His Fake Boyfriend by Hurri Cosmo
M/M Contemporary Gay/Bisexual Romance
friends to lovers ~ hurt/comfort ~ rich man/poor man ~ self discovery ~ fake boyfriend
Release Date: Tuesday, September 20 2022
Cover Artist: TALA
Story Length: Novel / 53,000 words / 206 pages
Noah is Griffin Colewater’s best friend and absolutely no one knows him better. Certainly not any of the parade of girlfriends he’s had over the years. Even his most recent, Lauren, whom he has been with the longest.
And just broke up with.
Does it make Noah a terrible friend if he’s just a little bit thrilled about that?
It doesn’t really matter, though. Griffin is the oldest son of the owners of Colewater Properties, a multi-gazillion dollar hotel conglomerate. He is also next in line to take over when his father retires which makes Griffin the most sought-after bachelor in the city. So, another girl is right around the corner.
The issue? Griffin’s mother claims to be desperately tired of his playboy antics. She is demanding Griffin settle down with a wife and family “or else”. Being that Griffin has never actually been able to please his mother in anything, Noah doesn’t understand Griffin’s continued hopeless mission to make that happen now.
Which makes the huge charity bash his parents are throwing a bit problematic. His mother is insisting on meeting Lauren. Yep. Griffin has yet to tell her he’s single again. And he insists he’s not going to. Instead, Griffin does something insane. He hires a fake girlfriend. Yah. A fake Lauren. Well ― not fake. She’s a ‘Lauren’, too. But that’s not the point. Griffin asked Noah to provide the “girlfriend for months” knowledge to Lauren number two so she could pull this whole ‘girlfriend’ thing off.
Honestly. What can go wrong with that?
Um… a lot.
Because Griffin is not only Noah’s very best friend in all the world, Noah is also so crazy in love with the man, he hurts. A stupid stunt like this could reveal that very thing and freak Griffin’s parents out so badly, they’re going to hire a hit on Noah. But the bigger problem in Noah’s mind? Griffin is totally not gay and if he ever found out Noah’s true feelings?
It could ruin everything.
Warning: rough childhoods.
And just like then, the heat coming off Griffin could boil water. But this time, it was the image of Noah in his arms, his naked body against his own, that filled his imagination.
Except it wasn’t Griffin who was holding Noah in actual reality. It was Ray. Why that was incredibly depressing, he wasn’t sure.
Or maybe he was.
Whatever. He pushed it all away anyway because these were thoughts he should not be having. Very erotic gay thoughts about his best friend. He closed his eyes tight. What would his mother say about that?
“Mom, Dad, guess what? I found the man of my dreams!”
“Hey, Mom, you remember Noah. He’s the man you despise. Well, he’s more than my friend now…”
“Mom? I’m gay…”
God. Gay? Bi?
No. He was just tired. Stressed. Weekends like this, trying so hard to please a mother who honestly could not be pleased was wearing him out and making him think things. Very inappropriate things.
“Griffin? Are you alright?”
Griffin glanced at Lauren. “I’m not sure. I am not sure at all.”
Griffin startled and turned to stare right in the face of Ray. “Ray? Um…” He looked over Ray’s head to see if Noah had come with him. But it appeared he hadn’t. Griffin’s gaze returned to Ray. “Hey. How are you?” Fuck. He couldn’t think. This man had just been kissing Noah and he wanted to deck the guy or run like everything away from him.
“May I talk to you? Alone?” he asked softly.
Griffin hesitated. Oh shit. Here it came. He was going to tell him that he and Noah would be headed out and that Noah wanted to tell him goodbye―forever. Which was a stupid thing to think, of course. “Um…” Lord, he needed to pull it together.
“It’s about Noah.”
I know! “Noah?” Yes, yes, it was about Noah. Good God, the man was just kissing him! What other thing in the world could possibly be more important than that? “Um… Okay… Noah.” He turned to Lauren, almost panicked.
“Go,” she said.
Go? What the hell? But… “Yeah. Good. Thanks. I’ll be… right back.”
“I know. In the meantime, I’ll get another drink.” She winked and walked away. Griffin was confused with her behavior, thinking she would be more possessive of his time. His dates always were. She certainly seemed to be flirting big-time and more than hinting at wanting this fake relationship to last beyond the weekend. But he really didn’t care about that right now. He couldn’t. He needed to be prepared for what it was Ray was going to tell him.
“Yeah, me and Noah are going to get married. Want to be my best man?”
“I’ll be Noah’s best man, thank you very much. Bester than you! In fact, I’m the best man period, and when it comes to that part of the ceremony where they ask if there’s anyone who objects to the union―”
Christ. He needed to calm down. It seemed being around Noah’s nervous ass had rubbed off on him.
Ohhh, to rub that ass…
“So,” Griffin turned to Ray, his face on fire. He had to be beat red, and he wondered briefly what Ray had to be thinking about that but figured the waiter’s mind was strictly on Noah. “Where is Noah?”
Ray shrugged. “I don’t know. I left him outside.”
“You what?” Left him outside? All by himself? But they were just in each other’s arms in that get-a-room embrace. The words devour and tongue very much at play. Griffin shivered with the memory.
“I said I left him outside. I think he was headed home.”
“Headed home? But he doesn’t…” Noah didn’t have a home. Griffin had made sure of that yesterday. “Is he… is he okay?” But hold on. More than likely Noah was headed back to Griffin’s! Oh, fucking yes! He wasn’t leaving with Ray after all. The relief that swept over Griffin made him weak in the knees. Holy shit! He had to go to him. He had to talk to Noah. He wasn’t sure what he was going to say. He just needed to get in front of him. See him. He wanted to giggle. He wanted to jump for joy. And Noah was double okay. Triple even. Smart, that’s what Noah was. Brilliant, in fact. Getting the hell away from Ray―
“I don’t know. Do you count Noah being in love with you as being okay? Personally, I don’t.”
I am Hurri Cosmo and I live in Minnesota where I hold tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure.
Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I don’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre, too.
Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I will entertain myself for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.