Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Her Backup Boyfriend by Ashlee Mallory

Author:Ashlee Mallory
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Date of publication: January 2015

Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail—there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie…

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right—and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged…

 Her Backup Boyfriend was a pleasant surprise.  It was a little slow to start, but I ended up enjoying the book.  Kate is working toward a promotion to junior partner at her law firm.  She is single and works all the time. Her boss implies that having a significant other will go a long way toward impressing the board.  When he neighbor's nephew offers to play her boyfriend for a couple of months in exchange for law work for his sister, she reluctantly agrees.

The romance between Dominic and Kate was sweet. I loved how they really became friends before lovers.  They helped each other realize they needed to go for what they wanted and not hold back.  Kate learns that what she thought she had always wanted wasn't going to make her truly happy.  I liked Dominic a bit more than Kate.  I was annoyed at how long it took her to do the ethical thing involving the case she was working on with her firm.  It seemed a no-brainer for the type of person she was.  I felt like the hesitation was only a way to make more unnecessary tension for the couple.  

Dominic's family was a nice addition to the story.  They were hysterical.  I look forward to reading about his siblings finding love in the future.  This is a fairly mild romance in terms of love scenes. They build up then quickly fade to black  leaving most of it to the imagination.  If you are looking for a cute romance, give this one a shot.

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