Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

Today Cindi Madsen is joining us to share the blog tour for COUNTERFEIT BOYFRIEND, her new contemporary romance! Check it out and grab your copy today!

COUNTERFIET BOYFRIENDMy twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and rains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.


2 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

Oh how I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Super hilarious synopsis that I felt would be a train wreck of entertainingly romantic shenanigans but actually left me questioning my sanity. While reading I almost completely stopped reading but I am a fan of continuing on – must truck along comrades must find motivation to not DNF, in hopes to find I do like something….

I’ll admit this right now. No. I did not care for majority of the novel. I can say though that Madsen has a great writing style with interesting characters. I can say without a doubt that if this had played out differently while keeping some of the traits Gwen and Ethan had, this may have had a different turnaround for me – but it didn’t. But I will get more into that in a bit. 

So what was my biggest issue with Counterfeit Boyfriend? I liked the characters, so not that. Was it the chemistry? Possibly. But the biggest issue was the entire plot. This entire scenario seemed juvenile. The words rushed, awkward, semi-forced interactions and just an unrealistic romance building swirl around in my brain. From the point of getting introduced to Gwen and Ethan, though I liked their personalities, I could not connect to them long enough to stay engaged in the story. 

OK – so the plot, lets dive into that.

First things first, Ethan drunkenly agrees to spend a road trip with his brother’s, Evan, girlfriend – Gwen. They do the good ol’ twin switch-a-roo. I know, cute, right? But honestly Ethan KNEW from the very beginning this would end badly. The entire deception that was swirling around between the build of his and Gwen’s relationship was two ships away from the battlefield blow up moments. But for whatever reason he continues the trick, it felt stupid. His entire monologue felt childish. Oh – I like her so much, that kiss was explosive, but no can’t do this…. just…. weird.

And how did Gwen NOT notice anything? Oh his voice sounds rougher, his hair longer…. he gives me the tingles? Like – are we fifteen? She treated the entire interactions between them like a babbling teenager finding true love. Lastly my biggest issue was the way it all blew up. Why did Evan care at that point? He was willing to give up his girl in the first place. I could not wrap my brain around it all – it was too much. Unable to debar the impracticable romance of this plot left me completely disengaged from the entire novel.

Whew. Now that I have said what I really couldn’t get past, let me say another tidbit. If the drama had been something different maybe, because the romance itself between Ethan and Gwen was cute – it had passion, fun. Though at times the road trip adventures made things awkward to say the least, there were moments where I liked their build they were venturing towards. It had potential that I could get on board with. 

Overall I was conflicted with the rating for obvious reasons. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely did not like it. I am just thinking that this just was not my cup of tea, I have heard great things about Madsen, hell she has a hockey inspired romance with Taking Shots that I plan on diving in. 

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About Cindi:

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat.

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