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If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth? Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.Ever since his cIf “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love....

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not my boyfriend Reviews

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-04-30 06:17

    You know what? This is totally on me, because the blurb is spot on. Everything is right there from the misunderstanding to Max and Karson struggling to sort out their weirdly co-dependent and way too complicated non-relationship.The blurb clearly contains the Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.That is exactly the case. This is one enormous miscommunication plot. Which I should have realized...and then stayed far, far away from being that manufactured angst and miscommunication are two of my big pet peeves in books.So I will try to take those feelings out of this review.Max has been on a six month sex hiatus because he's tired of just hooking up and really wants to fall in love and find "the one". But he's lonely and his hand's just no fun anymore, so one night in a bar he's far too tempted by the gorgeous guy who buys him a beer. Max and Karson hook up after Karson makes it clear it will only be a one time thing. It definitely won't happen again. But something about Max just pulls Karson in so he gets Max's number before they part ways. Karson can't get Max off his mind, so Karson calls Max up and invites him over for sex. Once there Karson and Max are so tender (but hot!) with each other and Max starts to fall for Karson, but Karson makes an off-hand "Don't forget to lock up before you go" kind of comment and Max is devastated and Max leaves. This is how it continues for them. They both want each other, but Karson's hang-ups and past make him continually run hot and cold. Drawing Max in only to say or do something to hurtfully rebuff him.Max falls hard for Karson right off the bat...and why not? Karson's gorgeous, funny, and hung. It's just too bad Karson can't make up his mind and keeps sending Max such hurtful, contradictory signals. Max can never get his bearings with Karson. Thankfully his best friend, Lydia, is there with her unending supply of ice cream, a sweet shoulder for Max to cry on, constant support and sage advice. Lydia, in my opinion, steals the show. My three biggest complaints with the story were:1. The persistent yo-yo behavior on Karson's part constantly yanking Max around and their complete inability to have an open, honest, frank conversation.2. Max falls so head over heels in love with Karson, which was baffling given Karson's behavior, and given they are only together a really short period of time.3. I didn't understand Karson's reticence to tell his ex-boyfriend, Andrew, to go to hell. Instead Anderson manufactured a whole dramatic arc that was simply unnecessary. What I liked about the story:The sex scenes were pretty hot and Max's best friend, Lydia, was wonderful.Honestly, I would say really read the blurb before starting this. If this is the kind of thing you enjoy, you are probably going to love this. If not, then I would heartily recommend you give this a pass.ARC generously provided by Samhain Publishing Ltd via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Reviews by Jessewave

  • Kristie
    2019-05-15 03:14

    2.5 Stars... rounding up. Another book I had a hard time with. My review is at Boys In Our Books.

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-01 03:16

    Gah! I wanted to love this but I couldn’t…Max is celibate for the last six months because he’s “saving himself” for someone he hopes will become a forever boyfriend. Karson got dumped YEARS ago and is hopelessly jaded against relationships as a result.So Max doesn’t do one night stands and that’s all Karson does… except Max sees Karson at a bar one night and agrees to be a one night stand – well bathroom fuck if we’re being specific. Karson is clear from the start that there is NO future with him. Max falls for him anyway…Karson is terribly attracted to Max, the sex is hot and he essentially keeps leading Max on. He’s hot, he’s cold, he’s mean, he’s sweet… Max sucks it all up and keeps coming back for more.I don’t really know much about either MC – we don’t spend a lot of time with them unless they are having sex or lamenting about their (non)relationship.Though I liked the writing style and admired the MCs development (what we got) I got so FRUSTRATED by the back and forth ridiculousness.Max was nothing but a door mat. Completely. Karson is a dick over and over and tells him there is no future but please keep coming back to have sex with me… and Max DOES!When the ex comes into the picture and Karson reacts like they broke up yesterday instead of years ago I wanted to scream! Then Karson has the gall to ask Max to be his fake boyfriend after shaming him and Max AGREES! Ugh!!! Why? I just couldn’t stomach it – Max had no reason to believe in Karson AT ALL and he keeps coming back.The two have a very dysfunctional relationship and though we get our ILYs at the end I couldn’t trust them. No way is that relationship working out.Lydia is the BFF and she only sometimes makes sense, but she makes the most sense of the group. When she tells Max to enjoy the “fake boyfriend night” because it’s what he always wanted even though its totally fake and she knows how horribly Karson treats Max, I had to discount her advice as well.So… though I wanted to buy in, I couldn’t and as a result… 2.5 of 5 stars – mostly for the sex scenes and the cute cover.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-25 06:08

    -pets- I has you, pretty one. Soon, we shall meet and hopefully have fun.

