March 7, 2023
Hi Book Lovers!
Today I am jumping ahead and sharing one of my FAVORITE author’s upcoming novel. Ashley Winstead, author of In My Dream I Hold A Knife, Fool Me Once, and The Last Housewife has a brand new romance novel coming out May 9th called The Boyfriend Candidate, and I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it.
The Boyfriend Candidate is a “spin-off” to Winstead’s debut romance novel, Fool Me Once, and it did not disappoint. I LOVED Fool Me Once, so reading about Alexis Stone was such a treat. First things first, The Boyfriend Candidate can be read as a stand alone novel with ease. However, Winstead’s previous love birds (Lee & Ben) are the cherry on top! They make more than a few cameo appearances, and references to their “love story” are peppered throughout. If you haven’t read their story it is OK. It simply is an IYKYK situation, which made me feel pretty cool.
Winstead is back at it blending a classic romance trope with a touch of Texas politics. It is so evident in her writing that she herself is a lover of books and words. She adds in with purpose two things I am passionate about…, a teacher’s room romance book club and standing up for banned books, Let’s not forget a few music mentions like Wreckless Eric’s song, Whole Wide World, and of course, Amarillo By Morning…a nod to all the cowboys and maybe even the 4-H kiddos (Logan). You need to read the book for that part to make sense. She is so great at effortlessly bringing awareness to hot topics while at the same time teasing readers with an off the chart romance!
Alexis and Logan stole my heart. The both truly came into their own as their stories unfolded. Their fake dating, political dilemmas, and personal baggage make them so much more than a hot politician running for Governor and a small town school librarian. I loved how Winstead kept their “fake” relationship piping hot with conflict and a whole lot of sexual tension. She created a significant amount of “anticipated steam” that kept the pages turning and turning all day long until I reach the end …SWOON!. I was DYING for these two to pull-it-together and just get together!!!! .
The Boyfriend Candidate is a must read this spring! I am hoping there is a third book in this Texas romance world Winstead created and…I even have bets on who it will be about!!!!
Be sure to pre-order this gem down below and check out my thoughts on ALL of Winstead’s books RIGHT HERE!
*I received an advance reader of this book from the author/publishers in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are 100% my own. If I don’t like it…I don’t share it!
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