Title: Wanted – Bad Boyfriend (Island Classifieds #1)
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Page Count: 218
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Island Classifieds: Book One
His mother. His best friend. The barmaid at the local pub. Everyone is determined to find Nathan Moffatt a boyfriend. It’s the last thing Nathan wants. After spending every day making sure his clients experience nothing but romantic magic, the Granshire Hotel’s wedding organizer just wants to go home, binge watch crime dramas, and eat pizza in his underwear.
Unfortunately, no one believes him, and he’s stuck with lectures about dying alone. Then inspiration strikes. He needs the people in his life to want him to stay single as much as he does. He needs a bad boyfriend.
There’s only one man for the job.
Flynn Delaney is used to people on the island of Ceremony thinking the worst of him. But he isn’t sure he wants the dubious honor of worst boyfriend on the entire island. On the other hand, if he plays along, he gets to hang out with the gorgeous Nathan and piss off the owners of the Granshire Hotel. It’s a win-win.
There’s only one problem—Flynn’s actually quite a good boyfriend, and now Nathan’s wondering if getting off the sofa occasionally is really the worst thing in the world.
I was only several pages into the book when I started laughing. It was just so damned funny. Everyone is trying to set Nate up: either with a hook up, blind date, or a soul mate. Nate is the only one not going with the flow. He is happy being single or he would be if everyone would stop trying to pair him off. Then he has a brilliant idea: he will find a bad boyfriend, get his heart broken and after that everyone will be relieved he is not interested in dating. Except, the boyfriend he does pick to be bad turns out to be great boyfriend, which is a problem in his situation.
Flynn is used to being looked on by his neighbors like he is something to be scrapped off their shoes. While he was younger it was easier to bear. Now he is too tired to even be angry. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t love to stick it to people judging him all his life which is why he agrees to Nate’s idea.
I was annoyed with townspeople on Flynn’ behalf. The guy routinely goes off on risky calls and saves people in trouble and still they dislike him on principle inventing ugly stories about him. It’s sadly easy to imagine such situation. People hate admitting being wrong and Flynn doesn’t care enough to correct them.
There is a dash of mystery to Flynn, since we only get crumbs of information about him and the villain is expertly involved. It’s easy to see why Nate’s mouth start water every time he sees the guy.
Nate’s plan actually requires them to sped some time together. They are both surprised with how well they mesh together but neither has illusions of their relationship lasting.Except it doesn’t quite work that way as they slowly inch their way into real relationship. The animosity between them quickly morphs into lust and boy, those scenes are scorching hot.
The story held my interest and I practically devoured it. Everything slotted neatly into place and the characters are solidly fleshed out.
I was absolutely thrilled with this book. I’m also taking my hat off to the author since the other book I read was equally good (and by that I mean great) but a lot different from this one.
This is at the core a romance book. Nate and Flynn get what they need. The road there is rough but worth it at the end. It was great reading about it.
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