Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Teen Crush)
Genre: YA Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Series: Boyfriend Chronicles
Blackmail Boyfriend (#1) (affil.)
|Description from Publisher:|
|Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.
Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.
Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.
This was fun at times, and very appropriately YA Romance, but I had a hard time buying the relationship between Grant and Zoe. Zoe was a seriously melodramatic drama queen who went crazy over the smallest of things. At the beginning of this, I loved her confidence and sass, and the banter between her and Grant. But then, all of that confidence disappeared.
And Grant was great... until he just kept being annoyed and frustrated about Zoe wanting more. Usually, with this type of romance, the "I don't want a relationship" person is fighting this crazy attraction and not understanding why they only want that person. In this, Grant counts down the minutes until he can get away, and he goes from having a blast and wanting to make out with Zoe, to picking a fight because he wants a hot blond instead. I really didn't get a sense of him feeling very strongly about her, which bothered me.
It also drove me crazy how they apparently had school authorities spy on them at every moment, waiting for them to swear or kiss... so they could be given detention. Granted, I haven't been in high school for 15 years, and it was public school, but these types of things got warnings, not immediate detention. And 95% of the time, they were ignored because they weren't really hurting anyone. I cringed to read how every kiss at school was followed by "No PDAs. Detention."
Ah, also... the "ringer" thing never seemed to really go anywhere, despite being mentioned several times. We knew, and Zoe knew, that Grant wasn't participating (who was??), yet it kept coming up.
There was a lot to like about this, but I think I must just be too old to really enjoy it.
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.|