HER BACKUP BOYFRIEND: We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe?

Her Backup Boyfriend

Her Backup Boyfriend CoverBook 1 in the Sorensen Family series
Author Ashlee Mallory
Narrated by Monique Makena
Pubished by Tantor Media
Publication date Dec 6, 2016
Running time 8 hrs


I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.



Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail—there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie . . .

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right—and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged . . .https://tantor.com/her-backup-boyfriend-ashlee-mallory.html


My Take Oblong Shaped


THE WEDDING DATE was a movie with  Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, and Amy Adams in 2005 wherein a woman had to hire someone to go to a wedding with her to avoid being the brunt of humor and pity for her failure to catch a man.  PICTURE PERFECT with Jennifer Aniston was a 1997 film in which a woman pretends engagement to solidify her position at work.  The guy takes on the relationship because she’s hot and he needs a good lawyer for his sister’s divorce.

This book shows that in the past two decades we haven’t gotten much farther, at least not in this (and other examples) of contemporary genre fiction, as far as how women are perceived as getting ahead.

The story has a woman with a neglectful mother who was raised by a fabulous grandmother, and a man with a loving and close family — just like she always dreamed of. 

The characters are typical, the hook ups are okay, and the forces keeping them apart are also typical and predictable.  Except for the sex, this is a Lifetime Network Movie waiting to happen.  Not there’s anything wrong with the comfy HEA of a Lifetime movie.

One thing that is nice is that Dominic gives Kate room to be herself and discover what she wants without being pushy. One hopes he doesn’t give her too much room. He also encourages her to value herself.  Can’t go wrong with that advice.

The narrator has a pleasant, age-appropriate and well-modulated voice; she handled everything the author threw at her.

While I didn’t find anything new or exciting in the story, and it does point out how women are still treated as if they need a man to be complete. 


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PUBLISHER: https://tantor.com/her-backup-boyfriend-ashlee-mallory.html

AUTHOR: http://www.ashleemallory.com/

AUDIBLE: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Her-Backup-Boyfriend-Audiobook/B01MRLFBBD