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I can't believe it's come to this...

It was your classic case of opposites. I was the football star; he was the class clown that put itching powder in my jockstrap. I'm laid-back; he's in-your-face loud. I've told everyone for years that I hate him...but hate has an opposite, too.

His name is Tripp. He's a social media star. And he's so damn vibrant he makes my teeth ache. And I need to ask him for a favor.

My parents are coming to town. The same social climbing idiots who disowned me when I refused to go into something "prestigious", like medicine or law. The same parents who made my grandmother so upset when they called the other day that she bragged about my new celebrity boyfriend.

I don't have a boyfriend, celebrity or otherwise.

Now, my parents are coming back to town, intent on meeting my nonexistent partner. I just want to get through this visit, appease their pride, and watch them go away again.

If Tripp will play pretend for me, maybe we can make it through this visit without bloodshed. And if my inner wolf will settle down, maybe I won't have to wonder whether he's my fated mate or not.

Welcome to Blackwater, Montana - a small town with a big personality, where shifters and humans coexist. Claimed by My Pretend Boyfriend is a dual-point-of-view shifter audiobook with mentions of mpreg and a guaranteed happy ending. The sixth and final in this series, this audiobook can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

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I liked books 1-5, but this one = meh

I very much like this author, and have read and/or listened to books 1-5 in this series. This book just fell flat though, as I couldn’t find any appeal in the characters. Liam Kingsley’s characters are usually so likeable but Decker’s so egotistical to hide his insecurities and Tripp is just an ars#hole. I kept going, hoping that the explanations of their pasts and their growing relationship would redeem the characters, but no. The narrator over-emoted so much that he made cheesy caricatures of the two MCs, although slowing the audio speed to 0.9x helped make his frenetic, breathless speech patterns more tolerable. I’m happy to see different narrators for the rest of the series, so hopefully the next book in series will be better.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 07-02-2021

They can't all be winners

So, I'll say up front that I didn't finish this book, which I detested. I spent most of my time trying to figure out if I hated Tripp more because of Liam Kingsley's writing, or because of Aleks Esquire's narration. I eventually decided that it was a combination of both factors that made him into a smug, irritating jerk.

Tripp is a yoga instructor, Decker is a football coach. They both have popular social media channels, but Tripp is more popular. In fact, everything Tripp does is presented as "better" in some way than everything Decker does. This might have worked in another novel, maybe one where Decker needs to be taken down a peg or two, but here, Decker is presented as a really nice guy who works hard and doesn't deserve to be constantly humiliated by the ostensible love of his life.

And maybe I wouldn't even feel that way if it weren't for Esquire's narration. It's nice to hear someone do different voices for each character but his voice for Tripp is just so damn SMUG it makes me hate him even more. On a more technical level, Esquire makes a lot of mistakes, the most hilarious being mispronouncing the word "wanton," meaning sexual, as "wonton," like the soup.

Anyway, I think most of the blame should lie squarely on Kingsley, whom I usually like a lot. I think the takeaway here is that if you're going to have a relationship where one character is constantly one-upping the other, you have to make sure the one on the receiving end actually deserves it. Otherwise it just comes across as profoundly irritating. This book was just awful.

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  • Cfoster00
  • 25-08-2020

Opposites attract! Loved this story!

Tripp the class clown and major prankster when in school, loved to prank his classmates but mostly Decker. Growing up poor he knew his crush on Decker would never go anywhere but he still loved making Decker mad by embarrassing him, or makeing him laugh or anything really just as long as he had his attention! Now years later he’s finally going to get a chance to at least be Deckers pretend boyfriend and that’s absolutely ok with him!
Decker’s uppity hateful parents are coming for a visit and his grandmother gives him a heads up that they think he’s dating a celebrity and finally getting serious with someone. Decker takes his grandma’s advice and goes to see Tripp. It didn’t take long before they realized the chemistry apparently had always been there simmering for them both! Tripp and Decker’s steamy hot story is the sweetest, funniest, absolute perfect storm that I really enjoyed! I’m not going to spoil it by revealing any of the delicious details but you seriously don’t want to miss this audiobook! Claimed By My Pretend Boyfriend is book 6 in the Blackwater Pack series but can be read as a standalone. I didn’t have any trouble at all with the story. However I’m planning on listening to the other stories ASAP! I thought narrator Aleks Esquire did a really good job with this audiobook and bringing the characters to life in Liam Kingsley’s awesome story!

