Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon
Release Date: 08/11/15
Entangled Teen: Crush
Summary from Goodreads: Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has...Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But then when she hears a rumor—Bryce is telling everyone that he hooked up with her. With Haley’s reputation taking a nosedive, she gives Bryce him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month for a month or face the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up withto show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers.—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with. Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now doesn't know what's more unbelievable, not only is—that he's he being blackmailed, or that he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's...well, difficult. And different.
Besides, everyone knows that perfect boys never fall for imperfect girls...Sometimes, giving in is all a boy can do...Can something so fake turn into something real?
About the Author
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies.
My feelings for this book are hard to pin down.
I didn't really like the characters as Haley was inexplicably expectant in the fake relationship. Especially considering the person she's blackmailing. I probably would have liked her otherwise and that's why I'm confused: it was like I was reading about two separate characters at times.
Bryce was similar. His character was a little too flakey or something. I really can't describe it.
However, I still wanted them to get together and be happy etc. There were times when the story was so random - due to the characters strange thought processes or other - that I was enjoying the roller-coaster ride I was on. It's quite difficult to make this happen but somehow this story did that. I'm still not entirely sure how. . .
All-in-all it was good but if the characters were a little more likable or at least liked each other a little more rather than the hot and cold moments that frequented the book then this would have been really enjoyable.
P.S. When characters have brothers that are "overprotective" (I call it sexist) I expect to have a bad reading experience but with this the brothers were actually fine but I hated her mother so very much.
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