Title: Boyfriend for Hire
Author: Gail Chianese
Series: West Side Romance #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Nov 24th
In this sexy new series, author Gail Chianese celebrates the heart—and the heat—of modern dating. This time, a temporary boyfriend may be the right man for a permanent position…
The only girl in a family of five brothers, Tawny Torres has had enough of waiting on men. She has her life and her career all mapped out, and neither includes an apron, an iron, or a husband—yet. But when a new job emphasizes a healthy balance of work and play, she needs a guy to stand in as her love interest at a company picnic. Gorgeous charmer David “King of Pleasure” Farber fits the bill perfectly—so well that Tawny is shocked to realize she’s having a hard time letting him go…
David’s a confirmed bachelor, but he can’t get enough of Tawny’s firecracker combination of tough and tender. Unfortunately, he’s overloaded with work at his construction firm and now definitely isn’t the time for distraction—he struggles enough with that already. Still, he can’t ignore his feelings for Tawny. He’ll just have to convince her that he’s more than a boyfriend-for-hire. And she’ll have to prove he can trust her with his biggest secret…
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington Books) via NetGalley
This is another cute, fun read from this author, pitting a charming, friendly playboy against a smart, workaholic woman. The characters are likeable, the story is often fun and everything is nice and enjoyable.
Except I found my attention wandering a bit at times and it took me longer to read than a book of this length normally would. I think it’s because not a lot actually goes on. Tawney has work and family issues, David offers to help, they find out the chemistry they’ve always suspected between them is real, they toy with a relationship… and the story continues in this vein, looping around without actually going anywhere for quite a while, padding things out a bit before the inevitable conflict arises.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good read, but I would have liked for David’s problems to have been explored and addressed as much as Tawney’s. I also wasn’t entirely happy with how things went with Tawney’s boss. She seems like such a strong, confident woman that I was saddened by the way she tried to ignore the whole thing – I could understand her not wanting to tell her family, but she had good friends and other options (especially with the reference thing – I really expected her to get fired up over that, so was sad when she didn’t). It might also have been nice if her family had given her a bit more recognition, but maybe that wold have been a bit of a stretch after so many years of treating her that way.
So really, this is a book in which not a lot really happens. There are fun scenes and friendly banter aplenty, yet it never quite grabbed me as much as I’d hoped or expected. Tawney is likeable enough and David is lovely, but… I don’t know. It’s cute but not particularly memorable. And the title is misleading, because David refuses to be hired, instead he’s a stand-in as a friend who’s hoping for more. Regardless of all that, this was a cute, undemanding read and I look forward to seeing how Brody sorts himself out in the next one.
Boyfriend for Hire is out November 24th!
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