It’s a simple agreement: for one month, Silas is my boyfriend of convenience.
Once this is over, we’ll go our separate ways. It’s fake, after all.
I need some arm candy to prove to my ex-fiancé that I’ve moved on.
He needs his old-fashioned boss to think he’s ready to settle down.
Perfect, right? Except for one minor detail: we can’t stand each other.
Silas thinks I’m a stuck-up ice queen. I think he’s a cocky, obnoxious jerk who’s always trying to charm his way out of trouble – and succeeding.
He’s the beloved golden boy. I’m the awkward new girl in town.
It would be the worst idea ever, except… everyone falls for it.
That’s the thing about pretending to date someone: it looks just like real dating.
And the other thing about pretending to date someone? It feels like real dating.
The heated kisses in my office: fake. The possessive way he touches me: fake. The night we spend together in a hotel bed: …maybe not so fake.
One month. Then this charade is over.
|Title:||The One Month Boyfriend|
|Series:||Wildwood Society (Book 1)|
|Trope(s):||Enemies to Lovers|
|Point of View:||First person, present tense, dual viewpoint (H & h)|
|Release Date:||24th May, 2022|
Hoisted by my own expectations
The first book I ever read of Roxie Noir’s – Enemies with Benefits (which I loved, by the way) – was also the first time I was introduced to Silas. And I fell in love with this boyish charmer as he raced around a darkened winery with his night vision goggles and a quad bike. He’s popped up on the edges of all the subsequent Loveless books and each time, my anticipation for Silas to get his own story, grew and grew. I was practically vibrating with excited expectation.
It’s like when there’s a hot guy that’s on the edge of your friend group that you are absolutely smitten with. You dream about your life together, your marriage, your children. And then you finally go on that date…and he’s not nearly as fantastic as you hoped or wanted him to be. I’m so sad to say that, for me, that was this book.
Obviously Silas is going to be more than just the boyish charmer that I first met in Enemies with Benefits. He’s got layers, depths and understandable hidden trauma. I still liked him in this book, but I felt that he’d lost a little of his spark – or perhaps my expectations were just too high. Even more so, with knowing him on a deeper level, I had a better idea in my mind of the kind of woman that was Silas’s perfect partner. And Kat was definitely not that.
Kat’s a hard person for me to have an opinion of because, well, I think she was a lot like me. Not just enough for me to feel a kinship with her, but so much that she irritated me. I applaud any author highlighting mental health issues but when it gets to the point that I feel I’m reading a blow by blow of the worst points of my own issues, I’m tapping out. I didn’t like her in the way I don’t like the way I sometimes act and behave. It was uncomfortable for me.
Equally, I couldn’t see any chemistry between Silas and Kat. It was great that they could help each other through their struggles but that’s no basis for a lasting relationship. Sure there was the sex scenes but they didn’t hit the mark for me.
Another reviewer expressed their confusion over the secondary characters in the book and I’m so glad. I, too, was confused as to the relationships in the group and as I was reading the banter I wondered if I was missing something as I just didn’t get it. I’m sure more will come out as the series continues but right now, it befuddled me! Also, the reasons for the fake relationship seemed flimsy at best and almost pointless after certain incidents in the story.
I realise I’ve gone hard for this book. I also realise that much of my opinion is probably based on ridiculously high expectations that just would never be able to fulfilled, as well as personal issues that meant I wasn’t as receptive to the story as others may be. I still loved Roxie Noir’s writing style and do look forward to moving on from this book and reading future books in the series. I’m still giving this 3 stars and hope that if you read this book, you love it like I wish I could have.
* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *
I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.
My weaknesses include: beards, whiskey, nice abs with treasure trails, sarcasm, cats, prowess in the kitchen, prowess in the bedroom, forearm tattoos, and gummi bears.
I live in California with my very own sexy, bearded, whiskey-loving husband and two hell-raising cats.