Book Review: Spencer Cohen, by N.R. Walker


Spencer Cohen, by N.R. Walker
Series: Spencer Cohen, Book One
Release Date: February 18, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

walker-spencer-cohenThe ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.


Gay M/M Romance
Fake Boyfriend
Evil Ex-Boyfriend
Tattooed Character


My favorite parts about the book were:

  • The way Spencer is so confident and unashamed about this job. He’s a fake boyfriend for hire, but he honestly believes that he’s helping clients, and he is extremely professional about it.
  • The side characters. I really wish we’d seen more of Andrew’s sister and Lola, who were both way more intriguing than either of the guys!
  • The sweetness. This is a super sweet romance, with a slow-build relationship, and lots of emotions.
  • Lumbersexual hipsters. I have a type, okay?


But there were also parts that made me frown…

  • The way even Andrew could see that his ex was no good, but refused to see it. This is really frustrating for me to read in a character, especially one as smart and put-together as Andrew.

Normally when I took on a job, there was a gaping hole in my clients’ lives where their partners used to be, that void they were trying to fill. But Andrew seemed so complete. He was a confounding man that much was for certain.

  • A bumpy plot. In my head, I thought of it as “stairs instead of ramp”, because it gets to the same place, but not as smoothly. The drama came out of nowhere… No real foreshadowing or building up to it.
  • Spencer’s behavior. He’s very calm, measured, and then has these outbursts out of nowhere?
  • The end. No spoilers, just totally not what I expected.


If you liked The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes, then you might also enjoy this fake-boyfriend novel, since they both show characters falling for the one they’re not supposed to have!

Or if you read Not My Boyfriend by Monica L. Anderson and want more sexual tension between two men posing as boyfriends to show up an ex, then you should definitely give Spencer Cohen a try!


I’ve really enjoyed the other books by N.R. Walker that I’ve read! (You can browse my author tag here.) Here are a few of her series that you should take a look at:

The Cronin’s Key Trilogy (M/M, Erotica, PNR (Vampires), Contemporary)
The Blind Faith Series (M/M, Romance, Contemporary)
The Red Dirt Heat Series (M/M, Contemporary, Western)

You can see N.R.’s full list of books on her website:

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Spencer Cohen, by N.R. Walker

    • I’m very much an introvert, and hypersensitive to loud noise and flashes of light, so I generally need a lot of time alone and in silence. Which means I read a *lot*, whereas other people socialize or watch TV. Hence all of the book reviews and post! (I’m glad you enjoy them, though. I’m still trying to find my voice and get my reviews to where I want them to be :D)


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