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Her Backup Boyfriend

(The Sorensen Family #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,882 ratings  ·  249 reviews
One little white lie leads to more than she planned…

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. A
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Published January 19th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Everything You Didn't Know You Wanted to Have Stars
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This very clearly had a purpose and I felt it did an excellent job in relaying it to us, the readers.

It is ok to work hard and have goals... to achieve and have dreams... but in the process... make sure you do not lose yourself. See things clearly; people who do not accept you for you are not worth your time or concern... learn to love yourself and others.

These are the life lessons our main characters experience while trying to help
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely adored this sweet read from Ashlee Mallory. Her Backup Boyfriend left a big fat happy smile on my face when I was done reading this book. If you are a big fan of a hero, who is family oriented, sweet, kind, generous, sexy and fun then this book is for you. It had all the elements that will keep readers happy and entertained. This heart-warming book was light, fast paced and full of sweetness. Ms. Mallory treated her
I recently noticed a new “like” on my review of this book and since I didn’t remember it, went back and read the review and then remembered the book. I liked it the first time so thought I’d do another read though as I’m a big fan of the reread. And I enjoyed it this time too. While I don’t want a lot of those cute little romances on the Hallmark channel, but as I was finishing this book it struck me that it would make for a sweet movie.

I’m always curious when I reread a book if the grade change
Dirty Dayna
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Her backup Boyfriend
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Date of release Jan 19th
I love cute little stories like this.. If you Enjoyed the Proposal with Sandra Bullock this is your book!
Kate is a lawyer and was dating her fellow lawyer (Michael)for 3 years but his family was very hoity toity and Kate didn’t come from good stock so he left her. During her recovery time she has focused on being one of the top billable hours lawyer and bought a new old house that is in desperate need of a remodel. While moving her things in she me
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
Her Backup Boyfriend was a pleasant surprise. It was a little slow to start, but I ended up enjoying the book. Kate is working toward a promotion to junior partner at her law firm. She is single and works all the time. Her boss implies that having a significant other will go a long way toward impressing the board. When he neighbor's nephew offers to play her boyfriend for a couple of months in exchange for law work for his sister, she reluctantly agrees.

The romance between Dominic and Kate was
3.7 stars

After my recent bad book woes, I was in desperate need of something simple and sweet and that’s exactly what I got with Her Backup Boyfriend. The feels it gave me were just an added bonus.

I really identified with Kate’s social awkwardness and loved how she slowly but surely came out of her shell and gained confidence as the story progressed. Dominic was refreshingly free of douche syndrome and an honest to god gentleman so of course I loved him from the onset. The romance was a warm and
There are times when I just need a quick and easy romance, and while I had hoped that this book would fit that bill, it didn't quite make that for me.

The first half of the book starts out rather slow, and I really had a hard time caring about the characters at all. Things start to pick up in the second half of the book, but by that point the romance was half ruined for me. I understood wanting to be cautious, but too much caution was not a good thing for this romance. I did like the eventual che
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is a heart warming romantic novel. Kate and Dominic are both likable. It written in way that keeps readers interested throughout the book. Kate has still not gotten over her ex, who also happens to be her co-worker. When she finds out that he is now engaged to a "perfect" girl who is nothing like Kate, she is feeling quite bad about herself. Dominic is her neighbour's nephew. He is helping her with renvations. But then circumstances made them to struck a deal... pretend to be in love with eac ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Typical, short and cute, but I loved how the story is handled. I especially liked Dominique, he was very understanding and quietly supportive. I'd have liked Kate to be a little bit more special though.
May 14, 2016 added it
Shelves: kindle-freebie
"safe" romance with a good guy type of hero. Light and easy read if not particularly memorable.
Maria Rose
This delightful romance is the story of Kate and Dominic. Kate is on the fast track for legal success, working long hours at her law firm and nursing a bruised heart from a breakup with a fellow lawyer. When her new next door neighbour's fix-it nephew offers help with her home renovations and her dilemma of producing a 'boyfriend' she alluded to to help her professional status in exchange for some legal help for his sister, it seems like a perfect way for her to get her focus back on her legal c ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2015-reads
A quick read, I read this one straight through in an evening. It's everything I love about Bliss books.

Dominic is a great guy that was hurt in the past. He's not really over it. Kate is coming out of a hard break-up but she's determined to get everything she wants. Partner at the law firm she works at is the number one goal she has. But for that she need the stable home life a strong relationship gives. Working with her ex and his new fiancee makes it difficult to stay focused but Kate is driven
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ARC received from: Publisher

Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Fake relationship

Chemistry: Simmering

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: A hotshot lawyer gets her hot builder to pose as her boyfriend to help her get the much longed for promotion.

Positives: I WANT A DOMINIC IN MY LIFE! Seriously, most swoon-worthy guy I have read about in awhile. He is perfect: good with his hands, a family man, awesome house, says the right things ..... I think I may have to post a wanted ad in my local paper.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even with the best laid can throw you a curve ball that changes everything.
Kate has her life planned out to the smallest detail yet her breakup with Michael has caused a glitch in her chance for a promotion.
Dominic knew what he wanted to do with his life until a family crisis had him veering off his path also. These two meet and she hires him to do renovations on her home.
With the challenges they both have ....they set up a new plan to achieve their needed goals. But as with e
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I really enjoyed reading Her Backup Boyfriend.

