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I do a quick perusal of the entire classroom, but everyone is already pairing off. When I glance back at Nathan, the guy next to him elbows him and lifts the syllabus. Nathan says something in response that I can’t make out, but when his blue eyes meet mine, he tips his head to the empty chair on his other side in an unmistakable invitation to join him.

Every step closer to him makes my heart hammer faster in my chest. “Hey, ummm, do you maybe wanna be partners?”

He tries and fails to keep from smiling. “That depends. Are you asking as my girlfriend or as the girl who kicked me out of her room before I’d even got my pants on?”

My face flushes and I freeze, grappling for how to respond.

“Relax, I’m kidding.” He motions again to the chair next to him.

I sit. “I’m so sorry.”

“For which thing?”

This time, at my loss for words, he doesn’t try and hide the giant grin on his face. “This is gonna be fun.”

He picks up the syllabus from his desk and starts to read. I’m still gawking at him a minute later when he says, “If you keep staring at me like that, though, I might get a little creeped out.”

“Sorry.” I duck my head and hide behind the paper. I skim the project guidelines, noting mostly how much time Nathan and I are going to be forced to spend together. If he’s at all put out by the idea, he doesn’t let on. Leaning back in his chair, one leg is stretched out at an angle to accommodate his height. His hair is a little too long on top, but the messy look suits him. So does the scruff.

“So, what do you think?” he asks as he sets the paper down.


He smirks.

Get it together, Chloe. “Do you want to exchange numbers? It looks like we’re going to need to work on this outside of class.”

Two long seconds pass before he scribbles his number on a piece of paper and passes it to me. “Knew you’d change your mind about wanting my number.”

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Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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Our Review

‘I don’t want to be the guy who saved her, I want to be the guy she chooses.’

There’s nothing better than becoming so attached to a series and watching the characters grow through each of their standalone books, and every book in the Smart Jocks Series by Rebecca Jenshak has made us just as eager for her next release, and The Fake, again reminded us why we love this series so much.

Brimming with friendship, loyalty, camaraderie, sweetness, heat and just enough drama to make us catch our breaths, not overpowering the story, the characters and the romance we love so dearly.

‘Every day since the day I met her, she’s made me want to be better, but I can’t hide from the shitty things I’ve done.’

We met Nathan Payne in previous books and he was a man with a mountain of problems, who, we saw come crashing to earth, leaving us intrigued as to how his story would play out. As far as fake romances go, this one worked so well. We felt the chemistry…oh, boy, did we feel the chemistry between Nathan and Chloe Macpherson, but the reason for their fake relationship made sense.

‘I need someone to save me from falling for my fake boyfriend.’

Of course, we all know when there’s a huge attraction physically it’s hard to resist, bring the heart into the equation and it’s damn near impossible!

Chloe Macpherson is a new student at Valley U, having left her previous college due to a bit of a scandal which is quite a topical subject now outside of fiction. However, being the new recruit into the Valley U Volleyball team isn’t going to be easy, the girls, and the captain, Bri in particular take exception to what they feel is her ‘free ride’ into their team thanks to her wealthy parents.

Nathan Payne is in a quandary. Left to pick up the pieces after his father passed away, Nathan feels it’s his responsibility to ensure his Mum and brother, are cared for. Financially, Nathan can barely make ends meet – what with basketball practice, games and schoolwork and keeping his scholarship, he doesn’t have many hours to hold down a job and worries constantly about his family.

‘Money may very well be the root of all evil but being without it fucking sucks.’

Could a fake relationship between Nathan and Chloe be mutually advantageous? Maybe. It’s worth a try, and so the fun, romance and passionate encounters begin. Chloe and Nathan are absolute sweethearts and we defy you not to become swept up in their story!

“Learn to take a compliment, Chloe. I’m the type of fake boyfriend who likes to give them.”

Rebecca Jenshak really has hit a slam dunk with this series. We’ve loved every book and every couple so far, and Chloe and Nathan certainly charmed themselves into our hearts. We’re happy to see the series will continue and the author has left the door open for quite a few new characters to receive their story, and we’ll be eager to read them. With the perfect balance of sport, friendship and romance, this series is one to put on your TBR’s!


I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes but none dumber than losing her.

Senior year. I should be partying and living it up with my friends before graduation, but one more mistake and I’m off the team.

Enter Chloe. She comes into my life at a low point, but she becomes the bright spot I reach for every day. She’s the kind of girl who makes a guy want to be a better man. And for a while, I even start to believe I’ve changed enough to deserve her.

I’ve got my eye on the future, and I’m letting my past stay where it belongs.
But the thing about the past… it always comes back to bite you when you least expect it.

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