The Borrowed Boyfriend

The Borrowed Boyfriend

by Ginny Baird

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author GINNY BAIRD, a heartfelt and hilarious tale about two lost souls finding their way to each other.

Allison Murphy spends a week in March with the same group of girlfriends each year. What started as a college spring break tradition morphed into an annual reunion, ultimately encompassing boyfriends and husbands. Only Allison hasn't brought along a love interest in years, inspiring the others toward goodwill efforts at fixing her up. Faced with the prospect of yet another beach week mismatched with a virtual stranger, Allison's roommate Kate suggests a shocking alternative. Allison can "borrow" Kate's handsome and successful boyfriend for the trip. The trouble is Grady O'Brien stands for everything romantic idealist Allison is against. He's a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to get ahead. What Allison doesn't understand is just how far Grady is willing to go...

Wine industry entrepreneur Grady O'Brien knows an opportunity when he sees one. Allison Murphy runs a boutique wine label design company, while Grady heads up a firm that buys those sorts of businesses out. When Grady's girlfriend unexpectedly must attend a conference and their vacation plans are cancelled, she encourages Grady to accompany Allison to the beach instead. Grady agrees to participate in the ruse of playing Allison's boyfriend with a secret agenda in mind. He hopes to pave the way for acquiring Allison's Bella Fortuna Wine Designs by winning favor with its pretty owner and her friends. The one thing Grady doesn't count on losing in the bargain is his heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157735838
Publisher: Winter Wedding Press
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes heartwarming contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.

Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), a Romantic Ghost Stories series (paranormal ghost romance), and additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on NOOK, Kindle and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website to learn more about her and her books.

