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The dreamiest player on the Moo U hockey team hangs a flyer on the bulletin board, and I am spellbound:

Rent a boyfriend for the holiday. For $25, I will be your Thanksgiving date. I will talk hockey with your dad. I will bring your mother flowers. I will be polite, and wear a nicely ironed shirt....

Now everyone knows it’s a bad idea to introduce your long-time crush to your messed-up family. But I really do need a date for Thanksgiving, even if I’m not willing to say why. So I tear his phone number off of that flyer...and accidentally entangle our star defenseman in a ruse that neither of us can easily unwind.

Because Weston's family is even nuttier than mine. He needs a date, too, for the most uncomfortable holiday engagement party ever thrown. 

There will be hors d'oeuvre. There will be faked PDA. And there will be pro-level awkwardness…

Boyfriend is a full-length book for Weston and Abbi! 

©2021 Sarina Bowen (P)2021 Sarina Bowen

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Love is Worth the Risk

I loved heading back to Moo U and Boyfriend definitely hit the spot. This new adult sports romance had so many awesome tropes like: fake dating, friends with benefits to lovers, caring for someone who isn't feeling well, and a personal favorite - there's only 1 bed. It was such a feel good and funny book, while also addressing some very serious topics. These topics might be upsetting to some readers, however, so I recommend checking the content warnings below.

Weston and Abbi were so playful and I loved their banter and back and forth. I thought they complemented each other very well and it was so sweet how their relationship began and evolved. It snuck up so perfectly on them both and their chemistry was incredibly hot. I appreciated that there wasn't a lot of drama between Weston and Abbi and that the majority of the angst was external to them. I wasn't a huge fan of the Price storyline and I did feel that it dragged on a little too long and the resolution felt rushed. There is also some push away, but it was addressed very quickly and was understandable given both of their histories and concerns. The epilogue had me smiling ear to ear and couldn't have been more perfect for these two.

This audiobook is fantastic! Jason Clarke can do no wrong. He is one of my very favorite narrators and I am always impressed by his performances. Paired with Emma Wilder, it really doesn't get better than this! The casting was spot on and their voices complemented each other so well. I highly recommend experiencing this one on audio!

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CW: death of parent (automobile related), grief, sexual harassment and intimidation and physical assault (on page), parental infidelity, strained parental relationship, alcohol and drunken outburst (on page), financial uncertainty and concerns

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Swoonworthy and Perfect! Loved it so much!

I loved listening to Boyfriend. Emma Wilder and Jason Clarke are amazing as Abbi and Weston. They did an outstanding job—as usual—and they are wonderful together. Their performance is on point in every way. They’re funny and emotional and they have a great chemistry that makes them a wonderful couple to listen to. It’s not unusual, because Sarina Bowen has a magic touch for audio and Boyfriend sounds like a dream. I highly recommend listening to this one.

Boyfriend is part of the Moo U series, set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. It was originally released as a novella introducing the Moo U hockey players in the series, but is now a complete standalone novel. And that’s the best thing that happened in 2021, because it is glorious.

It is a rent-a-boyfriend/fake relationship that evolves into a friends to lovers and friends with benefits love story. And the cherry on top? Only one bed. And it is that seamless transition between tropes that makes this story so great and unputdownable. It just flows so naturally.

Weston and Abbi are great together. Their chemistry is incendiary, their banter is hilarious and good-natured. There’s so much attraction and longing. And heat! So much heat! It’s simply perfection.

Weston is such a great guy. He’s adorable and sweet and hot. He’s swoony. And his inner monologue is hilarious. He’s just not boyfriend material. Or so he thinks. His parents’ divorce did a number on him, so he’s definitely against commitment.

Abbi hasn’t had an easy life. She’s smart and funny, extremely dedicated, and so strong. She’s determined to graduate college a year early and be independent. Her family situation is not a good one, so she’s mostly on her own.

The way Abbi and Weston start their fake relationship is so funny and well done. And the way they connect is even more so. You can feel the longing and the chemistry between them from the very beginning. It’s sweet and heartwarming. The way their relationship evolves is so flawlessly developed that it feels natural and you can’t help but root for them. But it’s not only the attraction that grows stronger between them, but all the feelings. You can see how they get to know each other, how they slowly expose their hidden vulnerabilities to each other, and how their feelings start to change.

Boyfriend is such a great story. It’s beautifully written, and perfectly paced. There’s lots of Vermonty and hockey details that make it shine, and all the feels that make it an emotional and lighthearted read. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend it.

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Another Sarina Win

This book was the lovely breath of fresh air that I’ve been needing. There is nothing like a Sarina Bowen book to put a smile on your face. This book was so swoony and adorable with not to much angst. It made me want to wear flannel and celebrate the holidays with my family who don’t seem as crazy anymore after reading about Abbi and Weston’s families. Weston was a huge win as a hero. He was such a sweet heart and I hope I find someone like him in my life. The audiobook was great, the narrators really brought the characters to life. I would definitely recommend it!

