Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Awkward but well-meaning is part of my brand so I definitely related to aspects of Kris Ripper’s Book Boyfriend.
The narration is confessional & conversational, like I was listening to a friend tell me why he had decided to write a thinly-veiled romance expressing his secret love for a best friend—instead of just telling the best friend he loved them in person 🤭😆.
Preston Harrington the Third, aforementioned writer, has a lot to learn about expressing himself but he is a good friend. The problem for Preston is that he wants more from his relationship with his best friend, Art, ever since they kissed as drunk college students one time.
Book Boyfriend is friends & roommates to boyfriends (kissing only) romance, with a little family drama & a new friendship thrown in. Preston’s writing journey also takes center stage as his feelings for Art become the inspiration for the book he ends up eventually publishing.
This is a sweet romance & I could feel the friendship between them but also I kinda felt sorry for Preston as the book progresses.
Yes, Preston makes some bad decisions, yes, he’s oblivious sometimes, & yes, it feels like he should just be able to say the words😆 but I don’t feel like the other characters are always fair in how they assess Preston. Not to mention that Art doesn’t always come across as a perfect friend either but there doesn’t seem to be enough consideration of that to me 🤷🏻♀️.
In the end Book Boyfriend is a quick read that’s often adorable & personable but it also feels uneven.
3.5 ⭐️. Release date: 04/26
Give me that HEA, please.
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