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Faking the Game

By: Claudia Burgoa
Narrated by: Jason Clarke,Mackenzie Cartwright
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From USA Today best-selling author Claudia Burgoa comes this page-turner fake-relationship-office romance.

What happens when the guy who’s afraid of love finds himself in it?

Know what they say about never mixing business with pleasure? Yeah, no.

The one about never sleeping with your boss?

I ignored it too.

I blame Aslan Spearman, the boss.

He’s a wealthy playboy who doesn’t believe in happily ever after.

He’s demanding, a workaholic, and cynical.

He’d rather have a root canal than be in a romantic relationship.

Do you want to know a secret? I think he’s afraid of love.

So when he has to go to the Spearman family reunion in Hawaii with his girlfriend, he’s in big trouble.

That’s what happens when you lie to your family about your relationship status.

It wasn’t important—until now.

What does he do?

He comes to me, his VP of Operations and right hand for assistance.

After all, I’m a problem solver.

Except my personal life is complete chaos.

So we make a deal. I’ll be his girlfriend if he helps me solve my problems.

It’s a win-win situation, right?

I mean, how hard can it be?

It’s not like I plan to fall in love.

©2022 Claudia Burgoa (P)2022 Claudia Burgoa

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Fears and fault

I’m sorry but … the fault of the break up wasn’t only in his shoulders. She never was really in the relationship, always mention going away. Ok he didn’t said straight what he wanted but as the sabe time that you understand her fears with the past he had his too! After come back from Hawaii he was trying everything to be close even talking about living together and she put in her head that he doesn’t care! Looks like a she problem. And then she basically decided to just move to another state without really consider him ! I’m sorry but she really didn’t! And when he exploded like that was all about her as a victim and he f*** everything up?!!! No half of the problem was with her and the author didn’t knowledge this fact! She didn’t believe in them. She was always doubting it. If I was her sister I would be pissed too!
Otherwise it’s a good story but the no knowledge of her fault and emotional distance that she imposed herself from everyone is a big no no!

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The narration was spot on

After reading the prequel, My Favorite Night I was excited to see where M Burgoa would take us as she brings the Spearman’s and the Aldridge families together and book 1, Aslan Spearman’s story was everything I expected and so much more.
Jason Clarke and MacKenzie Cartwright did a fantastic job bringing this story and the characters to life, the banter was witty and perfect and the love and passion was spot on. Faking the Game was one of those listend that I will listen to again and again.
Aslan needs a girlfriend to take to the family reunion in Hawaii and who better to ask than Keaton his VP of Operations after all she has worked for him forever and they are friends so surely she can pull off being the fake girlfriend. Well problem is there are feeling that have been hidden over the years so what happens when they spend time in a villa with only one bed, what happens when lines are crossed, will love win the day or will friendships be destroyed……..
This book ticked all my boxes, it’s full of witty banter, it full of love and passion but it’s the families that take this book to another level with their strong loyalty and family values. If you love small town romances with the perfect mix of love and humour, visit Paradise Bay and catch up with thr billionaire brothers and their partners. A perfect start to the new series.

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Narrators Were Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Jason Clark and McKenzie Cartwright. They both did a great job bringing Aslan and Keaton to life. The relationship between the two was complicated in the fact that Aslan was Keaton’s boss. They had developed a friendship through the years and had romantic feelings for each other, but they never admitted it. Aslan has to go to a huge family reunion, and he begs Keaton to be his fake girlfriend.

This type story has been done over and over again, but it’s still fun to read about their attraction and when they finally realize how much they mean to each other.

I enjoyed Claudia‘s books, but this one wasn’t really a comedy. I didn’t laugh at this one as much as I did her other audiobooks because it had more deeper problems. It was still very good and I do recommend it.

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Loved this Fake Relationship Romance!

I love the start of the new Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers series! This fun, and steamy, fake relationship romance was completely addicting! Aslan Spearman only cares about work and is also one of the most eligible bachelors in San Francisco. His mother is always trying to fix him up and he hates it. When his family wants him to go to a family reunion in Hawaii, he is desperate to find a fake girlfriend so his family will leave him alone. Keaton Nealy is his VP of Operations and his right hand. He trusts her above anyone else so she is the perfect person to ask. Keaton has always had a crush on her sexy boss but loves her work and doesn't want to jeopardize her job. But her personal life is complicated as she tries to help her ailing mother and her younger sister. When Aslan finds out how deep her problems go, all he wants to do is help her. She doesn't want charity so agrees to go with him in exchange for his help, until she can pay him back. The romantic Hawaiian location makes it impossible for them to ignore the attraction and heat between them. Aslan soon realizes how much he has always cared for Keaton. But what happens in Hawaii is impossible to ignore when they get home. As Keaton pushes him away, Aslan is determined to prove to her that they are meant to be together, forever. I really loved Aslan and Keaton together. They were so perfect together with Keaton's strength, and sass, and Aslan was so kind, patient, and swoony, and their chemistry leaped right off the page! I enjoyed watching Keaton and her sister's relationship grow and evolve. I also loved the whole Spearman family who were all so loving, and supportive, and added some of the most hilarious moments!
Jason Clarke, and Mackenzie Cartwright were brilliant as Aslan and Keaton, delivering a performance that was completely addictive. They portray each character with a perfect balance between humor, heartbreaking emotion, and sizzling passion flawlessly. I was really impressed with Clarke's ability to have my heart racing one minute, then swooning the next. Cartwright was amazing at bringing out the worry that Keaton struggled with, pulling at my heartstrings. Both narrators did a great job with comedic timing, and had a wonderful range of voices and expressions that I love to get lost in and made this story even better.
I'm really excited about this new series and can't wait for more!