ALC provided in exchange for honest review.

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All my fake dating romance dreams come true!

All my fake dating romance dreams come true! This book and narration was just the boost I needed, I smiled and laughed so much. When Abbi answers Weston’s rent a boyfriend ad, she definitely wasn’t expecting more than a one time thing or that he’d even answer her text. So while Weston seemed like an unattainable top hockey hottie on campus it turned out he was a down to earth guy just looking for a home cooked meal for the holidays. But Weston’s charms went well beyond fake boyfriend status, he and Abbi had off the charts chemistry and one day together was not going to be enough. ⁣

These two were a perfect match and were the ideal buffer for all the family drama the holidays can entail. I was cracking up over their Christmas night act to fool Westin’s brother they were dating for real, nothing like faking some bed creaking and exaggerated moans! There were definitely some heavier subjects woven into the story and gave the opportunity for Abbi and Weston to grow closer together. Weston’s protective side had me swooning and watching him realize his commitment phobia meant he would miss out on an amazing woman like Abbi was so satisfying. Abbi deserved all the love in the world and I loved her strength to take control of her life and achieve her dreams.⁣ If you are looking for something fun, flirty and definitely sexy, check out this audiobook!⁣ 5 stars for me!⁣

As for the narration, Jason and Emma were just perfection for this story! Jason gave off all the hot hockey guys vibes but also the vulnerability of a guy falling for a captivating woman. Emma’s narration brought strength and laughter to Abbi’s character, a versatile voice that I love listening to!

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Boyfriend for the cutest meet cute. Won’t spoil it for others but loved how they come together. The twists come in discovering why they should stay together. Good supporting characters, good story.

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Great Listen!

I loved this book!! I listened to the audio book of thos one and Emma and Jason do a wonderful job bringing Weston and Abby to life.

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another great book

Love this story. Nothing like 2 people having a crush on eachother and then winding up on pretend dates that then lead to a slow burn of a relationship.

My only issue was the female narrator, Emma, she just sounds like she's on the verge of tears while she reads. Her male voice is amazing and even when she reads the spoken lines of different characters in the book it's great, but when she reads the narration she just sounds wobbly in her voice.

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LOVED WESTIE AND ABBI!

I absolutely adored Weston and Abbi.

I can always count on Sarina Bowen to put a smile on my face. If I want hockey and college and romance, I pick up a Bowen book.
They never let me down.

Boyfriend has everything you want: Fake relationship, college, hockey, broken hearts, did I mention fake relationship?
And we all know where there's a fake relationship in romance, there's real feelings simmering.

Weston and Abbi made me laugh and smile and my heart even broke a little.

It was worth every second.

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Meh…

It’s a nice story, sometimes fun but too meh! Wouldn’t waste a credit, maybe if its included it will be nice.

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Fake flirty hockey romance perfection!!

Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen was sweet, flirty, steamy, and so much fun. Seriously, Abbi and Weston may be my new favorite couple from the Moo U Hockey Series. I adore all things Sarina Bowen, and this book, especially in audio, was college hockey fake to forever romance perfection.

Jason Clarke and Emma Wilder narrate this audio and completely capture Weston and Abbi’s essence. They ARE simply Westie!! Jason Clarke showcases Weston’s fun and flirty personality so well, but also made me melt with his protective and swoony side too. Emma is brilliant as Abbi portraying all her insecurities, vulnerabilities, and passions. Emma Wilder’s Weston voice is complete fire too; I might add.

Overall I loved everything about this audiobook! If you love a flirty tattooed hockey hottie, a quick witted outspoken determined female, family drama, singing in a car, all the holiday time, steam, and of course HEA perfection, then you will love this book!

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 10-18-21

Awesome ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

Omg 😆 I love this one . Love these two . I truly can’t get enough of these hockey 🏒 players . I look forward to more . I especially love hearing Jason and Emma . They did a fabulous job bring this story to life . Perfect 💖❤️‍🔥💜🧡💗❤️‍🩹🤎💙💚

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  • 10-18-21

Good, but mostly emotionally painful

I really like Sarina Bs books and writing - particularly her True North series. while i thought this was a good young adult book, from a not young adult perspective, I can't say I found it an enjoyable listen. Abby just had too much of an uphill battle in life, and kept having to deal with curve balls that the listening "pain" that comes with being an empathetic person didn't make this easy or fun listening for the majority of the book. while drama did not feel over the top, and provided the relationship hurdles and plot lines, there wasn't enough light and humour to balance it out for me. very relieved they found their way to the happy ending. seriously, it was a RELIEF. good narration, just didn't sound very young adult, but that worked for me.