- File Size: 773 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publication Date: July 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IOPYP5S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Boyfriend by the Book: A feel good romantic comedy Kindle Edition
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Language: no swears
I had high hopes for this book, but it was predictable--I know, weird for a romance novel, but it was as if the writer decided on a formula and plugged in everything, but there was no "heart" in it at all. It is a cute premise, but I didn't care at all about the heroine. I do appreciate that it was clean as far as sex and language goes.
Jodi loves her job at the Regent hotel. She keeps the clients happy, and it’s not an easy task. I know it because I have been a client, and even if I am the sweetest and most patient one, not everyone is like me. If Tom Cruise wants a giant gold fountain in the middle of his suit, she must get one. Even if it means building it with her own hands. Poor fountain. I’m drifting… I immediately warmed to Jodi because I understood why she took her work so seriously. I love customer-oriented positions. Being able to respond to someone’s needs brings a joy and a feeling of satisfaction that make dull days so much better. There’s nothing like knowing you have anticipated a request or resolved a problem for someone else’ sake.
But apparently, having a blast at your job is nothing compared to having a man in your life, at least for Jodi’s friends. While I liked Jodi, her three best friends were a little too pushy for my taste. All of them in happy relationships and with the best intentions, they are determined to show Jodi that life is better with a guy. Worried to see her end up an old lady with a hundred cats, they decide to take action. To turn their not-so-romantic friend into a champion Lady, they offer her a relationship guidebook explaining how to use classic romance heroines’ power to find THE man. I did not think Jodi was particularly impervious to her romantic side. I never cried at the end if Titanic, but I’m romantic! And Jodi is too, in her own way, and only towards the handsome and adorable Levi. Their interactions are all very cute and I couldn’t help but wish she would not let the moment pass. But the moment did pass, and when Jodi realizes her chance has gone before she’s had the opportunity to grab it, she reluctantly turns to the relationship guide.
The thing is, those heroines are in books for a reason. It can be extremely dangerous (or fun to read) to mix fiction with reality. As Jodi tries on different roles, we get to meet different seemingly perfect reincarnations of the most popular book boyfriends. Hello Mr. Darcy (I still have to read about you…). Hello, Romeo. But to each lady her man, and what pleases a girl might be a total turnoff for another.
What had made me agree to review this book was the idea of channeling romance heroines to help you swim into the dangerous dating pool. I know I could need a little help to be more adventurous, funny or romantic sometimes, and if a relationship guide telling me how to take example on Lizzie or Juliet existed, I would grab a copy for myself, and one for Jill @ Rant & Rave About Books. Unfortunately, we only get a glimpse of what the guide looks like. I would have loved this side of the idea to be more developed, instead of focusing on the different kind of guys available. Or not available.
Some chapters give you the name of the heroine Jodi must take example on, hints on what kind of women they are, and how Jodi should behave, but the details were too superficial to really matter and change Jodi’s actions drastically.
In the end, Jodi needs to find the heroine within herself to discover which guy to give her heart to. I had a great time following her step out of her comfort zone and find out what it really takes to get mister perfect. I highly recommend this book for a sunny afternoon at the beach, especially if you want to have fun trying to spot a Darcy or a Byron around you after you finish it!
The character of Jodi is very likeable and under pressure from her best friends she decides to follow their advice. Unfortunately everything doesn't go to plan and she finds herself in some tricky situations. Along the way we meet some potential love interests but who is Mr Right? I really enjoyed the journey that Jodi took to find her happy ever after. It did take me a while to warm to her friends as I felt they were pushing her to do something she didn't want to do. However in the end they did have her best interests at heart.
The story moved at a good pace and I got to meet some interesting characters who helped make this book more fun. It is a really gentle and easy read that kept my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the premise for the story and how taking on the characteristics of your favourite heroine could improve your love life.
Boyfriend by the book is a light-hearted story that is perfect to curl up with!
Four stars from me!
Thank you to Laura Briggs who kindly sent me a copy to read & review in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
This was my first Laura Briggs book, and I can say that I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the light humor, mixed with some romance. The plot moved at a decent pace; although, I did feel, at times, it should have moved faster. The writing style did appeal to me, and while I did have issues with the story, the writing seemed to suck me in.
As for the characters, I did have a hard time relating to Jodi. Mostly because I am a hopeless romantic, and she's just... well... not. I felt like I could hardly relate to her friends, even though they were romantics. They were all about the classical side of romance, whereas the contemporary side appeals to me more. Don't even get me started on the guys Jodi picked. One of the guys that was introduced, I would have tossed him out as soon as I realized nothing was there. But that's just me. And the guys weren't complete swoon-worthy either. I was finding them more to be Plain John than anything.
However, this novel has plenty of laughable moments, and tons of ahh moments. If you're looking for a quick read, which also happens to be a romance, this might just be your cup of tea!
*I received a copy from the author, in exchange for my honest review.