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Can two men fake an engagement for the greater good? 

Avery Kinkaid has been bowing to his father's will far too long. But when his dad supports anti-LGBTQ legislation, he's had enough. Sen. Kinkaid says things would be different if Avery had a fiancé in the wings. Well, fine: He'll just have to get one. 

Rory Fisher is an activist with a heart of gold and nerves of steel. He's not afraid to call Avery on his BS, and that's why Avery knows Rory is the perfect fake fiancé to help him take a stand. If he still feels a little too much for his ex, well, he can shove that down and suck it up to beat his dad at his own game. 

Until Rory encourages his most hidden desires. Until he makes Avery feel stronger, braver, and freer than he's ever been. 

Loving Rory is easy, but Avery's father won't just sit back and let them have their happily ever after. They will have to fight: for their love, for justice, for a future together. 

This is one power struggle they can't afford to lose.

©2020 DJ Jamison (P)2020 DJ Jamison

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 12-11-2020

A sweet second chances, fake engagement romcom!

A sweet second chances, opposites attract romance. I adored how Avery and Rory's relationship grew and progressed. The characters were relatable, likeable and well fleshed out. I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. Wyatt Baker has performed quite an exceptional audio delivery on this one.

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  • Becky
  • 27-10-2020

Second chances/Fake engagement

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC of the audiobook. Pros: watching Avery grow in confidence and stand up to his father, Rory's kindness (and his family's kindness). Avery's desire to wear makeup and pretty clothes clashes with his (father's) idea of what is manly and it's lovely to see how this changes over time. Also, often characters that wear makeup or lacy/flowery clothes are depicted as smaller in build, with finer features so it is refreshing to have a character with a "Jock" build expressing these desires. Diversity rules. Cons: The "father as villain" trope felt uncomfortably similar to book 1 in this series. The situation between Avery and his father is well written, you believe that Avery wants to give his Dad all the chances and the Dad character is the right side of the villain scale (not too overdone, not too cartoony). The political father forcing his son to stay in the closet bit has just been done a lot and I'm not sure anything new is achieved with Faking a Groom. The audio is clear and read in a traditional narrative style; the narrators voice fit the characters. There isn't a lot of differentiation between the character voices though, which was a negative for me.

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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 12-11-2020

Definitely going on my listen again list!!

OMG! I loved every second of this book! A villain, a fake engagement and learning to love...it has it all! And then the laughs! so much fun!

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  • A. Percival
  • 03-01-2021

Back to the series with frills

I liked that this third book in the series came back around to the same geography and sensibility. Love both characters, especially the jock who wanted to find an outlet for his desire for frills. The way he is torn about what he wants and how he hates himself for wanting it read very authentic. I also enjoyed the activist Rory and his extended family. When his stepfather shared that a family member likely killed himself while struggling with being transgender and black, that was hard and real. We lose too many people every year to violence against our trans brothers and sisters, and that is exponential among communities of color. Off my soapbox and back to the novel, I loved how the two men made each other stronger and better. The evil father is back from book one, only the name and profession have been changed. Other than that, very worth the listen.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 19-11-2020

Great listen!

Thoroughly enjoyed this new audio book from DJ Jamison! I liked the ebook version but Wyatt Baker brought this story to life for me! Great job!

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  • Wendy Stone
  • 15-11-2020

One of the best fake engagement stories ever!

I don’t have the opportunity to listen to many audiobooks but I’m so glad I was able to listen to this one. Fake engagements are one of my favorite tropes and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The story was so engaging, right from the start and I easily connected with the characters. This is the third book in the series. It was the first that I read, and I didn’t feel like I was floundering at all with not reading the other ones first (although I’m going to immediately rectify that and catch up with the first and second books). My heart went out to Avery. I’m a sucker for a broken character and Avery is so beautifully written. He’s a character that I think many of us can identify with in our own way, hiding the true parts of himself in order to make other people more comfortable. He’s been groomed for a life in politics and follows his father’s lead even when it isn’t his heart’s desire... until he once again crosses paths with Rory and has to confront the past they shared in secret. Rory is one of those guys that you just want to know and be friends with because you know they won’t let you down. I was rooting for these two from the start. And let me tell you, I wasn’t sure how they were ever going to get their HEA. DJ Jamison did a fantastic job of keeping up the suspense. I’ve only read one other book by this author but I’m a solid fan now and it won’t be my last. Their writing style is effortless to read and perfectly descriptive. I felt like a part of the story instead of someone looking at it from the outside. I want to take a minute to mention Wyatt Baker, who is a new to me narrator. I think he might be one of the best narrators I’ve ever listened to. He did a brilliant job with these characters and I can't wait to listen to him again.

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  • JH
  • 15-11-2020

A beautiful story about learning to love oneself

Avery is a man coerced into staying in the closet by his manipulative father. Rory is his first love... with Rory’s support Avery finds his true self and learns that it’s truly ok to be himself. I loved this book and Wyatt Baker did a wonderful job with the narration. 5 stars!

