Title: Not My Boyfriend
Author: Monica L. Anderson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Max, Karson
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?
Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.
Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.
As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.
Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.
To my knowledge, Not My Boyfriend is the first book I’ve read by Monica L. Anderson. I’m always anxious to read new authors to me and I’m very pleased to say I really liked Ms. Anderson’s writing style. There is a sweet, straightforwardness to the story without being too bogged down with a lot of angst and crazy misunderstandings. Ms. Anderson did a great job at writing a book that was well-balanced with characters that seemed to live and breathe off of the written page.
One of the reasons why I liked this book was the chemistry between the two heroes. When they first meet, both men are determined that it will be a one-night stand, but when they connect on a deeper level, they both are thrown for a loop and must decide if they truly want to be more than just a casual booty call.
My favorite hero was Max. He’s a genuinely nice guy. He’s sexy and considerate and when he meets Karson he can’t help but want to build something special with him. Even though Karson tries to keep him at a distance, it is Max’s determination and hope that allows Karson to finally open his eyes and see that they can truly have a loving relationship together.
Karson was also a likeable hero. He’s been hurt and betrayed by his ex-boyfriend and is determined to not give his trust or heart to someone else. Once he meets Max, Karson is faced with the dilemma of whether to take a chance at love or possibly be lonely forever.
Out of the two men, Karson changes the most. He learns that to be truly happy he must put aside his past and take a chance on life and love again. There were times I wanted Max to tell Karson to bug off, but I was glad Max knew what was best for both of them and was stubborn enough to fight for both of them, even when Karson does everything he can to push him away.
Not My Boyfriend is a sexy, romantic read that gave this reader several hours of reading pleasure. Thoughtful and well-written the story will live with you long after you finish reading the book. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Anderson in the future and I easily recommend this story for those who love a well thought out and sexy read.
Reviewed By: Gabbi