If you love Christmas movies, as in you check the Hallmark Channel guide starting in July, then hang on to your stockings, because here comes the merriest of indulgences in print. It’s “The Proposal” meets “The Holiday”.
First meet Robyn Lane. She’s always dated struggling creative types, including her current squeeze (Perry, an actor). For this year’s Chrismukkah celebration, her parents would love her to bring someone stable, reliable, steadily employed. You know, with health insurance and a 401(k).
Now let’s meet Sidney Bellows. Her parents already plan her professional life (she’s an attorney at her father’s law firm). If she brings her current boyfriend (Will, an attorney) to the family Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have their wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.
Leave it to a mutual friend (and copious amounts of wine) to find a playful solution: Swap those boyfriends, fool the parents, and enjoy the holidays. It’s perfect! Robyn can show off a successful attorney boyfriend, and Sidney’s high-society family won’t ring those wedding bells when they meet a flaky actor beau.
The fun isn’t in the theory, it’s in the practice.
Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years. Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe.
Fool the parents? Enjoy the holidays? Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.
I was looking for something light and fun so I couldn't wait to start reading The Boyfriend Swap. I wasn't disappointed in the slightest I was either smiling away to myself or giggling at some of the situations Robyn and Sidney found themselves in. It's a minefield of mishaps that definitely brightened up my day even if it was down to quite a few embarassing moments for Robyn and Sydney.
Both Robyn and Sidney are great but they are completely different in their personalities so I thought this contrast worked very well. I guess if I had to pick a favourite character I found myself maybe enjoying Robyn's story a little more and I think it was mainly because of her childhood crush on Will as it gave the story an extra depth. Even though I pretty much knew that the boyfriend swap would be a disaster it was lots of fun seeing everything play out.
I ended up reading this book in one go just because I was having so much fun seeing what would happen next. It has laughs, romance and a gorgeous feel good vibe managing to cheer me up no end after a long day at work. I couldn't ask for more really!
Light hearted and feel good, a perfect festive story!
With thanks to Meredith Schorr for my copy via Netgalley. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.