Frat Bro (Fixer Brothers Construction Co Book 3) by Raleigh Ruebins

Frat Bro is the 3rd book in the Fixer Brothers Construction series and gives us a jaded construction worker who just might find what he's been looking for all along in a young 20 something supposedly straight jock bartender.

If you enjoy the fake relationship trope, this one is for you!

From the blurb:

This fall, I have one simple rule: don't fall in love with my fake boyfriend.
I’m awful at following the rules.

One minute I was a nobody in a small Colorado town, getting by on contract work, home renovations, and a dumpster fire of a dating life—and then suddenly, my life was on TV. Fixer Brothers Construction is getting its own home renovation TV show, and I’m on camera, giving the film crew an all-access pass to my life.

The kicker: fans think I’m sleeping with Jax, my favorite, hotter-than-hell frat boy bartender at the brewery. He’s young, straight, and just a friend. But rumors spread like wildfire. Now I’m faking it with Jax, 24/7—and we don’t leave much to the imagination when we’re in front of a camera.

The fans want what they want, right?

And I want things, too. Every kiss was fake until the one that definitely wasn’t, on a night too scorching for TV. Jax has helped me through the worst time in my life as a friend, and I never let myself wish for more. But I'm only human, and when we’re together, it’s fire.

I’m addicted. And I know I’m going to get hurt. But behind closed doors, it feels so real.

And I’m desperate to know what makes this frat boy tick.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝗛𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱. 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱."

Confession. I was a bad girl, and this was the first book I read by this author. I know, I KNOW it's book 3 in a series, but I got sucked in by the blurb and the promise of this being able to stand alone. The author was right, by the way. Frat Bro definitely could stand on it's own, but having met the previous MCs, I am absolutely going back and reading their stories as well.

Jax and Charlie were absolutely freaking adorable. Their love story was cute, with tiny bits of of angst scattered throughout which mostly centered on both of them being unsure of the other person's true feelings. I mean, we all know how easy it is for the fake relationship trope to slowly slip into something that feels more real. Charlie was definitely a bit slower on the uptake than Jax due to the fact that Jax previously identified as straight. I kind of think he should have figured it out a bit sooner if I'm honest, because Jax was very open about his feelings and also the fact that he had no qualms about getting down and dirty with Charlie should have been a big clue. However, as someone who had been burned multiple times in the past, I kind of couldn't blame Charlie for thinking everything was too good to be true.

I'd call this one moderately steamy, but the scenes we got were HOT. I love a first timer. It's definitely my reader kryptonite. The only thing that would have made things even hotter was if we got a scene with Jax taking his turn on the bottom. The epilogue was super sweet and made me smile, seeing how happy these two still were down the road. I'm super intrigued about Harlan and his bestie Sawyer and can't wait to read about them in the next book!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I've been waiting for Jax and Charlie's story since it started being teased and I wasn't disappointed!  Charlie is the right mix of savvy and oblivious and Jax is just super sweet and adorable.  It was fun to watch both men try to guard their hearts and ultimately fail spectacularly in keeping the relationship remotely fake...

With the backdrop of filming the Fixer Bros tv show and all the extra drama that brings, the relationship was sweet and just spicy enough, with first times, a good dollop of chemistry and touches of relationship angst, this book was a fun read.

I can't wait to see where Harlan's story goes!

Rating: 5 Stars

Frat Bro is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.