The Boyfriend Contract

The Boyfriend Contract

by Victoria James

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Emily Birmingham has had it up to here with men.

Growing up with an overbearing father and then her brother inherits everything she’s worked her whole life to build. Now she’s living in her grandmother's dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere Canada, jobless, and dealing with the most annoyingly sexy contractor on the planet. Exactly when did her life become an anti-Hallmark movie?

Cooper Merrick learned the hard way that love is definitely not worth the risk. He’s happy running the family contracting business alongside his well-meaning but overly-opinionated brothers...happy enough until polished and perfect Emily enters his world. Nothing prepared him for the ways she turns his life upside down and reaches the parts of himself he’s closed off from the world.

But when he finally gets up the nerve to ask Emily out, she says her next date will need to come with a written contract and some very particular ground rules. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but why does he find himself wanting to sign on the dotted line?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640638426
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 47,001
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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The Boyfriend Contract 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. Wow, so much emotion going on in this story and such a sweet romance with Emily and Cooper. You just know that their road to the HEA is going to be rocky as Cooper really has not recovered in the five years since he lost his wife and Emily has her own past hangups to work through. I loved that Emily started to move past trying to show her brother up and really make her own mark in the world and do what she wanted instead of what others thought she should do. Most books do not make me feel the pain between the couple and this story brought me to tears and I could feel Emily's pain and Cooper's regret and maybe even realizing that he had thrown away something precious. Fortunately, Cooper came through and helped Emily see that he made a bad choice and he really did love her. I also like that part of her past with her father was cleared up and she found out that he really did not betray her and only was looking out for her. One of the best books that I have read this year!
TracyFritts1974 More than 1 year ago
The Boyfriend Contact is a heartfelt wonderful read. This story will pull you in and its a small town, romantic story. The characters Cooper and Emily are wonderful. I really enjoyed this two characters. It was wonderful written and a great storyline. I look forward to reading more from this author. I read and reviewed an Advanced Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for letting me read this story.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute romantic story, exactly my cup of tea. I loved it! The characters are amazing and there are enough laugh-out-loud moments to put a permanent smile on readers faces. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Emily had just moved to a small town from a big city. She is enjoying the quaintness and people around her are all good. Cooper is one of the brothers who are working on her home. He is sweet and broody, a bit of a contradiction but she likes him instantly. However, both have ghosts in their pasts which they are trying to avoid. So, accepting their feelings and giving in to their mutual attraction might not be simple for these two. I think that this book is well written and a must-read of all romance lovers in the world. It's such a feel-good kind of story that will warm your heart for sure.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
So much more than I expected. I thought this would be more of a romantic comedy based on the concept of drafting a contract for your boyfriend but I was wonderfully surprised with the depth of emotion and drama that I actually got. Emily is forging a new path following the ultimate betrayal by her father after he dies, giving the family business to her abusive brother. She inherited her grandmother's historic house in Maple Hill and decides to turn it into a boutique inn. In business, Emily has all the confidence in the world having worked alongside her father for years. But in all other things, she is full of insecurities following the abuse inflicted by her brother over the years. Something we can all related to on some level. Yet, given all the doubts that will plague her and almost debilitate her, she pushes through, she finds the inner strength and courage to fight for what she believes in. When the town turns down her proposal to rezone the property, well, it almost crushes her. Now, her contractor, Cooper, is a bright light in all the craziness and he never makes her feel inferior even if she doesn't know how to do something. Cooper is drawn to Emily's heart and strength. He sees this amazing woman that is always willing to help anyone and it sparks something in him that he lost years ago. He is dealing with his own issues but Emily might be just what he needs to emerge from his fear. There are so many beautiful moments in this journey that took my breath away. I found this story very relatable as I experienced Emily and Cooper battling their fears and insecurities. And what Emily ends up doing with her grandmother's house is inspiring.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I have read many books by Victoria James and loved many of them. This one is no exception. From the beginning I loved the character of Emily. She is someone I could be friends with (Cheetos are the best!), wears her emotions on her sleeves, desperately wants a family to belong to, and has such big aspirations to achieve. Emily is a beautiful, vulnerable, lonely young woman who just gives you the feels. And I truly enjoyed when she charmed the people she would meet. She would just jump in to help others, no matter who they were. Throw in a sexy, hurt, and charming contractor, and that is what she needs. The magnetic pull between Emily and Cooper (swoon!) was undeniable. They were magic and fit perfectly. They gave to each other something the other was missing. And his interactions with his siblings throughout the book were not only hilarious but sweet. I loved their story. But it does make me want a story for Austin, Brody, and Callie. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
