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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: Playing the Perfect Boyfriend by Julie Particka

Eesh, this one really didn't work for me. Maybe next time right?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: June 6, 2016

Wild child Jade Easler has never met a dick she didn’t like, but there’s only been one she thought about keeping. And now he’s back in town…right after she’s slept with charming Hollywood up-and-comer, Dean Hartley. The fastest way to get her ex’s attention? Show up on the arm of a sexy younger man. She just hopes Dean is up for the task of fake boyfriend…

When he hooked up with his beautifully curvy photographer, Dean thought he’d only get the one night she promised. But when she needs help convincing a former flame she’s ready to settle down, who is he to argue? He’ll get to show her—in as many ways as possible—that giving up crazy, hot sex for a stale, predictable life isn’t what she wants. And prove that what she needs is him.

Alright, so while I enjoyed the first book in the series, I wasn’t too crazy about this one. Basically, photographer Jade Easler isn’t about to give a man a chance to hurt her and that’s why she’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of woman. Then the one man she could ever see herself going the distance with reappears, this time as a single man. Unfortunately, Jade’s just had a one night stand with Dean Hartley, the newest and hottest up and coming actor. Desperate to prove to the guy she thinks could be “The One” that she’s now capable of being in a long term relationship, she gets Dean to agree to be her pretend boyfriend. Um, what?

Okay so I had more than just a few issues with this plot idea in that it was obvious from the very beginning that Jade’s idea was going to fail. The idea of pretending to date one guy to show another guy that she’s relationship material? It was a little thin in the believability department. I could buy the “make him jealous” idea but this one not so much. I also felt that there was a little too much using others for the sake of themselves going on which had me feeling like neither Jade nor Dean was particularly likable if they were okay with using so many people in order to prove to someone else that they were what the object of their affection needed.

Plot believability aside my biggest issue was the lack of connection to the characters, particularly Jade. I loved that Julie Particka made her a sexually confident woman. If it’s okay for a man to “sow his oats” why can’t a woman do the same? The best thing is that Jade never felt shame for the men she’d been with so I totally loved that. However, it seemed that what Jade had in sexual independence she lacked in maturity. I found her bratty, immature and kind of mean in some cases. With Jade I felt that she wasn’t trying to find love because she wanted to find someone special but rather because all her friends were settling down and she in essence wanted to be a follower and do the same. It didn’t match her go get ‘em attitude about sex.

Which leads me to Dean who in all honesty wasn’t a bad guy. There was a case of insta-love going on with him which I didn’t buy because of the above reasons. He’s younger than Jade (Yay) yet he was much more mature than her (Nay) and that made the relationship seem unbalanced and it didn’t feel real enough to me. I just didn’t buy that Dean and Jade could have anything real and lasting between them. The sex sure but a mature, working relationship not so much.

Final Verdict: In the end, Playing the Perfect Boyfriend just wasn’t my cup of tea. When I can’t find much to like about the heroine it’s pretty much downhill from there. Dean was okay but he wasn’t convincing enough to balance out Jade’s less than stellar personality. I couldn’t see why he fell for her.

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