Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.
Can something so fake turn into something real?
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Blackmail Boyfriend is a fun, quick read full of the quintessential teenage angst, confusion, and blossoming chemistry.
- Haley is blunt, she speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to show her feelings. Quick to anger and confused about the situation, Haley’s honesty is refreshing. She doesn’t have all the answers and she’s not going to stop until she gets them. Haley won’t stand for anyone treating her poorly. Haley is a sweetheart with a playful, sassy personality.
- Bryce and Haley’s romance is like an awakening. They both find something in each other that brings comfort and happiness that they didn’t know they needed. It isn’t perfect, they fight, they yell, the misunderstand each other and come to conclusions but it’s real.
- Secondary characters were full of life and laughter. There were plenty of funny, memorable moments. I adored Haley’s protective brothers and her best friend Jane, though, I wish there were more of them.
- Bryce is complicated. He’s OCD, pristine, he likes things one way and if they go another, he doesn’t know how to cope. Bryce is blindsided by Haley’s free, casual ways, it opens his eyes to the possibilities of letting go and relaxing. Bryce is complicated and hard to understand, his wavering affections are full of a one-sided world view with the heavy burden of his father’s expectations. When Bryce loosens up, he’s a sweet, thoughtful guy whose easy to fall for.
- The ending is abrupt and feels a little too quickly resolved.
- Some of the underlying stories were undeveloped and would have benefited the plot. Bryce’s involvement in charity, specifically the back story, his urge to design golf clubs for people with mental disorders all add to his character and are so glossed over you almost dismiss them. Additionally, Bryce’s relationship with his father, Haley’s with her mother would have colored their characters and showed greater depth, more so than the high school drama of Bryce’s ex.