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Her Backup Boyfriend by Ashlee Mallory

I need to read more of the various Entangled Publishing Imprints, because, well… they mostly rock. When I requested Her Backup Boyfriend on NetGalley, I really needed a sweet, swoony romance. And I definitely got one.

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One little white lie leads to more than she planned…

Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail―there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie…

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right―and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged…

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This book in a nutshell, is about a woman feeling the need to prove herself to everyone she’s ever known, and a man that wants nothing more than for her to realize how amazing she is just by simply being herself.

Kate Matthews is recovering from a bad breakup only to meet up with her neighbor’s nephew when she finds herself in dire need of a constructor’s help with her new house.

I’ll skip the plot – the one that takes both MCs family and friends’ lives and weaves them beautifully into the story – and go straight to the characters.

Kate is pretty great, but I had some issues with her. She’s strong and determined. She’s incredibly accomplished and in some ways, defeated the stereotypes she’s had to grow up with, only to slowly realize everything she has created for herself might not be what she’s intended it to be.

Dominic (God, I love that name!) has had his share of heartache, though when learning all the information about it I don’t really get why his heart was involved to begin with (but I guess you can’t control the heart much) and when he agrees to be Kate’s “boyfriend” he isn’t planning on falling for Kate, but that’s just what happens. At this point in this life Dominic is mostly content with his life, and all his focus is building his dream house and helping his family (and a great!!! family, too). He’s incredibly, undeniably swoony.

The story arc is fantastic. The story develops and their relationship grows in a way that in fiction, many times, it just doesn’t. The slow burn and mostly denied attraction between Kate and Dom is sweet. Seriously sweet.

I can see myself reading this story again when I feel like needing a good swoon, a minor twinge to the heart and a sweet, sweet awww at the end.

My rating: 4star

* Thank you Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Ashlee was thirteen when she discovered her first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss book hidden away in her mom’s closet. After two days of staying home “sick” from school to finish it, she was hooked. Her rabid love for romance has continued ever since and after a misadventure in the world of law, she is finally settling into her dream job of writing about people finding their happily ever afters—the only stories worth reading, after all.

Ashlee lives in the greater Salt Lake Valley in Utah with her sweetie, two fabulous kids, and a dog and cat that vie equally for her attention. Sometimes by sitting on her computer when she’s trying to work. And although surrounded by picturesque mountains and beautiful landscapes, she’s practically allergic to direct sunlight, the outdoors, and anything that involves communing with nature. Give her a book, an abundance of coffee, and a shady (enclosed) spot with a view and she’s happy.

Whether writing contemporary romances or romances with mystery and suspense, Ashlee aims to create down to earth heroines and heroes that will make you laugh and fall in love all over again.

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