by Jackie Lau
Series: Kwan Sisters #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on May 22, 2018
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I'm a pretty simple guy. When I'm not writing a science fiction novel, I'm watching a good movie or reading a book. Alone. I like my reclusive life. That is, until my only friend asks for a favor—pretend to be his baby sister's boyfriend on a couples' getaway. Her ex is going to be there and she needs me as a buffer.
I should have said no, but Naomi is bubbly, energetic, and beautiful. She also means everything to her brother. But now, our fake romance is starting to feel all too real, and I find myself stuck between the promise I made to my friend and risking my heart to the one woman who might actually get me…
I am utterly charmed by Grumpy Fake Boyfriend. Romantic comedy + Own Voices author + grumpy, reclusive hero + confident Asian heroine? Yes to all of the above! 😍
Naomi Kwan needs a fake boyfriend, stat. She‘s been invited to a holiday beach weekend, but all the other attendees are couples…including her jerk of an ex, Jordan, and his hot new girlfriend.
Enter Will Stafford: former scientist turned science fiction author, he’s a curmudgeon and super introvert. One of his only friends is Jeremy, who just happens to be Naomi’s older brother. So when Naomi needs a favor and someone to play the role of boyfriend for the weekend, Will reluctantly agrees to play the part.
Naomi had a huge crush on Will when they were younger, but as adults, she and Will butt heads immediately. An event planner by day, Naomi is outgoing with a group of close friends. Will is basically a hermit who must be forced to socialize with anyone, even his family (aka, a hero after my own heart). But despite their personality differences, Naomi and Will soon realize that their attraction to each other is becoming more and more real.
So I’m kind of in love with this book. Will reminded me so much of myself, down to the “socializing = fresh hell” mentality that rules every day for him. Naomi helps him come out of his shell a bit—but just enough to leave plenty of space for alone time later, when he needs it.
In turn, Naomi realizes that her elaborate efforts to show how she’s moved on from her ex serve mainly as a wake-up call to herself. She realizes that she doesn’t need to change who she is in order to find happiness. In fact, her ex is the type of guy she never wants to be with ever again. And instead, the guy she does want looks exactly like Will: someone who appreciates her just the way she is.
If you’re looking for a fun romantic comedy with plenty of steam, I highly recommend this book! I’ve been on the hunt for more diverse romance, specifically by Own Voices authors who write lighthearted love stories, and Grumpy Fake Boyfriend fits the bill perfectly. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Rating: 5 stars