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  • Esther A
  • 24-08-2020

Fated Opposites

Tripp has been crushing on Decker since high school but Decker never reciprocated. Years later Decker still sees Tripp as annoying and a jokester but he needs Tripp to act as his boyfriend for when his parents come to town. I really like watching these two really get to know each other while they're pretending. They form a real connection and I really like that they form that connection before confirming that they're fated. It's a very sweet and enjoyable listen that was wonderfully brought to life by the excellent narrator. He did a great job with all of the characters and the story itself. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 24-08-2020

Delightful, engaging & fun frenemies to lovers. 

Delightful, engaging fun frenemies to lovers.  I really enjoyed the narration and this was a new to me narrator.  He did a good job on Decker and Tripp and brought them to life for me. Gave me a fun day of listening and enjoying this story. I found myself laughing out loud as Decker describes his first yoga experience or getting up at 5am to get to the mountaintop for a video shoot.  There were special moments and lots of great time with Decker's Nana, who is really special.  

I really enjoy the fake boyfriend idea and this one was more fun than usual. They have known each other since school and they have picked and pranked each other but Derek never realized he was attracted to Tripp. i loved that they took their time and spent it getting to know each other.  

Decker and Tripp are combustible and they are just so perfect together.  They bring out the very best in each other and their lives fit so well.. their worlds complement each other.  

This is book six of the Blackwater Pack and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, 

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  • LilMommi
  • 23-08-2020

It Was Good

I enjoyed reading it, Tripp and Decker are my favorite couple of the series.
Listening to it was ok, this is my first listen to of this narrator, and he did an ok job, it just needed a little bit more.

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  • Amelia
  • 22-08-2020

A decent fake-boyfriends-to-mates story

I haven't read or listened to the other books in this series, but I was still able to enjoy this story as a standalone. Tripp and Decker weren't my favorite characters ever, but I didn't hate them. I didn't like the choice this narrator made for Tripp's voice, and I do think that's part of the reason I didn't warm up to him as the story went on. Decker was alright, but I thought he was a bit of a pushover for going along with the fake boyfriend charade as soon as his Nona suggested it. That entire aspect of the story felt a little weird to me, if I'm being completely honest. I've read other stories with the fake boyfriend trope and enjoyed them, but there was just something off here and I can't put my finger on what it is. That being said, the energy and banter between the main characters was entertaining. Tripp and Decker are the kind of couple that doesn't take themselves too seriously, always telling stories and joking with each other, and I really appreciate that. Once they were together as a real couple and the fated mates bond kicked in, the story pushed a little too far into lovey-dovey territory for me. There was a bit of stereotypical "omega is good with kids and wants a baby", and the thing about yoga techniques allowing a natural birth seemed far-fetched, but nothing I had a huge issue with. This story doesn't stray too far from the typical alpha/omega romance, and there was nothing particularly shocking or unexpected here, but it was still a solid story with good entertainment value.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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  • Blackmermaid
  • 19-08-2020

When Fake Becomes Real

This is the first one I have read or listened to in this series, but it is definitely a stand-alone. I plan on listening to the other stories soon.

I enjoyed the fake boyfriend and enemies to lovers storyline. I liked Tripp and Decker's banter. The narrator was new to me and he did a great job. The voices were distinct from each other.

