The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky

The (Fake) Dating Gam
e was a fun and fanciful read with an instant connection, a dash of steam and a little Hollywood magic...

From the blurb:

“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 and Kiss Her Once for Me

Ready. Set. Faux.

Holden James picked the worst time to have a meltdown. His chance to audition for his favorite game show, Madcap Market, should have been a moment of triumph—a glorious, loving homage to his adored mom, who died six years ago. Instead, he’s destroying the minibar in a grim Los Angeles hotel room…recently dumped, partnerless and sliding into misery.

But at least the hotel service is sublime. It even comes with an unfairly fit and sexy (smart-ass) concierge who arrives at the door with pizza, Monopoly and deliciously distracting forearms.

All Holden knows about Leo Min is that he’s beautiful and unexpectedly sympathetic, and the chemistry between them is beyond. Maybe it’s even enough to convince everyone, including the show’s casting directors, that they’re a real couple. All they’d have to do is crush the competition, win the huge cash prize and all of Holden’s problems—his broken heart, his buried grief, his complete lack of money and direction—will be fixed.

Of course, reality doesn’t quite work out that way. But love is an entirely different game…

From showing up to glowing up, these characters are on the path to leading their best lives and finding sizzling romance along the way.

Heather's Review:

As a kid, I was a game show addict and always loved Supermarket Sweep which is a lot like the Madcap Market - tacky sweatshirts and all...

It made for a great premise that Holden is gunning for a win to keep his mom's memory alive and loops his new acquaintance Leo Min into auditioning with him... as his boyfriend...  I love how go with the flow Leo is and how committed to the game Holden is... it makes for some madcap scenes even before they try out for the game show.

I also really like the characters of Ms. Min and Mr. James - it would be an interesting epilogue for the two of them to meet and get to know each other as the parents of these two men...

Nostalgia aside, The (Fake) Dating Game was a fun and fairly quick read with good pacing and just a little third act tension.

The (Fake) Dating Game is available in e-book, paperback and audiobook in wide distribution.