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outstanding narration made this a 5+ star listen!

How do you improve upon an already 5 star rated book?? You add 2 incredibly talented narrators like Jason Clarke and Mackenzie Cartwright. They brought Aslan and Keaton to life and made this audiobook even better (somehow!!) than the ebook!


Claudia has become a favorite author of mine for a reason. Each of her books are a mix of sweet, sexy and sometimes a little angsty. This book is that and more!

I loved Keaton and Aslan ( and the rest of the Spearman family).

You will laugh you butt off , swoon and even get all in your feels!

This was a great kickoff to a new series!!

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Even Better In Audio

I loved reading this book so getting to listen to it brought to life by the talents of Jason Clarke & MacKenzie Cartwright made me love these characters even more. Aslan and Keaton are perfect together. Ms. Burgoa's books include humour, sibling banter, HEA and the importance of family.

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Fabulous Story & Narration🎧 Charming & Heartfelt!

Claudia Burgoa pens another fabulously delightful romance novel, a fake relationship office romance that morphs into something much more. The story captivated my attention from start to end, it is the type of book once you pick up you do not want to put down because you need to know what happens next. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they were easy to care about too. Aslan Spearman, a billionaire business executive, who has no problem facing the challenges to run a business but he can not face his mother and come clean with her, to keep her off of his back about dating he told her he had a girlfriend and now she wants him to bring said girlfriend to the Spearman Family reunion. He plans on getting out of going, but another idea is to bring someone who will pose as his girlfriend. Keaton Nealy is the VP of Operations at Spearman and is Aslan’s right-hand person and is great at everything she does, often working late hours, just as Aslan does. While her work life is great, her home life is quite the opposite, she has a lot on her plate and is struggling to stay afloat. Unfortunately, it all comes tumbling down and when Aslan finds out, he is determined to help her out. A proud Keaton does not like to take handouts or to have to owe anyone anything, but with reluctance she accepts his help and then it comes to him, the perfect solution to his reunion dilemma, to have Keaton come as his fake girlfriend. Keaton is hesitant because she does not want to ruin their work relationship or jeopardize her job, but Aslan counteracts all her fears. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions, some amazing dialogue and witty banter and a smoking hot romance. Also loved the family dynamics and the camaraderie with his siblings, especially amongst triplets and his Mom who was hilarious too. Claudia Burgoa, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Jason Clarke and MacKenzie Cartwright deliver an outstanding performance, bringing the characters and their story to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, giving each a voice that is a perfect fit to that character’s persona and were believable in every role they played. Jason Clarke nailed it as Aslan, grasping the complexity of his character completely. MacKenzie Cartwright’s Keaton was spot on, grasping her strength and determination and her insecurities when she showed them both were great at performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. You could hear how much heart these two put into their work as they captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance. These entertaining storytellers are versatile voice artists and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another fabulous listen!

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Finding love

The Spearman family is very large, and into each other's business. So when Alan Spearman's mother pressures him to find a wife, he fakes it.

Jason Clarke and Mackenzie Cartwright are the narrators and they did a wonderful job. The pacing, the way they gave life to each character, and their voices added another layer to the story.

Aslan took over the family business after his father died and has been a workaholic ever since. Plus, he was burned in a relationship years ago and has closed off himself to love. The one woman he is comfortable with is Newton Nealy, his VP of Operations. Keaton is in dire straits financially and when Aslan discovers how bad it is he proposes she pose as his girlfriend and he will help her with her finances. Keaton reluctantly agrees, with stipulations about physical contact. But Aslan pushes her limits every chance he gets.

I loved the way Alan has to carefully tread water, frequently saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. His mother is a force to be reckoned with. She really just takes over everything. Keaton is strong in business but so wounded emotionally that she doesn't trust anyone with her heart. It was difficult to see her struggles with her mother and sister.

