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The Boy Toy

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  269 reviews
A woman ready to give up on love discovers that age is truly just a number in this heartwarming and steamy new romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh.

For almost a decade, successful 37-year-old Samira Broderick has used her bustling LA practice as an excuse to avoid a trip home to Australia. She still resents her meddling Indian mother for arranging h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m feeling a deja vu right now! One week ago I read Ties that tether, a woman is forced to marry with a man from own culture and she attends blind dates with candidates but later she has one night stand with a charming white guy and her growing attraction to him puts her inappropriate situation: she needs to choose between her heart and family’s wishes to draw her future path. (Both books’ covers have some resemblances made me think they share the same illustrator.)

At this book: our heroine is
3.5 stars

I was expecting this book to be light and fun based on the cover, but it went much deeper than I thought. This was my first book by Nicola Marsh and I enjoyed it a lot. I especially loved the representation of (view spoiler) but I've got to be honest, I really hated how (view spoiler)
Theresa Alan
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Samira is a physical therapist who returns to Australia to help her cousin launch her business, a health center. She’d left and moved to LA twelve years earlier after a painful divorce that she partially blamed her meddlesome Indian mother for. As soon as she returns, her mother starts pushing her toward an Indian doctor. Now that her American-born father is dead, Samira has no one to run interference between her and her matchmaking mom.

Samira has what she thinks is going to be a one-night stand
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, berkley
Loved loved loved it! Nicola Marsh warmed my heart with this fun feel-good story. Samira has returned to Australia to help her cousin start her business after a decade away. Samira has spent the last 10 years in LA working as a physical therapist and avoiding the cultural expectations of her mother. Mom was not thrilled after Samira divorced the Indian man the family had set her up with. But now she is back and what better way to kick off her homecoming then with a one night fling with a hot Aus ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, this is disappointing.

I wanted to love this book. I always want to love the books I read. It's why I read them, obviously. Unfortunately, some books just don't do it for me. And this one definitely didn't even come close to doing it for me.

My main problem with this book is that despite being a romance novel, there is very little romance. The two characters spend 85% of their time together simply having sex. The last 15% of the time is spent between flirting and texting and getting to know
This one sounded like a lot of fun, so I was eager to jump into a new-to-me author.

I liked Samira and Rory. They're both good people who are looking to be their own people. Both are smart and loyal and maybe looking for a little acceptance (even if it's in different ways.) Together they have instant chemistry. I loved Samira's cousin and mom and couldn't get enough of the food descriptions.

Plot wise, it was just okay for me. At about halfway, there's an obvious turn into a plot device that I do
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
The Boy Toy was an easy, entertaining romance following a woman in her mid-thirties, Samira. Her father is white and American while her mother and her side of the family is Indian. She feels a bit of pressure from them to marry and find a nice Indian boy. However, after marrying and divorcing one of those "nice Indian boys" she doesn't want to do the same mistake twice and she just wants to have a bit of fun right now.

Now comes in Rory, a younger man (about ten years difference) who's clearly h
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a 47-year-old single woman of color, I appreciate reading a sexy romance with an older heroine finding love and having a healthy sex life. Love, dating, and sex doesn't stop at age 30! It was refreshing to read a romance featuring a May-December romance where the "December" is an accomplished woman. The hero wasn't perfect. He had a stutter and the heroine suffered with infertility. Nicola Marsh did an excellent job of weaving these challenges throughout the story while providing us with a se ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicola Marsh Fans, Romance
3.5 Making Choices Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
There have been more multicultural stories happening in novels, TV, and Films. The more out there, the more exposure and understanding of different cultures happen. In The Boy Toy, we have 37-year-old Samira Broderick. a woman who had an American white father and an Indian mother growing up in Australia.

In keeping with the Indian culture, Samira followed her mother's guidance and married the "Nice Indian Boy.
Unfortunately, the union
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Berkley Romance and Netgalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

This one felt very similar to Ties that Tether which I read recently. We've got a heroine who has a lot of pressure from her single mother to choose a husband from her own culture and she ends up having a fling with a White man, risking alienation from her mom and the other Indian aunties. It's a fast paced book that's really cute and steamy but also covers alot of serious topics such as infertili
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Fun, quick read perfect for summer. I thought Sam and Rory had great chemistry and I loved the strong family story surround Sam's return home and how strong her Indian heritage and cultural surrounds her. And I've never seen a character with a stutter before, so I really loved seeing Rory's perspective and strength.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah Louise
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for review

After five years in LA working as a physiotherapist, Samira is back in Australia on a six month contract. Reacquainted with her overbearing mother, Samira still feels a lingering resentment after an arranged marriage ended in devastation.

With her mother still meddling in her love life, hoping to see her daughter marry a respectable Indian man, I enjoyed seeing them communicate and reestablish their relationship. And oh my!
Kim C
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Consider me being really entertained and attached to the characters and the story.

Samira, is a 37 year old Indian-American Physical therapist who moved back to Australia from LA. She fled Melbourne after a fall out with her mom and ex husband. Rory, is a 27 year old Australian stuntman/tv personality who was described as a Chris Hemsworth look-alike. Did that fact make me swoon over Rory? Definitely yes! Chris is my absolute ultimate tv crush so that’s why his character is a total snatch! He is
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"Guilt for not being woman enough to keep her husband. Guilt for not producing the babies he wanted. Guilt for intrinsically blaming her mother for it all and driving a wedge between them because of it."

If you're a fan of the typically contemporary romance with perfect people, then this is the book for you.

There is nothing wrong with the story. It is just that it's about two perfect people dealing with a few issues.

