{Book Review} THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER by Linda Budzinski

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{Book Review} THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER by Linda BudzinskiThe Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Swoon Romance on November 15th 2016
Pages: 200
Format: eBook
Amazon five-stars
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.

Winner of the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s Rosemary Award and Virginia Chapter’s Fool for Love Award.

I’ve had my eye on The Boyfriend Whisperer for quite a while. The cover is cute, and the premise is downright adorable. When the author asked if I’d like to read a copy for review, I jumped at the chance. I shimmied it into my reading week—even though I did not have the time, honestly—and could barely put it down.

Lexi Malloy had been in love with her best friend, Chris Broder, since she recognized that little Chris down the street had muscles and wasn’t bad looking, handsome even. Only, Lexi’s experience with the opposite sex only extended as far as her closet business as The Boyfriend Whisperer, where love was only a whisperer away. Her clients paid her to learn about their crush, and in return for the $125 fee, she gave them a sure-fire way to land their man. I liked Lexi. She was a tomboy and had always been more comfortable in a group of guys watching the final four than at a slumber party with girls. It made her the perfect boy connoisseur, as she understood guys, though they didn’t understand her.

Not only did Lexi strive to keep her business a secret, she also fought tooth and nail to keep her slow building resentment toward basketball at bay. She was talented, and being the only child of an ex-NBA player, she was bred for the game as soon as she could dribble. But Lexi wanted more. She didn’t want to play ball in college, necessarily, and wanted to remember what playing the game felt like if she didn’t have to configure her stats in her head after every shot. The underlying plot line added so much to the story. It made her a relatable character, not just the secret Cupid.

Chris and Lexi had a wonderful relationship. I would have liked for things to have had happened sooner romantically, but I still enjoyed reading as they slowly started to get uncomfortable with the undeniable tension. He was the best friend of the golden girl, and both had their reasons for not wanting to take the next step. There were times where I wanted to bang their heads together so they could see that they needed to be together. I liked how Chris looked through Lexi’s eyes. She didn’t create him as the perfect guy that could do no wrong—she saw him as the guy that she liked, maybe even loved as more than a friend, flaws and all.

The chapters were incredibly short, making it nearly impossible to stop reading. Add in the adorable and fluid story and I almost didn’t. Cute, light, and funny, The Boyfriend Whisperer is the perfect YA romance for anyone who loves love and a few three pointers in between.

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About Linda Budzinski

Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc

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