REVIEW: Boyfriend with Benefits by Allison Temple

The Official Description: When Bailey’s new boss turns out to be his childhood bully, a.k.a. Jake the Jerk, it’s time to call in backup for the upcoming corporate retreat in Vegas. Too bad Bailey works too much to date. His best option is to ask his very straight roommate Gordo to play the part of temporary boyfriend, even if Gordo is better with pythons than he is with people.

Except Bailey and Gordo haven’t even checked into the hotel and Jake the Jerk is already everywhere. The pressure is on for Bailey to prove he deserves to climb the corporate ladder, but it’s hard to talk shop as Gordo goes from backup to an increasingly attractive distraction.

Bailey’s trying to keep his cool, schmooze the executives and stick to the plan, even though Gordo’s not playing by any of the rules. They’ve always been just friends, but maybe it’s time to be boyfriends…with full benefits.

Boyfriend with Benefits is a 37k contemporary MM romance novella. It features fake boyfriends who might not be so fake, a hotel room with only one bed, and a James Bond moment in a tiny blue bathing suit. HEA guaranteed.

Just the facts: M/M, HEA, fake boyfriends, surprise Prince Charming

This was clever and fun! Great read!- Kinzie Things


My thoughts bit:  I love a good fake boyfriend setup but I like it to be clever and well-written. Fortunately, Allison Temple never disappoints. This is a great summer read. It’s not too long, has great characters and it’s funny!

So this is a new take on the fake boyfriend trope. Bailey has been working hard at his job… trying to work his way up. Then one day he shows up to discover that the new hire, someone he’s going to have to work with directly is JAke  Kenyon aka Jake The Jerk. He bullied Bailey for years when they were young. And things get worse because there’s a retreat coming up… and Jake The Jerk has an emu rescuing, handsome boyfriend and Bailey has no one but his roommate Gordo. In a moment of weakness, Bailey lets slip the Gordo is his boyfriend and commits them to attend the retreat.

The thing that makes this story a lot of fun are the characters. Bailey is wound tight, but he still finds time to be quirky and funny. Some of his remarks are hilarious and I really enjoyed his banter with people. Gordo is an enigma for much of the story and I’m not giving anything away. He’s a big, burly, laid back bearded guy. He’s a great roommate… often taking care of Bailey when he doesn’t even know he needs it.

Maybe there’s more between them? Of course, there is! But don’t despair there are quite a few awkwardly adorable moments and some confusion and even some pretty heavy emotion before they work out what they could potentially be to one another.

This is a kind of a prince Charming tale… only Baily doesn’t even really know that he needs to be rescued. He’s caught up in the rat race like most people are and can’t really see that there might be a way out of it. But then… Bailey hasn’t been seeing a lot of things that are right under his nose! Yes, I’m teasing! If you like M/M romance, I think you’ll enjoy this one!

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) Vivid

Links: Goodreads // The Author 

I received an ARC of Boyfriend With Benefits by Allison Temple from The Author in exchange for an unbiased review.


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