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  • Esther A
  • 15-11-2020

Great Second Chance

This is a great second chance romance with a wonderful fake engagement. Avery needs a fiance to fight against his father so he turns to Rory, his high school ex. I really enjoyed watching them rebuild their relationship as their fake relationship turns to real feelings. It was great to see Avery's self confidence grow throughout the story. The narrator did a great job with the story and with all of the character voices. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • Kassie K
  • 14-11-2020

Faking a Groom

Fairly good story. The narration is pretty typical for an audiobook. Glad everything ended happily. It was nice to see some cameo appearances from Caleb and Julien. I recommend if you’ve read and liked the other books in the series or are curious about this one. I received an arc and this is my honest review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2020

Fake relationship with a dash of politics

Narration 3.5 stars Story 4 stars Wyatt Baker is a new-to-me narrator, and it usually takes a few books for me to get accustomed to a voice. At times it was difficult to distinguish which MC was speaking as both characters were voiced the same. For me, it's easier to follow along with a story when a narrator uses a different tone or inflection for each main character. Having said that, the narration was more than acceptable. Baker's performance was enjoyable and I would listen to another of book narrated by him. As for the story, one of my favorite tropes--fake relationship--is the main plot point and is what drew me to this book. Though the writing felt repetitive at times, I thoroughly enjoyed Avery and Rory and the evolution of their relationship. It was sweet how they reconnected years after their high school fling. Avery's dad was an excellent villain. Other minor characters were fleshed out and complimented Avery and Rory's story. I especially loved Rory's family. Although part of a series, I didn't feel lost at any point during this story. Faking the Groom can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. In all, I'd recommended this book for anyone who loves fake relationships, found family, and second chances.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 17-11-2020

I love fake dates

I loved the story and another book I haven’t read but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I love it when characters have to fake something and this premise is too cute. I liked the growth of the Avery and Rory. I liked politics in books and this didn’t disappoint. I liked Wyatt Baker’s voice and pace. I really enjoyed the story and recommend this audio.

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  • Amelia
  • 16-11-2020

A wonderfully narrated, stunningly emotional story

I'm stunned by how deep and emotional this fake fiances romance was! I was expecting a goofy, lighthearted tale of two men faking a relationship until it turned into something real, but what I experienced was so much more than that. Avery and Rory transformed themselves in this story, living up to their fullest potential and fighting back against injustice in a meaningful way. Between the two of them, Avery's growth surprised me the most. The Avery I met at the beginning of this book was defeated, manipulated by his father and conditioned to believe he had to hide away his "unnatural" desires. His fake engagement proposal to Rory felt more like a desperate man grasping at straws than any meaningful action to stand up for himself. As the story progressed, it was so uplifting to see Avery take back the reins of his own life and start to lose his fear of being perceived as weak. Seeing him be truly vulnerable and open with Rory was touching, and every time Rory's friends and family provided a safe space for Avery to be his true self I wanted to jump up and down with joy. By the end of the book, Avery was almost unrecognizable. His pride and self-confidence kept him standing tall even under the most intense pressure, and it was thrilling to see such a change. While Avery's journey of self-discovery resonanted with me down to my core, his deep, passionate love for Rory was stirring for an entirely different reason. The two of them had insane chemistry right from the start, and seeing how they couldn't keep their hands off each other was heady. Their first few nights of rediscovering each others' bodies were explosive, packed with raw desire and pent-up need and enough emotion to take my breath away. The way Rory was so patient with Avery when he couldn't express what he wanted made me melt, and I ached right alongside Rory when Avery put on his macho man mask instead of opening up completely. Avery's inner struggle was intense when it came to his physical desires, and it was fascinating to see how being soft and open in bed with Rory translated to Avery's overall confidence in himself. All in all, I thought this was a fantastic romance with an equally exciting storyline. Wyatt Baker's narration was on-point the entire time, and I loved the expressive voices he chose for Avery and Rory. I felt awful for Avery every time his dad let him down, but seeing how Avery's trust in Rory never wavered made me smile. The two of them presented a strong, united front in the face of their challenges and neither man sat back and waited to be rescued from anything. The way Rory and Avery fought for each other, more than anything, showed me how real and lasting their love is. **I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 16-11-2020

A solid addition to the series!

While this book is third in the series, it could be read/listened to as a standalone, although the characters from book 1 feature prominently in Faking a Groom, so for maximum enjoyment, you might want to read that one at least. I really liked Avery and Rory, especially once their 'fake' relationship turned real. There were some portions that dragged a little and were hashed and rehashed, like Avery's relationship with his father. Really, how naive do you have to be not to realize your father is just stringing you along so you do what he wants and not what you need to do? I got it when he was a teen who'd just lost his mom, but at his age, nope, it should've taken less than it did. Avery and Rory seemed to bring the best out of each other. Rory giving Avery the confidence to be the man he'd been duped into hiding since he was a teen, and Avery giving Rory the push he needed to do something else with his life, something he really enjoyed doing. It didn't hurt that they had great chemistry and were really hot together. ;) Wyatt Baker did a great job with the narration, his voice is very pleasant and he really suits DJ Jamison's writing style. I liked that even if it had a similar premise to book 1, to the point that the bad guy was one of the guys' father, it still felt different and fresh. It was a solid, enjoyable addition to the series and I hope there will be more books coming in the future.

