Champagne Charade (Friends of Friends #4.5) by Leighton Greene

A reunion of all the friends from the series in Champagne Charade prompts Tyler to ask his friend and Dom Damon to be pretend to be his boyfriend for a New Year's wedding. Damon is realizing he might want more from Tyler, but first they have to get through the weekend and Tyler's gauntlet of protective friends. 

From the blurb:

It was supposed to be fun - but things are getting too real, too fast.

After I got dumped, I never got around to telling my best friend. Why relive the pain? But his New Year’s Eve wedding is coming up soon, and I also never got around to removing my ex from the guest list.

Cue my current hookup and Dom-on-demand, Damon Kirk, joking that he could stand in as my ex. A fake name, a fake relationship…

It’s a terrible idea. Of course I’m not going to do it.

But when I run into my best friend unexpectedly, I can’t bring myself to interrupt his dream wedding, and the little white lie just…

Slips out.

It’s only for the wedding. Only for New Year’s Eve. One little charade…

I know Damon isn’t interested in anything real. I know all those kisses and hugs are just for show. But I still can’t help falling under his spell.

I have to remember: after the wedding - and the year - is over, so is our fake relationship.

The clock is ticking down…

But what if our charade isn’t just an act?


Champagne Charade is a 31,000-word novella wrapping up the kinky Friends of Friends series with humor, heart, and a whole lot of heat. Say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new with this fake relationship romance, including hookups pining for more, a winter wedding for old friends, and a fresh start for everyone at the stroke of midnight.

SNik's Review:

Fifth in series (Friends of Friends), can be read as a standalone but might be more fun if read in order. Fake boyfriend. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Tyler has his best friend's wedding to attend, but he hasn't told any of his friends that he broke up with his boyfriend. However, Tyler currently has a Dom, and he seems like more than a hookup, but can he really ask Damon to pretend to be his boyfriend for a New Year's wedding? 

Neither Damon nor Tyler were looking for a relationship, but perhaps there is more to their meetups than just their D/s scenes and during their weekend away, they both start to search their feelings. 

Lots of cameos and supportive interactions with the author’s previous main characters in this series and from other books, causing Damon and Tyler to reconsider their fake boyfriend charade. 

Both Tyler and Damon are likable characters, and have shared common interests outside of their D/s interests, which made the read a fun one as they slowly discover that they might want more.

Rating: 4 Stars

Champagne Charade is available to buy as an ebook and paperback.