ScrapNSign More than 1 year ago
The Boyfriend Contract will pull at your heartstrings! I often found myself wanting to reach into the book, just to wrap Emily in a giant hug and give her the love she didn't experience growing up. I struggled with who I loved more: Cooper or his entire family! They're such lovable, entertaining characters and you'll find yourself shaking your head at their antics, all while trying to contain your laughter. A truly enjoyable romance, with enough drama to keep you guessing what will happen next, and tender moments you won't forget. I absolutely loved this book and wish I could find more Coopers in the world!
Texas109 More than 1 year ago
****The Boyfriend Contract tells the story of Emily, who having spent most of her young life trying to do and be the person she thought would make her family love and respect her, finally decides she will become her own person. She comes to Maple Falls as the inheritor of her paternal grandmother’s large house with a plan to turn it into an inn. Cooper is one of the members of the family of contractors hired to assist in the restoration. A widower, Cooper is as attracted to Emily as she is to him, but each is reluctant to make a move. The story follows Emily as she learns to deal with the challenges her new path presents...whether uplifting or disappointing. Her tenacity inspires Cooper to reconsider his lonely life. The story is well written, sweet, sometimes humorous, and somewhat angsty. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
After being cutout of the family business following the death of her parents, Emily has to go out and stand on her own two feet, completely alone, for the first time. I think my favorite part of this whole book is how unbelievably strong Emily is. I loved that even when I thought she would accept some of the things that happened to her but she stood her ground and more importantly, set boundaries and kept them. I absolutely fell in love with Emily then. Cooper made me cry so much. His story is so heartbreaking and I honestly wasn't expecting all the angst but his comeback was amazing. There were times that I hated him but by the end, I absolutely loved him. I want all of these characters to see their HEA. All my fingers crossed that there's a series to come!!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I jumped into this one with both feet, Victoria knows how to lure you in and not let go! Fantastic plot and two amazing lead characters who grow throughout the story and what a delight that was to see these two fall for each other. Even with a contract scratched out on a piece of paper by Cooper, as dictated by Emily. Emily's moved from the city to small town after her parents died and she inherits her Grandmothers rather dilapidated old home. Her plans are to restore it and turn it in to an upscale small inn. She's already met with the contractor and when she hits town, her first stop is the little coffee shop where she gets an eye full of hotness along with her caffeine fix. Imagine her surprise when that eye full shows up at her door to talk with her about starting the house renovation. That eye full would be Cooper. Cooper and his brothers work for their Dad's business and Coop is the lead man on this job. Sister owns the local coffee shop and she's adorable. She and Emily become quick friends. Emily never really had friends, she was too busy working along side her father in their hotel and inn business. There's a load of backstory there and needs to be read to be appreciated fully. Cooper has his own history as well, he's a widower, his wife died 5 years prior and he's taken himself out of the game. Cooper is locked down tight, but the attraction to Emily grows and becomes overwhelming, and Cooper asks Emily out on a date. It's a great story of a fledgling romance by two adults, a hilarious family as supporting cast courtesy of Coop's family and Emily's growth through her relationship with Cooper. My only tiny issue was that at one point I thought Emily was just a wee bit too nice. She'a wonderful person, truly she is but there was a point where all that nice was overdone. But that's just me. Spectacular read and I can't wait for the rest of the family to get their stories, or so I'm hoping! 4.5 arc from Entangled via NetGalley for an honest review.
kandksmom5912 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a sweet romance then this is for you. This is my first book from this author and it was a good read. Cooper and Emily were such sweet and wonderful couple. This book was a quick read and had minimal heat. I personally like a book with heat but if that is not what you are looking for, then pick this book up. You will not be disappointed.
SaraOxo More than 1 year ago
The Boyfriend Contract by Victoria James a five-star read that will have you signing your life away. Emily Birmingham what a woman, she has been told she can’t be anything, but as she learns, you can be anything you want to be. When you throw in Cooper Merrick and his band of merry family members then you have a great story belonging in a great town. This will wring your emotions out, as it deals with loss and recovering and becoming something new and stronger. This is my first read by this author, but I know it won’t be my last as I enjoyed this emotional journey and great writing.
linda quick More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! I found myself totally engrossed in this story and couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and was so immersed in Emily and Cooper's story that I felt as though I was a part of it, experiencing it along side them. Both of them have had difficulties in their pasts that are overshadowing their futures. This adds to their depth and makes them feel real and come alive on the pages. I especially enjoyed how they each grew and reached for difficult things, even when they're scary and filled with unknowns. If you enjoy contemporary romance, this is a must read. The author is a master of the genre and creates stories that stay with you. She is on my must read authors' list. Fair warning - this novel touches on domestic abuse, but with a gentle touch. Additionally, while this is very much a grown up story, it is clean and does not contain any explicit scenes or language.