  • Alisa
    2019-05-02 03:33

    This didn't work for me for a lot of reasons. Full review closer to release date.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-04-27 09:22

    4 Heart Review by AmberI will admit I was surprised by this one. As a reviewer I read others reviews quite often and when I noticed that several reviewers weren’t enjoying this story, I’ll admit to being apprehensive. Imagine my surprise when basically from Chapter 1 I was completely sucked up in this story. I absolutely enjoyed all the angst, the drama, the indecisiveness, and miscommunication. I even enjoyed the predictability of it all. Solid writing, solid plot there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy.Max is a fall first worry about the consequences later sort of guy. He’s young, enjoying his life, his job, and his friends. He’s not naive however. Everything about Karson screams do not get attached but Max is helpless to the pull of attraction Karson inspires.Karson has been burned and hurt by his last boyfriend. He vows to never fall in love or start a relationship again. At first all he wants is a one night stand when he meets Max but something about him makes Karson want more for the first time in a long time.What was apparent from the beginning are the feelings these two evoke in each other. They both embark in this no strings attached arrangement but you feel the emotion in every encounter.There were a few cheesy moments but I found them incredibly endearing. There was something so innocent but scarred about both Max and Karson. The chemistry between them burned up the pages. I loved these two men together. Even as they both push the other away they remained incredibly sweet.I totally recommend this one. It’s a fast read full of angst, drama, and a ton of misunderstandings. I really liked this author writing style as well. I’m a fan and will be looking into more books in the future.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Susan65
    2019-05-20 06:26

    The Blogger GirlsThis is a new author for me, and I am very excited to see where she goes from here. I will definitely be checking out her other books. Not My Boyfriend is about Max and Karson, two men who each have a plan…one to stay single and the other to look for his forever man. Not the ideal hookup potential, and someone is going to get hurt.Max is tired of the ol’ “wham, bam, thank you, Sir”….and decided to put that life away…and then immediately meets Karson, Mr. Sex on Legs, Mr. Unavailable, and Mr. Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You. Life sucks for Max sometimes, the poor guy can’t catch a break. But then, Karson might just be worth breaking his new rules for…even if he knows one night is not going to be enough.Karson learned the hard way that men cheat, his ex ruined him and his ability to ever trust a man in a relationship ever again, and has committed to his loving and leaving, no strings, get off and get out future. Not the most affectionate lifestyle choice, but one that will save his battered and bruised heart…until Max.Watching Max pine over the Karson, and seeing Karson hurt Max over and over again, was brutal. Karson was honest from the get go…in words, but his actions were telling another story. Max heard what Karson was saying, but how can you believe that when his body spoke a completely different language? I knew it was not going to be a fluffy read, and I love my angsty stories, but there a few times when I wanted to knock the hell out of Karson.This is really a very sexy read about two very likable characters with great sexual chemistry. With the added bonus of making our heroes work for their happily ever after. I am known for loving my men taking the long route to heaven, and these two took a detour or two, but that was okay…they got there and it was worth the trip.Overall Impression: I really liked it

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2019-04-29 06:16

    3.5 stars for this contemporary M/M romance. Max is a sexy librarian. (I know! YUM!) He's out at a work party and is approached by Karson--an altogether sexy guy. Despite his grave reservations, Max and Karson hit the bathroom for a quickie. Max had been celibate for the past 6 months while waiting for the right guy--the elusive long-term boyfriend--to come along.Karson, is NOT that guy. He's still reeling, uh, eight years later?, from the betrayal of his high school/college sweetheart, Andrew. (Andrew needs a kick to the head, methinks...) Karson is sure that he's unlovable and destined to be cheated on, so he never has sex with the same guy twice. Still, he takes Max's number and calls him three days later, when he CANNOT get Max out of his dreams.They engage in a sex-buddy-thing which is unsavory for Max, who keeps hoping that he's making a deeper connection with Karson. He kinda is, but Karson will never say. Both men are wary and guarded and miserable, but Max keeps going back for more whenever Karson rings him up.Andrew comes back into the scene, with all his pompousness. It's time for the 10 year high school reunion, and Karson won't show up without his back-up, Max. It's not the best scenario, and the plot is predicated on non-communication and misunderstanding, but the end result is Max and Karson FINALLY finding the courage to be real, and gaining a great partner with whom to share their realness. The attractions are delicious and intense. Lots and lots of steamy sex in the book. A slow, slow burn to the relationship, however. I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.

