Book Review, Romance Review

ARC Review: The One Month Boyfriend by Roxie Noir

It’s a simple agreement: for one month, Silas is my boyfriend of convenience.
Once this is over, we’ll go our separate ways. It’s fake, after all.

I need some arm candy to prove to my ex-fiancé that I’ve moved on.
He needs his old-fashioned boss to think he’s ready to settle down.
Perfect, right? Except for one minor detail: we can’t stand each other.

Silas thinks I’m a stuck-up ice queen. I think he’s a cocky, obnoxious jerk who’s always trying to charm his way out of trouble – and succeeding.
He’s the beloved golden boy. I’m the awkward new girl in town.

It would be the worst idea ever, except… everyone falls for it.
That’s the thing about pretending to date someone: it looks just like real dating.
And the other thing about pretending to date someone? It feels like real dating.

The heated kisses in my office: fake.
The possessive way he touches me: fake.
The night we spend together in a hotel bed: …maybe not so fake.

One month. Then this charade is over.

I loved everything about Silas and Kat’s story. He needs a girlfriend so he’ll appear mature and settled to the partners at his firm. His career may depend on it. Her situation is even more dire: She moved to a small town to escape her jerk ex after he left her at the altar and humiliated her. But Kat just learned he’s coming to town for a month to oversee the merger of her company. As if that’s not bad enough, they will be sharing an office for the month. She’s furious and not in her right mind when Silas makes the offer, so she accepts.

These two have history and it’s not pretty. They butted heads in college back when Kat was a grumpy TA and Silas was a struggling undergrad with PTSD and a drinking problem after his tour in Afghanistan. Kat can’t stand the sight of him and Silas isn’t her biggest fan they’re both desperate. She shocks him by introducing him as her lover but Silas hates her ex after they served in the Marines together so he’s happy to play along just to stick it to Evan. Kat agrees to go to a work event as his fake girlfriend and things just snowball from there.

This looks like a light rom-com but it’s much more. Kat has severe anxiety and doesn’t people well at all. She’s prone to panic attacks and struggles daily. Silas has his own problems so he understands and they learn to help one another. I loved watching them fall, as it shocked them both. Their story is sweet and steamy and manages to be funny at times despite the social anxiety and PTSD. The author does an amazing job of showing us what it’s like to suffer from these issues and doesn’t try to make love conquer all. I couldn’t get enough of these characters or their story. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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