Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: The Boyfriend List by Renee Novelle

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: February 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Renee Novelle
Synopsis: 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?

What I Thought:

My initial impression on finishing this book was: sweet and cute.  I'd hoped for something with a little more heat, but in the end, this book was pretty great as is.  I'd say I chose my first book by Renee Novelle well.

I liked Reagan a lot.  I could see a lot of myself in her and how she reacted to situations.  It's hard enough being in a relationship, but being friends with the campus hottie and trying to figure out where you stand with him can be exhausting.  

Ian was hot no doubt, but also very likable.  I love how he was patient with Reagan in all aspects. He treated her like a queen.  Of course since we can see a little into his head, I knew his intentions, but it was still great to see how he wasn't sure where things with Reagan were going.

I think this book is perfect for readers new to new adult who aren't looking for crazy hot sex in their books.  There are some scenes that are hot, but the book is definitely PG-13 and so sweet!  I'm really looking forward to reading more books by Renee and excited to see what happens to Reagan and Ian in The Perfect Boyfriend.  Hopefully she'll be gentle with them!  

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About the Author
Renee' Novelle is preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of more than 80 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She also 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.

For more information, to view pictures, read blog posts and see the upcoming release schedule, please visit the website at

* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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