Sunday 24 July 2016

Boyfriend by the Book - Laura Briggs

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her. 

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

Boyfriend by the Book is a perfect feel good read for curling up with on a rainy day or a summer afternoon, with lots of laughs and surprises to keep the reader turning pages! 

What did I think?

Boyfriend by the Book is a fabulous read and a wonderful idea for a book, bringing the classics into modern day life.  Who hasn't dreamt of meeting their very own modern-day Mr Darcy or Romeo?  Before I go all dreamy about Mr Darcy, let's see what I thought about the book...

Too late...I've gone all dreamy about Darcy...


Jodi is a typical workaholic, she loves her job and goes above and beyond the call of duty to be the best concierge she can be. Although she has a harmless flirtation going on with delivery guy Levi, she doesn't get the opportunity to meet men and go out on dates.  When her friends all start 'coupling-up' they buy Jodi a relationship guide based on the classic romances Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet.  Jodi casts it aside as mumbo jumbo but when she keeps stumbling across the book she decides to give it a go.

It's absolutely hilarious to see the modern day men compared with the heroes in these classics, but they each play the part surprisingly well.  The only trouble is, Jodi can't stop thinking about Levi but she has no idea whether Levi has any feelings for her beyond friendship.  As Jodi goes on various dates, you can't help but wish she was going out with Levi but fate is always in control of the cards and she must play the hand she is dealt.  Will she get the romantic ending we wish for?  You'll just have to read it and see!

Boyfriend by the Book is such good fun, full of misunderstandings and hilarity as Jodi negotiates the dating minefield.  I read it with a smile on my face and it certainly left me with a warm glow.  Reawaken your very own inner Lizzie Bennet by reading Boyfriend by the Book today!

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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