5 Hearts

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon


Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?

Personal Thoughts 

So there is one thing I love about this book. The protagonist, Haley, loves animals and her aspiration is to be a Vet someday. I have a soft spot for all furry animals so, I loved that about her. 

I really like that she is strong and confident in herself. She doesn’t let people push her around – I guess that is what you get for having two older brothers. I think she is a good character for girls to look to, because she doesn’t let Bryce or other boys get away with stupid things. There are too many times girls that are desperate for a boyfriend do anything and everything to get their attention. She just saw an opportunity and used it to her advantage. I thought it was quite resourceful. 

I mean how many of you would have been okay with your ‘clean’ name being tarnished by a supposed hook-up with a certain guy? I don’t know, I wasn’t that kind of girl either. I would have done the same thing. I know pathetic. Don’t judge. 


Leo, the little shih tzu mix, that melted Bryce’s heart.
Now let us discuss Bryce for a second. I actually kind-of felt bad for the guy. I mean, his father is a major jerk. I mean, what father would use their kid for their own personal gain financially and socially? Bryce was getting brainwashed into think all problems could be solved with money. 

Every time he bought something for Haley to cover up a mistake or problem he did, I just cringed. You can’t use money to solve all your problems. There was one quote that I just ‘rolled-my-eyes” at Bryce for. “‘Money allows you to enjoy life.”

He then later says in responds to Haley. Sounds Like a made-for-TV movie where everyone figures out family is more important than money. I say, it depends on who your family is and how much money you’re talking about. At that moment I truly felt bad for the guy, because to love money more than one’s family is devastating. I am glad that Haley showed him how to be happy without money or material things. She treated him like a regular person and not an ATM. I think that is important for teens and adults to remember, that money can’t buy you love. 

Another thing about Bryce, man that guy had issues. He was the ultimate control freak. He says, “I was upset because, as you have already pointed out, I like everything a certain way, which means I like to be the person who makes the plans, rather than being told what I ‘m going to do.” Let say it for what it is, OCD with need to control. Calling Christian Grey of the future, found your child like twin. Agggg.

Oh a side/funny note. This dialogue reminded me of my family. 
Haley – “‘I’d rather be ignored than be yelled at.”
Bryce – “If someone is yelling, at least you know they care.” 
Haley – “Then my family must care about each other a lot.” 
My family were the yelling type. When we fought we fought LOUD! So when Haley said that I just chuckled and thought of my own LOUD, passionate, and caring family.

My rating choice became a 3.5. Why? Well I did like it. It wasn’t too crazy and out there and the content was extremely mild, which is nice to have for a YA book, once in a while. 

Parental Info

Insinuation of sex, affair, parental neglect, gossip and bulling. Mild swearing. 
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