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Book Review: ‘Fake Friends’ By Saxon James


Title: Fake Friends
Series: Never Just Friends #2
Author: Saxon James
Published: December 28, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/May Books 
Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 354 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Pansexual; Friends to Lovers; Second Chance; Coming Out; Fake Relationship; Family Drama; CW: Homophobia; Suicidal Thoughts; Standalone

5-heart review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

Fake Friends isn’t your typical fake relationship trope as it involves a second chance storyline with extra emotional baggage for our two troubled men who are brilliantly written by Saxon James.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. As Rowan’s fragile psychological sense of self builds, it is both heart wrenching and beautiful to read.

And Circus is not without scars either. He is deeply lonely and fills his need for attachment with social media and online interactions, mostly with strangers. He still carries heavy weights from the loss of his parents and hides this burden from his friends.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. 

When Circus needs a second person to fulfill a contract with a clothing company, he runs out of options until Rowan volunteers. After consulting the Magic 8-Ball (who wouldn’t, right?) a series of interactions and decisions made in the heat of the moment build a delicate relationship between the previously close men. To the locals, their friendship is reforming after a separation at the conclusion of school. But behind closed doors both men find themselves questioning their identities and their futures they had thought were clear.

Even though it sounds like Fake Friends would be a heavy read, Saxon James brings levity and fun to the story through clever dialogue and sharp-witted characters. The second title in the Never Just Friends series, this edition easily reads as a standalone.

A copy of Fake Friends was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Gay Romance Reviews, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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Author: Taysha Jarrett

Taysha Jarrett is the Community Engagement Advisor for Rebellious Unicorns and the Copy Editor for Kelowna.LGBT