Monday, May 2, 2016

Book Review: The Accidental Boyfriend by Maggie Dallen

What do you do when Mr. Right seems oh-so-wrong?

Holly Sinclair is ready to have it all. She's even found her Mr. Right--a steady, reliable guy who just needs a little convincing. Now all the former wild child has to do is free herself of her very inconvenient attraction to Jack Everett. Not only does the notorious playboy and tabloid king seduce her at her sister's wedding, he follows her to Paris! Suddenly, Holly is alone with Jack in the most romantic city in the world--and his family is leaping to the wrong conclusions…

The world's most infamous bachelor has finally met his match. If Jack was the type to settle down, Holly would be the woman of his dreams. There's just one hitch: Holly actually believes she wants to marry Mr. Oh-So-Boring. Intent on proving that she deserves someone better, Jack finds himself playing the role of the perfect boyfriend…a little too well. If he's not careful, he might just lose this game--and his heart.


I found out after I read The Accidental Boyfriend that there is actually a book that comes before it. I had no idea that it was in a series! It's certainly not touted as one on Goodreads or Amazon for that matter. That would have been good to know! While this one is a stand-alone, I'm sure that the story would have been amplified if I had read the first one. I would suggest that if you're interested in this one that you read The Accidental Engagement first. Just a thought. 

The Accidental Boyfriend was okay. It was a good story and all but I didn't really like the main character, Holly. I liked Jack ... he was an awesome character! But Holly on the other hand ... she was just a mess. And not in a good way. She is this character that lives in a delusional world where she is in "destined" for this man named Ben all because they dated when they were in the 8th grade. Really? 8th grade? That's 14 years old. It just made the story not believable at all. Maybe if it was a high school romance, that would be different. But stating that your soul mate is this dude that you dated for a few months in middle school is just crazy! Holly is completely obsessed with this poor man and he CLEARLY wants nothing to do with her in a romantic sense. Ben took up a big portion of the book for him not to be the main male character. Honestly, the whole "thing" (and that is stretching the word to the limit) between Holly and Ben lasted entirely too long. I understand that it was needed in the plot but it was like perpetuating a nightmare. I just wanted it to end. 

The whole thing with Holly and Ben made me want to just put the book down. It's not because it was so unbelievable, although that in itself should have been reason enough. The book was pretty slow. Again, that could be due to the Holly/Ben issue. I enjoyed the times with Jack and Holly but everything had a Ben-obsession undercurrent to it. EVERY scene had Ben in it somehow ... either they were talking about him or Holly was thinking about him. I just don't find that obsession realistic. Can a seemingly sane person (this is assuming Holly is sane, I guess) be so infatuated with someone they dated a decade ago that they think there is a shot at a romantic relationship when the other half of the equation has made it clear that nothing is there? Does this mean that Holly is a psychopath? Dude, that would make for an interesting plot twist! Unfortunately, that's not what happens. 

Maybe I'm reading too much into the words on the page. Maybe I should just take everything at face value when I pick up a book. But that's not how my mind works, I guess. I just couldn't connect with Holly and her weirdness. I wanted to ... I was really excited to pick this book up because I thought that the idea behind the book was so very interesting but ... yeah. Didn't happen. 

The Accidental Boyfriend isn't a bad book. It's pretty good but it could have been so much better, in my mind. It just didn't hit the mark. Maybe it will for you, though. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: May 24th, 2016

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