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The Borrowed Boyfriend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Ginny Baird's The Borrowed Boyfriend Every year Allison Murphy reunites annually at the beach with her college friends. Her friends bring their significant-others. Since Allison is without a person of interest, her friends Always fix her up with an unknown person. This always turns out to be a disaster. This year Allison’s roommate Kate suggests a plan. Kate wants to send her boyfriend, Grady O’Brien along with Allison. Kate claims she will be away for the week on business so this would be the perfect solution. What is Kate’s ulterior motive? Grady agrees to this plan, all to readily.. What does he have to lose? In fact, he has all to gain from this charade, business wise! Allison is not too keen on this idea as she does not particularly trust or like Grady. Finally she relents. Off to the beach in Maine, Grady and Allison go . The characters are well-developed and realistic. Each character brings their own flavor to the story The chemistry between the main characters is undeniable. There Are beautiful friendships and multiple romances involving the supporting characters. You will enjoy the dynamics and shenanigans all the characters contribute to the story adding plenty of humor. Plus you will enjoy discovering all the secrets that unfold at the end. Thank you to the author for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend is a fun, feel good romance! I loved the humor and heart of this tale and delighted in the relationship that develops between Allison and Grady. Their story is engaging and entertaining and sure to please fans of romantic comedy. Ginny Baird has shared another great story, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend By: Ginny Baird The Borrowed Boyfriend is a hilarious romance by Ginny Baird. She weaves a heartwarming, and funny romance story that grabbed me and had me hooked right from the start and did not let go till the end. When I started reading The Borrowed Boyfriend I did not want to put it down till i finished. I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. Allison and Grady had me laughing throughout the story. Who would loan their boyfriend out to their friend for several day to go on a trip? I really enjoyed The Borrowed Boyfriend , be sure and pick up you a copy to read more about Allison and Grady. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
NicoS More than 1 year ago
Allison Murphy spends a week every year reuniting with her college friends at the beach. However, without fail, her friends try to play matchmaker and things always get awkward. This year, her roommate has a solution. She wants Allison borrow her boyfriend, Grady, for the week and pretend that they’re a couple. Never mind the fact that Kate may have ulterior motives, Allison is hesitant because she honestly can’t stand Grady. And what does Grady think about all this? He realizes that this arrangement could benefit him professionally, so he is all for it. Allison owns a small company that he’d love to get his hands on and this may be the only way to soften her up to the idea. Being outnumbered, Allison reluctantly agrees to go along with the charade. Little does she know all the adventures that will follow! I loved the premise of this story and I thought it was executed SO well! It was very well-written and was a great book. Sometimes when reading a book, you feel like there’s some foundational SOMETHING missing in the plot. Not so with this book. The story was rich and full of characters, back story, and had a wonderfully satisfying ending. If you’re in the mood for a clean, romantic novel that’s fun and full of chemistry, then this is the one for you. I highly recommend it! (I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All of the above opinions are entirely my own.)
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
This is fun romance by Ginny Baird! I loved it! Allison spends a week with old friends every year and every year she doesn't have anyone to bring so her friends try to set her up, but that just makes her feel uncomfortable especially since they get it wrong every time. This year her best friend has the perfect plan she says that Allison should borrow her boyfriend Grady. Grady has no idea why Kate thinks this plan is a good one? He and Allison barely know each other and what they do know they don't like. They are nothing alike and have nothing in common. They couldn't be more different. He works a corporate job while she is an artist. She is sloppy and disorganized while he is a neat nix and very organized. He decides to use the week to his advantage and try to acquire her design business, but he ends up losing his heart instead. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend is a fabulous romantic comedy. It is one of my favorite contemporary comedies I have read in a very long time. It is so delightful and sweet, with so many laugh out loud moments. Allison and Grady are quite the unlikely pair. I would definitely recommend this fun and clean read. 5 plus stars. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend tells the tail of Allison and Grady. I like how Allison had kept in touch with her girlfriends and wished that I had done the same. It is great how they get together, but I too would be like Allison in wanting to avoid the set up with someone I didn't know to ruin my week. I don't know how I would feel about passing off my roommate's boyfriend as my own, but who knows. Both Allison and Grady see the end to a means in agreeing to carry out the plan. Allison sees it as a way to have a "boyfriend" and Grady sees it as a way to get at her business. Neither planned on it going as it did A fun and enjoyable book. I received a copy from the author to read and review.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet, light-hearted read by Ginny Baird. The idea of a borrowed boyfriend was really interesting and I really enjoyed the entire storyline. Allison and Grady have great chemistry and I enjoyed the romance between them. Allison's friends, despite being overbearing and nosy, were a hoot and I loved the bond between them. ** I received an ARC from the author for an honest review
DMGP More than 1 year ago
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. Having read most of this author's works, I can honestly say that she is growing as a writer. This story has great depth, character development, and believable plotline. Allison Murphy is tired of her well meaning friends trying to set her up with a man each year when they meet for a week vacation together. When her roommate, Kate, suggests her boyfriend, Grady, as a stand-in "boyfriend," she's shocked. Who would suggest such a thing and who would actually agree to it? Grady O'Brien can't believe what his girlfriend, Kate, just suggested. A fake boyfriend for a week? However, he figures that he can take advantage of the time with Allison to win her over to his idea of an agreement between his wine company and her wine label company. What neither expected was their reaction to each other. However, what's going to happen when Allison learns of Grady's original plans regarding her company? Will love conquer all or was it all a ruse from the get go? Did I like the story? Yes, I did. I appreciated fully fleshed out characters. I understood Allison and her fears. She had some prejudice and emotional baggage to overcome, but I appreciated her maturity and willingness to grow as a person. I also understood Grady and his point of view. He's a businessman who sees a potentially good business deal and, why not go after it? And, when real emotions got tangled in the mix, I appreciated their mature reaction. They weren't like some hormonal teenager, they actually acted like adults. It was refreshing to read. I also felt like I got to know the secondary characters. They're an eclectic mix and bring to the story a fun exchange. I could envision old college chums reuniting for a week. Finally, beyond the surface story, the author delves into some real issues - such as prejudice in business (is big business all bad?), dealing with past grief from a personal loss, honesty and integrity - both in business and personal life. Romance - basically PG, but there are numerous references to romantic activity. Language - PG / Clean My rating - 5 stars
