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Publisher's Summary

Patrick’s To-Do List: 

  1. Tell family I’m gay.
  2. Make giant cake for anniversary party.
  3. Convince Connor to be my fake boyfriend for the weekend.
  4. Try to keep my hands off Connor.
  5. Make sure Connor doesn’t find out I’ve been in love with him for the last three years. 

Connor’s Steps for Success: 

  1. Perfect pole routine for Chrome Stars. 
  2. Continue search for perfect music. 
  3. Survive weekend with Patrick’s family without mauling him while sharing a bed. 
  4. Prevent feelings from exploding like a glitter bomb.
  5. Make sure Patrick doesn’t find out I’ve been in love with him forever.

Strawberry Kisses is a 78,000-word stand-alone, contemporary MM romance featuring a sweet pastry chef, sassy pole dancer, a nosy but loving family, fabulous makeup, fluffy feels, and copious amounts of cake.

©2020 Charlie Novak (P)2022 Charlie Novak

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very sweet with a bit of spice

I enjoyed this story. Both main characters were adorbs. I loved the big family.

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Sweet romance

Loved this book as soon as I read it and was thrilled when the audio version came out! Dan Caley is perfect for the narration and brings Connor and Patrick to life. Highly recommend this and all other Charlie Novak books. Loads of charming men finding their partners.

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Sweet with light heat

I have been a fan of Charlie Novak’s books for awhile but had missed Strawberry Kisses for some reason though I had gotten into the Roll for Love series and had read other books that had followed this one. I’m glad I came back to this one. I loved Patrick and Connor and for all that you would think would be between a pastry chef and a pole dancer, this story was so very sweet. I loved the romance and comfort between the characters and the narration was well paced and did well with the different characters. Even with a male performance of female voices. In this authors’ universe, a reader will find the characters dabbling in and out of stories but since this is early on, you don’t really have a multitude of characters yet to keep track of, which was nice. This is definitely recommended as a light, sweet, getaway.

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Sweet Read!!

I loved this book!! Patrick and Connor are so sweet together! I love how their differences mesh well together and make them more understanding of each other as well!

I don't usually like the fake relationship setup but their storyline had me over that hang up really fast!

The audio was good! The narrator did a good job of bringing the characters to life!

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so good!!!

Dan Calley did such a great job bringing Pads & Conner to life! I loved this book when I read it and the audio was an absolute treat. This book is sweet, steamy, and really funny. Loved it!

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Love this story

Best friends to lovers, such a wonderful story. This one is super cute and sexy! Narrator did a fantastic job! Really brought life to the characters.

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Low Angst and SO sweet!

Fake Boyfriend ✅
Friends to Lovers ✅
Steam Level: 🔥🔥

This book was ridiculously sweet. Connor is a sassy pole dancer and Patrick is a quiet baker and they have been friends for awhile. I LOVE the fake boyfriend trope and it's better when it's between besties!
I love that Connor is a pole dancer and embraces who he is and Patrick fully supports him. I appreciated that Connor didn't make Patrick feel bad about his inexperience nor did he fetishize it.
This book is super low angst and the MCs communicate in a realistic manner, not the best, but not dramatic. I smiled throughout the whole book! My only tiny complaint is that it's not as steamy as books I typically like, but the scenes that do happen are 🔥, and that's personal preference anyways.
Definitely looking forward to listening to Aaron and Josh's book when it becomes available on audio!
The narrator was new to me and it is the first narrator I've ever had to slow my speed down from 2x to 1.75x! I didn't dislike him and wouldn't avoid books he narrates in the future.
*I received a code for audible review but that did not influence my review in anyway and these opinions are my own.

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  • Jeanette A L
  • 02-26-22

Sweet and sassy

I adored Connor and Patrick. They are so cute and perfect together. I love to read books with pastry chefs so this is just want I want. It was sweet, fluffy, sassy and a wonderful book.

Dan did a great job with this book.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 02-21-22

Finally Ready .

MM, Fake Relationship, Friends to lovers, Contemporary, Romance. Easy to read/listen to story, I had read the book and was thrilled when it came out on audio. Dan Calley gives these great characters their voices and I loved listening to their story come to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Guaranteed HEA.

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  • 02-14-22

Cute friends to lovers story

Story: A really cute friends to lovers story with a bit of a fake relationship theme thrown in. Charlie Novak did a great job of creating relatable, genuine characters. Both of the MCs and the secondary ones were very likable from the get go. The story holds no angst and is a real fluffy pleasure.
Narration: Great performance by Dan Calley. Easy to follow with discernible characters.

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  • Vania
  • 02-14-22

I simply adored this book.

Patrick and Connor are two wonderful characters. Patrick is just a big, sweet teddy bear of a pastry chef, completely (and secretly) in love with his best friend Connor. Connor, is a force of nature: a heels and make-up-wearing pole dancer, just as desperately, and secretly, in love with Patrick.
When they decide to fake being together over a weekend for the benefit of Patrick’s family, they’re not pretending at all, and the step from a fake to a true relationship is as simple as it is sweet.
Love Charlie Novak’s writing; it’s fresh and engaging and her stories are always a page-turner, or, in this case... I just couldn't stop listening!

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 02-13-22

Great take on a favorite trope

I love that in this version of the fake boyfriend story, Patrick and Connor have both been in love with each other for years, but neither has stepped up and confessed that to the other. A family weekend or closer than close proximity, ensures that the secret can't be kept and these two get their lovely HEA. Dan Calley gave a great performance that captured all the sweetness and light in this story.

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  • colleen hewitt
  • 02-10-22

Amazing like always

This was a reread for me as I’ve read strawberry kisses before. However dans accents just make this audio for me and I found myself listening at every given opportunity. Dans delivery was just perfect. Conner and Patrick are one of my favourite couples and I love their story so much

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  • Jacquie
  • 02-09-22

sugar sweetness

I wasn't sure what I expected for Patrick's voice but the narrator nailed it. Each voice was distinctive and done simply.
Strawberry Kisses is a super sweet, friends to lovers story with a coming out and fake relationship. All were done well with plenty of communication between the characters and no unnecessary drama