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I’m a bit of a sucker for those stories where a couple agrees to pretend to have a romantic relationship because of mutually beneficial reasons, only to discover that they’ve actually developed feelings for one another. And much drama ensues. And Blackmail Boyfriend delivers.
While there’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here — it’s your pretty standard drama fodder for this type of story — Haley and Bryce’s story is a cute one and still a fun read. Haley is smart and spunky, while Bryce tends to be more reserved and uptight. Both are ridiculously stubborn, which makes it fun. When Haley coerces him into being her “boyfriend,” sparks begin to fly in more ways than one, and both their worlds start to turn a little upside down. Bryce’s character journey and realizations were interesting; however, I would’ve liked to see more of that maturation with Haley as well. I liked her a lot, but she didn’t really grow over the course of the story. Also, while the ups and downs of their relationship/arrangement were expected, some of the drama was too contrived for my taste. But when all is said and done, all the drama did boil down to a pretty satisfying conclusion.
Overall, if you’re looking for a cute, feel-good romance, check out Blackmail Boyfriend.