**Disclaimer: I was given a free finished copy of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.**
One reader will win a finished copy of Hot British Boyfriend. The giveaway starts on February 8th and ends on February 15th.
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Title Hot British Boyfriend
Author Kristy Boyce
Release Date February 9, 2021
Date Finished February 14, 2021
After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.
But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.
I was super excited to read this book and even more excited that my stop was on Valentine’s Day. This is sounded like a super cute rom-com and I don’t read enough of those!
Some Things I Liked
- 80s music references. I love 80s music and anyone who references A-ha! and Take on Me is an author I’d read again. I loved that Ellie was quirky and fun, even in those moments where she was pretending to be Elle.
- Coming of age story. It’s not often that I read a true coming of age story (mostly because I feel like I can’t relate to youths these days 😂) but I really enjoyed this one. Ellie is more of an old soul and I really enjoyed her journey from something embarrassing to finding her crew.
- All things British. As a self-declared Anglophile, I loved all the references to London, Jane Austen, tea, and history. I thought it made a great backdrop to the story.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- Ellie was kind of a ditz at times and I was SO INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATED when she didn’t see through Will immediately. Essentially, I found her shallow at times and naive (which sometimes can be expected with YA heroines). But, my criticism is that she annoyed me with her inability to see a good thing right in front of her. Characters of any age can frustrate me for this reason.
I don’t know if I’d say there’s series value here but there is definitely spin off value. I really liked the side characters and I’d be interested to know more about them. Sage seems like she’d be an interesting character to read more about.
I enjoyed this book. It was a cute, quick, rom-com to snuggle up with on the couch on Valentine’s Day. I’d definitely keep reading Kristy Boyce’s future books.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Again, But Better by Christine Riccio – if you enjoyed the study abroad and “clean slate” vibes of this book, try this standalone debut by Christine Riccio.
- The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor – if you enjoyed the Jane Austen references as well as a character who can’t see the good things she has right in front of her, try this standalone rom-com.
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