Published December 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
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She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…
Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.
Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.
Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine.
Sophie-Claire Wright is a wannabe songwriter based in Nashville, and she also happens to be broke and have her roommate kick her out of their apartment. Defeated, she decides to return to her parents’ house until she can work out a plan.
But back home, her mother is dying to play matchmaker because Sophie-Claire is still without boyfriend. So Sophie-Claire needs a fake boyfriend so stop her mothers attempts and the only person she trusts to help her out is Jake Cooper, an old childhood friend, and someone she has always had a huge crush on…
I’ve always liked plots where fake couples eventually fall in love, or even when childhood friends suddenly become more than just friends, so obviously this story was quite intriguing. I was just a bit disappointed about the fact that everything was way too transparent. This book was written from Sophie-Claire’s POV, but it was clear from the beginning that Jake has a thing for her, which left nothing much to imagination in terms of the plot.
The story was standard romance, without any significant intrigue or plot-twist that could spice the book up a bit. Actually, I found it quite boring.
I also have to say that despite the fact that I very much like Jake Cooper, who acted like to goodhearted boy next door, I really couldn’t stand Sophie-Claire. The author made her up to be a bit of an outsider: curvy and not stick-thin, pierced and tattooed, and of course she’s a songwriter. A (typical?) rebel belle, as the author calls her. However, I don’t see how a person like that could be so naive, self-deprecating or even insecure. And worst of all, completely oblivious of what’s around her and at a total loss. She was with a guy who cheated on her, as soon as bad times knock on her door she flees to her family etc… this all doesn’t scream “rebel”.
So yeah, if you are looking for a carefree read, this might be for you, but I prefer reading books with more intricate plots and stronger/more elaborate personalities.
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