BOOK REVIEW: The Boyfriend Candidate by Ashley Winstead


Title: The Boyfriend Candidate
Author: Ashley Winstead
Publication: May 9, 2023
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Romance
Pages: 365


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

As a shy school librarian, Alexis Stone is comfortable keeping out of the spotlight. But when she’s dumped for being too meek—in bed!—the humiliation is a wake-up call. She decides she needs to change, and what better way to kick-start her new more adventurous life than with her first one-night stand?

Enter Logan, the gorgeous, foul-mouthed stranger she meets at a hotel bar. Logan is audacious and filterless, making him Alexis’s opposite—and boy, do opposites attract! Just as she’s about to fulfill her hookup wish, the hotel catches fire in a freak lightning storm—and in their rush to escape, Logan is discovered carrying her into the street, where people are waiting with cameras. Cameras Logan promptly—and shockingly—flees.

Alexis is bewildered until breaking news hits: pictures of her and Logan escaping the fire are all over the internet. It turns out Logan is none other than Logan Arthur, the hotshot politician challenging the Texas governor’s seat. The salacious images are poised to sink his career—and jeopardize Alexis’s job—until a solution is proposed: to squash the scandal, he and Alexis could pretend to be in a relationship until election day…in two months. What could possibly go wrong?


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I always get sucked into the new book emails that they are asking for me to review.  The last few times I had to say no because I was in school and didn’t have enough time to read books like I really wanted to.  So I was excited when I was able to take some books for review.  My best-laid plans didn’t happen since I am late getting this review out and two more I have found myself behind on.  Life and switching jobs and my deadlines just snuck up on me. 

Alexis is out on the town.  Looking for a one-night stand.  She got out of a relationship where her ex basically told her she was boring and vanilla. Logan is out on the town as well, he, however, is looking to blow off some steam.  He without Alexis knowing, is a gubernatorial candidate.  Each thinking they will spend a lust-filled night with each other and go their own ways.  That all changes when a fire alarm forces the hotel to evacuate and someone snaps a picture of them and puts it online.  I adored this book.  It may have taken me longer to read than I planned.  I woke up many times with my Kindle still propped up on the pillow next to me and turned off.  It was a light breezy read with lovable characters. 

I think my favorite character was Alexis.  Honestly, her character was me on so many levels.  She was a lover of books made obvious by her job as a Librarian.  She had problems with relationships and trusting people.  While I have been in a relationship with my husband for 17 years (married for almost 12) I still am terrified that he is going to cheat on me or leave me or some crazy thing. I thought that the relationship between her and Logan was the perfect slow burn.  It was the type of romance that you knew was going to happen you just didn’t know how or when.  When it did, oh man it was one for the books.  I finished the book while working at the clerk’s desk, it, I am sure had me blushing and hoping no one knew what I was reading.  I wanted more from the book.  The 6 months later was wonderful but I wanted to read more.  Did they get married, did they have kids?  Their relationship was so special and wonderful I just wanted to know more.  I will certainly be keeping my eye out for more books by this author. 

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