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully entertaining story filled with humor, sweetness, and a heartwarming connection between the H/h. In this book we meet Allison Murphy. She's a hardworking single woman who spends one week each year on vacation with her college friends. All of her friends have found love and are determined to help Allison in that department by fixing her up with a "friend" for the week. She's lamenting this problem with her good friend Kate when shockingly Kate offers to "loan" Allison her boyfriend Grady O'Brien. While Grady may be a bit shocked by this offer, he also sees it as an opportunity to talk with Allison about a business deal he wants to make with her. Too bad Allison has a history with big business and she wants nothing to do with it! He thinks he has the perfect plan. That is until his heart starts to become involved..... This is a fun sweet read that I definitely recommend.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this sweet and entertaining story. Allison is tired of fighting off her friends best attempts at setting her up. Every year at their get together they bombard her with pics and texts. But this year her roommate has a solution. Take her boyfriend and pretend he is Allison's.  Grady knows there are problems with his and Kate's arrangement. But when she throws him out there to be Allison's pretend boyfriend something makes him want to do it.  Neither one expected feelings to develop between them knowing he isn't really free. But when an accident almost takes Allison away from him he must face the facts that he just may be falling for her. And when she finally realizes her feelings for him, can she overcome the broken trust and hidden agenda he had?
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
Received this book for an honest review. Allison is tired of having her friends finding a date for her. They meet in a different location each year to have fun and catch up with each other's lives. Her roommate, Kate, offers her boyfriend to be her companion for the week. As Grady pretends to listen to his music, he hears all the negative things Kate has to say about him. The town they live in has more women than men and Kate saves him from all of them. Finally, Allison agrees and the trip to this year's location goes well. Will they be able to keep their story straight and convince her friends that she and Grady are a couple? Will Grady's company make Allison dislike him even more?
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Allison isn't looking forward to her getaway with her girlfriends and their partners. They are constantly trying to fix her up. She doesn't want to be the object of their pity. Her roommate, Kate, has a plan. Allison can borrow her boyfriend, Grady. What could possibly go wrong? Let me count the ways. The fact that Allison doesn't like him shouldn't be a problem. Right? What's In it for Kate? I enjoyed this romantic tale about finding love where you least expect it. Allison and Grady have great chemistry. I liked watching them get to know and like each other. Allison realizes that Grady has a good heart. His thoughtfulness is touching, but his business plan was off base. I wanted them to be a couple. However, the road to love doesn't run smooth. I was hooked. The beach in Maine was perfect. I just didn't expect the snow. Ginny Baird wrote a happy ever after story that left me smiling. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
finallyfifty More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend by Ginny Baird An engaging, dynamic read that will keep you on your toes with the various relationship twists and turns. The beginning premise that two people of the opposite sex can keep to a platonic pact while pretending to be in a romantic relationship had this reader shaking her head and talking to herself as the plot unfolded. Further drama occurred when the characters realized that there was a spark between them, but are unsure if it is a love that can survive adversity. This story provided insight into the bonds between friends and the development of relationships. Love, friendship, and relationships are all basic stepping stones for life experiences translating into the development of well-rounded personalities in individuals. I loved the characters and their approach to life and love. Each character had a different relationship perspective making the plot rich with dialog and allowing the reader to easily connect. I received an ARC for review. I would highly recommend this story.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Allison is getting ready to go on her annual week-long trip with her friends and their significant others. Again, she is going alone. Her roommate, Kate, suggests that Allison "borrow" her boyfriend, Grady. Kate and Grady were supposed to go away for the week, but Kate had to cancel. Grady finally agrees. He is surprised to find that he really enjoys being with Allison and feels a little guilty. He then decides that he needs to break if off with Kate before he moves forward with Allison. Allison is starting to fall for Grady when finds that he might have an ulterior motive for going away with her for the week. Can they work through all of it?
Joy50 More than 1 year ago
The Borrowed Boyfriend by Ginny Baird is a heartfelt and hilarious leaning toward PG 13 tale about two lost souls finding their way to each other. Allison meets her friends for a weekly couples vacation once a year. Since she hasn't ever brought a boyfriend, her friends are always trying to fix her with one for the vacation. Tired of their choices she lets her roommate fix her up to borrow her boyfriend, Grady. Of course, it all backfires on all of them. Read for yourself to find out how it all backfires and how it all plays out. I was given a copy for an honest review.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This romantic comedy is a delightfully fun, yet meaningful story about Allison and Grady, who go on a vacation with three of Allison's college friends and their boyfriends to a Maine beach house, which has been a tradition amongst Allison's girlfriends since they met in college. In previous trips, her friends kept trying to match her up with a date for the week, but they were unsuccessful matches. This time, though, her roommate Kate, from where she lives in Marydale, Maryland, lends Allison her boyfriend for the trip - Kate has a business trip to San Francisco, after all. They don't really know each other, but agree to fake it. I devoured this book with warmth, smiles, and laughter. I highly recommend this heartwarming, fun book. Ginny Baird is a breath of fresh air!