Reviewed by Morgan
Title: The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend
Author: Nicki Bennett
Series: Dreamspun Desires #10
Heroes: Jonah Hollis/Lincoln Courtwright
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It might be a sham to his boss, but it’s all too real to him.
Administrative assistant Jonah Hollis has nurtured a hopeless crush on his boss, millionaire cattle rancher Lincoln Courtwright, ever since he started working for him. But hope is kindled when Linc and beautiful rodeo star Melissa Cutler break up just weeks before the biggest event of the Dallas social season, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Linc asks Jonah to accompany him in her place.
Is it all a ploy to make Melissa jealous? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s world? It takes some encouragement from his roommates and his best friend, Caylee, for Jonah to agree. Before long, Jonah dares to believe Linc might just feel something for him… until interfering family and a series of misunderstandings threaten his fragile dream of happiness.
Review: Jonah moved to Dallas to escape his little hometown gossip mill and lucked out by finding a great job and great friends with a great place to live. He loves his boss – literally – and loves his life. He knows his boss’ girlfriend is a (w)itch because she calls all the time and pesters him but he wishes his boss was single and gay.
When the evil girlfriend causes a ruckus, Linc (the boss) shocks the heck out of Jonah by inviting him to the ball as his date! At first, he thinks it’s out of convenience but something tells him Linc is more than he seems.
When Linc and Jonah cross the line and become more than friends and co-workers, these questions remain: Is Linc only using Jonah? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s life?
So, you know right away to adjust your meter to “dreamy” and away from “realistic” when you open up one of these “Dreamspun Desires” books. Things are a little too easy for our friend Jonah, but that’s okay.
I loved, loved, loved how sweet he was and how perfect everyone involved in this story acted! It was like spun sugar – so, so sweet!
I thought the ball/preparatory dinner was romantic as all get out and just ooey gooey wonderfulness. (Sometimes you just want a make believe world where twu wuv wins dammit!)
My only (niggle really) little issue was the ending. I thought the drama surrounding the “big misunderstanding” did NOT need to include Jonah’s pregnant BFF… it just made things unnecessarily complicated and sort of strange. Yes – it was a fairytale ending for all people involved, but it felt a bit forced.
I love that these books are so well edited and the writing was excellent. This was really easy to fall into and immerse myself in happiness and I highly recommend it – especially if you need to put a smile on your face.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*