The (Fake) Dating Game

By Timothy Janovsky

Published: January 2024

  • 'Game show antics, idiots in love, and a healthy dose of steam…this book is everything I want in a romance novel!'

    –Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive

    'A fake-dating romance with great character backstory and a genuinely surprising twist. You might shed a tear or two in the third act. A must-read for fans of Alexis Hall.' Good Housekeeping

    Ready. Set. Faux.

    Things are not going well for Holden James. His chance to audition for his favourite game show, Madcap Market, should have been great – a tribute to his mum, who died six years ago. Instead, he’s destroying the minibar in a grim hotel room…recently dumped and sliding into misery.

    But at least he has room service. It even comes with a sexy (smart-ass) concierge who arrives with pizza, Monopoly, and rather distracting forearms.

    All Holden knows about Leo Min is that he’s beautiful, unexpectedly sympathetic, and the chemistry between them is off the charts. Maybe it’s even enough to convince the show’s casting directors that they’re a real couple. And if they can win the competition and the huge cash prize, all of Holden’s problems – his broken heart, buried grief, and complete lack of money and direction – will be solved.

    Of course, nothing ever works out as planned. And love is an entirely different game…

    Perfect for fans of:

    Male-male romance ❤️

    Fake dating 🤫

    Spice 🌶️

    Praise for Timothy Janovsky:

    'Janovsky has a real flair for delivering sensually descriptive love scenes with steam to spare and a gift for crafting characters with whom readers can readily connect.' Booklist

    'A playful yet heartfelt romp through grief and new love… fun, fast-paced, and full of feeling' – Publisher's Weekly

    'Fans of the fake-dating trope and game shows will find a lot to like here.' – Library Journal

    'Timothy Janovsky’s breezy “fake dating” rom-com is ultimately rather sweet. Granted, there’s an episode involving FaceTime and a cucumber, but still.' – The Times

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