The Boyfriend List
~By: Renee Novelle
~Published: February 10th, 2014
~Genres: New Adult, Clean Romance, Comedy
The Boyfriend List follows twenty-year-old Reagan in her quest for the perfect relationship after a somewhat tragic spring break breakup leaves her disillusioned about love... again.
Reagan had always prided herself on making levelheaded, practical, analytical decisions about everything. Everything, that is, except where guys are concerned. Which was proven to her, once again, when her “boyfriend” opts to take another girl on their oh-so-romantic trip to his lake house. In order to prevent future heartbreak, she creates a checklist of all the qualities she wants in a man, and vows not to give her heart away again until she can determine if they fit every last criteria.
After scouring campus with her two best friends in her tricky journey, her detective work returns a pile of unworthy rejects, and it seems as though her choices are narrowed down to only two options: the hot stranger who’s inspired her new project, and her best guy friend Ian, who she’s always kept at bay due to his perceived playboy reputation.
Reagan gets more than she bargained for with her new set of rules, however, and is surprised to find that love, and the perfect boyfriend, may have been within reach the entire time. But will Ian’s reputation ruin his chances to prove his worth? And can Reagan let go of her insecurities long enough to even give him a chance?
The Boyfriend List is a light, New Adult romance about friendship, trust, and learning to let go in order to embrace what real love can offer.
Formerly a freelance journalist, Novelle has found placement of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her writing to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She has launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.
In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Paranormal Fiction, Contemporary Women’s fiction, Chick Lit, and New Adult.
Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, summa cum laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you’re meant to be.
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10 Fun Facts About Renee Novelle
1. I have a complete and total obsession with lip gloss. I must have it on at all times.
2. Originally, I was a performing arts major in college and received a scholarship from the dance department to attend. It was, without a doubt, the most amazing experience ever.
3. But, when I started college, I was only 15 so my perspective on the whole thing was very different. (And yes, there are future books being built around that.
4. That passion for the arts has stuck with me though, because I attend every play, musical, gallery opening, ballet, etc. that I can get tickets to. Next to lip gloss, it’s my second obsession.
5. I absolutely live for dresses and will find an excuse to wear them every day if.
6. I’m a huge foodie, and always seek out new restaurants and dining experiences to try. But I do most of my cooking at home. I love experimenting with new recipes, it’s kind of therapeutic!
7. Getting to watch the sunset on the beach is my favorite thing about living in Southwest Florida. Such a relaxing experience.
8. I love a fancy glass – I even drink water and juice out of wine glasses and goblets. There’s just something about transforming an ordinary experience into something more extraordinary that makes life beautiful. And the more unique the glass, the better the experience.
9. I absolutely love having music on all the time – at the gym, in the shower, in the car, while I cook... Except for when I’m writing. When I’m writing I need absolute dead silence.
10. I don’t have any children – yet – but I have two cats that might as well be my kids! They’re my babies, I’m absolutely crazy about them.
By the Author
Ok, my dream cast is made up of the actors I think look the part. I don't watch much tv though, so I have no idea about what else these people have been in. They fit the image in my head for the character though, so that's what I'll go with! :)
*I don't own any of the pics, they were all borrowed from IMDb and/or Google.
For most of us girls, we've had our hearts broken once or twice, at least. We can relate to Reagan's pain, and her frustration with finding the perfect guy. It kind of makes sense: make a list of the pros, and don't date anyone who doesn't have them. Simple, easy to remember, heart-ache free.
Reagan does just that, playing to her organized and list-making personality trait. She has a sympathetic best friend in Petra to help her in her plan to interview the guys on campus, and see if any are worth dating. She has another best friend, who's finding her situation and plan amusing while he helps her regain her confidence. What she doesn't know, is that he wants a chance with her, and it just so happens, he's one of the last possibly date-able guys on campus. Throw together emotional girls, college guys, margaritas, a huge blowout party and hot cars, and you're bound to have a very memorable time.
I think the biggest surprise for me with this book, is that all this happened in one week! It's enough to make anyone crazy, to have one's whole life flip-flop so much in a short period of time. Reagan's feelings are relatable, I think, and you want to support her and see her happy. I also love the fact that Petra is such a great best friend, supporting Reagan in her crazy plans, all while knowing what will make her truly happy.
The only reason I took off a Rose, is because the POV changed between characters several times without warning, making it somewhat confusing to read. The writing also switched from first person, to third person, to narrative several times, and wasn't very consistent. Overall though, this is a very good read, for any New Adult, Light Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit fans. It's clean, humorous, and inspiring, and with just enough twists and turns to keep you biting your nails, desperately hoping it'll work out well for Ian and Reagan. It's a quick read, and one I would definitely recommend.
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via Everything Marie Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.