Dominic and his family truly made the book for me, loved them all and I'm hoping we get to see more of them in the future.

Seeing Kate slowly open up and let herself feel worthy was well written, and I really connected with Kate.
Loved seeing Kate and Dominic together, they had great chemistry and I had no doubt they were each others happily ever after.

I highly recommend Her Backup Boyfriend, thank you Ashlee Mallory for writing and sharing =)

Bette Hansen
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved! This! Book! It's a great fake boyfriend story that kept me mesmerized. This author has a wonderful fluid writing style that really appeals to me. The characters are well developed and intriguing. Definitely one for the must read list!

Kate is getting pressure at work to settle down. Dominic is getting pressure from his family to get back out there. Just a little white lie could solve both their problems, or perhaps start new ones??

Get this one! I highly recommend it!
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
First half the book is slow, loved the 2nd half.

Review to come.

Content: Language, innuendo and 2 fade to black sex scenes
Chessela Helm
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good story of convenience becoming love. I liked the characters a lot. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was great, but it made sense that they were both taking it slow and being cautious. The subplots about their work and homes were enjoyable. I definitely want to read the rest of the series now.
Vikki Vaught
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

Wow, just loved this book. Oh, Dominic is a great book boyfriend. Loved the moral dilemma for Kate. If you want a story of substance, then this is the one for you. ☺reading 📚!
Margaret Swanigan
I mean it was okay. It still had some classic things I love about fake dating while also being pretty different in some areas. I didn’t love or dislike it. It did nothing long lasting for me or even pull on my heart strings. Unfortunate but not unexpected.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute fake relationship story and I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved all the characters and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
☾☆ Nikki. ✿
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A light, funny, cute and romantic read!
Blueberry Muffin
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a sweet treat. Love how this book warms my heart. This is my first Ashlee Mallory and is definitely not my last, I am on to you 👀
Bette Stanek
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, actually. This is a cute, sweet romance that is reminiscent of The Proposal. If you liked that movie, you'll definitely like this story.

Kate is an up and coming power attorney whose goal is reaching judgeship by age 45. She's on track to attain her goal. In fact, she's up for a position as a junior partner at the prestigious law firm she works at. She puts in 60-80 hours/week, takes work home on the weekend, and comes in on holidays when the office is quiet and she can get more work
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

Her Backup Boyfriend was a cute read. Light and fun and enjoyable. Kate and Dominic were really cute together.

Kate is a lawyer who always plays by the rules. She still works with her ex, the guy she thought she would marry one day, and it is tough. Especially since he is now engaged to the gorgeous new lawyer at the firm. She is in line for a promotion, something she has been working her whole career for, the next step in her grand plan, only
A really enjoyable story, I highly recommend this!

Kate is an up and coming lawyer who has her life planned out for herself . . . She's making a name for herself, thinks she's about to be offered a partnership in the firm of top lawyers she works for . . . she wants to become a judge and show all those snobs that looked down on her that she really does count. A very bright student, she has a scholarship that enabled her to study at a private school where her 'trailer trash' background was really
Heather Anne
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
Originally reviewed on The Turning Pages.

I can’t go very long without a good Bliss read. For this fan of the contemporary romance genre, they are necessary to my monthly reading list. Her Backup Boyfriend had everything that I love about a Bliss book.

Kate is a hardworking attorney with a dream of becoming a partner at the law firm she’s been working at for the past five years. She’s worked hard to get where she’s at and has overcome a lot in her lifetime. She didn’t come from money & was raised
Lindsey Gray
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for certain types of romance stories. Fake significant other is one of them. For those who were lovers of the movie The Proposal, you will love Her Backup Boyfriend.

When the story begins, lady lawyer, Kate, has just purchased her first house and it needs a bit of renovation. After the end of her relationship with fellow lawyer, Michael, a year before, the purchase seemed to be the first step in the process of moving on with her life. When Kate finds out that Michael is now engaged t
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe?

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 becaus
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Ashlee Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Comedy, Suspense, and Thrillers. A recovering attorney, she currently resides in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running, hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys, but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the comfort of her couch.

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The Sorensen Family (4 books)
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“breakfast here, with you both.” “I tried to convince her we should call first,” Benny said, grinning, “but she wouldn’t hear of it. It had to be surprise. Surprise!” she finished, and by the look she gave them, Kate had no doubt that, other than the kids and Dominic’s mother, everyone else was on to them. “No problem,” Kate said. She looked around the large room, bright and cheery and filled with everyone she’d grown to care so much about. Dominic’s arms wrapped around her as he pulled her close. “No regrets?” Kate touched her fingers to the ring that Dominic had placed on her hand last night and smiled up at him. “No regrets. They are family, after all.” Did you love this Bliss? Check out more of our fun and flirty titles here! And for exclusive sneak peeks at our upcoming books, excerpts, contests, chats with our authors and editors, and more… Be sure to like us on Facebook Join the Bliss Book Club Follow us on Twitter And follow us on Pinterest” 0 likes
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