I love the Spear man family and this book is now one of my favorites. It isn't necessary to have read any of the other books, it's complete on its own.

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Loved this fake to forever romance!

Faking the Game by Claudia Burgoa was sweet and spicy fake to forever romance! Aslan and Keaton's romance was the perfect start for Claudia's Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers. There are many layers to these characters which made them so easy to love and cheer for them to find their own HEA.

Jason Clarke and Mackenzie Cartwright narrate this audiobook. Jason was great as always portraying Aslan's broody, grumpy unlovable persona in his trademark growly tone. However, as Aslan's heart begins to change he finally sees the light, Jason is spot on portraying Aslan's "light bulb" moment. Mackenzie Cartwright was wonderful as Keaton emphasizing her love for her family, job, and her strong desire for Aslan. The chemistry between Aslan and Keaton will burn up your headphones!

Overall, I enjoyed this book! If you are a fan of a fake to forever romance with a moody hunky boss, determined brave heroine, a trip to Hawaii, a fake relationship that turns into so much more, caring for loved ones. a meddling family, slow-burn steamy times, and a HEA that will warm your heart in all the best ways, then you will love Aslan and Keaton's story. I'm looking forward to more in this new series from Claudia Burgoa!

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Great story and narration

I was beyond excited when I heard that Claudia Burgoa had a new series releasing. She writes such emotional, heart warming stories with characters that are engaging and whose story you cannot help but become quickly invested in.

I love the Spearman family so when I heard this was Aslan Spearman’s story I couldn’t wait to dive in. I knew that the woman who captured his heart would need to be special and Keaton Nealy is certainly that; I really liked her.

Having to attend a family reunion in Hawaii he asks his VP of Operations to pose as his girlfriend. What Keaton doesn’t know is that Aslan has been in love with her for a long time. She agrees and as Keaton has not had an easy life, has walls built to protect herself she feels that nothing can go wrong with their plan. Everyone knows that Aslan does not do commitment so she is convinced that her heart is safe, until it isn’t.

The narration by Jason Clarke and Mackenzie Cartwright was great. They really brought the characters to life for me with their performances and certainly did justice to the story that Ms. Burgoa wove.

The banter was witty, the romance intense and the love and family just added an additional layer to this well written story. This was a great introduction to Paradise Bay and the family owned winery and I for one cannot wait for the next book.



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  • 11-09-22

Loved it!

I loved this book when it first came out and it was fantastic to re-read it via audio. I thought Jason and Mackenzie did a wonderful job of bringing Aslan and Keaton to life. They portrayed the characters so well with their delivery and intonation. Fabulous!

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Fabulous Story & Narration🎧 Charming & Heartfelt!

Claudia Burgoa pens another fabulously delightful romance novel, a fake relationship office romance that morphs into something much more. The story captivated my attention from start to end, it is the type of book once you pick up you do not want to put down because you need to know what happens next. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they were easy to care about too. Aslan Spearman, a billionaire business executive, who has no problem facing the challenges to run a business but he can not face his mother and come clean with her, to keep her off of his back about dating he told her he had a girlfriend and now she wants him to bring said girlfriend to the Spearman Family reunion. He plans on getting out of going, but another idea is to bring someone who will pose as his girlfriend. Keaton Nealy is the VP of Operations at Spearman and is Aslan’s right-hand person and is great at everything she does, often working late hours, just as Aslan does. While her work life is great, her home life is quite the opposite, she has a lot on her plate and is struggling to stay afloat. Unfortunately, it all comes tumbling down and when Aslan finds out, he is determined to help her out. A proud Keaton does not like to take handouts or to have to owe anyone anything, but with reluctance she accepts his help and then it comes to him, the perfect solution to his reunion dilemma, to have Keaton come as his fake girlfriend. Keaton is hesitant because she does not want to ruin their work relationship or jeopardize her job, but Aslan counteracts all her fears. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions, some amazing dialogue and witty banter and a smoking hot romance. Also loved the family dynamics and the camaraderie with his siblings, especially amongst triplets and his Mom who was hilarious too. Claudia Burgoa, thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Jason Clarke and MacKenzie Cartwright deliver an outstanding performance, bringing the characters and their story to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, giving each a voice that is a perfect fit to that character’s persona and were believable in every role they played. Jason Clarke nailed it as Aslan, grasping the complexity of his character completely. MacKenzie Cartwright’s Keaton was spot on, grasping her strength and determination and her insecurities when she showed them both were great at performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. You could hear how much heart these two put into their work as they captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance. These entertaining storytellers are versatile voice artists and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another fabulous listen!

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  • 06-20-22

Gorgeous ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

I’m definitely glad I found this series and these characters . I can’t wait to hear more . Definitely loved listening to Jason and Mackenzie who did a awesome job bringing this story to life ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