Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Her Stand-In Boyfriend by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Her Stand-In Boyfriend
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Entangled Select Contemporary
Published: July 28th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 130
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!

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This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…

Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they've never been “with benefits”…until one wickedly hot night crosses the line.

Mac's been in love with Lexi for ages. He knows he should probably end it, but dammit, he just can't. When things get deliciously down and dirty, Mac is certain that he's made the leap out of the friend zone…until Lexi decides she wants to remain friends. With benefits.

What Lexi doesn't know is that she's running out of time. And if she won't promote Mac to Real Boyfriend, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else…

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

I just love the bittersweetness of a really good unrequited love story. Especially when there's a solid friendship involved. One of them secretly pining away for the other. Sigh. It makes my twisted heart soar. I love it even more so when it's the guy who's the one with all of the one sided feelings and the girl hasn't got the slightest clue, because I usually end up falling for that guy hard and fast. Her Stand-In Boyfriend ended up being everything I hoped it would be.

You know I was shocked when I was formatting this post and realized the book was only 130 pages. It felt like a full length novel. Well paced, very fleshed out and established storyline and characters. Normally I would say it's simply because of the history of the characters that there was no feel of rush or urgency from start to finish. But I feel like I knew the characters inside and out and there was plenty of the will they/won't they happening. So all I can say is well done, Kelly Jamieson. You squeezed so much into this short book and it flowed perfectly.

Sigh. These characters. My heart does a little tug just thinking about them. The chemistry between Mac and Lexi is just...I mean its...there are just no words. As I expected I fell so freaking hard for Mac. Every time his heart would crack a little over his feelings for Lexi mine would crack for him as well. But you can't help but adore Lexi either because it's not like she's purposely hurting him. She just has no clue. She is so sweet and kind hearted.

When they do finally hookup....Oh. My. Word. Did someone turn the heat on in here? It's explosive and passionate and just so much deliciousness! Although it would also happen to be my one teeny, tiny complaint about the book. Their idea of dirty talk...just didn't cut it for me. I kinda had to skim things here and there because it just didn't fit. Still though, unbelievable heat.

Even the whole billionaire aspect (which normally grates on me) worked well. Mac is like the quiet, nerdy and doesn't flaunt his money type of guy. Which is so much better than the I-have-more-money-than-God-and-I-can-buy-you attitude that tends to happen quite often.

Overall I am just so pleased with every part of this book. It's unbelievably quick but makes you feel like you've read 400 pages (in a good way). It's bittersweet, funny and unbelievably swoon worthy. I'm going to have to get my hands on some more Kelly Jamieson books real soon because I am hooked!

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!!

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