Published by Entangled Publishing on April 8, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: eARC from Publisher
Sarah Campbell’s never bid in her high school's charity auction to win a date with one of the school's hottest guys. And she’s certainly not going to start now––when she’s still hurting over a bad breakup. The absolute last thing she’d ever do is bid on Mr. Ego himself, Chance DuPont.
Chance just wanted to help out a worthy cause, not get roped into not one but six dates with someone who seemingly can’t stand him. But when Sarah’s friends bid on him on her behalf, that’s exactly where he ends up. Now a local blog is covering the story by following them on all their dates, too?
Seems like everyone loves a good love story––except the two living it.
The Boyfriend Bid is a young adult contemporary romance by author Jodie Andrefski. The Boyfriend Bid was a really cute romance story from Engalanged Teen’s Crush line. I am always happy to pick up a new book by their crush imprint because I always know what I can trust to get out of the story. I always know it is going to be a super cute romance, with great characters and a healthy dose of heart, mostly done in a high school setting. And The Boyfriend Bid delivered on all of those elements. There was one aspect of the story that bothered me but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
In the Boyfriend Bid we meet our two main characters, Sarah and Chance. Chance is the school’s new guy and Sarah starts off pretty closed off to him. At first Sarah was a bit offputting to me because she was so, soo guarded, but watching Chance knock down her walls one brick at a time was super rewarding. Sarah certainly won me over, and Chance had a fan in me from the start. Sarah was burned by a soccer player in the past, so she wants nothing to do with Chance. Her friends put in a winning bid on him at a charity auction for school and their forced dating is off. I loved the idea of charity auction. I even liked the idea of how the dates got upped from one to six, but the whole student news story aspect of following them around and recording their dates really irritated me. It was a complete invasion of their privacy and I was really surprised that not only the both of them went along with it, but that the school overall was ok with it. I wouldn’t have been ok with it and I never would have agreed to it. The school basically had a chirty auction, took Sarah’s friends $300 dollars and then totally changed the rules of the game after the fact. But that was honestly my only gripe with the story.
I loved the romance. I loved watching Sarah and Chance connect and slowly get to know one another. Nothing about their actual relationship felt forced (other than the fake news story dating nonsense.) or rushed. And I have to say this, both Sarah and Chance were great young adult characters. I really adored them, separately and together. If you are looking for a fake relationship turned real type of story that has a different take on the concept, then I would check out The Boyfriend Bid. I think it will hit the spot for a sweet young adult high school romance.
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