Title: Blackmail Boyfriend
Author: Chris Cannon
Publication: January 16th 2015 by Entangled: Crush
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…
Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable-despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers-or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.
Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.
Can something so fake turn into something real?
I received a Digital ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Looking for a book that will make your cheeks burst from grinning? Blackmail Boyfriend could be the perfect book for you. It’s a cute and fun read that will surely make you swooooooon!
Because of a rumor, Haley blackmails Bryce to be her pretend boyfriend for 3 weeks for the sake of her reputation. It wasn’t difficult to make Bryce agree when the other Haley he did hookup with’s boyfriend is ready to kick his ass. Or when Haley’s over-protective brothers are eager to pounce on him. Even Haley’s father (and his backhoe) is a threat.
But having a fake relationship wasn’t easy, especially when they really don’t know anything about each other except the fact that they don’t have anything in common. However, their position got them spending more time together where they get to know the other person deeply.
Blackmail Boyfriend‘s plot isn’t typical but, it isn’t something new either. Stories with pseudo relationships can have a possibility to be predictable. I, myself, already expected the characters to develop feelings for each other and all BUT this book brought more.
One thing that made this book different are the characters. I love how they are portrayed and how tiny details identify them. Haley could be annoying at times, but it’s believable. She has insecurities and doubts, like, what if the blackmail didn’t happen, would Bryce even notice her? That’s why she ends up being demanding.
Bryce on the other hand, insists he has a type and it’s definitely not Haley. He doesn’t like change. He likes sticking to things he already knows or things he’s already used to that’s why when he feels like he’s changing, he pushes Haley away and things get complicated.
I just wish they had a more distinct voice because there were parts in the book where I got confused to which POV am reading but overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s really sweet and fresh, perfect for those who are in for some romance less the drama.
Feel-good read – Blackmail Boyfriend is a light read that is surely entertaining and fuzzy. The fairytale-like premise made me feel the feels! I mean, I still can’t get over it!
Jane and Nathan – Jane is Haley’s best friend and Nathan is Bryce’s. The two of them were (unintentionally/intentionally) paired up which eventually got them falling for each other. All I got to say is that they are so cute together!!!
They could even be cuter than Haley and Bryce.I ship them so hard that I’m already looking forward for a book that revolves around their story. Will it be possible, Ms. Cannon? 🙂
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