Boyfriend by the Book
by: Laura Briggs
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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!
Boyfriend by the Book was definitely a cute, fluffy read. While I couldn’t relate to the thinking of the classical women it referred to, nor to the classical men, I did enjoy reading it. It got me thinking I should start reading some classics. Or at least watching the movies so I can get the references! Haha.
This was my first Laura Briggs book, and I can say that I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the light humor, mixed with some romance. The plot moved at a decent pace; although, I did feel, at times, it should have moved faster. The writing style did appeal to me, and while I did have issues with the story, the writing seemed to suck me in.
As for the characters, I did have a hard time relating to Jodi. Mostly because I am a hopeless romantic, and she’s just… well… not. I felt like I could hardly relate to her friends, even though they were romantics. They were all about the classical side of romance, whereas the contemporary side appeals to me more. Don’t even get me started on the guys Jodi picked. One of the guys that was introduced, I would have tossed him out as soon as I realized nothing was there. But that’s just me. And the guys weren’t complete swoon-worthy either. I was finding them more to be Plain John than anything.
However, this novel has plenty of laughable moments, and tons of ahh moments. If you’re looking for a quick read, which also happens to be a romance, this might just be your cup of tea!
*I was given this book by the author, in exchange for my honest review.
Laura Briggs is a professional writer whose debut short work from Pelican Book Group “Only in Novels” garnered attention in the book review world and with fans of both Christian and contemporary romance. Since then, she has continued publishing novels both traditionally and independently and both Christian and mainstream Sweet Romance, as well as co-authoring a series of Grimm-esque fantasy-themed fairytale retellings known as The Dark Woods Trilogy.
Best known for secular contemporary romances “The Wedding Caper” and “Late to the Wedding”, Briggs’s latest releases include the Regency-inspired lighthearted romance “Dear Miss Darcy” as well as a return to her Inspirational Romance roots with the playful but poignant “Ghosts of Romances Past” from Pelican Book Group. When not writing, she reads, relaxes, and spends time with her cats and dogs.
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