Review: Boyfriend (Sarina Bowen)

Boyfriend
Series: Moo U, #0
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A new hockey player to steal your heart this fall…

The dreamiest player on the Moo U hockey team hangs a flyer on the bulletin board, and I am spellbound:

Rent a boyfriend for the holiday. For $25, I will be your Thanksgiving date. I will talk hockey with your dad. I will bring your mother flowers. I will be polite, and wear a nicely ironed shirt…

Everyone knows it’s a bad idea to introduce your long-time crush to your messed-up family. But I really do need a date for Thanksgiving, even if I’m not willing to say why. So I tear his phone number off of that flyer… and accidentally entangle our star defenseman in a ruse that neither of us can easily unwind.

Who knew that Weston’s family was even nuttier than mine? He needs a date, too, for the most uncomfortable holiday engagement party ever thrown.

There will be hors d’oeuvre. There will be faked PDA. And there will be pro-level awkwardness…

Boyfriend is a full-length book for Weston and Abbi!


Boyfriend is one of those books where I want to scream “I LOVED IT!!!” and be done with my review. Everything about it was perfect. I don’t even know what to start with. I think I will make things easy on myself and give you a little list of some of the things I loved about this book.

  • The secret crushes Abbi and Weston had on each other were adorable. It made their interactions at Biscuits so much fun.
  • The direction the fake dating situation went was cute and entertaining, but also brought out big emotions for Abbi, Weston, and me. I loved how they got to know each other better through meeting each other’s families.
  • The chemistry between Abbi and Weston was always hot, but the emotional connection made the transition from fake dates to friends to more all the more real. I adored Abbi and Weston — probably why I wanted the novella to be a full length book in the first place.
  • The Moo U hockey team was as fun as ever.
  • This book may have started off as a novella, but I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t already read the novella. It was so seamless. Any changes or additions felt natural and perfect for the story.
  • Sarina Bowen proved once again that she can write NA sports romance like no other. I know she said she didn’t think she was going to be writing this age group again before writing this book, but I hope how amazing it turned out gives her motivation to write more NA romances.

I could probably go on and on praising both Boyfriend and Sarina Bowen. This was such a great read that I want to start all over at the beginning again. I already miss Abbi and Weston. A big thank you to Bowen for giving Abbi and Weston (and us!) the full length novel they deserved.

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20 thoughts on “Review: Boyfriend (Sarina Bowen)”

    1. You have never read her? For some reason that surprises me! I love her stuff. I hope you enjoy her writing, if you give it a try.

  1. I haven’t read a Sarina Bowen book in so long but I’m going to add this to my TBR because it sounds so good! I love that they have crushes on each other and fake dating, yay!!

    1. Yay! It’s the first time in awhile that I think she’s written NA and I was here for it. It was just so fun, especially if you like fake dating.

  2. Ah, I love books that make me want to shout about how much I love it and let that be that 😂 I’ve heard so much about the Moo U books so maybe it’s time to start reading them lol this one sounds like a good place to start! I love a good fake-dating romance 😍

  3. Great review, Deanna! Fake dating and Sarina Bowen are a great combination! You were so right, I loved this one too.
    I didn’t know SB said she wasn’t going to write this age group again… That’s sad! 😟 I hope she changes her mind.

    1. It’s not in KU? For some reason I thought it would be! I hope they get it. I think you would like this one!

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