Title: The Boyfriend List
Series: Boyfriend #1
Author: Renee Novelle
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Genre: New Adult
SynopsisThe Boyfriend List follows twenty-year-old Reagan in her quest for the perfect relationship after a somewhat tragic spring break breakup leaves her disillusioned about love...again. Reagan had always prided herself on making levelheaded, practical, analytical decisions about everything. Everything, that is, except where guys are concerned. Which was proven to her, once again, when her “boyfriend” opts to take another girl on their oh-so-romantic trip to his lake house. In order to prevent future heartbreak, she creates a checklist of all the qualities she wants in a man, and vows not to give her heart away again until she can determine if they fit every last criteria. After scouring campus with her two best friends in her tricky journey, her detective work returns a pile of unworthy rejects, and it seems as though her choices are narrowed down to only two options: the hot stranger who’s inspired her new project, and her best guy friend Ian, who she’s always kept at bay due to his perceived playboy reputation. Reagan gets more than she bargained for with her new set of rules, however, and is surprised to find that love, and the perfect boyfriend, may have been within reach the entire time. But will Ian’s reputation ruin his chances to prove his worth? And can Reagan let go of her insecurities long enough to even give him a chance? The Boyfriend List is a light, New Adult romance about friendship, trust, and learning to let go in order to embrace what real love can offer.
“If I could have everyone’s attention please.” As the music lowered, the noise of the crowd hushed to allow the DJ to speak. “It’s time for our very special birthday girl, Miss Petra, to come up on stage.”
Reagan turned, smiling toward the front of the room. But from out of nowhere, she felt a hand grab her arm. “I’m not going up there without my best friend.” Petra was smiling as she spoke, and had begun to pull Reagan through the crowd before she’d even realized what had happened. Despite her half-hearted objections, she found herself climbing the platform, looking out into a sea of hundreds of eyes staring back at her. It would’ve been enough to intimidate anyone who wasn’t a regular to such occasions, but for Reagan, it was proving to be a true test of her confidence.
Thankfully, two costumed performers appeared from the back to roll out a three-tiered cake – her second cake - that looked more like a piece of abstract art than something actually edible. The top was lit with sparklers and a huge twenty-one. With the crowd distracted, Reagan slinked backward, behind a gushing Petra as the DJ led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday. Maybe this center of attention thing would take some getting used to after all, Reagan decided as she applauded her friend who’d just blown out her enormous candles.
“I’d like to thank everyone for coming out tonight to help me celebrate my birthday.” Petra had begun, and the crowd cheered again. “You only turn twenty-one once so you might as well do it right!”
But despite Reagan’s best intentions to listen intently to her friend’s birthday speech, everything around her – all the noise, the music, the applause – suddenly faded out into silence the moment Ian stepped into the club. Dressed in a stylish variation of black-tie formal, he took in the festivities with all the calm casualness of someone who should own the place. And it was a really, really good look on him, she decided.
He caught a glimpse of her from the corner of his eye, and after an expression of surprise passed over his face, he smiled and winked with a fluid, easy movement that had her heart doing flip-flops in her chest. Breathe Reagan, she reminded herself, breathe, though the instructions didn’t seem to be working very well and she wondered if she looked as stiff and mesmerized as she felt.
“This has been the best birthday ever!” Reagan tuned back in just as Petra was finishing up. “And I’m so happy you’re all a part of it. Have fun tonight!” The crowd erupted in applause as she handed the microphone back to the DJ.
Prancing over to where Reagan was standing as the dancers began cutting the cake to hand out to an anxious crowd, Petra leaned closer to her friend, following her gaze. “Are you a betting girl tonight?” She was speaking low, her expression mysterious as though she had a secret to tell.
“Maybe.” Reagan finally broke her stare with Ian to pass a quizzical glance to her friend. “Why?”
“Because I’d bet you never thought Ian Scott could look that good in a tux.” Then she waved casually to Ian and smiled when he began moving in their direction through the gyrating bodies who’d packed onto the floor. “You’re welcome.” She exclaimed knowingly before dashing off to change into her third outfit.
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