Friday, May 12, 2023

The Boyfriend Candidate by Ashley Winstead - ARC Review

A laugh-out-loud rom-com about learning to embrace living outside your comfort zone.

As a shy school librarian, Alexis Stone is comfortable keeping out of the spotlight. But when she’s dumped for being too meek—in bed!—the humiliation is a wake-up call. She decides she needs to change, and what better way to kick-start her new more adventurous life than with her first one-night stand?

Enter Logan, the gorgeous, foul-mouthed stranger she meets at a hotel bar. Logan is audacious and filterless, making him Alexis’s opposite—and boy, do opposites attract! Just as she’s about to fulfill her hookup wish, the hotel catches fire in a freak lightning storm—and in their rush to escape, Logan is discovered carrying her into the street, where people are waiting with cameras. Cameras Logan promptly—and shockingly—flees.

Alexis is bewildered until breaking news hits: pictures of her and Logan escaping the fire are all over the internet. It turns out Logan is none other than Logan Arthur, the hotshot politician challenging the Texas governor’s seat. The salacious images are poised to sink his career—and jeopardize Alexis’s job—until a solution is proposed: to squash the scandal, he and Alexis could pretend to be in a relationship until election day…in two months. What could possibly go wrong?

This is the first title I have read by this author. I thought the blurb sounded cute and decided to give Alexis and Logan a shot.

I am glad I did. I really enjoyed this one, I liked the characters, I thought their meet cute was fun. I really liked that this was more of a slow burn and that even though they meet in a way that makes you think there is going to be sex throughout the book, it's clear pretty quickly that there isn't going to be and that this is a relationship you are going to watch build from a friendship.

The criticism I have for it is that it was a little predictable, but that is true of any book that you go into knowing how it's going to end, so it's really not a fair criticism...although I did feel like I knew a little more what was going to happen in this one than I do usually, but it really didn't end up ruining my enjoyment of the title, so it doesn't matter.

I don't always love books that add in politics, although as Logan is literally running for Governor of TX, it's hard to skip that part, so it worked in this one. I can also say, as I tend to agree with his stance, it didn't bother me that there was a decent amount of political world happenings. I am not sure if I would have felt the same were it to be politics I disagreed with, but that's a decision for someone else to make in their own review of this book.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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