Last updated on January 23rd, 2024
In this review, we’ll take a honest look at Best Fake Fiance, the 2nd book in the Loveless Brothers Series by Roxie Noir.
This book details the friends-to-lovers romance between Daniel, a single dad fighting for custody of his child, and Charlotte, the tomboy childhood best friend. In a desperate attempt to prevent the child’s mother from getting full custody, Daniel lies to the judge that he’s engaged to his best friend.
This book started out well – for the first 20%, it was a 5-star read. But the more I read, the lower my rating got, and I really struggled to finish it.
I loved the witty banter and the initial tension between both main characters as they started to question crossing the line into being more than friends. And the narrators did a good job. But sadly, the rest of the book didn’t continue with the same level of engagement.
Best Fake Fiance – Roxie Noir
GENRE: Contemporary romance
PUB DATE: August 12, 2019
TROPE: friends to lovers, single dad, fake relationship
In a desperate attempt to prevent his child’s mother from getting full custody, Daniel lies to the judge that he’s engaged to his best friend.
poor character development
several plot points didn't make sense
overemphasis on physical chemistry
My life has room for exactly two women: my daughter Rusty and my best friend Charlotte—known to everyone as Charlie. One is a feisty, tomboyish firecracker. The other is my seven-year-old. I can’t imagine life without either.
So when my ex springs a custody hearing on me, I find myself telling the judge that I’m engaged to Charlie.
The only problem? I’m not. Time to fake an engagement.
Pretending we’re a couple will be no big deal. We’ve been friends for years. We used to sneak cigarettes behind the bleachers. We turned cans of hairspray into flamethrowers. We got drunk on stolen malt liquor.
She’s beautiful, vivacious, spontaneous, and she loves my daughter to death. It’s the perfect answer: we fake it for a few months, then go back to our lives.
Until we touch, and sparks fly. Until I can’t take my eyes off her. Until I can’t stop thinking about what she’s got on under her coveralls.
It takes one kiss. One touch. One shared secret and suddenly, I’m not pretending anymore. I want her, I need her in ways I didn’t know I could.
But there’s a lifetime of friendship between us, and falling in love with Charlie could mean risking everything.
Why you may want to skip it
While Best Fake Fiancé started out well with witty banter and decent sexual tension, the unlikeable female MC and confusing plot points made it difficult for me to finish.
But I know everyone has different tastes, so if you like single dad, friends-to-lovers romances with some funny brothers, then this might be worth a shot.