Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review - Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms

Boyfriend Maintenance
by Lauren Helms
Series: 425 Madison, #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2019

My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for my brother’s wedding just to keep the vultures at bay. I’ve noticed Jake around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job.
The thing is, I don’t actually have what I promised in return for his help, but I don’t want this to end.

I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but that doesn’t stop me from taking her up on her offer and upping the ante. I have rules, however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get blurred.
Her lie made her more like me than I ever thought possible. Too bad liars don’t do it for me.

A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long way…

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

“Jake, have you ever dated for money?” Her eyes widen and her gaze swings towards Becca as I replay the words back in my mind.

“Excuse me?” My stare hardens on Becca. I’m not sure where this is going. I doubt I will like it.

“Well, Emmy here has a proposition for you.” She crosses her arms, looking like she’s about to start negotiating a big-money deal.
This is a cute fake relationship romance that had both humor and heart, and even though Jake was not my most favorite of characters, I really enjoyed the overall story and loved the relationships between all of the supporting characters.

Emmy was my favorite. She’s determined to do things on her own and make her own way and this has caused some issues with her family. I love that she refuses to compromise on what she wants and works hard for everything she has. Jake, on the other hand, was not my idea of the perfect fake boyfriend – he might have done all the right things when out in public, but the way he treated Emmy was infuriating at times. His past had a bit to do with that so some of his attitude was understandable, but overall his attitudes and presumptions had me a bit riled up at times. I was glad he finally came to his senses, but I wouldn’t have blamed Emmy for walking away.

What I really loved most in this book was the supporting relationships between characters. Emmy and Becca were such great friends and I loved how different from each other they were but how those differences only helped create such a strong bond between the two. And seeing Emmy with her brother Levi and watching their relationship become even closer throughout the book brought a smile to my face. I also loved Jake and his brother Kevin and how close they were – and thank goodness Jake had Kevin to set him straight on things and force him to man up and re-evaluate his own thoughts and actions when it came to Emmy.

This was another fun read in the 425 Madison Series. We did get a chance to see a few characters from previous books – the scenes with Sara had me cracking up – and I love how that gives this series a closer connection than just the tie in to the 425 Madison building.

This is the first book from Lauren Helms that I have read but I will definitely be checking out her other works!

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