Blackmail Boyfriend Published August 11, 2015 by Entangled Publishing.
Source: Publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Entangled Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: YA contemporary romance.
Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…
Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.
Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.
Can something so fake turn into something real?
This was a fun and quick read. I enjoy enemies-turned-friends plots and while Haley and Bryce aren’t exactly enemies, their story does begin in an unusual fashion. He hooks up with a girl who tells him a wrong name because she has a very jealous, short-tempered, wrestler-pro boyfriend. He tells his friends he’s hooked up with her – and realizes the name he’s been spreading around belongs to a girl he doesn’t even know. She has two very over-protective brothers who scare away any boy who’d want to date her, so she blackmails Bryce into pretend-dating her so she’d look more dateable.
Ok so perhaps the plot isn’t that well-thought-out, or at least Haley’s move isn’t, given how she’s liked Bryce from afar for quite some time, but then she’s in high school and that’s not exactly the time we make our best decisions… It didn’t feel too forced, however, so I didn’t get the urge (as I often do with teenagers in books) to slap them both for being silly.
As you can predict, the lines between the pretend dating and actually being together begin to blur quickly. What seemed like a good deal before (and let me tell you, Haley drives a hard bargain, which is something I really liked about her, the girl’s no pushover) starts to hurt quite a lot and Haley and Bryce realize they’re going to have a hard time extricating themselves from it.
What I disliked somewhat was Bryce’s inability to decide what he wants in life – to please his scumbag of a dad, to date Haley, to live a comfortable life, to do better – decisions, decisions. He really hurt Haley at some point and this may be a personal thing but I’m not a huge fan of big gestures. How about trying not to be an a**hole in the first place?
But overall, I enjoyed Blackmail Boyfriend, especially now that the heat’s melting my brain and I crave fluffy reads.
Do you like grand gestures in general (proposing in public, shouting your love from the rooftops)?
What fluffy reads have you enjoyed recently?
I’d love to hear from you! :)