Witty and fast paced, You'll enjoy this fun Rom-Com
I don't really watch YouTube videos and I don't really know about the world of influencers, but we can't ignore that in the past few years, YouTube has become a force to be reckoned with. Sure, some of the content is awful and some of the creators are pretty much garbage human beings, but we can't deny that there are some very creative and talented people out there with huge and well deserved followings. In The Boyfriend Designer, Christopher Harlan's new contemporary Rom-Com, we are brought into the YouTube universe...
Shoshanna is an up and coming YouTube vlogger, with a fast growing channel called The Boyfriend Designer where she gets women to describe their perfect mates. Conor is a well established YouTube juggernaut with a channel devoted to teaching men to act like Alpha males. When Conor says in one of his segments that he would never sleep with Shoshanna, she naturally takes offence. They become arch enemies - at least in her eyes, even though she can't deny that he is a perfect male specimen and she is desperately attracted to him. Conor is attracted to Shoshanna as well. It seems the more contact they have, the more witty banter they share, the more the two can't get the other out of their minds. When Conor puts a challenge out for he and Shoshanna to work on a video together, will he be able to convince her that he's really not the bad guy she thinks he is? Will Shoshanna be able to avoid repeating her past mistakes with guys or will Conor hurt her?
Christopher Harlan seems to know all about this strange new millennial world and he writes about it flawlessly. At least I think he does - like I said, I'm a YouTube novice. Either way, it's believable to the reader. Shoshanna is a fun character. Readers may recognize her from Harlan's previous book The Three Kiss Clause, where she was the quirky best friend to the lead character. But The Boyfriend Designer can be read as a standalone and still be enjoyed. I like that Shoshanna is very real and flawed - she lacks confidence in herself, and sometimes her mouth spews nonsense that her brain should have put a stop to. This obviously gets her in trouble sometimes, especially with Conor. Conor is an interesting character. We do get to see a bit from his perspective, but not as much as Shoshanna. I would have liked to see it a bit more equal because maybe that would have made him more likeable at first. The writing was fast paced with a lot of back and forth dialogue. It reminded me of an episode of Gilmore Girls - which is not a bad thing. I liked that Conor could keep up with Shoshanna, which is exactly what she needed to keep her on her toes. They were a well-written pair and the reader quickly became invested in their outcome.
All in all, this was a fun read - an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy that kept me turning the page to find out what would happen. This was my first foray into the books of Christopher Harlan, but it definitely won't be my last. Thank you to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.