  • Erica Chilson
    2019-05-08 08:17

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads4 angsty starsAngst. ANGST. ANGST Not My Boyfriend was a hot little read. A few hours of guilty indulgence. The flow and progression was quick. The story itself was about the two narrators with only 3 other characters named. While that cut down on storyline, it removed any possibility of feeling chaotic. So I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this palate cleanser of a book. Two men walk into a bar. They check each other out, and then go make out in the bathroom. Angst ensues because one man wants more while the other man sets firm boundary lines of a one-night-stand. The following scenes are a dance of the one who wants more keeping his cool during the hunt, while the one the reader thought was in charge turns into an awkward, scared little rabbit. The read was sweet, but not sickeningly so. The Baby/Babe was said, but called out (which I thought was funny). There were some humorous moments. (Naughty stuffed pup keeping the beer company in the fridge) There were a ton of HOT moments. There were some heartache moments (lock the door on your way out). And lastly there were some heart-melting moments (When I love yous were said, and the reader believed it) Recommended: to readers who want a sweet, fast-paced, hot, romantic read.Would I read more by this author: Absolutely.

  • Aerin
    2019-05-18 09:21

    2.5 starsThis is one of those books that started good but quickly got on my nerves. I should really rate it closer to two stars, but it wasn't bad, it just wasn't for me. Max and Karson's relationship is a big misunderstanding, from the beginning to the end. I didn't like Karson at all, and it was quite hard to believe that Max fell in love with him so fast given Karson's ass-holish behavior. Because he was hurt by an ex-boyfriend a few years back, Karson became a fuck them and leave them kind of guy, which is fine and dandy if that's what works for him, but the way he yanked Max's chain constantly was the least to say annoying. I wanted Karson to make up his mind, but he was an undecided jerk from the beginning until the end. Max was such a doormat, I wanted to give him a good old kick in the behind and tell him to stop letting himself be used. Why allow Karson to hurt his feelings over and over again, I'll never understand, but maybe Karson had a magic dick or something.I liked the chemistry between these two and the sex was pretty damn hot, but that's about all this book has in its favor when it comes to my preferences. But I can't say I got bored reading it, so it was interesting enough for me to go on until the end, even though it was very predictable. It looks like this was a debut for a new author, or maybe the first book in the MM genre, and as such, the writing was pretty good; more originality and more likable MCs would've made this book a success.

  • Brandilyn
    2019-05-06 08:27

    Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance Max and Karson's story has been told so many times that I lost interest pretty quickly in this one. Max wants it all Karson just wants a good fuck. However, one quicky in a bar bathroom and neither wants to let the other go. Of course, they can't admit that to themselves much less each other.For Complete review see Prism Book Alliance:

  • Marlon Mcpherson
    2019-05-24 05:27

    I liked everything about this book, most importantly the simplicity of the story and how the author made it gripping and realistic.Amazing book well worth the read.

