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Emily Birmingham has had it up to here with men.

Growing up with an overbearing father and then her brother inherits everything she’s worked her whole life to build. Now she’s living in her grandmother's dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere Canada, jobless, and dealing with the most annoyingly sexy contractor on the planet. Exactly when did her life become an
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ebook, 316 pages
Published September 23rd 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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Lisa Schneider
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, simple, romance story.

Emily is on her own, trying to make a mark for herself. After her parents die and she is cut out of the family business, she leaves Toronto to start fresh. Her plan is to take her inheritance, her grandmother's large heritage home in a rural small town, and turn it into a boutique inn.

She hires the Merrick's to restore the inn, she has an instant attraction to Cooper Merrick. Both have sworn off the opposite sex, Emily, because she's spent her whole life with her r
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Fizza
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute romantic story, exactly my cup of tea. I loved it! The characters are amazing and there are enough laugh-out-loud moments to put a permanent smile on readers faces. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Emily had just moved to a small town from a big city. She is enjoying the quaintness and people around her are all good. Cooper is one of the brothers who are working on her home. He is sweet and broody, a bit of a contradiction but she likes him instantly. However, both have ghost ...more
Rochelle
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a sweet romance then this is for you. This is my first book from this author and it was a good read. Cooper and Emily were such sweet and wonderful couple. This book was a quick read and had minimal heat. I personally like a book with heat but if that is not what you are looking for, then pick this book up. You will not be disappointed.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a honest review.
Sara Oxton
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boyfriend Contract by Victoria James a five-star read that will have you signing your life away. Emily Birmingham what a woman, she has been told she can’t be anything, but as she learns, you can be anything you want to be. When you throw in Cooper Merrick and his band of merry family members then you have a great story belonging in a great town. This will wring your emotions out, as it deals with loss and recovering and becoming something new and stronger. This is my first read by this auth ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cooper and Emily's story is poignant and will have your emotions all over the place. She lost everything dear to her including the company she helped build with her father only for it to go to her brother and vowed her next relationship will have a contract involved. Cooper lost his soul mate to cancer and thought he would never love again. These two lost souls came together at a time in life where they really needed each other. Will there be redemption for these two in the form of a relationshi ...more
Mishie
—ARC Review—
Release Day: Sept. 23, 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
5 Maple Stars!

My first Victoria James, read and I love it!😍
This is written in third person.

Emily Birmingham, is a twenty six year old gal who had her whole life uprooted in a snap due to a family tragedy. Her whole life she was her father’s shadow in their business, it is where she feels she matters and has her father’s attention. But life was tough for her, aside from her older brother who did nothing
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

THE BOYFRIEND CONTRACT drew me in and never let go until the final word… and even then, I wished for more. Emily and Cooper have far more in common than a first glance might tell you. They are both wounded emotionally, even mentally by what life has dealt them. Emily from being overlooked when her overbearing brother inherits the business she put her heart into and worked her butt off for over the years. No more, she’s done with that life and has set out to start fres
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Ayekah
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I jumped into this one with both feet, Victoria knows how to lure you in and not let go! Fantastic plot and two amazing lead characters who grow throughout the story and what a delight that was to see these two fall for each other. Even with a contract scratched out on a piece of paper by Cooper, as dictated by Emily.
Emily's moved from the city to small town after her parents died and she inherits her Grandmothers rather dilapidated old home. Her plans are to restore it and turn it in to an ups
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Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
My first read from this author and I LOVED IT! After the troubled childhood she had, Emily has decided that she has taken the final straw when the family company is given to her brother rather than herself. Inheriting her estranged grandmother’s house outside of town, she decides to regroup and restore the house and turn it into an inn, branching out into her own company and making it on her own. Hiring the only contractors in town, she meets Cooper and his family, and while the attraction is in ...more
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
The Boyfriend Contract was a sweet and cute adult romance with very minimal heat to it. Like so low, I don't think the burner was even on. So if you like romances that are sweet and innocent, this one might be for you. The book is a romance and it does have a HEA, but I do think it's much more about our heroine Emily finding herself and getting out from behind the shadow of her family.

Cooper was a very broken Stoi
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Lori
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books by Victoria James and loved many of them. This one is no exception. From the beginning I loved the character of Emily. She is someone I could be friends with (Cheetos are the best!), wears her emotions on her sleeves, desperately wants a family to belong to, and has such big aspirations to achieve. Emily is a beautiful, vulnerable, lonely young woman who just gives you the feels. And I truly enjoyed when she charmed the people she would meet. She would just jump in to help ...more
Linda Quick
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I found myself totally engrossed in this story and couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and was so immersed in Emily and Cooper's story that I felt as though I was a part of it, experiencing it along side them. Both of them have had difficulties in their pasts that are overshadowing their futures. This adds to their depth and makes them feel real and come alive on the pages. I especially enjoyed how they each grew and reached for difficult things, even when they're scary ...more
Sapphyria
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Boyfriend Contract is another fantastic book by Victoria James.

Emily is from a wealthy family but circumstances beyond her control lead her to a small town. Her goal is to restore her late grandmother’s rather large home into a quaint, but upscale, inn. She needs to prove to herself, and to her abusive brother, that she can run a business on her own without her brother. Having been a go-getter in the city, she discovers just how lonely she is in her new hometown. She quickly lear
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Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
The Boyfriend Contract will pull at your heartstrings! I often found myself wanting to reach into the book, just to wrap Emily in a giant hug and give her the love she didn't experience growing up. I struggled with who I loved more: Cooper or his entire family! They're such lovable, entertaining characters and you'll find yourself shaking your head at their antics, all while trying to contain your laughter. A truly enjoyable romance, with enough drama to keep you guessing what will happen next, ...more
Suzette
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victoria James writes an emotionally charged story that will make you laugh as well as bring tears to your eyes. Emily has moved to claim her in inheritance as well as run away from all the pain in her life. Cooper is still trying to recover, years later from the death of his wife.