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  • choccygrl
  • 15-11-2020

Heartbreaking and uplifting

I love a fake boyfriend story and this had all the components of that trope in spades. But this was much more.  It was about Avery's journey of self discovery and acceptance, not just publicly coming out of the closet and standing up to his bullying father, but in acknowledging and embracing his femme side. It was a journey that was both heartbreaking and uplifting.

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  • Elle Kay
  • 11-11-2020

Baker helps Jamison's best work (so far) shine

I loved reading this book when the print edition was released so I was pleasantly surprised when Baker’s narration brought the characters even more to life for me. I’d initially deemed this Jamison’s best work yet, but found myself enjoying it even more in audio. I love broken characters and Avery definitely fits the bill. So much damage was done to him by the person who should have loved and supported him the most. However, it was beautiful to watch Rory’s patient love start to heal Avery. This story is an amazing exploration of what it means to be true to yourself, and how that journey is sometimes easier for some people than for others . . . but always worth the trip.

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  • Rebekah
  • 11-11-2020

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this fake fiancée turn second chance romance between Avery and Rory. There are some heartbreaking scenes with how Avery feels being in the closet and how is father treats him. After they spend time together their old chemistry comes back to life but they have some hurdles to overcome. The narrator Wyatt brought the story to life.

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  • L.D.
  • 09-11-2020

Not So Fake a Groom

Faking a Groom is the third book in the Martial Bliss series and could easily be read as a standalone; however, I strongly recommend the entire series. This book is a contemporary romance with a second-chance-love trope, forbidden/fake relationship trope, and friends-to-lovers trope, which are all set against a political backdrop. The politics, while an important plot device, are not overwhelming and do not take over the book. D.J. Jamison has written a beautiful love story with a sweet (and hard-earned!) ending. There was angst, suspense, and then that beautiful taste of sweet victory when the main characters overcome all their obstacles. I was cheering for Avery and Rory and felt so satisfied when they got their happy ending. The characters for Faking a Groom are really interesting and well crafted. Avery is a complex man with competing loyalties to his father, his career, and his heart. Avery had to grapple with these different elements and figure out what was truly important to him—this took sacrifice and a lot of growth. Rory was awesome. I enjoyed his spirit and dedication, but also appreciated his softer side. He, too, had to reflect on his own priorities and determine what he truly wanted in his future. Together, these two main characters had a beautiful romance (with some amazing, hot sex scenes). The audiobook was narrated by Wyatt Baker who did a great job. Wyatt has a really pleasant narrative voice that worked really well for this book. He narrated each character distinctly and made it very easy to follow along in the story. I also enjoyed his performance which strikes a nice balance between performative but not over-the-top. The audiobook production was well done and made for a great listening experience.

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  • Modwena Farrell
  • 08-11-2020

great story, great narration

I loved this book. Avery in particular is such an intensely complex character. Having spent a lifetime hiding at his politician father's request he is finally done hiding in the shadows. I have such a sweet spot for Avery, trying to break free of the toxic thoughts that his father has been force feeding him since he was a teen proves very difficult. I love how determined he is to be true to himself, not just in his sexuality but in how he expresses it. Rory and Avery were childhood sweethearts but split when Avery was unwilling to come out. When Avery's dad throws his considerable weight behind a bill that would hurt the LGBT+ community the pair decide to fake an engagement to try and derail his plans. As they reconnect Rory realises that he may have been too quick to judge Avery and becomes his biggest supporter. I love the fact that Avery's layers are peeled back bit by bit, we get a real sense of the psychological conditioning that he has been subjected to and watching him slowly overcome the image of what he should be as opposed to who he is. Rory is the best sort of cheerleader, not too pushy but allowing Avery to become more true to himself.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 07-11-2020

Second Chance For Happiness

Avery had come out to his father ten years ago and had been kept in the closet ever since, every time he raised the issue of coming out publicly his father had excuses, Avery has had enough of it now, he's not happy hiding his true self. Rory was dissatisfied with his life, hooking up wasn't satisfying him anymore and he'd realised he had a type, and his type all reminded him of his high school hook up. Fate plays a helping hand and they both end up at the same charity gala. They haven't seen each other since high school, but they're in a position to help each other out now..can they put the hurt of the past behind them? I loved their story and the narration was great. #highschoolsweethearts #lovefindsaway #bettertohavelovedandlost

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  • Suzanne Christie
  • 07-11-2020

Great listen

I love this Bliss Island series, great characters and real depth to the stories. Faking A Groom is a second chance fake romance story and it will sweep you up, I found it hard to stop this book once I got started. It’s fun, sweet but also packs a punch emotionally. Credit to Wyatt Baker for really delivering these characters in his performance.

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