His family is super supportive and they are all pushing for him to come out, t...
  • *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
    4.5 Stars!Bumped my rating of book 1 up to 5 stars (rounded down to 4.5). Deke came in a close second to book 1 and was much improved from book 2. I really liked Ollie and Lennon. I love that there's no real big drama/break-up. Each book has a moment where one of the characters sort of loses all brain function and acts like an idiot but they always realize they were being idiotic rather quickly and things move on nicely. This I can handle. I am s...
  • Cadiva
    Best one yet imho. Eden takes things to another level with the third entry in the Fake Boyfriend series and gives us a wonderfully snarky relationship between a sports journalist and a closeted ice hockey player.I loved pretty much everything about this narrative, from the smart and nerdy Lennon to the sweetly vulnerable Ollie.Either way, this story had me wrapped round its little finger from the off, when Ollie bumps into Lennon when he's escapi...
  • .Lili.
    I really enjoyed this:-Fake boyfriend trope lite-Frenemies-Friends to lovers-UST-Opposites attract-Character growth-Easy, quick pace-Great main and secondary characters-Nice relationship development-All tied up with a HEADeke by Eden Finley is probably one of my favorite fake boyfriend books. I typically don't care for them, but it wasn't drawn out. This was a fun, romantic, feel-good story. 4.5 StarsCan't wait for the next two books.
  • Fabi
    I enjoyed the humor. There were times I laughed out loud. The romance itself however, was just ok for me. The sports angle was flash and go. There wasn't any "on the ice" action I could sink my teeth into.I'm digging for things to say but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe it's only that I read this after reading an exceptional series so it had a hard time measuring up, but the best I can give it is 2.75 stars.
  • Elsa Bravante
    El tercero de la serie y me ha gustado tanto, o incluso más, que los anteriores. No es alta literatura, pero son libros muy entretenidos. Los protagonistas son monos, deportistas, sexys, buenas personas, inseguros, con defectos... y viven una historia de amor absolutamente adorable. El persodista nerd y el jugador de hockey, todo muy cliché, pero cuando funciona es por algo. Muy interesante además la aparición de una familia que intenta apoya...
  • Sanaa Z.
    5 stars It's been a while since I've read a book that's made me this happy. Easily my favorite in the series and one of 2018!Full review to come. Find me on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    ***4 Stars***This was such a fun read! The banter! The slow burn! The sexy times once the burn explodes! Did I mention the banter?! The fake boyfriend aspect of the story was weak and very short lived, but I really don't care because it wasn't an integral part of the story...just a means for these two to meet and for sparks to fly. And best of all...the author had so many opportunities to turn a situation into unnecessary and eye-rolling drama......
  • Susan
    I don’t think I’m one for sports books or books about athletes. This whole closet thing always bugs me. Why did I read this then? Because I liked the first book (or I was in a good mood when I read it), and I read all the raving reviews for this one, so I’d thought I’d go for it.And while there was nothing really wrong with this book, it didn’t wow me either. I think what actually bothered me the most is that both Ollie and Lennon were ...
  • Sahitya
    This was way too enjoyable and sweet. Definitely my favorite of the series.
  • chandler ainsley ♕
    just what the dr. orderedi picked out a ton of dark sexy reads for smutathon but they all kind of left me... sad. this was such a nice change of pace and definitely redeemed this series for me after a less than stellar book 2.i definitely can affirm that eden finley writes some pretty excellent, sexy, MM romance that imo does not fetishize gay men. she takes care when writing her books in exploring the actual experiences of her characters rather ...
  • Chris
    3.5 stars for this romantic hockey adventure. I really enjoyed Ollie and his connection with Lennon. While it was predictable, it still gave me many smiles ❤ 3.5 stars for this romantic hockey adventure. I really enjoyed Ollie and his connection with Lennon. While it was predictable, it still gave me many smiles ❤️
  • Jenn
    In looking at all the 5-star reviews, I’ll admit I hesitated whether to give 5 stars as well (partially because I don’t give 5-stars often), because it just doesn’t seem possible and could be viewed as skewed reviewing, I realize. And if I’m being completely forthcoming, Ollie and Lennon are not my favorite couple in this series, although you could read this as a standalone if you wanted. My favorites are a previous couple, and a future c...
  • haletostilinski
    4.5 stars rounded down!Gotta say, it had been so long since the last book that I forgot who Lennon was - but I remembered quickly. If anyone else forgets, he was the sports reporter who hit on Noah to try to get some dirt on Matt, and ended up making Noah mad, but he didn't say anything about their fake relationship and was actually respectful to Noah and Matt, so they became friends. Ollie is a closeted hockey player who is friends and was on th...
  • Ariana
    I always love when an author can take an old trope and create something new with it.Eden Finley is doing exactly that here.The scenario of an athlete falling for a sports reporter was refreshing and very intriguing. But it does not go down the avenue you might think. See, Ollie doesn't know Lennon is a reporter to start with, and there could have been drama galore exploiting this.Eden Finley goes for a totally different, much deeper dilemma. This...
  • Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
    Absolutely loved Ollie and Lennon's story. Eden Finley portrayed this "coming out" storyline with compassion and understanding. Careers could have ended and livelihoods could have changed when Ollie's secret was known, but he took the high road and not only helped a friend in need but also found someone worth fighting for. Beautifully written and highly emotional. Eden Finley did not disappoint - this one was the best in the series so far.
  • Eugenia
    I love this series!!!That said, I cannot wait until this one comes out in audiobook!!So, fake of my favorite tropes! Eden Finley rocked it again in this third book of the series. While this could be read as a standalone, couples from the first two books make solid appearances here and being in the loop as to who they are would make this a much filler reading experience.I loved the setup for this one--fastest fake boyfriend setup ...
  • Vanna
    4 stars!! L❤VED it!! 💕. Ollie and Lennon are just MFEO!! 😍🔥🤩Ms Finley is fast becoming my go to author for escapist, funny and steamy reads. This book was no exception and despite my zero knowledge of NHL or hockey, Ollie just sucked me into his world.. his game, his large, loving and meddling family, his insecurities and his dreams. I wish we got to know a little more about Lennon's background; nevertheless his geeky look and perso...
  • Nina
    Can't wait for Ollie and Lennon 😍
  • Amanda
    Squee! I really love this series that revolves around the fake boyfriend theme and the author manage to make each one feels refreshing to read. Lennon is a sport journalist that we met previously and Ollie is a famous hockey player, who is not quite in the closet. Ollie is out to his family and close friend but not in the NHL. A closeted athlete and a sport journalist sounds like a recipe for disaster and the beginning of their budding romance is...
  • ~nikki the recovering book addict
    3 starsI enjoyed the first half of the book. But then the second half bored me. Except whenever Jet was around. So I’m looking forward to that. I just... I don’t know... this one didn’t wow me.