RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW, EXCERPT, AND GIVEAWAY: THE WORLD’S WORST BOYFRIEND by Erika Kelly

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Six years ago Fin Bowie made a decision that cost him the love of his life. Now his ex is coming back to town for her brother’s wedding, and he can finally make things right. Except, right before the event, a text he sent goes viral. Overnight, he becomes an international meme. And it’s hard to win your woman back when the whole world’s calling you The World’s Worst Boyfriend.

The last thing on Calliope Bell’s mind is getting back with Fin. Not when her life’s just gone sideways, forcing her to spend the summer in Calamity, Wyoming. She can’t be away from the New York art world this long, so she comes up with the idea to turn the hottest pop culture event of the moment into a museum exhibition.

The two have every intention of avoiding each other–until the county judge sentences Fin to community service…helping her exploit the meme he’s trying to make go away.

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Review

In today’s society, social media can be both a blessing and a curse, and for someone like Fin Bowie, who others emulate and are jealous of, an ill-timed text goes viral, destroying any opportunity Fin has to make amends and win back the girl he should have never let go in the first place.

After six years, Fin and Callie find themselves back in their hometown, and while they attempt to avoid one another, leaving their past exactly where it’s meant to be, fate has other ideas for the exes, which leaves Fin hopeful for a second chance and Callie unwilling to settle for anything less than she deserves, which is why Fin’s mission will be difficult but not impossible because it’s obvious that Callie still loves the man who broke her heart all those years ago.

Fin and Callie are two flawed characters, which will definitely be a point of contention for some readers. It’s frustrating to stand on the outside and witness the push and pull between them, and while Callie’s attitude and hesitation makes perfect sense given what happened with Fin before, Fin doesn’t seem anything like the young man he was, which seems to only reinforce the fact that Fin’s moniker, infamous meme, and hashtag hold little truth to the man he actually is.

Second chance romances is one of my favorite tropes, especially when it’s beyond obvious that Fin and Callie’s feelings for one another are still as strong as ever despite the time and distance between them. But what’s also clear is that Callie isn’t going to put herself in a position to get her heartbroken again without some kind of confirmation that things won’t turn out the way they did 6 years ago, so if Fin wants to win her back, he has his work cut out for him, especially after the media maelstrom that doesn’t seem to want to let up.

I do have to admit that I didn’t like how immature a lot of the characters acted, given their ages, and I also didn’t understand the reasons Callie used what she did to advance her career, given the nature of why it was created., even if the effect of the meme actually seemed to have the opposite effect of what was intended, bringing Fin and Callie together instead of pushing them further apart.

Fin may have been the one to destroy what the couple had when they were young adults, but his mistakes were the result of being young and dumb; there was nothing malicious about his actions, which is what I wanted Callie to see right from the start, but given that her heart was so invested in what she shared with Fin, that wasn’t going to happen, which is why it takes them a bit to get on the same page as the story plays out, regardless of how much readers want and need their  reunion to speed up.

What I found most interesting about Fin and Callie’s story is the fact that Fin is anything but the world’s worst boyfriend…did he have some growing up to do? Absolutely. Did he act without thinking? Most definitely. But the Fin of the past and the Fin of the present are strikingly different, which is what he needs Callie to recognize in order to reclaim the only girl who has ever owned his heart. 

4 Poison Apples

Excerpt

The sight of Fin Bowie standing in her foyer hit like opening the door to a surprise party. That disheveled hair and facial scruff, his big, muscular body and moody expression, made Callie’s heart flip over.

His black leather jacket hung open, exposing a white V-neck T-shirt. Faded jeans encased powerful thighs, the frayed hem bunching over black leather boots.

“Hey.” Did she have to sound so out of breath? Her heart pounded like she’d just been chased through the woods at night by a bear.

And it didn’t help that his gaze took a slow roll up her body, from her red-tipped toes to her bare legs—her upper thighs covered in ruffled cotton sleep shorts—to the pink long-sleeved T-shirt covering her chest. When he finally reached her eyes, his nostrils flared, and his expression turned carnal. A zing of awareness shot through her.

And then he smiled. And when Fin Bowie smiled it was like the finale of a fireworks display. “What’s up?” She hated the slight tremor in her voice. Worse, she hated the fuse he lit inside her.

“Let’s take a ride. I’ll wait for you in the truck.”

The last thing she wanted to do was get in that truck with him, but they were going to work together, so they had to get some things resolved. As she followed him out the door, she tried to reclaim her composure, but her paralyzed hands couldn’t grasp it and, as she climbed down the porch steps, the bridge of time collapsed, plunging her into freefall.

Images flew at her, immersing her in a tumult of sharp, vivid emotions.

The thrill of Fin unhinging the basement door she’d locked after he’d told her he couldn’t go to their junior prom because of his brother’s skiing competition. So much anger—no, outrage—expressed in a furious fight that had ended in desperate, raw sex.

The naughty pleasure of riding him in his truck, her fingers clutching the back of his seat, her hips slamming down and grinding. That wild imperative to get closer, deeper, to meld with him.

The boundless joy as they’d leapt off the cliff together, hands joined, her smile stretching so wide it felt stupid. Plummeting into ice cold water. And the indescribable happiness when they’d popped up and reached for each other—her legs wrapped around his waist, his arms cinching her tightly. She’d never felt anything like it since.

And the pure relief of slamming into the wall of Fin’s chest in the hallway after she’d found out Piglet, her little runt of a mutt, had been struck and killed by a minivan. The deep satisfaction, when she’d collapsed into his arms, of knowing her soul had a harbor, and it was Fin Bowie.

He’d been there for her more times than not, but the times he’d let her down stuck in her joints like burrs, reminding her with sharp twinges every time she so much as rolled over in bed.

Blocking out the good memories had been easy…until she’d come home. Here, they were everywhere. She breathed them in at night in her childhood bed, and she ate them for breakfast at the kitchen table.

Fortunately, when she closed the front door behind her, the cool mountain air rushed over her skin and snapped her back to the moment. The hints of sage from the surrounding meadow and smoke from the town’s nightly bonfire woke up her senses.

It was okay to remember. Important, actually, because she’d never resolved anything. She’d just thrown herself into work, into survival mode. Finals, projects, hurrying to the diner, the bar, racing to get errands done in stolen moments…all of it had kept her on the run.

She never would’ve stopped, would she? If Julian hadn’t dumped her, forcing her to live at home for the summer, she’d still be on the lam from a past that demanded reconciliation.

She’d take this ride with Fin, confront the memories, and then she could finally let them go. Let him go.

She’d finally be free.

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About Erika Kelly

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

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