In a small town it is difficult to escape running into the same people. Emily has trust and insecurity issues. She finds Cooper, her contractor, attractive but does not want to lose her heart to him. This is a sweet a
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Amanda Stelter
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts are my own*

I'm not the biggest fan of widow stories, so I don't know why I keep picking them up. But that being said, I enjoyed this one. The portions of the story that I didn't like also had to do with the widow aspect of it. I still really enjoyed the story and I think it was a nice read. I liked both the characters and rooted for their relationship.

I recommend it if you're look
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Rachel
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Boyfriend Contract gives us the story of Emily, a woman looking to start over after being kicked out of her family's business, and Cooper, a 30 year old contractor and widower.

Victoria James wrote this book wonderfully. I really liked that we got both Emily and Cooper's points of view. It really helped me see both sides and what they each were struggling with. While lighthearted at times, this book actually had a lot of emotional depth that I was not expecting. Both characters ha
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Renita McKinney
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simplicity. Uncomplicated. Sweet. Sometimes that is all we need in romance. I love the heat, but I also love the tenderness. This was my first book by Victoria James, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Emily and Cooper each have their internal demons they must deal with. Emily is starting over and fighting self-esteem issues. Cooper is still in mourning. As these two go through the process of discovering each other, learning to fall in love and finding their normal we are granted ac
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United Indie Book Blog
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny, but sad. Emily and Cooper come from two different kinds of life. Cooper comes from a loving home, and siblings. Emily has a brother who has issues, her mother was distant and her father adored her. Emily's life takes a turn when her parents die. Things change drastically for her. Then she meets Cooper and she changes things in coopers life. This story touched on some real life situations. I dont know how I would handle it. Your heart will break for Emily and Cooper. You must ...more
Messy Bun Book Blog
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful!!! I loved seeing Emily & Cooper overcome their pasts and be together! I loved that while they fell in love and helped each other heal, they found what they truly needed to be happy!
This was my first Victoria James book, but her words and the world she created made sure that it won't be my last!
angelareadsbooks
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The Boyfriend Contract is the story of Emily and Cooper, as she has her house remodeled. And Cooper takes on the job. I enjoy the home improvement elements of this story and thought their relationship was cute. A fun light read. This is my first book by Victoria James and I’ll definitely check out others.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Jo
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly?  There were parts of this book that had me in tears, I made such a connection with the story.  Not an ugly cry, just a "water is gently leaking from my eyes" type of situation.  Why?  Because of the emotion which is laced through this book.  You can't help but feel for each of the protagonists, each with their own demons to fight.

But its the slow burn build up which the author created which really pulled me in.  No brashness.  No flashyness.  Just a smoldering narrative whi
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Melinda
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victoria James has delivered another fantastic rom-com with characters that you can’t help but love and a love story that will have you laughing, swooning, and grinning like a fool. A delightful hilarious story. Fall in love with Victoria James and her books. She’s my go to read for humour and heart!! Happy reading!!
Wendy
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feel-good
When I requested this arc, I thought it would be a funny and lighthearted read . But it was so much more! Both Cooper and Emily have a history they don't want to think about. But while restoring Emily's grandmothers house to change it into an inn, both Cooper and Emily can't deny their attraction . And although Cooper has sworn off love and Emily doesn't want to trust men ever, they want to date together. Hence, Emily comes up with The Boyfriend Contract. But when both of their past caught up wi ...more
Kim Vanravenswaay
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get ready with the Kleenex.
Cooper get9a chance to find love for the second time in his life. Emily gets a chance for first times with Cooper for everything.
I hope that Cooper's brothers and sister will get their own books.
Robin
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. A sweet romance about letting go and finding a new path forward. Story flowed nicely without seeming forced. I instantly connected with Emily (especially her love of pumpkin lattes). Loved the banter and chemistry between Cooper and Emily. Hope we get more of the Merrick Family.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC received via NetGalley.
Heather andrews
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cooper is just a logical man, “why would I want blueberries in my beer? If I want blueberries, I’ll eat blueberries. If I want a beer, I’ll drink a beer.” I really liked this book, I loved Cooper.
Becky Wise
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Boyfriend Contract is a very cute read. I love Emily. She knows what she wants and how things need to be done. I laughed at some of her antics and cheered her on with her plans. I loved the chemistry she had with Cooper. Cooper, he just grabs at your heart. Even though both fight the attraction you can't help but cheer them on from the sidelines. I love how Emily embraces the small town. She has a heart of gold. I seriously loved this book. Emily and Cooper will melt your heart. I couldn't p ...more
Christina Montminy
I love Victoria James’s stories, they’re full of humour, heart & angst. The background for this book was of a sensitive issue that never really gets a lot of notice. I enjoyed Emily’s strength & character as she set out to take back her life. The sadness surrounding Cooper was a weight you could feel & to see him change & fall in love was wonderful. The humour & sass was the perfect amount to lighten up the mood when needed. Author Victoria James always writes her characters ...more
Jane
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
****The Boyfriend Contract tells the story of Emily, who having spent most of her young life trying to do and be the person she thought would make her family love and respect her, finally decides she will become her own person. She comes to Maple Falls as the inheritor of her paternal grandmother’s large house with a plan to turn it into an inn. Cooper is one of the members of the family of contractors hired to assist in the restoration. A widower, Cooper is as attracted to Emily as she is to hi ...more
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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with
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