Fake (Madison Kate #3) – Tate James

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Foxy Publishing
Pages: 548
Release Date: August 19, 2020

Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out review of Hate and Liar.

“You’ll always be mine.” 

The latest taunt from my stalker reminded me I was nothing more than a possession to my father, to the Reapers, to Archer D’Ath. Even to Kody and Steele. Princess Danvers—the prize.

His wife.

Archer D’Ath’s wife.

I hate them. They lied to me. Over and over again. I knew they were lying, and I hate myself for letting it happen. For believing in the fake relationships I want so desperately to be real.


It’s all fucking fake. My stalker won’t let me go. None of them will. Archer and his boys think they control me. My stalker wants to possess me. I’m not an idiot, I know my newest allies are using me too.

That’s fine.

I’ll use all of them. I’ll use them to take back what’s mine.

My life. My freedom. My name.

No one owns Madison Kate Danvers.


Fake is the third novel in the Madison Kate series and is easily the worst novel so far. Fake is terribly written, almost nothing happens, and Madison Kate makes questionable choices over and over.

Poor or terrible writing in a novel rarely bothers me. I’m not looking for the next Mary Shelley or Margaret Atwood when I’m reading so particularly bad writing sticks out. Unfortunately, James’ writing in Fake was exceptionally poor. I don’t remember the previous novels making such an impression on me so I was surprised at how poor the writing was in Fake. It read like a rough draft to say the least.

A common criticism repeated throughout the reviews I perused on Goodreads was the lack of plot and I couldn’t agree more. Nothing really happened for the majority of the novel until the very end when something significant happened in relation to Madison Kate’s stalker, but then readers were only left with more questions and still no answers. I’m very happy that there’s only one book left because I don’t think I could read another novel in this series knowing that it would be another 300+ pages of no answers.

I enjoyed Madison Kate as a character at the beginning of the series because she was a feisty and angry character, however as the novels progressed she turned into a bit of a doormat and refused to learn from her mistakes. She made questionable decision after questionable decision and it wasn’t until someone told her flat out to make better choices did she finally listen.

At this point, I’m only reading for the reserve harem. James is a talented spice writer making those scenes incredibly steamy and worth keeping a cold glass of water on hand. Each of her boys are distinct and make the series worth reading for them alone. Though, I’m still not a fan of Archer and I probably never will be.

Overall, Fake was a disappointment because of its lack of plot and terrible writing. I will be finishing the series though not anytime soon.


Have you read Fake? What did you think?

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