  • Roro
    2019-04-29 09:28


  • Hot Stuff for Cool People
    2019-04-29 09:13

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I loved this. Let’s just start with that. I don’t think there was really anything major I didn’t like about this. It hit all the right spots for me. It was just really good.‘Not My Boyfriend’ is, I suppose, a typical romance. One of the main characters, Karson, has been badly hurt by a serious relationship in the past, so he’s dead set on never falling for anyone again, or even becoming involved with anyone. Our other main character, Max, is looking for a serious relationship, something permanent. The two are obviously not a good match, but when they meet and start a casual relationship, they end up clicking more than they expected.It’s a pretty simple plot line, but there was a lot I liked about it. It was believable, to begin with. Sometimes you fall for someone, just want to be with someone, no matter how much it hurts, so I could understand where Max was coming from. And sometimes love hurts so badly you never want to deal with it again- so I could understand Karson’s point of view, too. And even with a relatively simple premise, there are so many emotions and complications to explore, and Monica Anderson does that really, really well. I felt for both characters, saw through both of their eyes. The writing really lends itself to showing the reader Karson’s insecurity or Max’s anger and hope, making it believable and honest, without forcing the reader to any conclusions.Another thing I really enjoyed about the book was the character development. Most of the focus is on Karson and Max, with a couple side characters thrown in. Every character was well developed, though. Karson and Max were so real to me. They never felt one dimensional- they were alive and complex and their conflicting emotions felt very honest. I think that’s what really made the book stand out for me- it’s not a hugely complex plot, but these characters will stay with me. I’ll remember them as individual people, which is something that I don’t think I can say for a ton of books. If I have any complaints about the book, it’s that there were some editing issues. I only mention this because I don’t think this was an ARC, but a complete copy. If it was an ARC, then this is nothing to think about. But every time the author used ‘grinded,’ I was jolted out of the story. Grinded is… I guess technically acceptable, but really... it should be ground. And there were a couple of other almost typos that threw me. Again, though, this is really very minor.The story was romantic, it was tense and exciting, it was sweet, the anger and confusion were believable and true… This just did everything I wanted it to. It didn’t… hold my heart in its hand, or change me, or affect me deeply, so I’m not elevating it to the upper echelon of fantastic books, but it was perfect for what it was. It gave me exactly what was promised in the blurb. I couldn’t put it down. I’d eagerly read anything else this author wrote, and I look forward to more.

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-05-26 03:05

    Review can be read at It's About The BookMax is on a six month break from hooking up with guys. He’s decided he wants a relationship instead of one night stands. He’s at the bar avoiding his co-workers one night when he sees a handsome stranger staring at him from across the bar. The man named Karson is just too much to resist. So they head to the bathroom at the bar. Karson is honest from the beginning this is just a one time thing. Max knows it but he can’t get Karson out of his mind. The strange part is Karson can’t stop thinking about Max either. He doesn’t do repeats and he sure as hell does do relationships. Not after his one and only one ended in heartbreak.This was my first book by this author. I thought the blurb sounded good. The beginning had some promise but it quickly turned into manufactured angst fest. The situation with the starting a relationship under the premise “it’s just sex” has been done many times before so I knew what the author was going for but it didn’t seem to have any depth. The MCs and their stories didn’t really ever resonate with me. Karson had his heartbroken so he’s totally closed off emotionally. He’s also big on his calm and collected “persona” which I didn’t really understand why that was needed 24/7. I felt like his character was kind of all over the place. Karson runs hot and cold with his I want you….go away vibes. Consistently hurting Max’s feelings with his indecisiveness even though Karson frequently points out a relationship of any form is not an option with him. Max goes back and forth from enjoying Karson while he has him to keeping his distance because he knows he’s going to get hurt.Besides Karson and his issues I had some other problems with this book for sure. Max thinking Karson was married was kind of a leap for me. Followed up by a freak out of course. I found it weird that within an hour of meeting Karson Max has shortening his name to “Kar”. Okay that may just be me but I find that annoying. Even through his orgasm in the bar bathroom. Andrew the ex on the scene again made everything seem too obvious and forced. His ex jerk boyfriend shows up being an ass after all this time away. Karson’s reaction to him seemed more that of an abused boyfriend as opposed to a brokenhearted one. Just so many things in this story just didn’t come together IMO. Like lots of superficial pieces of information that had no real impact on me as the reader.So basically this story has been done before, and I’d read it over and over IF I enjoyed the characters and their story was a good one. This one just didn’t work for me. I never really bought into Karson’s character, so I can’t say I really liked him or much care about his struggle. Max was likable most of the time. The sex scenes were pretty hot. I was just never drawn in or felt connected the characters. It was a miss for me.

