Blackmail Boyfriend (Chris Cannon)

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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?


I’ve had this book on my kindle (and on my TBR) for a long time now, and I thought that it was finally time to get to it. I’ve read a lot of contemporaries lately, and also a lot of fake-relationship romances, so I’m sorry to say that this book disappointed me… a lot. It not only has a great goodreads average rating, but it has good ratings from fellow bloggers, so I thought this would be a lot better to be honest =/.

Let’s start with the writing. I thought the writing itself was pretty average, but what it failed on was the dual POV. As you know, I’m a huge fan of dual POV, I think it brings a lot to the table in romance novels. But the problem here was that the dual POV was not great, and the two main characters didn’t have distinct enough voices. Sometimes I had to revert to the beginning of a chapter to know who was talking, and I even spotted at least one time that the author herself was confused about who that POV belonged to… never a good sign.

Another thing that bothered me a lot was the errors in formatting, as well as some typos. My brain is OK to ignore both things when I’m reading an ARC, because it knows that it’s not a finished version. But here this wasn’t the case. This book was the kindle version sold on amazon, which means that some kind of things shouldn’t be found.

I had some problems with the two main characters too. Haley felt too young and immature. While her plan initially is supposed to be opening the way for other boys to know she’s datable, she’s infatuated by Bryce right from the start and hopes to make their relationship real very early on, even without really knowing him. Her reactions annoyed me a lot of the times too. Bryce was no better, unfortunately. He was super clueless, but that could have been kind of cute, right? But he ran hot and cold, and most of the times he was inconsiderate, and I wanted to slap the hell out of him. To be honest, I liked their 2 BFFs a lot better, and even their romance was better, and I kind of wish that the book had been about them instead of Haley and Bryce.

The plot was interesting though, and had a lot of potential. I especially liked Haley’s twin brothers and how protective they were of their sister. The romance itself also had potential, but I thought the execution was a bit shady and several potentially romantic moments were wasted.

At least the parents were very present in this book, even if they each had only one normal and good parent, because Bryce’s dad and Haley’s mom were terrible!

Honestly this book was OK, entertaining, but not good. I couldn’t relate at all with the characters and they were super annoying to me. I’m sure though, that a lot of people won’t have this problem, so I can’t tell you not to read it… it just wasn’t for me.

June TBR

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Hello. I managed 20 books this past month of May, so I’m aiming for a similar number this month of June, so my TBR will have 14 books 🙂 .

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  1. The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh – I’ve already started this one and I’m about halfway through :D.
  2. V-Card (Sharing Spaces #1) by Alicia Michaels – I actually just finished this romantic comedy, and it was so cool!
  3. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma –It didn’t happen last month, but I will get to it in June.
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas – This will be the third buddy read for me, Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. 😀
  5. Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon – this sounds like a cute summer/contemporary read.
  6. Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown – I read book 1, Loud is How I Love You, a few months back, and I loved it. So I was super excited when I got approved for this eARC on Netgalley.
  7. In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers – Kat read this book last month and loved it, so Cátia and me recided to request it from Netgalley, so I’ll be buddy reading it with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much.
  8. Heartfall by J.B. McGee – yet another eARC that I’ll probably read with Cátia.
  9. On The Brink by Kate Willoughby – this is a short novella, a M/M hockey romance, so I obviously requested it from Netgalley and I’ll definitly be reading it soon.
  10. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – after loving Ugly Love this month, I want to read this one pretty soon.
  11. Heat It Up by Stina Lindenblatt – another eARC from netgalley that I’ll be reading with Cátia 🙂 .
  12. How Not to Fall by Emily Foster – yet another eARC that I’ll buddy read with Cátia.
  13. Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey – I saw a great review of this book, so me and Cátia requested it from Netgalley and we’ll be reading it soon-ish… the release date is in July, so this is low priority right now.
  14. Slightly Stalky by Amy Vansant – this book just somehow screams summer to me, maybe it’s because of that gorgeous blue… either way, this will be yet another buddy read with Cátia.

This is my TBR for June. Once again I’ll be reading A LOT of books with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her TBR for June HERE.