Review: Boyfriend by Faye McCray

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ISBN: 1508818142
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 332 Paperback; 214 Kindle
Publication Date: 3/23/2015
Genre(s): New Adult, Multicultural, Romance, Literary
Intended for mature readers.

SYNOPSIS

Nate Best enrolled in college to escape a painful and complicated past. Together with his roommate, he parties more than he studies and sleeps with girls like it’s a Division I sport. When Kerry Wallace, an innocent young woman from a privileged background captures his interest, he jumps at the challenge. He eagerly denies all he ever was for the chance to be someone completely different with her. Before long, he starts to believe he can be. 

When Kerry’s best friend, Jayna Lavajo, sees right through his good boy façade, he is irrepressibly drawn to her. Unable to resist her wild beauty, unapologetic spirit and charm, he finds himself on the verge of destroying everything. Tangled in a web of lies, lust and deceit, Nate is finally forced to confront the past he tried so desperately to escape.

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REVIEW

I always like when I get to delve into the mind of a male character, especially when it’s a story about relationships. Boyfriend by Faye McCray gives you that opportunity. Nate wants to reinvent himself. He wants to put his difficult past behind him and thinks his relationship with Kerry, who comes from a very privileged background, will help him escape his past. Like so many social chameleons, he begins to believe in the version of himself he has created. But then he meets Kerry’s best friend, Jayna, and suddenly Nate cannot hide behind his carefully constructed facade. She sees through it and him better than anyone else, and it’s not long before Nate finds himself unable to resist being drawn to her free spirit.

Boyfriend is an interesting story of love and identity. Though I felt the beginning was slow going, the story soon picked up and I was able to empathise with Nate, even as he behaves badly. There were times when I wanted to scream at him (and Jayna) but that is always a good sign for me–it means the author has succeeded in getting me to feel something for her characters.  Boyfriend is not an easy story–if you don’t like stories about cheating, then this probably isn’t the story for you. But if you like stories about complicated relationships and what can be the impetus to someone thinking they want one person while longing for another, then you should definitely give Boyfriend a try.

While I enjoyed reading Boyfriend, I felt like it ended a little too abruptly. It would be interesting to revisit the characters and find out if Nate’s decisions lead him to becoming the person he thinks he wants to be.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Review: The Case of the Missing Boyfriend had me hooked!

Image Every now and then you read a book featuring a character who feels like someone you already know or you should know. That’s how I felt when I was reading The Case of the Missing Boyfriend by Nick Alexander. CC, the main character, has a great job, an enviable flat in London (even if there is too much shade from her neighbor’s tree) and a group of friends she adores. But there’s something–someone– missing from her life, and that’s the boyfriend she wishes she could share her life with. So where is he? Like a lot of us, CC hasn’t had the best of luck on the romance front. She’s had the cad ex-boyfriend (who didn’t want to have a baby with CC but got someone else pregnant within two months of breaking up with her), she’s tried speed-dating but it hasn’t yielded any results. So CC’s wondering where is the elusive missing boyfriend–the Mr. Right   is because she’s ready to settle down.We follow CC as she journeys through the the emotional minefield of searching for that special someone–not an easy task since CC isn’t interested in casual sex and she hates the dating scene. Through it all, you’re firmly in her corner, rooting for her and hoping she finds the person who will make her feel complete.

What I love about this book is that it feels like CC is sitting beside you, confiding in you as she recounts these highs and lows of her personal and professional life. You could be sitting in your favorite wine bar, pub or café commiserating with her over a glass of rosé or a huge mug of coffee. I love the honesty of CC’s character. She isn’t shy about sharing her likes and dislikes, her foibles and her secrets. There’s a rawness to her that pulls you in and makes you care all the more about her, especially in the second half of the book, which has a darker feel to it. And CC’s spot-on humor made me laugh out loud on enough occasions that people on the subway gave me strange looks. 🙂

Nick Alexander has crafted a fabulous book that traverses so well the ups and downs of women’s lives, especially single women on the cusp of 40 who are caught in that limbo where their married-with-children friends aren’t so comfortable with their single friend and their single friends are too busy looking for love themselves. The Case of the Missing Boyfriend is a fun read that isn’t afraid to tackle serious topic, so if you like your women’s fiction to have an edge, then this is the book for you. I loved CC and her story, and I can’t wait to read the continuation of CC’s story, The French House, which is coming out in April. 

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