The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend by Nikki Bennett
A Dreamspun Desires Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Administrative assistant Jonah Hollis has nurtured a hopeless crush on his boss, millionaire cattle rancher Lincoln Courtwright, ever since he started working for him. But hope is kindled when Linc and beautiful rodeo star Melissa Cutler break up just weeks before the biggest event of the Dallas social season, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Linc asks Jonah to accompany him in her place.
Is it all a ploy to make Melissa jealous? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s world? It takes some encouragement from his roommates and his best friend, Caylee, for Jonah to agree. Before long, Jonah dares to believe Linc might just feel something for him… until interfering family and a series of misunderstandings threaten his fragile dream of happiness.
The fake relationship trope is one of my favorite tropes ever because I really like reading about how people get to know each other and fall in love. That’s the best part of any romance for me so this trope nails it. It also has a bit of a Cinderella/unexpected romance going on so that was pretty great too.
All in all I thought this book was lining up to be a slam dunk 5 out of 5 stars, but then the last part of the book was a disaster. To be honest the book was pretty disjointed and it was almost as if the book was written by two different people.
The beginning was sooo great and had the whole Cinderella/Fake Dating thing going on and the writing was really good. I loved Jonah and his friends and the whole setup until about 75% of the way through the book. After that it became a bit of a hot mess and was so stupid I wish I could have DNFed it.
If the ending was different and less… hasty I would have for sure given this four stars at least, but the ending was way too rushed. Too much got resolved too quickly and to be quite honest the book had a little bit too much going on that didn’t really add to the plot or get addressed. I feel like the author wanted a twist so they added like twenty at once and it made it dissatisfying after reading the first half of the book.
It was an incredible waste because of how good the rest of the book was, but if you are into drama you might like it more than I did.
Growing up in Chicago, Nicki Bennett spent every Saturday at the central library, losing herself in the world of books. A voracious reader, she eventually found it difficult to find enough of the kind of stories she liked to read and decided to start writing them herself.
You can find a full backlist of Nicki’s writing on Goodreads.
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