Not My Boyfriend

Title: Not My Boyfriend
Author: Monica Anderson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 155 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5  
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?

Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.

Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.

As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.

Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.

You know what? This is totally on me, because the blurb is spot on. Everything is right there from the misunderstanding to Max and Karson struggling to sort out their weirdly co-dependent and way too complicated non-relationship.

The blurb clearly contains the Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.

That is exactly the case. This is one enormous miscommunication plot. Which I should have realized…and then stayed far, far away from being that manufactured angst and miscommunication are two of my big pet peeves in books.

Oh Please

So I will try to take those feelings out of this review.

I tried

Max has been on a six month sex hiatus because he’s tired of just hooking up and really wants to fall in love and find “the one”. But he’s lonely and his hand’s just no fun anymore, so one night in a bar he’s far too tempted by the gorgeous guy who buys him a beer.

Max and Karson hook up after Karson makes it clear it will only be a one time thing. It definitely won’t happen again. But something about Max just pulls Karson in so he gets Max’s number before they part ways.

Karson can’t get Max off his mind, so Karson calls Max up and invites him over for sex. Once there Karson and Max are so tender (but hot!) with each other and Max starts to fall for Karson, but Karson makes an off-hand “don’t forget to lock up before you go” kind of comment and Max is devastated and leaves.

This is how it continues for them. They both want each other, but Karson’s hang-ups and past make him continually run hot and cold. Drawing Max in only to say or do something to hurtfully rebuff him.

Max falls hard for Karson right off the bat…and why not? Karson’s gorgeous, funny, and hung. It’s just too bad Karson can’t make up his mind and keeps sending Max such hurtful, contradictory signals. Max can never get his bearings with Karson.

Thankfully his best friend, Lydia, is there with her unending supply of ice cream, a sweet shoulder for Max to cry on, constant support and sage advice. Lydia, in my opinion, steals the show.

My three biggest complaints with the story were:

  1. The persistent yo-yo behavior on Karson’s part constantly yanking Max around and their complete inability to have an open, honest, frank conversation.
  2. Max falls so head over heels in love with Karson, which was baffling given Karson’s behavior, and given they are only together a really short period of time.

  3. I didn’t understand Karson’s reticence to tell his ex-boyfriend, Andrew, to go to hell. Instead Anderson manufactured a whole dramatic arc that was simply unnecessary.

What I liked about the story:

The sex scenes were pretty hot and Max’s best friend, Lydia, was wonderful.

Honestly, I would say really read the blurb before starting this. If this is the kind of thing you enjoy, you are probably going to love this. If not, then I would heartily recommend you give this a pass.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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