Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.
But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.
Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?
The character of Jodi is very likeable and under pressure from her best friends she decides to follow their advice. Unfortunately everything doesn't go to plan and she finds herself in some tricky situations. Along the way we meet some potential love interests but who is Mr Right? I really enjoyed the journey that Jodi took to find her happy ever after. It did take me a while to warm to her friends as I felt they were pushing her to do something she didn't want to do. However in the end they did have her best interests at heart.
The story moved at a good pace and I got to meet some interesting characters who helped make this book more fun. It is a really gentle and easy read that kept my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the premise for the story and how taking on the characteristics of your favourite heroine could improve your love life.
Boyfriend by the book is a light-hearted story that is perfect to curl up with!
Four stars from me!
Thank you to Laura Briggs who kindly sent me a copy to read & review in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.