  • Is
    2019-05-08 08:30

    One of my favorite tropes is fake dating. There’s just something about characters with chemistry faking it and the reader going will they realize that they want to date for real, will they want the fake kisses and fake couply things become real? We all know they will but the suspense and the thrill is like reading countless of AU of the couple you like (We do it, don’t lie).“He’d fuck Max, get this out of his system, and life would go back to normal.”How many times have I read this in novels and just smirked, knowingly, but yet I hold out and freak out to see if they’ll get together in the end…too many times I must tell you.“They hadn’t much future outside of tonight. But for as long as they were in this bathroom, they belonged to each other.”Not My Boyfriend introduces to characters who could want more opposite things from love—or lack of from one. Max is all for forever, whereas Karson had been burned and badly at that, and steers clear away from love at all cost. But Max is instantly hooked on Karson and the saying: “I’ll take whatever I can get” fits his mantra perfectly, and thus begins a f-buddy relationship. But is that enough for Max, and how far will he go for Karson just to be near him?“It’s going to end in heartbreak, Max. You’re going him too much. He’s going to take it all.”Whilst reading this book all I could think was that Max let Karson do anything to him, and sometimes I just wanted him to walk out and let Karson do the chasing, but what held me from screaming at my kindle was that Lydia, Max’s best friend, was the voice of reason. She was honest, telling him the hard truth, but being there nonetheless when things fell down. I think friendship should be like that, not letting the person do wrong decision and letting someone walk all over them because that’s what friendship is about—no. It isn’t about that, be there but lay the truth at their feet.“Karson had tried to emulate that look on his own, to some success. He’d never tried to fool people into thinking he loved them though—not like Andrew.”Read the rest of this review at the The Written Voice of Is

  • Swanangel15's Book Review
    2019-04-27 07:08

    Not my boyfriend was the perfect title for this book. The emotional roller-coaster that resides in this book will bring you on an unbelievable journey of the heart. And I really mean unbelievable.Max is stuck at a co-worker's retirement party and he has appointed himself the designated driver of the group since his colleagues are all well into their cups.Max sits at the bar in frustration since he has given up one night stands and right now he is in a six month dry spell looking for Mr. Right.But Mr. Right can wait when he sees intense brown eyes and a devilish smirk from across the room. When Mr. brown eyes comes over and offers him some hot gratification in the bathroom, Max just could not refuse.Karson is only looking for pleasure. He gave the love thing a shot and when his no-good ex cheated on him, Karson closed himself off from love, refusing to be hurt again.He has rules to avoid the trap of love again that include never more than once and never spend the night. The rules have been working for him for years except even after he had Max in the bathroom, he finds himself wanting more.Can Max accept only having one night? Will Karson break his own rules and go after Max? Find out in the story of Not my Boyfriend.This was a nice book, but it brought nothing new to the table. It was all predictable and when you read the description of the book on +Goodreads and then read the book, you'll find out that the description summed up the entire book in a nutshell.There were not any surprises in this book, Maz liked Karson, Karson liked Max but was too scared to take a chance. When it seemed as if their relationship was progressing, Karson's ex-boyfriend come back into the picture and I know you can guess what happens after that.I was not very impressed with this book. The sex was pretty good and the telling of the story was good, but I can't quite understand how Max could fall in love with Karson so quick and so fast, especially since Karson was a total dick.What would have made this story more fun to read was if Karson's ex was calling him before he even met Max and because he was agitated about the phone calls, he goes to the bar to blow off some steam and then meets Max. That would have made it more believable to me.This was still an okay story to read, especially if you are like me and like some angst in your stories.

  • El
    2019-05-05 10:25

    * I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *This novel was a fun, sassy, and sexy read about two guys trying to come to terms with the overwhelming physical attraction between them. Max is a librarian who dreams of finding 'the one' and settling into a long-term relationship. Unfortunately, Karson isn't that guy... or so he claims. When they meet at a bar one night, Karson is upfront about what he wants: a one-night stand, just sex with nothing more.He didn't have any excuses. What he had were feelings for Karson. (Kindle Loc. 1132)I really loved the conflicting emotions between both men. Neither can deny the sexual attraction between them, but Karson refuses to let it become anything more. After being badly hurt by his last boyfriend, Karson is adamant that he'll never fall in love again. In order to keep what little of Karson he can get, Max agrees to Karson's terms and tucks his feelings away. But it's obviously hurting Max that Karson won't accept what's right in front of him.In theory, it's a great concept. In reality, it doesn't quite add up. There were two issues that I had here. The first was Karson's scarring from his previous relationship. He caught his boyfriend cheating, and it completely shatters him, turning him off to any future relationships. It seems unrealistic-- or at least is badly explained to the reader-- because I just couldn't see this one incident as being so significant to Karson's psyche.The other issue I had was the entire "fake boyfriend" plot. It's cliche, and had no real benefit to the plot other than to make Max hurt even more. Karson is shown as a strong character, but the second his ex, Andrew, enters his life, he completely breaks down. Begging Max to be his date seems like a good idea, I guess, but actually doesn't stop Andrew from trying to get back together.Read the full review on Just Love.

