Normally on Thursday we post tags on the blog, but I’m a bit behind writing reviews. So I decided to post a review today instead. And it worked out in the end, because there wasn’t really a tag speaking to me today.
Hot British Boyfriend was one of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and I got to read an e-arc! Today I want to talk about this book and what I thought. Keep on reading to find out more.
After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.
But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.
“It looks like I’m not the only one who likes my British men as hot as my tea.”
Okay, I can’t imagine getting publicly humiliated like that when you expect that someone really likes you back. I felt so bad for Ellie when this happened. That made me so excited that she would have a chance in England and it definitely sounded like something she needed! That was also one of my favorite parts of the story. I’ve been to London and enjoyed it a lot and I loved hearing the author describe all of the things I’m familiar with. Also, the trip to Venice really makes me hope to visit there someday. The author definitely made me feel like I was right there (and during this day and age it was fun to go on a trip).
Hot British Boyfriend has a main character that’s a senior in high school, but I have to say at time this book felt a bit “young”. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but Ellie was really obsessed with getting a boyfriend. And don’t even get me started on Will (even though I know it was meant for us readers to feel that way), haha. At times it annoyed me how much focus her wanting a boyfriend and Will took up in this book. It felt like everything stayed a bit shallow and happened pretty fast. It never took a dive to really get down to everything until the end. This made it harder for me to really care about the main character and I in fact started loving the side characters more.
“Please tell me he doesn’t watch movie adaptations before reading the books?”
That being said, I wanted to get the negative out of the way first, because I did think this was a fun read. While reading Hot British Boyfriend I laughed out loud quite a lot. The author’s writing kept me reading and I know for sure I’ll be picking up the next book this author writes. I also really loved how everything developed near the end and I started enjoying Ellie. You really see the light bulb go off and in the end she does what’s best for her.
Also, there was a cast of amazing side characters and I think they all deserve their own story. I know I’d read them. Dev, Sage and Huan were amazing friends and geeky just like me. I think I enjoyed the scenes with them and how everything played out with them. They stuck by Ellie even when things got weird at times and I definitely won’t forget them. All of them were unique in their own ways and a lot of fun to read about.
All in all, this was a fast and fun read with a few things I would’ve liked to have seen differently. I’m glad I read it though, because there were so many fun moments! If you love a fun story with amazing characters, travel, friendship and romance definitely give Hot British Boyfriend a go.
Even though I did have some issues with this book I did enjoy the story and read it in no time. Hot British Boyfriend is a fun read and proves to me once again that side characters are also pretty important. What book has some of your favorite side characters? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!