Review: Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms

boyfriend maintenanceTitle: Boyfriend Maintenance

Author: Lauren Helms

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Cosmetics company employee Emmy King

The hero: Maintenance man Jake Harper

The blurb: Emmy – My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for my brother’s wedding just to keep the vultures at bay. I’ve noticed Jake around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job. The thing is, I don’t actually have what I promised in return for his help, but I don’t want this to end.

Jake – I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but that doesn’t stop me from taking her up on her offer and upping the ante. I have rules, however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get blurred. Her lie made her more like me than I ever thought possible. Too bad liars don’t do it for me.

A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long way…

Standalone or series: This is book five in the 425 Madison series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I really enjoyed this story for quite a few reasons. For one, it was the heroine with money; Emmy was born into a wealthy family but refused to toe the line, so she chose to walk away from her trust fund in exchange for living her life exactly how she wants to.

She shares an apartment with her best friend, Becca, also from a wealthy family, in a prestigious Manhattan building. Jake is one of the maintenance men for the building. It’s not a job he anticipated having, but it pays well and he enjoys it. He wants to buy a house on Staten Island, so he’s saving as much money as he can. He also has a rule to never sleep with any of the tenants, because his job is too important to him.

When Becca tells Jake that Emmy is willing to pay him a substantial amount of money to pretend to be her boyfriend at family events leading to her brother’s wedding, Jake thinks both Emmy and Becca are nuts. But the more he thinks about it, the more he’s tempted. He could use the money… and he likes Emmy.

Once he agrees, they go to the first event and Jake soon realises that it’s no hardship to pretend to be dating her. He slowly realises she’s not the spoiled brat he assumed she was, but then their relationship turns physical and Jake’s behaviour afterwards is less than impressive. I found myself wanting to smack him several times upside the head and tell him to get it together! Emmy is heartbroken, but Jake soon realises he’s made a mistake. Will Emmy forgive him? Will Jake still want to buy a house on Staten Island alone, or will an apartment on Manhattan big enough for two be more appealing? An enjoyable read that will make you smile.