  • Christi Snow
    2019-05-15 05:15

    My Review:This is one of those books that started out really strong, but then lost a bit of its appeal as it progressed because the conflict got a bit too drawn out. But it was definitely worth the read.Max and Karson meet one night at a bar. Max has been celibate for six months and is feeling a bit desperate. But he's been celibate because he wants something real for a change. Hook-ups aren't cutting it. For Karson, he will only engage in hook-ups. He got involved once and had his heart completely shattered. But their eyes meet and things happen...and then neither one can let go of the moment. For me, this was the best part of the book. This meeting changed both men. They can't seem to walk away from one another and the chemistry between them is fantastic.Where the book didn't work though was with Karson and his conflict. He had his heart broken by Andrew...and this was a long time ago. While I could understand how that might make him leery, it doesn't make sense in just how long he is consumed by this idea that he can never have anything more and that every guy out there will be like Andrew. Then to have Andrew suddenly show up in the book was just way too convenient after so long apart. None of that aspect of the story line worked for all. And that makes me sad because the book start out so incredibly good. And then it just kind of fell apart with the conflict.So, while the book didn't work for me in every aspect, I did enjoy reading it, and would definitely read this author again.I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Jeff
    2019-05-15 04:26

    When starting a new book in one of the Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Gay Erotica, or LGBTQIA genres, I never know exactly which genre the book will actually lean towards. Not My Boyfriend was no different. It could have easily been a limited plot set up for simple gay erotica but it turned out to be so much more. There is sex-- lots and lots of it. The author keeps it all (rather) tasteful, while passionate and highly erotic at the same time.Monica Anderson proves her skill as a writer in Not My Boyfriend. This well-written tale of two men 'not looking for romance' is beautifully executed in perfect detail. Anderson polishes her story with subtle nuances that help the readers be clearly in the moment and locale without trying to be too 'artsy'. This is one of the better books I've read in this genre and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters.Love, romance or simple physical attraction are not necessarily exclusive or inclusive. Anyone that has ever experience heartbreak or has become disillusioned with the idea of finding true love will understand where Max and Karson are coming from. Putting aside baggage from past experiences is probably one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting over. To move on, you have to let go and then take a chance.Not My Boyfriend is a combination of romance, erotica, a search for self-understanding; but most of all hope. Hope to rediscover that perfect romance and feeling of first love, hope to be able to trust again and hope to find the other half of us, that makes us one.I am reviewing Not My Boyfriend from an ARC I received through NetGalley.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-21 10:31

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsThis has to be one of my favorite tropes – the fake boyfriend!Max is looking for his forever man. Celibate for the last six months, he breaks his own vow when he meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome’s smirking grin across the bar and follows him into the bathroom. Despite knowing this is only a one-night stand, Max is determined to have Karson remember him by forcing him to watch as Max gives him a blowjob to remember. Max is the type of character that you immediately fall in love with because he is genuinely a nice person. Despite being hurt and angry with Karson, he still goes out of his way to make sure that he gets home safe and sound.Karson is determined to protect himself from ever having a broken heart again by ensuring that his relationships these days are strictly one-night mutual gratification sessions, usually with a bad boy wearing leather and boots. Sitting at the bar, he finds himself eying Mr. Sweater Vest and Dress Pants. Ordinarily, characters like Karson anger me because they are self-centered, but for some reason I found him to be adorable as he hid his stuffed dogs and turned his DVD collection and photographs around in an effort to protect himself from divulging too much of himself to Max.Read Wendy’s review in its entirety here.

