Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Review: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.


Full-length novel.

Alternating, first person.








This was a fun, sexy, romance featuring a couple that had great chemistry.
I liked Gwen, I liked Ethan so it should have been a quick enjoyable read.
Except, it wasn't.

The book was fine - really fun and lovely - if you ignored the glaring fact that the romantic interest was pretending to be his twin brother the entire time and failed so many times to confess the mess he'd gotten himself into, to the woman he had fallen in love with!
There was always an excuse and, frankly, the excuses weren't good enough.
The simple fact was, Evan and Gwen hadn't been together all that long, they'd never went further than kissing, it would have been an awkward and messy conversation for Ethan to have with her (on behalf of his twin) but it would have been better than the way it played out!

I could suspend reality and accept that Gwen didn't know the difference between the brothers, that she wrote off the sudden burst of sparks in her relationship, as just one of those things and didn't question why things were different, but I couldn't write off the deceit.
Yes, I knew going in what the premise of the book was but I figured that it would have come to light earlier and thus the book would have taken a different path, not the deception coming to light almost at the end! Seriously, a chapter or two set a few months down the road solves all the ills?!
Nope. Not buying it.

Frustrating. It was frustrating.

But, as I said, if you ignore the lengthy deception then it's fun. It's flirty. It's sweet. It's a good brain-fluffy contemporary romance and I like those.
It was well written and I'd definitely read the author again (I loved some of her other books) but this was just disappointing. 


  1. Just reading the synopsis had me thinking - nope, couldn't do it! First, I cannot conceive of a way that one twin could actually pass as the other beyond the physical. He wouldn't know about conversations they'd had, places they'd been, etc. It's ridiculous to think that would work. And secondly, the deceit - putting one over on the poor girl. Again... nope. I guess like you said, if you can just get past that and enjoy then it's all fun. But I don't think I could get past it. LOL

  2. Too bad it wasn't more there...

  3. I've had this one on my Kindle for awhile because I've always enjoyed Madsen's books but the premise of this one always makes me avoid it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth