Today Cindi Madsen is joining us to share the blog tour for COUNTERFEIT BOYFRIEND, her new contemporary romance! Check it out and grab your copy today!
By Cindi Madsen
Releasing June 26th, 2018
My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains. And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name. I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.
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In Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen, Ethan is always cleaning up his twin brother's messes, but this time swapping places with his twin brother might actually be worth the trouble. Going on a road trip with his twin's girlfriend, Gwen, is the best time of his life, but when she discovers the truth of his and Evan's deception, will she be able to forgive him or will they lose their shot at happy ever after?
I love sitting down to read a book penned by Ms. Madsen, as she creates such wonderful reads and this is one of her best books yet. Really, the main characters were incredible, the fun plot was spellbinding from start to finish and made this story unputdownable; and the humor-filled dialogue had me smiling or laughing. The way this story started drew me in immediately, and had me loving Ethan right away. He's a good brother and I could understand why he's always cleaning up his twin brother's messes because Evan seems like a bit of a selfish jerk at times. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off, as it had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether Ethan could pull off being his brother enough that Gwen wouldn't get suspicious.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as Gwen has serious trust issues because of what happened in her last relationship. Will Ethan be able to win her over and prove that he's someone she can trust? Will Gwen be able to trust Ethan again after she discovers the truth of his deception? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. Really, there was plenty of playful banter that had me loving the off-the-charts chemistry these two shared.
With the heroine, she's resilient, courageous and I could understand why she needs backup to go home and face everyone after things that happened in her past. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is that the hero's twin brother's description of her so rings true. She does remind me of a hurricane -- the human variety -- in the way she's always spinning words and has too much energy, especially in the moment when she and the hero first meet or once caffeine enters the mix. While the hero, I couldn't help but sympathize with him, as lying to the heroine isn't easy because he really likes her and doesn't want to hurt her. Will he be able to make things right when the time comes? Furthermore, I enjoyed the hero's confident attitude, his determination to show the heroine a great time on their adventure and the promising future he has that he's worked so hard for. Too bad his brother doesn't have the same attitude when it comes to hard work and being responsible.
Overall, Ms. Madsen has delivered an absolutely captivating and well-written tale in this book where the romance was nicely-detailed, even if it did take a while for this couple's relationship to go from platonic to physical intimacy; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to win back the heroine because his efforts are endearing and shows that no boyfriend will ever know her as well as he does. Will Gwen be able to put her trust in Ethan again? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as Ethan and Gwen are so happy together. I would recommend Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen, if you enjoy the mistaken identity trope, a story about a brother doing a favor for his twin brother by switching places or books by authors Melanie Shawn, Samantha Towle, Lila Monroe and Naima Simone.
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat. You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books. Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.