Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with. Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different. Can something so fake turn into something real?
If you are looking for a sweet, clean contemporary romance with humor and heart, Blackmail Boyfriend is the book for you. A case of mistaken identity has the potential to tarnish Haley Patterson’s squeaky clean reputation. In an attempt to take back control, Haley blackmails Bryce, the popular boy who started the rumor, to date her for a few weeks. I really like Haley’s character – she is funny and kind and smart, and as with most “fake romance” stories, even if the plan is devious, the reasons behind it are genuine.
My favorite characters in the book are Haley and Bryce’s best friends: Jane and Nathan, respectively. Much of the witty banter and heartfelt emotions occur when they are around, and these friendships help the reader connect with the main characters. This is a great story about coming of age while looking beneath the superficial layers people (including ourselves) hide behind.
With so many dark, angst ridden stories on the YA shelves, Chris Cannon’s books are amusing and enjoyable. She truly has a gift of storytelling. I am a fan of dragon shifting series and I highly recommend her books for teenage and YA readers (adults too!) who enjoy funny dialogue, authentic characters and engaging plots.
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs: Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.