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Boyfriend Maintenance

(425 Madison #5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  91 reviews
EmmyMy bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for my brother's wedding just to keep the vultures at bay. I've noticed Jake around the building and he's the perfect man for the job. The thing is, I don't actually have what I promised in return for his help, but I don't want this to end.JakeI've seen Emmy and she's out of my league, but that doesn't st ...more
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Published April 24th 2019 by Independently Published
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I’m really enjoying this series of stories, all involving characters living or working at 425 Madison and this is a great addition to this series! Each book is written by a different author and can be read as a standalone but they do often involve characters or events from the other books.

This story concerns Emmy, a resident of 425 Madison Avenue, who is someone who grew up in a wealthy family but has rejected their money and manipulations – much to their chagrin! She can only afford to live the
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boyfriend Maintenance is the 5th book in the 425 Madison Series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Told from dual points of view, Boyfriend Maintenance follows the story of Jake & Emmy. On the outside, Emmy appears to be the girl who has it all. She lives at the ideal address, dresses to impress and has the confidence to back it up. However, the reality couldn’t be more different. While Emmy appears to have it all, she isn’t quite the socialite everyone thinks she is. She walked away f ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun romcom with some seriousness thrown in.

Jake has had to work for everything he's ever had. He works hard, and has to deal with some come ons from high society women. He doesn't love it, but in a way it comes with the job he does.

Emmy comes from money, but walked away to make it all on her own. She works hard and doesn't want to be associated with those "high society" women.

When a family event requires a date (or one may be provided for her), destinies collide. Their navagation through this
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boyfriend Maintenance is the fifth book in the 425 Madison series, and Lauren Helms offers us another great addition to the series. In fact, it was another sweet story that had me devouring it in a single sitting.

I confess, at first, I was a wee bit tentative about this one. It was interesting, yes, but a part of me was distracted by the fake Pokémon GO games one of the characters was playing. As a respectable adult that still plays Pokémon GO, I found myself shaking my head at the fake version.
Sandy Nikolas
This one was ok for me. It was hard to have Jakes past brought up a couple of times. He also ghosted Emmy twice. They do get their HEA and Jake had some moments when you felt Jake was being there for Emmy.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever really, really needed a date for something and would do anything to make it happen? This story is about Emmy who is facing her brother’s upcoming wedding festivities which include facing her ex that is still interested in her, as well as, her father and step-mother that are constantly and overly disappointed in Emmy from foregoing her huge trust fund to make her own career choices. Jake, the sexy maintenance guy at 425 Madison is tired of the residents throwing themselves at him, c ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emmy walked away from the wealth and privilege that her family used to control her life. She has made her own way. Too bad she can't ignore family functions like her brother's wedding. Her roommate has the crazy idea to hire the cute building handyman Jake to be her fake boyfriend. When faced with the prospect of being thrown into the arms of her ex, she makes Jake an offer. Jake doesn't date tenants, its too awkward and he needs his job. Emmy is cute but her offer angers and offends him. These ...more
Courtnay Gray
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a fake relationship turns into more, will it be over before it really even starts??

Emmy may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth but decided to walk away from it and when she did she became the black sheep of the King family. Now she has a problem, she needs a boyfriend (fake or not) to attend her brothers wedding engagements.

Jake has been the maintenance man at 425 Madison for a few years now and has stuck to his own struck rules until he is asked for help. Thinking it’s a win,
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Swoon worthy for sure BUT a moment of WTF! I love this series so much and everyone, so far, at 425 Madison!! Lauren always makes me laugh and I love that she added a gamer/nerdy flare to Emmy.

I quickly fell in love with Emmy and her amazing sass but also the nerdy woman shining bright. Emmy has had some issues with her family and even though mine aren’t the same I felt this connection with her. I laughed at her best friend Becca several times and I’m pretty sure I have some ideas going on about
Jennifer D.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick, fun read. I was needing a low drama insta love and this book fit the bill! I really liked Emmy and Jake and the whole fake relationship story line. They definitely had chemistry! This is the first book by Lauren Helms I have read and it won't be the last. I enjoyed her witty writing style and the sassy, gamer/nerdy heroine.

A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
This is such a sweet story, where upperclass meets blue collar! I read this book in one sitting!

Emmy turned her back on her trust fund and family business, leaving her living with her best friend. Jake is one of the maintenance men in the apartment building and whilst fixing their waste disposal, Becca asks him to be Emmy’s fake boyfriend for 4 dates for her older brothers wedding!

Eventually Jake agrees, for a price, after all she lives at 425 Madison, so has plenty of money!!!!!

On the second d
Kelly Green
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
What a cute fake relationship book! Really great back story. Nice, light fun read. Perfect for between those angsty AF books. I only wanted to smack Jake one time! And I'm beginning to wonder if Sara will ever get it together (a background character that has popped up in a few of these books)
Kristina Bowen
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved the way Lauren writes and this book is no different. She shows her gamer side when Emmy plays an app on her phone, it’s funny the times she plays it always seems like perfect timing. Jake is the ultimate book boyfriend even though he let his ego show when it came to money. I loved how Emmy and Jake’s story evolves through the events they go to and the shock with Emmy’s brother. I love how the drama builds and unfolds at once.
Amo Dee Ahuriri
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely ❤ this book.

