⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: Duke: Faking the Play by Kayley Loring & Connor Crais

Easy, sexy, funny – this is the kind of rom com you can binge like popcorn. I feel like single dad romances are everywhere recently, and I’m not complaining. I loved Duke’s sweetness with his daughter, and there were some fun family moments. I also liked the meet cute, with an unexpected fake relationship sparking between near-strangers. There’s also plenty of Loring’s signature humor, which made this such an easygoing read. It was a little too much of a lust-focused relationship for my personal tastes, which did leave me feeling disconnected. These two are all kinds of hot for each other, which upped the spice factor but left me feeling cold in other ways. That being said, it was a solid addition to the series, and definitely one of the better co-writes for these two authors.

The story follows Duke, a pro football player whose life revolves around his daughter and his job. When Duke gets photographed with a British actress, it sparks dating rumors between the two. Though Duke and Millie are actually strangers (and they live on different continents), they decide to roll with it. They’d both appreciate a break from people bugging them about their love lives, so faking a relationship is beneficial to them both. Neither one anticipates it going any further than that, but Millie soon realizes that single dads are pretty sexy, and she wouldn’t mind spending some time in the sheets with this one. But the more time Duke and Millie spend together, the less their relationship feels fake… and that’s a problem, because their lives are going in different directions.

I always look forward to Loring’s lighthearted rom coms, knowing that I’m in for a light and hysterical read with plenty of spice. I haven’t been as sold on these co-writes, but this was one of the stronger ones. It was easy to binge, and I liked both characters. I’m also a fan of strangers to lovers, and the Hollywood meets sports romance combo was fun. Do I wish that Duke and Millie spent more time emotionally connecting and less time banging? 100%. There’s a lot of time spent on the humor and some ridiculous moments, which is not a problem unless it overwhelms the romance. And I think it did here. So I wasn’t as emotionally connected to this couple as I would hope, but I still had a lot of fun with the reading experience. It’s short enough to devour in a single day, and you’re sure to have a smile on your face while doing so.

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#4 Callum Duquette. Placekicker for the Boston Tomcats. Former underwear model. NICKNAME: Duke.

I thought the most annoying thing about being a single dad was that my friends were always trying to find me a date. Until a sassy British ray of sunshine bumps into me at a bookstore. One accidental butt grab, a viral photo, and a lot of misunderstandings later, I find myself in a fake relationship with a movie star.

Now I’ve got my friends off my back, but the cheeky Brit has complicated my life even more.

She calls me the Duke of Grumpville.
I call her movies the end of civilization as we know it.

She calls my job “the wrong kind of football.”
I call her the one thing on Earth that can make me lose focus and control.

It’s getting harder to pretend I still want this to end after my team’s game in London.

I thought we were only faking it.
But getting to know the real Millie Darden changed everything.

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#12 Johnny Decker. Star quarterback for the Boston Tomcats. Two-time Super Bowl MVP…a decade ago. Nickname: Decker the Panty Wrecker.

I get tackled for a living by men who are built like rhinos. I could take the wings off a fly with a football from 30 yards away. (I wouldn’t, but I could.) Being a veteran quarterback means I’m a mentally alert, fine-tuned athletic machine who can make split-second decisions.

It’s my job to anticipate what’s going to happen next and adapt. But I couldn’t have anticipated the death of our beloved team owner. 

His estranged daughter Hannah Strong is a finance nerd from New York. She knows less than nothing about football. Know what she didn’t anticipate? Inheriting the Boston Tomcats.

She’s stubborn, uptight, infuriating, and wrong about absolutely everything—from pizza to how to run my team. And I don’t want to talk about how good she looks in a skirt. Or daydream about how good she’d look out of it.

Really, I don’t. 

I’m not Decker the Panty Wrecker anymore—I’ve changed.

I can’t stop arguing with her. 

Or thinking about her.

I thought I had a winning play.

But Hannah Strong changed everything.

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About the Authors:


Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author who is breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

Rest assured that her funny sexy sweet romances have no cheating or cliffhangers, and always have HEAs!


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Connor Crais is a classically trained actor living in the Midwest with his wife, two kids, and rescue greyhound. He has been both a stage and television actor, and before plunging into the romance genre, he had been narrating commercials, audiobooks, and explainers for well over a decade from his home studio. From alphas to bosses to cocky sports stars (a particular favorite), he loves sparring with beautiful, sassy heroines (and their talented narrators) but also loves winning them over and reaching that happily ever after. He is excited to now create those stories as an author.


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