Emmy King became a disgraced high-socitey
princess when she walked away from her family’s money. Jake Harper is the sexy
yet uninterested apartment building’s maintenance man. When the two agree to
help each other out, they quickly realize the more time they spend together the
more the lines get blurred. The fifth book in the #mustread series, 425 Madison
Avenue, is now live. Read Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms today!
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Title: Boyfriend Maintenance
Author: Lauren Helms
Series: 425 Madison #5
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
Release Date: April 25th, 2019
Source: E-galley from Forever Write PR which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 4 stars
My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me.
Now, I need a date for my brother’s wedding just to keep the vultures at bay.
I’ve noticed Jake around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job.
The thing is, I don’t actually have what I
promised in return for his help, but I don’t want this to end.
I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but
that doesn’t stop me from taking her up on her offer and upping the ante. I
have rules, however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get
Her lie made her more like me than I ever
thought possible. Too bad liars don’t do it for me.
A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long
After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect
place to fall in love.
*Each story is completely standalone.
This was a really good story. Although I totally got Jake's view on just being casual, totally seems like a guy thing to do, he didn't seem to be quite so into it when we saw him on his one date. I mean I guess she broke the rule of being someone who lived in the building where he worked, but still she was totally all about just casual sex. I loved the older woman who was such a cougar, scratch that, puma. Emmy was awesome, giving up her family money and such to do what she wanted. It seems you don't always see the girl in that role in stories. It was hard to get her brother, especially after he seemed to not care about what his fiancee did. This was such a page-turner that I didn't take a ton of notes about what what was going on to remark about in my review. I just have to say that I enjoyed it a lot, and while this is my first book by this author, I'm sure it won't be my last!
Copyright @ 2019 Lauren Helms
“Oh, well … hello
there, hot stuff.” Mrs. Jenkins stands in the open doorway of her apartment.
Her arm slides up the
doorframe slightly awkwardly as she leans into the frame. She’s attempting to
look sexy in a Japanese silk kimono robe. It’s a red floral print that hangs
nearly to her ankles. She has surprisingly good posture for a seventy-year-old
Her husky voice is
seductive as she gestures for me to come in. I have to mentally prepare myself
every time I have a work order for unit 2007. Which is normally once a week.
Mrs. Jenkins is a
retired Broadway actress. She hit her stride when she starred in the hit
musical Chicago in the mid-seventies. Dorthy Jenkins is a dramatic, wealthy
retiree who just happens to hit on me every time I’m here. She may be a tad
lonely, so I deal with it.
“Good afternoon, Mrs.
Jenkins. My work order says that you’ve got faulty smoke detectors.” Honestly,
that seems a bit suspicious since we worked through the entire building
updating the detectors less than six months ago.
Please, stop calling me Mrs. Jenkins. You make me feel like a cougar.”
I raise my eyebrow at that. More like a puma
since she’s got to be at least forty years older than me. I set down my toolbox
and scan the living room for the unit’s central detector.
“All right, Dorthy.
You’re having issues with the smoke detectors? Let’s just take a look. I’ll get
these fixed up in no time.” Really, I just want to get out of here. The longer
I’m in this apartment, the more cheek pinches I get. And I’m not just talking
about pinches to my face. She gets a little bolder with each visit. Not looking
forward to the day she takes it too far. Her flirting seems harmless though.
She just really appreciates those “hot young thangs.” Her words, not mine.
“Well, no rush. I’ll
just pour us a little nightcap.” I don't mention it's only four in the
afternoon. “Will two fingers do, Jake? I’ve always preferred two.” She waggles
I divert my eyes. The
sexual reference catches me off guard and I feel my face heat.
Clearing my throat, I shake my head. “I’m
sorry, Dorthy, but no drinking on the job.” I pull out my step ladder so I can
reach the smoke detector.
“You’re such a good
boy, darling. I admire that. I’ll just have a nip and enjoy the show.”
Just like she normally does. Unfortunately, she isn’t
the only 425 Madison resident to watch me while I do my job. I’ve worked in
this building for nearly three years now. Growing up, I never had dreams of
becoming a maintenance man, but I’ve always been good with my hands.
About the Author:
Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader
from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her
fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided
to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game
strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games
and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month
later, she had her first draft.
About the 425 Madison Series:
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place
to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced and sexy NYC just
waiting for you to read.
The series features stories from some of your
favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine,
Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.
Join these authors as they come together, each
with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.
Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes:
second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to
lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake
relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best
friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well.
Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.
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The next books in the series are coming soon!
Add them to your Goodreads shelf today!
Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine,
An Enemies to Lovers Romance
for More by Sylvia Kane
A Brother's Best Friend Romance
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