This is one of those book that had me glued too every page. It was a page turner.
Nicole Chu
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Another great book in this series!
I love how Jake and Emmy started off and how they continued to develop as the book went on.
Their chemistry was undeniable from the start.
Luckily there was no major drama which I always appreciate!
I am hoping some other
Characters get together but don’t want to spoil anything
Cannot wait for the next book
Katherine Paschal
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Emmy has given up her wealth and family name and privileged to try and find her own way in life. Which is usually really rewarding for her- except when it comes to obligatory family engagements like her older brother's wedding events. To make matters worse, her step- mother is trying to hook her up with her loathed ex, so she needs a stand-in boyfriend fast. Enter Jake, the very attractive maintenance man who needs extra money to make his dreams of buying a house a reality. The two make a shaky ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Boyfriend Maintenance is the 5th book in the 425 Madison series and it's written by Lauren Helms. I didn't like two things about this book. The first one was Jake. Jake has issues that are not even aware of for most of the book. These issues made him act like a douche to Emmy and kept my dislike of him growing. For me, he fell into the category of the boyfriend that you have before you meet your soulmate. He is the main reason I didn't like the book. One of the things I don't like in a book (but ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've reviewed many of the books in this anthology, and this one tickled me. Jake has an effortless about him - he was probably my favorite character of all. Getting to know him was very interesting. The same with Emmy. While I did enjoy the story, I think my overall feeling was I wish I could have gotten more... More "what was up with the skeeball?", "what about Levi?", and "what about Becca??". I can only guess that if you were to read Lauren Helms, then you would get a lot of these answers. So ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Emmy and Jake's romance. The writing was good and the plot was fun. Although this is a book in the A 425 Madison Novel series it can be read easily as a standalone. I do recommend reading the other books though because they are wonderful reads. I liked Emmy for the most part but I will be honest and say that there were a couple things that bothered me about her. First, I know it worked to fit in with the series but I felt it was a huge cop out to be living in a luxury apartment when she ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Emmy is tired of being under her parents thumb, they always have an opinion or demand on how to live her life, and it's beyond frustrating. For once she would like to be able to do what she wants, with no unsolicited advice from her family to follow, but that is never going to happen as long as she is being supported by their money. So she decides it's time to cut the cord, and go at life on her own, which brings her to 425 Madison.

There she meets a handsome handyman that makes her heart skip a
Andrea Guy
I can't believe we are 5 books in on this series. I absolutely love it. It seems that with each book, the series gets better.

Its a fake relationship story, with Emmy who needs a date for her brother's wedding or else and Jake who gets taken along for the ride. These two have great chemistry together and its easy to see that they aren't going to be fake for very long. I actually love that Jake is not wealthy one. Its a bit of role reversal in these stories for me.

Emmy's family is definitely enoug
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good romance, quite sweet
Very good romance with excellent characters. I really liked the two heroes and their commonality: their rejection of the money and the appearance that goes with it, even though Jake was born without money, and that Emmy chose to never touch her trust fund because it would mean that she accepts to obey to her father's rules.
They are both quite consistent and pass a false boyfriend agreement for money so that she can face her family, the time of the engagement and
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you suffer from preconceived ideas? Are you willing to give up your independence for comfort’s sake? Are you content with what you do and are you where you want to be in life? Do you actually feel secure in yourself? These are issues we all face at one time or another. This is what makes this story so real and maybe for some people so familiar.

This story brings up class difference and preconceived ideas on every level. It’s a cute quick read that will have you smiling and thinking about all
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again this book of novels is fantastic - I loved this.

Emmy was her own person, much to her rich family's dismay - she walked away from her trust fund to live her life as she wanted. Jake, the handyman, didn't have money, never has, something he was a tad ashamed about. Emmy needs a fake boyfriend, Jake needs money - they join forces and he accompany's her to some family functions. To their horror they find they like each other, fall into bed and have sex, but this only complicates matters
Lisa Mandina
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good story. Although I totally got Jake's view on just being casual, totally seems like a guy thing to do, he didn't seem to be quite so into it when we saw him on his one date. I mean I guess she broke the rule of being someone who lived in the building where he worked, but still she was totally all about just casual sex. I loved the older woman who was such a cougar, scratch that, puma. Emmy was awesome, giving up her family money and such to do what she wanted. It seems you ...more
Leisa Ann
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Loved this book. The characters and side characters were easy to live and believable. I just wish it had a bonus epilogue because I needed to see more of their story. Also I can’t help but wonder about Levi and there a story there?
Allie York
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Lauren Helms book to date!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fake relationships are a favorite of mine. This was a quick, fast paced novella that pleased me with all the elements I love in this trope!
Delilah Frost
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Lauren and I don't think it'll be my last.

I absolutely loved how the roles were reversed in this book. So often in books, especially romance, the hero is the one with the wealth while the heroine is the one struggling. Now while these roles weren't exact, I loved that the perception was there.

I really liked Emmy. She had a strong back-bone considering the situation she was in, and wasn't a brat. I did wish she made the people around her work for her time, especially aft
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Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge ...more

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