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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: The Accidental Boyfriend by Maggie Dallen / @pumpupyourbook @Mag_Dallen

Title: The Accidental Boyfriend
Series: Chane Romance, Book 2
Author: Maggie Dallen
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

What do you do when Mr. Right seems oh-so-wrong?

Holly Sinclair is ready to have it all. She’s even found her Mr. Right—a steady, reliable guy who just needs a little convincing. Now all the former wild child has to do is free herself of her very inconvenient attraction to Jack Everett. Not only does the notorious playboy and tabloid king seduce her at her sister’s wedding, he follows her to Paris! Suddenly, Holly is alone with Jack in the most romantic city in the world—and his family is leaping to the wrong conclusions…

The world’s most infamous bachelor has finally met his match. If Jack was the type to settle down, Holly would be the woman of his dreams. There’s just one hitch: Holly actually believes she wants to marry Mr. Oh-So-Boring. Intent on proving that she deserves someone better, Jack finds himself playing the role of the perfect boyfriend…a little too well. If he’s not careful, he might just lose this game—and his heart.

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Holly's a reformed free spirit who's ready to settle down and live the ideal life everyone thinks she should. Jack's the male version of Holly except he's not ready to settle down for anything. Except maybe Holly.

I liked Jack. He's the quintessential carefree bachelor who's finally met the one woman who makes him consider giving up his current lifestyle because he knows what they could have together would be infinitely better. He sees nothing wrong with Holly. Her free spirit appeals to him.

Jack isn't what Holly believes she wants in a man. Her Mr. Perfect is the polar opposite of herself. The idea of Holly settling for someone so not like her made me wonder, "What's wrong with her?" Especially since he doesn't seem to have any interest in her whatsoever.

Jack and Holly's charade is a tried and true trope. Make believe is all fun and games until hearts come into the equation and confuses everyone. So it wasn't just putting on a believable show. It was reminding themselves that their pretend time was only for a while and it was a means to an end. Except, thank God, it wasn't.

I know that love happens differently for everyone. One person might find it in someone who's the opposite of them while another will find it someone who's the same as them. The heart knows what it wants. Allowing it to lead instead of your head is when a character often finds the most fulfillment. Jack and Holly began as pretend but they ended up being real. They appreciated each other instead of trying to change one another or for one another.

Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie’s version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction.

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