THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER by @LindaBudz High-school sports themed #YA #Romance

The Boyfriend WhispererThe Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Boyfriend Whisperer is a young adult American sports themed romance. Lexi Malloy gets good grades and is a top basketball player. Most of her friends are guys, which is okay by her. She’s President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises within which, for $125 per match, Lexi helps bring couples together – anonymously. So far she’s had a 95% success rate, but no one knows who the mysterious Boyfriend Whisperer is. The public face of the business belongs to Abi, who accepts the clients and liaises in secret with Lexi.

Despite all her matchmaking, Lexi is single. Recently her feelings for her best friend Chris Broder have changed, but how is she to get him to see her as a girl rather than a mate? A basketball weekend away match at Virginia Beach may hold the answer. Perhaps Lexi can get Chris’s attention over hot chocolate by a roaring fireside? Alas, cheerleader Lindsay has other ideas, and presents herself as the latest client for the Boyfriend Whisperer, with her sights set on Chris. Can Lexi treat this as a business match, or will seeing Chris go out with another girl push her over the edge?

This is a fun quick read and fits the young adult genre well. It is full of sass, hope, teenage anguish and raging hormones, as the characters teeter on the edge of adulthood.

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Book Description

As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone with her own dream crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a member of the opposite sex.

When pretty, flirty cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before her own heart’s desires.

About the author

Linda Budzinski

My young adult novels, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER (2016), EM & EM (2015), and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), are all published by Swoon Romance YA.
THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award. EM & EM was named a “Must Read for Teens” by Your Teen Magazine and has been optioned for development as a TV series.
I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria. I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”
My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”
When I’m not writing, I work part-time in nonprofit outreach and communications and am active with my church’s youth group.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT ECLIPSE LAKE by @MaeClair1 #Romance #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Luccia, she blogs here http://lucciagray.wordpress.com

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Luccia has been reading Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair

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Dane is the successful and millionaire CEO of a security company in San Diego. He’s been a widower for three years, and lives with Jesse, the teenage child he adopted when he was six years old and married his mother.

He’s never told Jesse about his past, until the day he takes him for a visit to Onyx, the small town in Pennsylvania he left fifteen years ago, when he was seventeen.

‘You told me your parents were dead.’ (says his son)

‘Sometimes people say things because it’s easier than explaining the truth.’

Jesse has been telling plenty of lies to his son, especially by omitting details about his past, but the time has come for Jesse to own up and make peace with his dark teenage years.

His parents are dead, but his only sibling, Jonah, a Park warden at the beautiful Eclipse Lake resort, the local tourist attraction, is very much alive and not pleased to see his rebellious and criminal brother at all.

Once there, the reader will meet all the other locals, the teenagers such as Page and Zach, who will befriend Jesse, the unfriendly sheriff, April, the deputy, and Ellie, a photojournalist who will become a significant person in Dane and Jesse’s lives.

Coinciding with their arrival, a skeleton is found at Eclipse Lake, initiating a murder investigation, which directly affects Jesse and his family.

This beautiful novel is a family drama, a crime story, a romance, and a young adult novel, all rolled into one.

It deals with themes such as redemption, honesty, friendship, mature love and relationships, adolescent relationships, and complex family dynamics.

At the centre of the story is the relationship between Jesse, Jonah, and Dane. It’s about the relationships between brothers, between father and son, and uncle and nephew.

It’s a dramatic, but also heart warming story about second chances, forgiveness, redemption and the power of romantic, filial and brotherly love.

Eclipse Lake is so well written that by the time I finished reading, I felt I knew the characters and had even visited Onyx and Eclipse Lake, myself.

It was a pleasure to read and review for Rosie’s Book Review Team.

Book Description

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.
Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son. 
But memories in small towns are bitter and long.
Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

About the author

Mae Clair

A member of International Thriller Writers, Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. 

Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, mystery, suspense and a hint of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats. 

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at http://www.maeclair.net/

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