  • blub
    2019-05-13 09:11

    2.5 stars It's as the blurb describes it to be. Max and Karson are at a coworker's party ( one for retirement and the other for a birthday party). When they both take notice of each other from across the bar and hook up. The two can feel the sizzling attraction they have between them. They end up exchanging numbers and ultimately becoming sex buddies. Max wants more than a one night stand and booty calls, he's tired of that scene and just wants a committed relationship. Karson wants the opposite of Max, having been burned in his previous relationship, he's closed off that part of him long ago. But Max somehow manages to burrow his way into Karson's thoughts and he's all the guy can think of. Then Karson's ex comes back into his life and puts an even bigger strain on Max and Karson's arrangement.This was a good story but i just wasn't able to appreciate it as it should be. It felt like 85% of the story consisted of just Max and Karson in bed together. The remaing percentage focused on the two feelings toward their relationship and their backgrounds. Karson's behavior in regards to relatiomship was a bit saddening to read but was easily relatable.

  • Daniela W
    2019-05-01 10:05

    The best thing of this book? Lydia! I really liked her character, sadly she doesn't have a big role.Take a look at the description. What you're reading there? That is exactly what is happening. That's the book. A lot of sex, the ex who wants Karson back. That's it. No suprises at all. Okay, I found it to be suprising why Max stays with Karson. The "reason" is insta-love by the way.I love the fake relationship trope (we all have our guilty pleasures) and I would have loved it, if it would have had a bigger part in this story. Confusing to me was how late it happens in the book, way into the second half.Aside from the disfunctional relationship, I really enjoyed the author's writing style and the sex scenes were well done.I was provided by NetGalley with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

  • T.A. McKay
    2019-05-08 07:03

    Copy from netgalley.I really liked this story! I thought it was well written and it was full of emotion. Did I want to smack both the characters? Yes...frequently!!Did I want to scream at them to get their heads sorted out? Yes...frequently!!Did I want to cry when they misunderstood what the other was saying? YES YES YES!!! But that what life is, love isn't easy and we all make mistakes. I know Ive had relationships where I thought I was doing what the other person wanted, only of them to think the same! I thought it was refreshing to have a couple that didnt just fall in love and live happily every after! The story was frustrating, them running away from each other constantly....but when they came together God it was good! I loved it! I am a very happy lady today!

  • mah1
    2019-05-25 09:28

    Keeping up with the recent trend, I wasn't too fond of this book either. I love tropes, especially The Big Misuderstanding, even like the Evil Ex now and the, so that wasn't my problem, rathet it was the fact that the story was more like consecutive sex scenes with a sprinkling of plot added to it. Also, the amount of wailing Karson did about his ex was close to ridiculous. Still, the story was nice and light, there were some added details that gave the MCs dimention, and there was a satisfying HEA.

  • Champongramen
    2019-05-13 09:30

    I thought I was too old for saccharine sweet and fake dating trope. I was wrong. Or let me rephrase that, not when it's perfectly written. This is just the right blend of sweet, heartbreaking and funny romance. I loved it. I honestly loved it. It's never cliché, never distasteful or forced. Monica Anderson knows exactly how to evoke emotions and to make you fall in love with her characters. A delight.

  • Annie
    2019-05-09 06:32

    Really enjoyed this one. The miscommunication and drama were a bit tedious at times but not overwhelming. Really liked Max and Karson. Had a bit of insta-love but the angst draws it out a little and made it feel more natural. I got a great sense of who each of them were as individual characters and they felt very three-dimensional. This is a character-driven story, which is my favorite kind to read. Very little outside drama. Will definitely look for more books by this author.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-14 07:14

    This was a sweet story about 2 men, one that decided after 6 months of celibacy, one night of fun would be ok and one that was only looking for short and hot. Boy do things get sticky. After lots of miscommunication, past relationship woes, and a class reunion, can Max and Karson get it together and make a one night stand last forever?

  • Katherine
    2019-05-17 03:04

    Well, the disclaimer was right. There is way too much angst in this book. I wanted to smack Karson for being so hot and cold, for hurting Max so often, for not believing in himself or Max. In the end, the HEA was good, but not good enough to offset my annoyance at the back and forth.Bought from kobo.

  • Hrtnsoul28
    2019-05-09 03:19

    I loved the simplexes of this book, two guys who know what they want, total opposite of what the other wants but again maybe not. I felt so bad for Karsen in this book, I loved his honesty with his feelings.