Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend by Kerri Carpenter
Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Lovestruck
Reviewed by Keyrsten
It wasn’t shy librarian Lola McBride's idea to crash someone else’s high school reunion. Her best friend made her do it, insisting that having a little fun with a super-hot rebound would make her forget about her recent breakup. That’s when she meets the hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Architect Luke Erickson had no idea attending his ten-year reunion would turn out to be so fun. He catches the sexy brunette in a lie, and he counters with a proposal—He’ll keep her secret if she helps get his family off his back by pretending to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family reunion.
From one reunion to another, Lola and Luke are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Good thing they're only pretending, or this super-secret relationship could get really complicated.
Lola is distraught over her ex-boyfriend leaving her for someone who is *gasp* 4 years younger than her! Her Golden Girls obsessed roomie/bestie, Frankie, convinces her they need to reenact that one episode from GG where the ladies crash a high school reunion. Lola grudgingly goes along with this plan, even though she HATES lying. She's the sexy librarian next door, who seems to have a tendency to lean towards serial monogamy. When the hottie by the snack table walks her way, she can't help but wonder if she's ready for that quick rebound she came to find.
Luke recently accepted a job at a new architecture firm and is able to move back to his hometown to be closer to his family. He reluctantly agrees to attend his 10 year high school reunion only for the sake of seeing his buddies he hasn't seen in a while. Luke learned when he was 5 that relationships never last and that the only thing that can come from them is heartache when the other person gets bored. When he catches Lola in her reunion crashing lie, he finds a temporary solution to get his relationship crazy family off of his back.
Overall this wasn't a bad read. There were plenty of cute moments and applause worthy one liners. I could see the potential budding between these two people, who mind you have polar opposite ideas on what can come from being in a relationship. I was totally rooting for Luke and Lola to find a way to mesh themselves together, both emotionally and physically. Even though I was rooting for them, I have to admit their relationship fell a little flat for me.
Lola's repetitiveness with how much she hated lying was a frustration, and I admit that when I finally learned the reasoning behind it I wasn't as invested because all I could think was "its about damn time". I get this is her rebound, but I think her recent breakup was brushed over way too quickly. She was with this guy for years and at the beginning was still wallowing because she loved him ... but has this whirlwind "romance" with Luke and it's like the catalyst that started it was just a blip on the radar. I was so hoping to see her ex cursing himself for treating her the way he did, but alas that hope fell flat.
Luke's struggles with dealing with his dad were important to the entire plot of the book, but I just wish we would've seen more of those internal battles beyond just how they shaped his views on relationships. Take it from someone who has daddy issues, there are more ways it affects you than just how you view yourself in relationships. Also to see how his family copes with these issues and him would have given more of a peak to how it was truly effecting his life as a whole. I think seeing more of this piece of him would have made him a more well rounded character.
Their entire relationship seemed a bit forced and was rushed far too much. I think the forced bit stems from the fact that everything happened bada bing bada boom. There are what seems like months worth of a new relationship jam packed into the span of two weeks. I get that people fall fast sometimes, but with the personal struggles these two had it just didn't seem believable to fall that fast. Even the most pivotal point in the book climaxes and resolves all within a short time span.Their story could have really benefited and seemed more believable if it had been slowed down and allowed to stew.
This is definitely a slow burn that focuses more on building the relationship than sex. That being said, what sex scenes you do get are sauna level steamy. I don't want to give too much away about these beauties, but lets just say you are going to have a new found interest in that sturdy wall in your home.
It had its moments that I adored and cherished, but at the end the storyline could have benefited with a little more tender loving care. In the end I was left not as believing in their relationship and not as invested in their love story as I was hoping to be.
Rating: 3 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.