Monday, September 24, 2018

Review & Giveaway: DARCY by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell (Boyfriend for Hire #1)

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Length: 40,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell


Darcy’s newest assignment is to play the role of boyfriend to a wealthy socialite, but never expected the intense attraction to his date’s brother. Falling for Adrian is dangerous and certainly not part of the plan.

Adrian has been as unlucky in love as his sister, but he doesn’t approve of hiring a boyfriend, whatever the reason. Until he meets Darcy. Then he comes to realize that love can happen in the most unexpected of ways.

One week. That is all the two men needed to fall in lust, but will they have a lifetime to fall in love?

Carra's Review

The majority of the fake boyfriend trope stories I’ve read, it’s been the two main characters who are pretending to be together.  Here in Darcy, the authors put a slight twist on that where it’s one of the main characters (Darcy) and the other main’s sister (Abby).  While I’ve seen this combination done before, here the authors keep things fresh with the reason behind Abby needing Darcy’s help and the personalities of the characters as well as the situations in which they find themselves.  

Darcy easily played whatever part was needed of him, and he was able to remain in control and able to react under pressure thanks to his military past…at least most of the time.  Adrian, Abby’s brother, was a weakness for him—and vice versa.  The two of them did fit well together, though I wish there had been more time spent on their relationship development.  There was a lot more time devoted to the wedding to which Abby needed Darcy to accompany her and the events that happen there than to Adrian and Darcy’s time together then I would have expected; this resulted in readers being told about much of their relationship progression rather than being shown it.

As for the supporting characters, I really liked Abby—since I’m a science nerd, I could easily identify with her character (including her attitude when it comes to clothes).  Abby and Adrian’s cousin Charlotte though…she came off as quite annoying and the portion of the story to which she contributes seems drawn out.

Overall, Darcy was a 3.5-star read for me.  Though I could have done with more depth to the story, and more on-page development of Adrian and Darcy’s relationship, this was still an enjoyable, quick read with low angst and a relatively low heat factor.  I’m looking forward to more in the series since at the very least I’d like to find out Rowan’s story (Darcy’s best friend and co-worker).  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Authors

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the following links below:

Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.


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