9 Book Boyfriends Who Are Genuinely Good

*Yes, there are 9 instead of 15 because they are harder to come by!!!

I love a growly alpha or lovable jerk just as much as the next girl, but every once in a while I want to read about a guy who is genuinely GOOD. These guys might sometimes be a little clueless about love, but they are 100% book boyfriend material from the start.

If I’ve reviewed the book, there’s a link to that; if I haven’t, there’s a link to it on GoodReads for easy addition to your TBR.


Sleeper by Kayley Loring

Adorably sexy single dad • Best friend’s little sis • Light and fun


SHANE MILLER SLEEP DIARY:

Went to bed at: Late.
How long it took to fall asleep: Forever. I have insomnia. Duh.
Number of caffeinated beverages you had consumed: Zero. Thanks for advising me to quit!

My stress level is off the charts. 
I can’t sleep right on a normal day, and lately my days are filled with the best kind of chaos. 
My ex-wife and husband number two are filming in Poland for three months, 
so I’m turning down movie parts to focus on the most important role of my life— 
impossibly charming and somewhat capable young single dad. 
My son won’t stop asking questions. 
My daughter won’t brush her teeth unless I sing her showtunes. 
Our regular nanny quit. 
The only person I could trust to hire as a temp nanny is my best friend’s sister. 

If Mary Poppins and Bill Murray had a baby it would be Willa. 
Fresh out of grad school and beautifully weird. 
She hates my movies, and my kids adore her. 
I couldn’t sleep last night because she wasn’t here. 
Turns out I can’t sleep unless she’s in my house now. 
Turns out she’s what’s been missing from my life all along. 
If my friend had any idea what I want to do to his gorgeous troublemaker of a sister, 
he would smother me with a pillow. 

The chances of us succeeding as a couple are about as good as that little indie movie
that I made being a huge hit.
But it’s a chance I’m going to take.

Review


Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Friends (and neighbors) first • Plenty of chemistry • Low angst


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds comes the first novel in the fun, sexy, and thrilling How to Catch an Alpha series.

Leah Emerson isn’t looking for a man—she’s looking for the right man. But her mother’s idea of a great catch leaves her cold, and she’s pretty sure her cocky, arrogant, and way too good-looking new neighbor isn’t the one either. If only her wayward cat would stop jumping through his window, she could get on with her life.

Tyler Duncan moved into town for a new job, not to fall in love. But he always goes after the things he wants in life with steadfast determination…and he wants Leah Emerson. He wants her smiles, he wants her touch, and he definitely wants her in bed.

Unfortunately, someone else wants Leah—in the worst way. Now Tyler’s on a mission to protect the woman he’s falling in love with while proving he’s worth falling for, and Leah must decide whether Tyler is a catch worth catching…

Review


That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

Young widower • Small town charm • Funny yet emotional


USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn delivers a smart and cheeky romance about love’s power to lift hearts . . . and curses.

It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all . . .

But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”

Boy, was I wrong.

Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.

It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.

Everyone wishes for that second chance . . . but could this really be mine?

Review


Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

Friends to lovers • Banter and chemistry • Light and fun


“Oh my god. Who is that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

GoodReads


Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely

Friends to lovers • Hot slow burn • Light and sexy


That time I had the brilliant idea to ask my good friend for lessons in sex-ploration…

Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? 

And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and willing to give me lessons. But to guarantee it won’t ruin our friendship, I want these classes to be hypothetical more than hands-on. 

So what if he’s hella sexy? I can handle that, no problem.
***
I have it bad for Arden. She’s bright, brilliant, and insanely fun. When she asks for my help, I see my chance to win her sweet heart by showing her how much fun we can have getting spicy. 

Trouble is, she has a different idea of what “sex-ploration” should mean. Now I’m going to have to get really clever to win her over.

Good thing I know exactly how to upend her best laid plans.

Review


Break the Rules by Roxie Noir

Quirky hero • Best friend’s little sis • Light and sexy


She’s my best friend’s kid sister. 
Now she’s not a kid any more.

As a forest ranger, I believe in the simple life. I prefer cabins to apartments, trails over freeways, and trees to people. My life is orderly, predictable, and quiet. 

Until it’s hit by a woman I never saw coming — Hurricane June. 

She’s fierce. She’s feisty. She has a laugh like the first day of spring, and she’s so pretty that I can’t breathe when I look at her. June will only be in town for a few months—just while job-hunting. She won’t last until winter, but how can I resist? 

Except I have to. She’s my best, oldest, and most loyal friend’s baby sister. 

Betraying him would be the worst thing I’ve ever done. Not betraying him might be the hardest. 

Especially once we start working together on a secret project. All this spending time together, sneaking around at night, and lying to her brother about what we’re doing sure feels like more than friendship. 

June might break my heart. 
Her brother might break my nose. 

But I guess some things were made to be broken.

Review


Good Guy by Kate Meader

Best friend’s widow • Sports romance • Light with depth


He’s a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She’s a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She’s also his best friend’s widow…

Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.

The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.

Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart…

Review


Decidedly by Chance by Stina Lindenblatt

Friends first • Adoptive father • All the feels


She’s pregnant with another man’s baby.
He’s now the father to his little niece.
A sexy rom com with all the feels!

Single Mom-To-Be Rule #1: watch out for those horny hormones. 
 
Oops.


After a childhood of bouncing from one foster home to another and a series of failed relationships, I’ve taken matters into my own hands when it comes to starting a family. 

Or rather, someone else’s hand. And a Styrofoam cup. 

I’d rather be a single mom than be let down again, and I’m definitely not looking for a baby daddy. That includes sexy workaholic game designer Wes Chiasson, thank you very much. 

*** 

My software company has been my number one, two, and three priorities. But that all changes when I suddenly become the guardian of my three-year-old niece. Now my world has turned topsy-turvy with princesses and little-girl tea parties.

When Hannah Morrell needs a place to stay after the pipes in her apartment burst, I invite her to move in with my niece and me. Hannah is a pediatric nurse, and given my situation, who could ask for a better roommate?

Sounds easy. Right?

It is—until emotions get tossed into the mix. Because if there’s one thing history has taught Hannah, it’s that the people who’ve gained her love can’t be trusted.

And now I have to put my heart on the line to prove otherwise.

Review


Wildcat by Max Monroe

Great chemistry • Starts light, then angsty • Sports romance


What would you do if the sexy, mysterious stranger you met by chance turned out to be a celebrity?

Catharine Wild is about to find out.

Quinn Bailey is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and the instant he lays eyes on pretty little Cat Wild, he can’t resist her.

When the sexy football star comes aboard the flight attendant’s plane, her life takes a drastic turn. Mile-high courting and an intense pursuit to win her heart are just the beginning.

Attention, fame—even, public scrutiny find their way into the mix. 

It should be simple, right?
Wrong.

Because, in the end, not everyone wants to see the small town girl find love with the superstar.

Good thing Quinn Bailey knows how to win.
Game on, baby.

Review

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