Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Beauty and the Book Boyfriend by K.M. Galvin

Title: Beauty and the Book Boyfriend
Author: K.M. Galvin
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisWhen Bellamy Strong started writing, it wasn’t with the intention of becoming the next phenomenon. It was…to be blunt she had no friends. School is rough on the anti-social. It’s even harder publishing your books and the world decides it wants a piece of you.

Now her series is ending and her publisher is demanding she show up for her fans. End her reclusive persona. A three month, worldwide book tour dressed as Makyla, the lead character in her book. As for Maxsen, the love interest, her fans pick model Caleb Pace to play the role during a casting contest. No big deal right? 

What happens when your fantasy comes to life and turns out better than you imagined?

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A cocky male model breaks an insecure author out of her shell.

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Bellamy's life is far from ordinary. She's in her mid-twenties and already a published author several times over. Her hermit lifestyle has lent well to her job, giving her a safe place to write about stories featuring her dream couple. But all that is about to change because her agent wants Bell to participate in a worldwide book tour and there's a pretty big catch...

Caleb just found himself hired to play the lead character of a book series. He'll be traveling alongside the author during her book signings and other stops. He will be the male lead and Bell is his female counterpart. Unfortunately, he hates his job and knows this one won't be any different. It's just another gig pretending to be someone he isn't.

The pair get off to a rough start due to Caleb's bad attitude and Bell's inability to remember that Caleb isn't really her book character, Max. But when they realize they're stuck with one another, they try to make the best of it. Forming a pact, the couple grow closer and develop a comradery that helps them to cope with their troubles and overcome them together. Sparks fly and soon the friendship turns into something stronger. But when the tour nears its end, the two have some big decisions to make.

This was a pretty great book with a good plot. I loved the idea of reading about an author traveling around and meeting her fans. The fact that she would be accompanied by the live version of her beloved male lead character was a nice touch, too. And Caleb was a hoot at the beginning. Such a grumpy dude and I laughed quite a bit at his and Bellamy's bickering. Their arguing continued throughout and provided quite a bit of humor to the mix.

The romance between our couple is slow brewing and fun to watch. There is a strong friendship as a foundation and makes their transition to lovers smooth and believable. The love scenes were hot and plentiful. There was even an entertaining trip to a strip club that I wasn't expecting. In all, I found the romance to be entirely fulfilling. *wink*

My reason for deducting a half-sun is due to the typos that I encountered. I can handle the occasional blunder and actually expect to find errors. Some of these were the usual grammar mistakes. However, I did come across a few that made me stop reading to think. For example, Caleb's hair is described as a very dark auburn in the beginning, but then the author mentions Caleb's "light" hair later on. This mistake confused me and took me out of the story until I realized I wasn't remembering things wrong and it was a writing oops. This book could use another proofreading pass.

In closing...
A fun read with a colorful cast of characters. 4.5 suns!

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