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  • JKS
  • 18-08-2020

Tripp and Decker

Claimed by My Pretend Boyfriend is book 6 in Blackwater Pack series. Tripp and Decker were exactly friends in school. Tripp was a prankster and Decker was his target. Now years later Decker needs a favor from Tripp, to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town. Little did Decker know it would spark something in them and with fates help give them their happy ending, together. This was an enjoyable book and narrator Aleks Esquire does a fabulous job, it just needed to be better edited.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 17-08-2020

Loved the story, the narration was ok

I always enjoy Liam Kinglsey and loved the story! I love the "Claimed" Blackwater pack, the story of Decker and Tripp. Decker and Tripp had known each other since high school and did not get along. Decker needs a famous celebrity boyfriend for when his parents come to town. Tripp agrees. I loved Tripp's great attitude!! This was a great story line, But I struggled with the narration. I had read the book and the vocals just didn't work for me.

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  • JulyP
  • 17-08-2020

Enjoyed

I always seem to love this trope, and the narration was well worth a listen... I would recommend.

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  • Leslie Lagan
  • 25-08-2020

When pretend becomes reality...

Decker Savage and Tripp Ingram have known each other since they were kids in school. Growing up, Tripp was the class clown, always looking for the next opportunity to prank his crush, Decker. He was the proverbial thorn in Deck’s side, trying to get his attention. But, the laid back jock, was oblivious to Tripp’s interest. He just thought Tripp was annoying with all of his attention-seeking antics.

They wound up in shockingly similar positions as adults despite their differences. Tripp became a Yoga instructor with a cool yurt studio, and an impressive following for the instructional videos he posts online. Meanwhile, Decker became a football coach and personal trainer who also uploads instructional videos online for his followers. Together, they’re both incredibly successful in their careers and online.

That begs the question, how do they wind up getting together for their happily ever after? Simple. Decker’s sweet Nona might have told his pretentious parents he was dating someone famous to keep them from disrupting their lives. You see, Decker's estranged from his parents. They wanted him to have a distinguished career worthy of bragging about and, in their opinion, being a coach and personal trainer doesn’t cut it. They’re concerned he’s spending the money they’re sending him on a ‘party boy’ lifestyle, and are insisting they pay a visit to make sure everything is in order.

The problem with Nona’s claim is Deck only knows one person who could be considered famous, and that someone is Tripp. If he doesn’t bite the bullet and ask Tripp for help, his parents will cut off the money which can’t happen because he uses it to take care of his Nona. So, Deck takes the plunge. When he does, Tripp couldn’t be happier about the request to play Deck’s pretend partner. He’s had a thing for Deck since school and he’s hoping something more will come from the arrangement. Perhaps if they spent time getting to know each other Deck will realize they’re good together. Little does he know, his hopeful wishing is about to become reality.

Together, the two men get to know each other on a deeper level. The time they spend together is all in the name of making their relationship believable. But, along the way, things begin to shift until they’re no longer faking it. Even with Deck’s meddling mother trying to destroy what they have, they come out on top of it all.

With this sort of trope, I can either take it or leave it. I don’t have a lady-bone for fake boyfriends like a lot of other people do. Though, I do find it enjoyable from time to time. I have to admit this was a sweet fake boyfriend story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

At first, I was a bit confused by Deck’s parents sending him money. If he was disowned, why would they even bother? But, after the conversation he has with his dad, it made sense. His dad wasn’t nearly as bad as his wretched mother, but he did come across as spineless which made me like him a lot less.

I found this story both sweet and engaging. There were moments when the characters came across as immature. But, if you give them a chance you’ll see just how mature they really are. They put their relationships and careers before starting a family. To me, that means they were trying to build a strong foundation before starting their family.

I’d also like to point out that this is my first ever Aleks Esquire audiobook. I wasn’t sure what to expect with him, but I liked his reading style. He throws himself into the narrating which makes the character more interesting and the story more vivid.

