Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: The Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles #2) by Chris Cannon

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Title: The Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles #2)
Author: Chris Cannon
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Crush)
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.

 Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

I started out absolutely loving this book. Zoe is such a fun character; snarky and quick to anger, but also playful with a great sense of humor. She liked to crochet, play video games, and bake. Basically, besides the fact that she's grossed out by zombies, Zoe is my spirit animal. I liked that she wasn't afraid to make fun of Grant. Even though she was really infatuated with him, she always came off cool and collected.

I leaned over and whispered, "I hate to tell you, but your fear-me-puny-human look doesn't work on me."

The corners of his mouth turned up for a moment before he slammed them back down into an exaggerated scowl. "How about now?"

I pulled the wrapper off my cupcake. "Now you look like a Muppet."

-The Boyfriend Bet (review copy, sorry, no page numbers!)

I liked Grant as well, but he could be a huge jerk at times. I also found myself getting irritated at Zoe for running away from him all the time, or picking fights when it really wasn't necessary. She kept having to compete with the other girls in the school (and around town) and Grant's behavior in a few scenes warranted her cautious attitude towards him. He was so hot and cold, saying he didn't want to date yet flirting with Zoe like crazy, that in the end I couldn't blame her for acting the way she did. 

The secondary characters were very enjoyable. Zoe's best friend, Delia, was fun and quirky with her ever-changing hair, and I liked how Grant's best friend, Aiden, was kind of a nerd and not at all the stereotypical jock I was expecting. By far the best supporting character was Zoe's grandma. She was so feisty and her run in with Grant's snooty mother was priceless. She also was kind of a stand-in mom, since Zoe's own mother was having trouble keeping it together after the death of her husband. 

The best part of this novel was the humor. The author created some really witty characters and the dialogue had me laughing out loud several times. There were also some serious moments, but overall the tone was light and humorous, which made for a very pleasurable reading experience.

While the characters had their flaws and Grant and Zoe's hot-n-cold relationship got very repetitive, I still really enjoyed The Boyfriend Bet. I am looking forward to reading more from author Chris Cannon, especially in the Boyfriend Chronicles series. 

If you would like to learn more about author Chris Cannon, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter

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