Our protagonist, Samria, is heading back home to act as a consultant for her c
This book was just okay for me. I loved the Older Woman-Younger Man trope and I loved the glimpse into a different culture and the dynamics and expectations that come along with that.

However, this book felt very disjointed.

These two characters have almost no interactions BESIDES hot sex hook-ups. And then, suddenly, they are in love. I just wish there had been more time spent together without sex to create the relationship and love dynamic.

Also, pretty much everyone in this book (besides the l
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, romance
What I thought I was getting with this read:
What I actually got:
▪️steamy, lustful interaction
▪️strong female
▪️again gap relationship
▪️Aussie stuntman
▪️vast hunger from mentions of Indian foods
▪️not a fast-paced story, but quite a story nonetheless.

All around. Not a bad story. 3.5 rounded up.

There are quite a few trigger topics mentioned in this story. Parental loss, infertility, and divorce.

Thank you @berkleyromance and @netgalley for an advanced copy of this story
Meredith Schorr
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I wasn't sure I was going to love this book since I usually prefer a slower physical burn, but the relationship between Rory and Samira won me over because both characters were so likeable and felt very "real." The stakes keeping the couple apart weren't too high, but also didn't feel contrived - it was a nice balance. Rory was a dream hero, but there were times I actually preferred Manny! I'm thrilled the author is writing a story for him because he was totally charming and worthy of his own lo ...more
marnie | once upon a time book reviews
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Comedy Fans
Recommended to marnie | once upon a time book reviews by: Berkly Publishing Group
Shelves: 2020, 5-stars, netgalley
The ever versatile and talented Nicola Marsh has become a staple on my blog and The Boy Toy is the third book of hers I have reviewed this year. Whenever I start one of her books, I know I am going to get a great story, will be immediately hooked and most likely be kept up until all hours. I am pleased to say, that this also happened with The Boy Toy!

I don’t need to rehash the plot as the blurb gives enough, but what I will say is that The Boy Toy isn’t just a romantic comedy and does deal with
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3.5 stars

I love a good age gap read and found The Boy Toy interesting for that and also the culture aspect of the book. The author did a good job creating interesting characters but the storyline needed something more. Infertility was the overall thread of the book and could be a trigger for some. I felt this overtook the romance between Samira and Rory.

Samira is a successful therapist who has found her way back home. I loved reading about the Indian culture and food! I loved the descriptions of
"Life's full of risks, Mom, and even when we don't take any, bad stuff happens."

I was highly entertained reading this, which was unexpected.
This was not a typical romance.
The Boy Toy is a sassy adult romance dealing with real life issues.
We get topics on infertility, infidelity, divorce, family relationships, different culture, miscarriage, premature babies and all.
Which is interesting, we don't get that in a lot of romance books.
Hence, this was not your typical boy meets girl blablabla fell in
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Boy Toy is a cute and fun romance about a successful woman and a fling that may just turn into something more. It's an enjoyable read with a lot of heart, and definitely a contemporary romance to put on your radar.
Many thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for the advance copy.
Vegnesh Ganesan
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Despite the name, this book has alot of depth into the characters. Truly love the cultural aspect that played into this YA.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020, 2020
I loved Rory from that first tossed wine. And Sam is just awesome. Both have so much from their past that they're dealing with, and their story is just beautiful. I loved it, and I also loved that while he's younger, it's only ten years, because I'm not a cougar lol! Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
My first foray with this author and boy(pun intended) I was not disappointed. Samira comes from two worlds, her mother who is Indian and a dad who is White American. Years ago she allowed her mother to arrange for her to have a "nice Indian marriage that ended up into a divorce. Fast forward a dozen years later she has returned to her home Australia for six months to help her cousin Pia with her Physical Therapist job. During a night at a bar she meets Rory a young white Australian built man who ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
An interracial romance mixed with the May-December storyline made for one entertaining read! It was satisfying to read about an accomplished older woman with a younger (also accomplished) man who both comes from completely different cultural worlds. They not only face issues like any other couple, but they have the age and culture differences to consider as well. One thing to note about this novel is there is a TON of delicious Indian food described and it will make you hungry no matter the time ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

The moment I saw this book, it caught my attention. Not only is the cover cute and playful, but the description had me hitting request super fast. After reading just a few pages, I knew I had made a good decision. I was expecting a story full of rich culture, steamy romance and forbidden love ... which there was plenty of. However, it turned out to be so much more. Marsh is a great storyteller, creating numerous well
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a heartbreaking dissolution of her marriage, Samira is back home in Australia to help her cousin at her new practice. Samira is a 37-year-old with a great practice in LA and has used every opportunity to avoid going to visit her mother in Australia. Most of her fears come from the fact that revisiting only brings to the surface the failure she is in the sight of nosy Indian aunties and uncles. Also, she does not want her mother to be ostracized by the Indian community again. Since the last ...more
Honestly, I have been on a roll listening to contemporary romances via Libby and Hoopla and, so it just made sense that The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh would work wonders for me via audio. Read my full review here Link goes live 3/26/2021 ...more
Reading Mama
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover of this book, I immediately knew I was going to want to read it. The Boy Toy tells the story of Samira, a thirty-seven year old Indian woman who is originally from Australia. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and has been avoiding going home, as she still resents her mother for her arranged marriage that ended in divorce. One day, Aussie stuntman Rory Radcliffe shows up at Samira's place of employment. Rory has a stutter, but now he has the chance to be in front of the c ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning Australian author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.

She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes contemporary romance for Penguin Random House Berkley USA, domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK's Bookouture, and rural romance for Harper Collins Australia's Mira imprint.

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