Book Reviews

Fake Date Flip-Flop (A Williamsville Inn Story) by Hank Edwards at Startled Monkeys Media

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Mature Lovers / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-February-2021

Book Blurb

The first family wedding after a painful breakup. A milestone high school reunion. A hotel with a history of romantic meetings and happily ever afters.

While checking in at the Williamsville Inn, Nash and Tobias meet and feel an immediate spark of attraction. During an impromptu shared dinner, they commiserate about being single for their weekend events: the wedding of Nash’s niece, and Tobias’ thirtieth high school reunion.


When they hatch a plan to be each other’s fake date for the weekend, neither man realizes that while they’re pretending to be an item to satisfy nosey family and inquisitive friends, they just might end up falling in love for real.


Book Review

“Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns.” ~ Ilaiyaraaja


Nash, of ‘Fake Date Flip-Flop’ by Hank Edwards, loves his niece, but dreads the thought of attending her wedding alone. For the life of him, he can’t figure out why she would have it at the Williamsville Inn in January! While checking in, Nash meets Tobias. After they have dinner together, he decides that maybe the weekend isn’t going to be so bad after all.


As Nash and Tobias share dinner, they are both struck with how much they wish this were a real date. They discuss why they are there and how much they dread their “singleness” that will most certainly bring about a thousand questions they are not inclined to answer. It seems like a touch of madness at first, but they come up with the idea of pretending to be lovers. Nash will attend Tobias’s high school reunion with him and Tobias will go to the wedding events with Nash.


All weekend, they dodge the two groups, making up excuses when they are almost caught. It’s nerve-wracking, but both men decide that they are enjoying the events more than they ever thought they would. When the discussion of PDA comes up, Nash and Tobias have decisions to make. How far are they going to take these “fake dates”? In sorting it all out, they come to find that even though the dates may not be real, the feelings growing between them seem to be. They have more decisions to make. Do they want to let it end here? Or do they want to continue after the weekend is over?


This is another endearing story that takes place at the Williamsville Inn. It is about two men who start out pretending and end up with something real that’s worth fostering. The characters were great. Nash’s niece was a hoot. I really appreciated the fact that Nash and Tobias were in their late forties, showing that love can be found at any time. Except for the fact that all the talk of snow made me feel cold, I loved the story. Thanks, Hank!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 112 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-January-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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