Release Date: July 18, 2017
Length: Novella (163 pages)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Cover Art: ????
Blurb: Matthew Darcy is a romance writer in a rut. He’s been stuck on Chapter One of his new book for as long as he can remember, and so has his love life. But when his on-the-side job as a flower delivery guy puts him in the right place at the right time to save the life of billionaire banker Calvin Croft, Matt’s life takes an unexpected detour toward romance.
With billions to his name, Cal Croft has everything… except someone to love. But is Cal’s paparazzi-pursued life something that Matt is willing to take a chance on? Can a struggling romance writer who delivers flowers have anything in common with a handsome billionaire with his own Lear jet? And could the secret that Cal’s keeping tear these two lovers apart—just when their romance begins to blossom?
The Billionaire Boyfriend is a familiar story that doesn’t stray from the trope. This could conceivably be a bad thing, but it isn’t here. Romantic comedies are at their best when they stay in their lane– uncomplicated, over-the-top, and funny. And that’s all true for this book.
I liked Matt and his makeshift family a lot. The banter between them made me think of the BBC show Coupling. The story is only told from Matt’s POV which means you get to know him a lot better than Calvin. In fact, you never find out much about Calvin other than he’s a billionaire… and well when the shit hit the fan he was an asshole.
I’m trying to avoid spoilers but when the Big Misunderstanding happens, Calvin goes off on Matt and abandons him in another COUNTRY without even having a conversation. Matt didn’t do anything wrong. He overheard one side of a conversation–ok fine… while he was hiding under a desk–but he was perfectly within his rights to ask his boyfriend about what he heard. Cal losing his shit and storming off when questioned wasn’t suspicious at all. %eye roll% But what bothered me was the fact that Matt charged halfway around the world and all over NYC to apologize for asking about the guy Cal said ‘I love you’ to on the phone. It should have been Cal groveling for not trusting Matt and overreacting to the situation. Matt did nothing wrong, Cal did, yet Matt is the one with the burden of “fixing” it. Not cool.
The writing was good. It had a nice effortless feel that’s hard to pull off. The quick-pitch banter was funny if a bit farcical. I thought it was a little short for what the author was trying to accomplish, and the ending was a bit all over the place. It could easily have been smoothed over with maybe five hundred more words and wrapped up in a big red bow which would have left me more satisfied. Like I said, this story never tries to be more than it is… which is a fun, easy romantic comedy. 3.5 Hearts rounded up ’cause I like witty banter and Rome. Everyone loves Rome.
The cover is pretty good for a self-published book. It has a nice rom-com feel. What I don’t like is the messy hair on the model’s forehead. It takes away from the put-together billionaire thing. I wish there was credit for the cover artist in the front matter, especially for a self-pubbed book. FWIW, promoting your cover designer is easy, doesn’t cost you anything, and is the nice thing to do.