Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: November 8, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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I devoured the Venom series by Shanora Williams despite the cliffhangers. Therefore, I could not pass the opportunity to read Temporary Boyfriend when it was offered by the publisher for me to review. It was a quick, holiday-themed read and works as a standalone. Before I talk further about what I thought about this story, let me quickly elaborate what the story is about.
The story follows a young, beautiful, independent woman named Piper Madison who had a problem with her family. They don’t accept her for who she is: They disapproved of her choices in career and life in general; she gets an impression that they see her as a disappointment. In orders to get their approval, she hires a professional escort to pretend as her boyfriend for her Christmas gathering with her family.
However, things suddenly change when she finds herself starting developing special feelings for him as she gets to know him. His understanding and loving attributes capture her attention despite her efforts to avoid it. Their pretend relationship soon turns to be a disaster and becomes one of their most memorable holidays they will never forget.
I liked the idea and the message. The hiring an escort as a fake boyfriend thing to please her family was enjoyable and hilarious at times, the heroine’s family dynamic was fascinating which had me curious about all the supporting characters, and the message behind the story was amazing. The whole story had both the humor that, at times, cracked me up, and the emotional elements which I appreciated.
Moreover, the writing style was good despite it being fast-paced. It focused on the important things and highlighted the things that were directly connected to the main story the author intended to be the focus. Although it was not as detailed as I would have liked, it was one of the factors that kept me glued to the screen until the last page.
However, the story failed in reaching its potential in my opinion which, unfortunately, affected the connection I had with the characters and the story as a whole.
The main characters and their romance weren’t well developed. The story started really well; however, as it progressed, I had a hard time understanding the heroine and getting to know the hero. It ended too quickly when I just started to connect with any of them. Consequently, their romantic relationship felt progressing without solid foundation which, unfortunately, was the major factor I couldn’t connect deeply with the whole story.
Furthermore, the whole story lost the believability factor in my opinion. The lack of detail and the poor build-up raised many questions that ended up unanswered, the drama plummeted when it was supposed to be the climax, the side characters suddenly became insignificant toward the end, and the ending itself had me rather confused instead of satisfied. It wrapped-up too quickly and was prematurely executed.
Overall, Temporary Boyfriend was too short to make a powerful impact on me even though I liked the idea and the message. However, despite my issues with this book, I will still be on the lookout for Shanora Williams’s upcoming books. Fans of quick, fast-paced, Christmas/holiday reads might enjoy this book.
It’s things like that—the understanding, the family, and the love—that makes the holidays worthwhile. You won’t get another Mom and Dad, or sister or brother. Family is supposed to piss you off. You’ll say you don’t care—that you’d be fine without them, but even when all of that is said and done, you’d still take drastic measures like I did and hire a male escort just to please them. It’s not silly or stupid or anything like that. It’s called love, and for the love of the people we have, we will do anything to hold onto them.
Thank you to the publisher for giving me this review copy for my unbiased review.
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