Overall, I think if you like the Blackwater Pack series, Liam Kingsley, and/or Aleks Esquire, give this book a chance. It’s a fun addition to the rest of the Blackwater series. I’d for sure recommend this book to anyone into mpreg, m/m romance, and shifters.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 25-08-2020

Good story, enjoyed the narration

This is a frenemies-to-fake boyfriend-to fated mates story. Decker and Tripp are old high school mates that played pranks on each other, so they weren't exactly the best of friends. However, when Decker needs to prove to his mum that he has a famous boyfriend, he asks Tripp who agrees. As they keep up appearances with the fake relationship, it becomes clear that they do have a connection and both are willing to take it further.
Alex Esquire does a good job with the narration. I enjoyed his voices for the characters. The pacing/cadence was really good.
A very good way to enjoy the story.

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  • XG
  • 24-08-2020

So good!!

Loved it! Funny, witty, entertaining, I don’t have enough words to describe this book 6 on the series. This Frenemies-fake boyfriends-to-fated-mates story was simply brilliant. You can feel the energy of Tripp, the professionalism of Decker and in general the love for each other. So good!! And what makes the book even better is the wonderful performance of Mr Esquire. The way in which he managed every single character, its personality in the dialogues and interactions was simply amazing. A great voice actor.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 24-08-2020

Loved it

This was a great audiobook.
Another great listen in a great series.
I am looking forward to listening to more audiobooks from Liam and Aleks.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 24-08-2020

I definitely love fake partner stories

I love fake partner and hate to love stories. I really enjoyed the dual point of view too. I really liked Aleks Esquire’s voice and inflection. It was definitely a story I really enjoyed listening to. And it’s a story I haven’t read prior to listening, but I had no problem keeping up, now I need to get the book. I would recommend this audio book.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 23-08-2020

Great entry in the series

I always love stories with the fake boyfriend trope and it is very well handled here. Decker and his grandmother are financially dependent on Decker's rich, nasty, controlling parents (although Dad turns out to be a stand up guy). They want him to stop doing videos and do something "real" like go to med school. Grandma tries to help the situation by telling Decker's mother he has a celebrity boyfriend. Mom likes the sound of that and decides to come visit and meet said boyfriend. The only problem is, there isn't one. Fortunately for Decker, a famous video yoga star that he knows from high school does live in town. The two have been dancing around each other for years and in high school were more like enemies that friends with their pranks and picking on each other. Tripp agrees to help and as this title blatantly gives away, it is fated mates time. It is clear very early that these two belong together and there is a wonderful scene where Decker reads the riot act to his mom, chooses Tripp and HEA and babies ensue. It was great to see characters from earlier books again and just as an indication of how much they have become old friends, I was worried in the first chapter when Nash was drinking again. The alcohol abuse problem seems to have been solved, but that scene distressed me and I worried about him all through the book. Fortunately, he and Holden and the kids are still blissfully happy. This completes the series for me, but I hope we eventually get more visits to Blackwater. The narration by Aleks Esquire was nicely done. The character voices were distinct (not easy with all these male voices to handle) and the emotions were realistic and never over the top.

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  • Magnus
  • 23-08-2020

Nice addition

Another nice addition by Liam Kingsley. Was great to revisit the Blackwater Pack, Trip and Dekker are such a sweet couple. Aleks Esquire did amazing work with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Rebekah
  • 22-08-2020

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed listening to this fake boyfriend story that turns into a real relationship with a surprise as well. Decker and Tripp have some problems with interfering family members.

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  • alias11
  • 21-08-2020

Entertaining

I really liked the story of Decker and Tripp. They have known each other for years, and are complete opposites. Youthful pranks made them frenemies, but when Decker needs a fake boyfriend to appease his parents, he asks Tripp. I loved these MCs! Tripp is funny, snarky, and the perfect foil for the laid back, serious Decker. Oh, and they are fated mates, too. This was just a fun, entertaining low angst story.

The narration is good, although it sounded like their were a few lines erroneously repeated.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • A.K.
  • 15-08-2020

Worth the listen

I actually really enjoyed the narration on this story and felt the low angst was perfect for this couple. They were very sweet together and were very open to communication which was a nice shift from so many other overdone tropes.

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