Goodreads Rating: 4.01 / 5 stars
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Publication Date: November 19th 2019
Publisher: Self published
What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek?
Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow intellectual looking for some quick cash. What Parker gets is his protective big brother—Rhys Morgan. The tall, muscled ex-boxer with a foul mouth shows up just as her boss does, and now she’s stuck with the manipulative jerk.
Responsibility weighs heavily on Rhys. Now permanently out of the ring, he’s trying to hold together his late father’s gym and keep his younger brother, Dean, on the straight and narrow. To save Dean from himself, Rhys takes his place, ready to give this society girl a piece of his mind. Instead, he finds an opportunity. Even though they can hardly stand each other, posing as Parker’s boyfriend is a win-win deal. She gets to keep her job, and he’ll charm her star-struck boss into sponsoring his gym.
Problem is, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And what started as an easy deal isn’t so easy anymore. Because what future can a rough ex-boxer, afraid to open his heart, and a polished society geek, who has sworn off real relationships, possibly have?
They say opposites attract. These opposites are about to combust on impact.
I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
It’s unfortunate my first book of 2020 is 2/5 stars. I just find Outmatched an okay romance story and I have issues with it. I also struggled with the pacing and no matter how hard I tried, the characters failed to grab my attention. Despite of the constant push-pull and sexual tension between Rhys Morgan, a former boxing champion, and Parker Brown, an environmentalist, their chemistry fairly simmered. Their relationship felt forced and I was disappointed.
I won’t elaborate the story further as the synopsis give way much about it. Maybe this book isn’t for me but I hope this isn’t Ms. Callihan and Ms. Young’s last collaboration. You might enjoy this book more than I did especially if you are a fan of fake-dating and enemies-to-lovers.