(Clean Slade Ranch #5)
by A.M. Arthur
Publication Date: February 17th 2020
Five Weddings and a Fake Boyfriend
City slicker Derrick Massey has always had a thing for cowboys. So a roll in the hay with Kendall “Slater” Stamos during a rustic weekend wedding is more than A-OK. But when Slater’s forced to hang up his saddle for the season, Derrick surprises even himself with his proposition: be my fake boyfriend and get my family off my back about finding a permanent partner.
Though unexpected, the arrangement is a win-win. Derrick gets a plus-one for a slew of summer weddings and Slater gets a place to stay while he recuperates…with lots of casual fun in between. Which is just how the sexy cowboy likes it: casual. Yet it’s obvious the chemistry between them is anything but.
With the countdown to their “breakup” on, the more time the two men spend together. And the more it becomes clear that what they have could be real, if only they let it be.
~ ARC provided by publisher in exchange for my honest opinion
When I wrote my review for the previous book of the series I promised myself I wouldn’t request another one for review… I caved. As you can see by the title I absolute caved and hit request again. But hear me out, I had a reason. My reason being that this was A.M. Arthur’s first (!) fake boyfriend book. I never realised that she never featured that trope in one of her other books. All other series by A.M. Arthur I love, this one though is a hit and miss series for me but I definitely liked Hard Ride more than the previous book in the series.
I struggled a bit with the beginning because they had sex right at the very start and I’m not really a fan of that. I like semi-slow-burners. Thankfully it turned more into friendship and than lovers after that.
I liked the story, characters and writing style but if you were hoping for an original fake boyfriend book, you won’t find it here. Hard Ride hit every criteria for a fake boyfriend clichee story in its relationship development. At least in my book. Even the “conflict” at the end. But to be fair, you can only do so much with the trope before it turns completely unbelieveable.
I liked it and I had fun reading it but I will probably stay true to my promise now and won’t request or read the next book in the series.
Rating: 3,5 stars