Review: The Boyfriend List by Renee Novelle
Title: The Boyfriend List
Author: Renee Novelle
Book #1 in the Boyfriend series. The Boyfriend List follows twenty-year-old Reagan in her quest for the perfect relationship after a somewhat tragic spring break breakup leaves her disillusioned about love... again. Reagan had always prided herself on making levelheaded, practical, analytical decisions about everything. Everything, that is, except where guys are concerned. Which was proven to her, once again, when her “boyfriend” opts to take another girl on their oh-so-romantic trip to his lake house. In order to prevent future heartbreak, she creates a checklist of all the qualities she wants in a man, and vows not to give her heart away again until she can determine if they fit every last criteria. After scouring campus with her two best friends in her tricky journey, her detective work returns a pile of unworthy rejects, and it seems as though her choices are narrowed down to only two options: the hot stranger who’s inspired her new project, and her best guy friend Ian, who she’s always kept at bay due to his perceived playboy reputation. Reagan gets more than she bargained for with her new set of rules, however, and is surprised to find that love, and the perfect boyfriend, may have been within reach the entire time. But will Ian’s reputation ruin his chances to prove his worth? And can Reagan let go of her insecurities long enough to even give him a chance? The Boyfriend List is a light, New Adult romance about friendship, trust, and learning to let go in order to embrace what real love can offer.
The Boyfriend List was a quick and easy read for me, one that I enjoyed and flowed really well. It was definitely what I needed at the time of reading it. I needed a sweet college age romance and this hit the spot perfectly. I finished this book within a couple hours, I was that caught up in the story and the characters lives.
I will say there was one thing that I did find a bit troublesome but not enough to make me stop reading and loving the book. I thought Reagan really needed to grow up and I found myself hoping she would throughout the book, but in this one she doesn't, not enough anyway. (Spoiler alert: I do happen to know in the next book this changes a lot.) Other than that this book is perfection and I enjoyed every word.
I found myself caught up in the plot and storyline of Reagan and Ian's choices as well. I really loved how this book was written and how you really got a picture of each of the characters lives. As the story grew, I started to root for Ian a bit more each page I read. At the end I loved him as a character.
All in all this is a great quick read and I can't wait to read more from this author. I would highly recommend it to most adult romance readers.
I would have to give The Boyfriend List an Ali's Bookshelf...
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