Book Reviews

Oh So Oscar (Forever Love 3) by Charlie Novak

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 09-June-2022

Book Blurb

What happens when a prickly travel journalist falls for his fake boyfriend?

Oscar Moore has two problems. One: He’s accidentally managed to convince his boss, the legendary editor of The Traveller, that he has a boyfriend. And two: he now has to persuade photographer and casual acquaintance, Ilias Verrati, to play along for a week-long couple’s retreat in Hawaii.

Ilias is full of sass and sunshine, but his constant flirting grates on Oscar. Unfortunately, unless Oscar wants to confess and risk his job, he has to keep up the ruse. He can manage a week, and if he can pull this off then editorial glory awaits.

Oscar and Ilias both have their own reasons for avoiding relationships—even if they desperately want one—and their work makes finding love even more difficult, but maybe a fake relationship is just what they need to give them a nudge in the right direction.

Under the Hawaiian sun, Oscar discovers there’s more to Ilias than meets the eye. But before Ilias will risk his heart, Oscar will have to find a way to open it.

Oh So Oscar is a 78,000-word contemporary MM romance featuring fake dating, luxurious hotel rooms, star gazing, and delicious food. It also contains discussions of grief, including the past loss of a parent, and the past loss of a partner.


Book Review

“When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it. You just slowly learn how to go on without them. But always keeping them tucked safely in your heart.” ~ Ritu Ghatourey


Oscar is a freelance writer who travels the world evaluating vacation sights. When he has a meeting with the executive of a high-profile travel magazine, he pitches the idea of a series on LGBTQ-friendly sites. The executive jumps at the thought. She offers Oscar and his partner a trip to Hawaii to start the series. The only problem is that Oscar doesn't have a partner. Since he led her to believe he does, Oscar has to invent one fast!


Since Oscar's job keeps him away from home a lot, he hasn't had much opportunity to establish any long-term relationships. The only person he can think of that might fit the bill of a fake boyfriend is a photographer named Ilias. He and Ilias don't know each other well, but after telling the executive that Ilias is his boyfriend, he has to contact him, explain his predicament, and enlist his help.


Ilias is pleasantly surprised to hear from Oscar. He is curious about what he may want and agrees to have lunch with him.  After listening to Oscar explain the situation, Ilias agrees. Oscar seems uneasy with the idea of them pretending to be together so Ilias tries to lighten the mood, but Oscar is irritated by his attempts. He makes it clear that this is a business-only arrangement. Ilias concurs.


From the start, it is clear that giving the hotel an excellent rating will be a simple task. Their first obstacle is the sleeping arrangements. The suite is phenomenal, but there is only one bed. It's not a problem for Ilias, but Oscar is uncomfortable at the thought of sleeping with him but gets over it. They enjoy checking out some of the local haunts, and enjoying the food and culture while getting to know each other better. After an uncomfortable afternoon involving a couple's massage, things start to heat up between them, and the fake boyfriend act becomes not so fake after all.


'Oh So Oscar' is the third book in the 'Forever Love' series. It's my favorite so far. I liked Oscar and Ilias and cheered for them all the way. I was relieved to see how they were able to come to terms with their fears and find the love they desperately needed. Thanks, Charlie! I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 287 pages/78000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-May-2022
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $17.99 audio book
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