Friday, August 25, 2017

Review & Release Blitz: Her Book Boyfriend by K.R. Grace

Title: Her Book Boyfriend
Author: K.R. Grace
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/YA
Series: Awkward Duckling Series (Book One)
Publisher: Liaison Publishing
Format: ebook via Buoni Amici Press
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisShe believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong.
Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her.
The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend.
The truth is in the pages.

As a child, K.R. Grace had an overactive imagination. When it was obvious she wasn’t going to change anytime soon, her mom shoved a pen and paper in her hand and said, “Write it down.” So, at the age of eight, her first story was born, and the writing hasn’t stopped since. When she’s not running with wolves, sleeping with bears, or flying with falcons, she can be found checking out local bands or watching movies about things that go “boo” in the night. She lives in East Tennessee with a dog that is afraid of his own shadow and a cat that was a mob leader in a former life.


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

When the man of your dreams is right there all along. Awww...

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Macey needs a date to prom but not just any boy will do. She wants someone who will appreciate her. Someone who is real boyfriend material. So with the help of her favorite author, she devises a plan to land her perfect prom date. Unfortunately, it's hard to get anyone to take her seriously when everyone thinks of her as only Cam's friend.

Even though Macey adores her best friend, she's growing tired of always being attached to him. And she's definitely tired of the string of girls he parades around. So when she starts to look for her own guy, she's surprised to find Cam is so against the idea. With every attempt she makes, he seems to be there to catch her. Could it be that her perfect boyfriend is the one person she never even considered?

This book had a lot of things that I liked. The leading lady was quirky, had courage to put herself out there, and was a bit of a daydreamer. I liked that about her. Yes, she wasn't exactly smart about keeping herself out of potentially harmful situations but most teen girls are not. It didn't feel out of character for a hormonal teenager to me.

I also loved the relationship between Macey and Cam. No, I didn't love that he made her break up with his flings but I did like seeing them interact. They had a very openly affectionate thing happening which made it easy to picture them together. I'm married to my best friend so I completely understand the ability to be yourself with someone. It's a benefit, for sure.

Macey's kindness to her family and Cam's family was also a great character trait. I didn't mind being in her head as much as I usually do when reading a single POV story written in first person. I do think this story could have been better if we'd had a few chapters from Cam's point-of-view but we do get to see a lot of him. Several other characters entertained me too. The silent girl reminded me of the quiet woman on Pitch Perfect. I laughed a few times while reading this book.

But there were some things I didn't love about this also. We started off so well with the plan to snag a boyfriend and I enjoyed Macey's antics. Then toward the end, things got a little strange. We hear Macey's thoughts about everything and everyone at every turn. Yet, after Cam's feelings come to light, she just goes through the motions and doesn't really stop to consider what this means. She doesn't look back at the times he fulfilled her list of requirements or the small signs that this was coming. She just accepts it as truth and goes back to working and homework. I thought that was a little odd.

And even though I am happy for the couple, I don't know if I see them working out in the future. Macey will be at school for years and Cam will be on the road with his band. This just screams disaster-in-the-making. So I would consider this more of a HFN than a HEA. Still was a cute story, though.

In closing... 
A sweet YA best-friends-to-lovers story. Four suns!

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