★ SYNOPSIS ★
This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…
Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they’ve never been “with benefits”…until one wickedly hot night crosses the line.
Mac’s been in love with Lexi for ages. He knows he should probably end it, but dammit, he just can’t. When things get deliciously down and dirty, Mac is certain that he’s made the leap out of the friend zone…until Lexi decides she wants to remain friends. With benefits.
What Lexi doesn’t know is that she’s running out of time. And if she won’t promote Mac to Real Boyfriend, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else…
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Her Stand-In Boyfriend is a great read for when don’t have much time. It’s short, sweet and simple; a very straight forward romance. I really enjoyed it and was sad it had to end! The best part, I believe, about this book is that the synopsis for it, nails it. Mac and Lexi have been friends since college, he’s been in love with her and she’s more-or-less clueless. The writing in this book was well done, as was the prose.
Mac was the college super smart geek who ended up owning his own business and pulling a Cinderella. What would you call that for a guy? I’m not sure, but regardless, he pulls one. Six years after college and meeting Lexi he has things going for him. He’s intelligent, he dresses better and according to Lexi he definitely isn’t the geeky guy he was back then.
Lexi also owns her own company, an event company that constantly has her busy. She has no room for a guy in her life! She wants to have time for herself, her friends, her work and besides, men are constantly saying she doesn’t pay enough attention to her. So what better than to have Mac as her stand-in? She’s not using him, or at least, not intentionally, right?
Lexi and Mac have a pretty great friendship. They call, talk and hang out with each other, they use each other as “Stand-in’s” when they don’t have dates for events and everything on the surface seems perfect. Mac is Lexi’s best bud, he’s always there and willing to drop everything if she needs help. When Mac needs something, she’s always makes time for him too.
Until one night things explode between them and it makes Lexi look at everything differently. After a completely awkward morning after, Lexie decides to act like nothing really happened between them. They are still friends, right? Well, if you can really be friends with a guy you constantly want to pull the clothes off of. Mac on the other hand, is thinking this is going somewhere else, until Lexi drops the bombshell on him that she wants to be friends, with benefits. That’s not what Mac wants though, he wants all of Lexi, not just the benefits.
It takes some hashing out, some jealousy and some angst but these two finally get their act together. The ending to this one seemed a bit rushed but it’s not something that’s detrimental to the book. The co-stars in this one are pretty fun too, or well, if you consider a blunt best friend who knocks sense into people, fun. I know I do! I’m also hoping that best friend gets her own book. 😉