When Fake Changed Everything by JP Sayle #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MM

Erryn reviews ‘When Fake Changed Everything’ by JP Sayle. The ebook was published October 30, 2019 and is 76 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Matt Haynes , released on May 19, 2020 and is 2hrs and 10mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.

Why Erryn read this book: I enjoyed The Playroom series.

When did being “fake boyfriends” start making it difficult to remain friends?

Jamie Rider is a man who accepts who he is with no boundaries, but with that comes consequences that leave him vulnerable. That is, until Todd.

Todd shows him that he’ll always be his knight in shining armor, bringing Jamie to a new reality. Todd stands up to the bullies, allowing Jamie to see that friendship is no longer the thing he craves the most.

But can a fake relationship, too many years of friendship, and a nasty boss prevent Jamie from gaining the one thing he now realizes he can’t live without – Todd?

When Fake Changed Everything is a stand-alone book. It is M/M romance with fake relationship, friends to lovers, and a best friend who needs a sassy boyfriend who loves to wear heels.

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Erryn’s Review: 

I have enjoyed J.P. Sayle’s BDSM series and so was thrilled to get a chance to review this book.  I’ve read a bunch of fake boyfriend books recently and when they’re done well they can be fun.  This one had a couple of twists.

First there’s Jamie.  He’s out and proud.  He’s been bullied because of it, but he’s true to himself.  And he’s been in love with his best friend Todd for many years.  They have an odd friendship.  Todd began the relationship as a protector for Jamie, standing up to the bullies who scattered to the wind with Todd’s looming presence.

Now, years later, Jamie is working in a bank and Todd is living in the wilderness.  Todd visits Jamie a couple of times a year in the city but it’s not enough as far as Jamie’s concerned.  Or perhaps it’s too much – being this close to the man he loves.

Todd, for his part, has been living a quiet existence.  And he hasn’t told Jamie the two greatest secrets he keeps close to his heart – that he’s not so straight and that he’s in love with his best friend.  But he’s silent until the opportunity to help Jamie arises.  Jamie’s dealing with a new bully – a co-worker who just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  Todd suggests they pretend to be fake boyfriends thereby cutting off any potential awkward situations.  Sounds easy, right?

Jamie’s co-worker just won’t take no for an answer and things end in a massive showdown.

There were two little things that niggled at me.  First was that Jamie seemed to need rescuing a lot and Todd was there to do it.  Happily to be sure, but it might have been nice to see Jamie succeed on his own.  Second is there was a consent violation between the two men that left me uncomfortable.  But these were minor niggles.  Overall I did enjoy the story and especially loved the ending.

Matt Haynes narrated Ms. Sayle’s Playroom series, so I was surprised to hear him speaking with an American accent after his British one.  He does a competent job with both, and his narration style is distinctive and unique.  I hope to listen to more books by Ms. Sayle narrated by Mr. Haynes.

Erryn’s Rating:

8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars

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Let me introduce myself, my name is Jayne, I’m a lady of a certain age (50, bites fingernails). I am an identical twin, the younger one of course by 7 minutes. I am married to a wonderfully complicated man, and we’ve celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary (yeah that’s a lot of year I could have been out for good behaviour now J). I have one daughter and two grandbabies one boy and one girl.

I was born in the Isle of Man; this makes me Manx (not British or English). I moved to the UK for several years, and as a child I lived in Italy for a while. But, the island calls to me so I returned home in 1998. I love the sea and now it’s only a stone’s throw from my home.

I (unfortunately) still work in the caring profession and have done for 34 years and have been a hospital nurse manager, out of hours, for the past three years. I made the decision to work part time nights in 2016 so that I could pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a writer.

I have always believed that I could and would write a book, but life just seemed to get in the way. Until someone asked me the question, “What do I want?” The answer was easy, the hard part was making it happen. Well, it did and it has and it was life-changing experience for me.

I released my first book in Feb 2018 and have subsequently released a few more since. I’ve found true happiness in doing something that just brightens my day. Now I won’t say it’s been a breeze because those who write know it’s not a total blast all the time, but it has been fun and exciting.

My island is steeped in folklore and I have used some of this in my writing, particularly the Manx Cat Guardian Series I’ve written, its paranormal with a twist, (book seven was released last month and the box set is now out too). I’ve also branched out into a little Daddy Kink, with some other tropes thrown in, with the La Trattoria Di Amore Series. I appear to mainly write in series because I have a few others coming in 2019/20: The Playroom, The App, Potters Creek and the Flamingo Bar series. Yep as I as series seem to be the way my mind works and if I can find the time I’ll finish the first M/F book in the Broken Veils series, which is the story line left on a cliff hanger in the Manx Cat Guardian series.

Writing has unleashed a beast in my mind and now I can’t switch it off. So with that, I now have several ideas vying for my attention, and currently it’s who shouts the loudest.

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