FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don't allow for distraction, deviation...or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his...
Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.
Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules...
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FBI Agent Max Carter needs a fake girlfriend to bring to his family’s place for Christmas, and he’s found the one in new temporary neighbor Gina Castillo. When he catches her in the act of sneaking a dog in the building, he keeps her secret and helps her hide it from the landlord.
He knows Gina is perfect for the role—she needs his help and she’ll be out of his life once Gina’s friend and the original person leasing one the room in the building comes back. But being the meticulous person that he is, Max proposes a dry run at one work event to see if they can successfully pull off the whole fauxmance scheme.
They spend time together to make the fake relationship look realistic, and they realize they actually enjoy each other’s company, even if Max and Gina are complete opposites. While Max has a stable job and lives a well-controlled life, Gina works multiple part-time jobs and enjoys chaos and strives in it.
Each day they spend together blurs the line between fake and real, and Max and Gina don’t know if they can have a real relationship with their differences in life.
I thought the whole FBI thing has more to it than it was shown, so I was a bit disappointed with that. It also bothered me that Gina just assumed Max would be okay that she’d decorate his place when they barely knew each other. I think she was overstepping her bounds.
Max obviously has symptoms of OCD, and I felt bad for him that his family made fun of him and his ‘quirks’, which, unfortunately, happens more often than what we’d like to people suffering from mental disorders. He’s not used to letting go of control, and it was nice to see him take baby steps with Gina.
Overall, I still enjoyed The Attraction Equation. It had low angst and drama, and lots of sweet and steamy moments between Gina and Max. Plus, there’s a cute dog named T-Bone!
If you’re looking for a quick but fun fake relationship romance between two people with opposite personalities, you might enjoy The Attraction Equation.
Tropes: Fake Relationship, Neighbors, Opposites Attract
POV: Third Person, Dual POV