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4.5 stars for K.C. Kelly's narration...2 stars for the story.
Let me start by saying I absolutely adore the whole fake boyfriend trope! I love it. Usually.
Evan Goodman has been recently dumped by his not-quite boyfriend. Unfortunately he's bragged a lot to his family about him and they are all expecting to meet the new boyfriend over the holiday break.
While quietly freaking out in a coffee shop about going home dateless, Evan witnesses the coming out and rejection of JD Laurens by his only family.
Evan sort of knows JD. JD's a quiet science major who lives in Evan's dorm and after JD is abandoned right in front of him Evan cooks up a scheme to bring JD home with him for the holidays killing two birds with one stone...he gives JD a family and home for the holidays and Evan has a boyfriend to show off to his family.
And if that had been the story, I would be giving this 4, maybe even 4.5 stars. BUT. But it isn't. Instead Evan makes JD lie and say he's the sort-of boyfriend who just dumped Evan. That's where it lost me. That whole storyline did absolutely nothing for me. Turns out I hate a story where the fake relationship is based on one of the characters lying about who he is and, wow, that whole bit went on way too long. How could you ask a guy who had just lost his family and home because he wouldn't lie about who he is - turn around and quite literally LIE ABOUT WHO HE IS?!
So bottom line: This had loads of potential, the narration by KC Kelly is terrific and fans of the fake boyfriend lying about being someone else entirely trope should adore this.
It just didn't work for me personally.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Evan is “dating” this self-centered, cheating, popular guy from his major who drops him right before Christmas. He goes to the Donut Shop to fuel up for his trip home for the holidays and sees JD “out” himself to his very mean, hateful brother, who tells JD never to come home – ever. (And it turns out JD’s brother is his ONLY family- big jerk!)
Evan hatches a plan to save both JD and himself from a horrible holiday. JD can play Evan’s boyfriend, Tyler, (who the family was expecting to meet) and JD can have a place to go over Christmas.
Needless to say – the tricking doesn’t fool anyone, and mom is suspicious of Tyler/JD. But – as you can imagine – JD is a far better boyfriend to Evan than Tyler ever was and what started as a hoax ends up as a HEA.
Your heart will bleed for JD and the way he just shines in the face of Evan’s family is so touching. Neither Evan nor JD have much “experience” so the smexy times are pretty tame, but very sweet. This reads almost like a young adult title, but that doesn’t stop it from being a really sweet and fun book full of goofy holiday games and sappy moments.
I really enjoyed this and didn’t miss the smexy times.
KC Kelly did an absolutely fabulous job with this. He is excellent at the pacing and emotion and does a really nice job with JD voice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Light, sweet holiday fare, a little angst, but a well deserved HEA. The main characters are both sympathetic and likeable. The only thing was that KC Kelly, an excellent narrator, sounded too old for the two 18 year olds but he still made it good to listen to. Enjoyable.
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