I’m a pretty simple guy. When I’m not writing a science fiction novel, I’m watching a good movie or reading a book. Alone. I like my reclusive life. That is, until my only friend asks for a favor—pretend to be his baby sister’s boyfriend on a couples’ getaway. Her ex is going to be there and she needs me as a buffer.
I should have said no, but Naomi is bubbly, energetic, and beautiful. She also means everything to her brother. But now, our fake romance is starting to feel all too real, and I find myself stuck between the promise I made to my friend and risking my heart to the one woman who might actually get me…
I’m not sure if it was the anti-social science fiction writing hero or the close proximity trope or even the fake relationship that drew me into when I was reading this blurb, all I know is that I am so glad I requested this book for review.
Grumpy Fake Boyfriend was a delightful little treat that was low on the angst and high on the sexiness. I loved the hero, Will, who is a science fiction writer and prefers alone time reading over big groups and parties. He is set in his ways and rather suspicious of other’s expectations of him, mostly because of his parents and an old girlfriend who thought they could change him to be more socially outgoing. He doesn’t have that many close friends, so when his best friend from college asks him to accompany his kid sister on a long weekend and act as her fake boyfriend he reluctantly agrees.
Naomi has recently broken up with her long time boyfriend. He’s moved on to someone new, she hasn’t, but she doesn’t want any of their mutual friends to think for a minute that she is still hung up on her ex. So she kind of manipulates her older brother into asking his best friend to pretend to be her boyfriend for the weekend. She’s had a crush on Will since the day she met him years before, and she couldn’t think of another man she would rather pretend to be in a relationship with.
Naomi is outgoing and friendly and lights up the room, Will is grumpy and a loner and has zero desire to be stuck in a group of people making small talk. Together they have wonderful chemistry and their relationship progresses nicely. Through the course of the weekend they grow closer and realize that regardless of their differences in personality, they respect each other and their boundaries. They work as a couple because of their differences. There is very little emotional drama and angst, and I was glad for the lighthearted, easy read. I loved that there was a diverse cast of characters and that it was set in Canada, rather than the United States.
I enjoyed this fast, easy read and am looking forward to the second book in the series. Final Grade-B-
I like my fucking shell, thank you very much.