5 stars · Books · Comedy · Contemporary · diverse characters · gender identity · lgbtqia content · romance · self-discovery

REVIEW: Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper

A secret crush leads to not-so-secret romance in this delightful romantic comedy from Kris Ripper

There are three things you need to know about Preston “PK” Kingsley:
1) He’s a writer, toiling in obscurity as an editorial assistant at a New York City publishing house.
2) He is not a cliché. No, really.
3) He’s been secretly in love with his best friend, Art, since they once drunkenly kissed in college.

When Art moves in with PK following a bad breakup, PK hopes this will be the moment when Art finally sees him as more than a friend. But Art seems to laugh off the very idea of them in a relationship, so PK returns to his writing roots—in fiction, he can say all the things he can’t say out loud.

In his book, PK can be the perfect boyfriend.

Before long, it seems like the whole world has a crush on the fictionalized version of him, including Art, who has no idea that the hot new book everyone’s talking about is PK’s story. But when his brilliant plan to win Art over backfires, PK might lose not just his fantasy book boyfriend, but his best friend.

 

🔸 diverse supporting characters 🔸

🔸 trip inside someone’s mind🔸

🔸 character is a writer🔸

🔸 very witty and funny🔸

 

Oh PK – will you be my book boyfriend too? I absolutely loved this story. It’s one of those books that opens the door for a reader to plunge right into a character’s mind. And what a place PK’s mind is! PK is a mess! He’s in love with his best friend… but of course, he hasn’t said anything. They had an ill-timed kiss one drunken night and sort of brushed it off as a mistake.

PK is a writer. I loved all the references to PK’s writing panic… the way he feels about failure and success – all of it was very authentic. Then PK writes the perfect book. It’s a romance and it’s probably, completely and clearly based on his feelings for his bestie, Art.

The problems begin in earnest when PK begins to put off telling Art he’s written a book. They’ve always shared their successes and failures and now here is PK with a book that he’s sold and a complete inability to tell his very best friend about it because they’ll see themselves in it!

There’s a lot of great character development in this book. PK thoughts take the reader on quite a journey. There’s a really solid exploration of the feelings between friends, the way relationships change and the way our ability to communicate can change every outcome.

The supporting characters are diverse and interesting and there are a few twists here and there that make for a lovely story. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most was the humour. PK is funny, delightful and so utterly dry sometimes, it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

I really enjoyed this one!

 

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I received an ARC of Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper from Carina Press via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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