The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr
Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.
If you love Christmas movies, as in you check the Hallmark Channel guide starting in July, then hang on to your stockings, because here comes the merriest of indulgences in print. It’s “The Proposal” meets “The Holiday”.
First, meet Robyn Lane. She’s always dated struggling creative types, including her current squeeze (Perry, an actor). For this year’s Chrismukkah celebration, her parents would love her to bring someone stable, reliable, steadily employed. You know, with health insurance and a 401(k).
Now let’s meet Sidney Bellows. Her parents already plan her professional life (she’s an attorney at her father’s law firm). If she brings her current boyfriend (Will, an attorney) to the family Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have their wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.
Leave it to a mutual friend (and copious amounts of wine) to find a playful solution: Swap those boyfriends, fool the parents and enjoy the holidays. It’s perfect! Robyn can show off a successful attorney boyfriend, and Sidney’s high-society family won’t ring those wedding bells when they meet a flaky actor beau.
The fun isn’t in the theory, it’s in the practice.
Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years. Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe.
Fool the parents? Enjoy the holidays? Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.
About Meredith Schorr:
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related e-mails way more than she was probably supposed to.
After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy, women’s fiction, and contemporary young adult fiction.
She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict.
Review by Phyllis Lamken:
This is a delightful romantic comedy. It had great characters and a solid plot. The premise is two women swap boyfriends over the Christmas holidays to avoid any conflict with their parents.
Robyn’s parents do not approve of her actor boyfriend and pressure to find a man with a solid career.
Sidney’s parents interfere with her work life, she does not want them to interfere with her love life. If she brings home her lawyer boyfriend, they will be making guest lists for the wedding. At a drunken wine tasting, they agree to switch boyfriends.
But the boyfriend switch backfires. I had concerns about how the author could handle a potential cheating on the part of the characters, but this is a sweet and funny romance. Five stars